Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snowbirds

This year we joined a subspecies known as snowbirds. Just before the onset of winter, this group packs up and heads south to warmer climes, and when spring is in the offing they migrate northwards again. They're somewhat indistinguishable from the native southern species until they open their mouths and are betrayed by their northern 'accent', or by their habit of ending most sentences with "eh". Snowbirds are a subspecies of the species 'Can-eh-juns' - as pronounced by the southern natives - or more properly as Canadians, and hail from Canada - spelled 'C eh N eh D eh'.

A close analogy to snowbirds is the Canada goose - the ones pictured below are obviously not snowbirds.

(70-200mm  f13  1/125 sec  ISO200)

17 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I like the format of the picture.The maple leaf design truly says Canada.

Farmchick said...

Nice pic with the maple leaf.

S. Etole said...

our snowbirds go to Texas :-)

darlin said...

Rick I love your photo, totally Canadian eh? :-)

magda said...

This photo is like a painting, amazing!
Greetings
Magda

imac said...

Love your arty work Rick, can you do more shapes?.

Gabriela Pana said...

very nice...

ju-north said...

This is a great photo! If we were snowbirds we'd only have to go about 300 miles - and still find snow!

CarreraCaballo said...

Very witty!
The maple leaf is a nice Add-On, Eh . . . :-D

Greetz,


Joseph

Carolyn Ford said...

I LOVE that maple leaf, Rick! How clever is that?! I think the Canadian Goose is among my favorite of the feathered species! Lovely pic!

marty said...

comme c'est beau ! c'est du travail d'artiste !!
j'aime bien ! alors si j'ai bien compris, tant
que les snowbirds sont dans le sud, il ne faut
pas retourner au Canada ! attendons le printemps alors !
je t'envoie des bisous avec les nuages gris !

teca said...

So cute...

^,^

Rick said...

Thank you Ruth - I kinda liked it too ;-)

Thank you Farmchick !

Where hopefully it's warmer than home, Susan ! at least weather-wise !

LOL - sure is Darlene !

Rick said...

Thank you Magda; taken on my recent brief return home.

Hi Stewart - thanks; yep, I'll try for some more. soon.

Gabriela - thank you !

LOL - wouldn't be much consolation would it Julia ! ;-)

Thank you Joseph; glad you liked it, eh ;-)

Rick said...

Thank you Carolyn ! I had one of those 'eureka' moments as I was looking for a photo to post - they're rare, but they happen ;-)

A ha Marty - yes, correct - we're in the south (hopefully) till spring ! Merci beaucoup for your nice comments and I hope the bisous I send will turn the gray to blue !

Thank you teca !

Soraia B. said...

Love it :D

Rick said...

Soraia - obrigado !