Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Couples.
I don’t shoot people often, and for those that I have, I don’t feel right about posting here without permission. But, if we allow for a bit of anthropomorphizing, we can find more than just one or two shots of couples in my collections of photographs. Seems like I might have a thing for lovebirds:
Canadian Geese mate for life. Often these birds are annoying, taking over every bit of green space near water that they can find. There was a flock of 23 birds that I would see while walking last summer. I can’t blame the old widowed bird for being quite squawky. I think that even her flockmates grew tired of the lonely bird at times.
I have no idea if these two are an item or not, but they seemed quite content to be alone together near the surf, one standing sentry as the other napped.
On shore, pelicans are peculiar looking, their large gullets and beaks so disproportionate to the rest of their bodies, one wonders how they manage to waddle down the beach. But, once in the air, they are a beautiful site to behold, soaring and diving, often in unison.
Ospreys are magnificent birds. Their bright yellow eyes can look a bit creepy; their muscular legs can look terrifying. I wouldn’t want to be a small rodent caught in their sites. I came across this female in her nest last winter. She was making a loud, angry, scolding noise. It took me a moment to find her mate, who didn’t seem to be in a sharing mood. I can’t say that I blame that bird for not being happy her mate was not sharing nesting duties — or his feast!
Oh, I have a picture of a couple to share after all: octogenarian newlyweds, holding hands.