Distant seagulls

Seagulls against a misty Toronto skyline.

This image was a result of an assignment from the class I’m currently doing; the idea was to produce more of an environmental picture of seagulls, giving a sense of the open and quite harsh conditions in which they live in the winter (even a mild one as we’ve had this year).

Having the Toronto skyline looming out of the mist in the background gives a reminder of the encroachment of the man-made environment upon the natural one.

Geese: shortly after dawn

Geese, Canada Geese

One distressing aspect of an enthusiasm for photography is the need to get up at a totally unreasonable hour to catch some of the better light; this image required my surfacing when most sensible folk were still tucked up in bed.

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is one of the classic sights in their namesake country and these creatures seem to be everywhere at times. Living on the seventh floor (the sixth in UK money), skeins of geese tearing past below you are a fairly frequent and splendid sight.