I have shown already the photos from interior of castle Howard here and here . Now the outside view.
it is quite easy to go there from York. The bus trip is about one hour one way, you need about two hours to see the gardens and the castle inside. I wanted to seething more of York (I was there already but I somehow lost a few hundreds photos) and in the evening i went to visit Mariusz, so I had to get up early, before sunrise to catch the first bus. When I cam there, i had an hour for seeing the gardens, the castle is open at 11 a.m. The gardens are spacious, with formal rose garden, fountains, meadows, lake and some other small buildings. On the other side of the lake I noticed a big herd of wild geese. I approached them slowly with my camera, very quiet, but in spite of this in one moment they were all in the air. I was so annoyed with my camera, it is so slow :((. I managed to make only shot and they were all gone. Maybe not so good sharpness but I like it anyway..
Small lesson of English I have found in Wikipedia:
Geese are waterfowl belonging to the tribe Anserini of the family Anatidae. The word goose is a direct descendent of Proto-Indo-European root, *ghans-. In Germanic languages, the root gave Old English gōs with the plural gēs and gandres (becoming Modern English goose, geese, and gander, respectively), New High German Gans, Gänse, and Ganter, and Old Norse gās. This term also gave Lithuanian ąsìs, Irish gé (goose, from Old Irish géiss), Latin anser, Greek χήν/khēn, Albanian gatë (heron), Sanskrit hamsa and hamsi, Finnish hanhi, Avestan zāō, Polish gęś, Russian гусь, Czech husa, and Persian ghāz.
The term goose applies to the female in particular while gander applies to the male in particular. Young birds before fledging are called goslings. The collective noun for group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight, they are called a skein, a team or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump.
So, this is a plump (or a skein) of Canada Geese, Branta canadensis.
A gaggle of geese.
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Nicou (144200) 2013-12-28 1:30
Merveilleuse iamge et compo le vol d'oiseau est extraordinaire et ce merveilleux château dans l'immensité du pré vert quel effet quelle vue splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-28 1:51
This 'plump' of geese has chosen an amazing background to fly in your frame. The castle set amidst the green fields would have it an excellent photo, the plump of geese makes it an outstanding photo.
Thanks to your educative note, I learned some new English words as well :-)
jemaflor (98771) 2013-12-28 2:05
Interestinf dynamic and original result with all these birds, nice light and monument of course, tfs.
snunney (100656) 2013-12-28 2:40
What an unusual image and a splendid way to capture this magnificent building. Well done.
Noel_Byrne (31628) 2013-12-28 3:15
I must admit, I truly love this photo :) The building itself is superb, and again you show me a great reason to get on a cheap flight and go to the UK, it truly is palatial. As an architectural scene, this is wonderful in itself, but the geese add something so much more. They have composed themselves perfectly in the frame for you, filling the open areas, but still allowing us to see the palace. Wonderful result, I would be so happy to capture a scene like this.
Sergiom (81703) 2013-12-28 5:04
Les oies ont tout un terrain de jeu. Elles décollent juste au bon moment pour t'offrir tout un spectacle avec ce magnifique bâtiment en arrière plan. La lumière est de toute beauté.
holmertz (54235) 2013-12-28 6:30
This is a very nice flock of "gäss" (Sing. "gås"), as they are called in Swedish. They fill the sky very elegantly. They are the nicest to watch at a distance, coming closer you realize that they leave a lot of dirt behind. The castle is really just a backdrop to this composition but a very fine one.
ikeharel (72853) 2013-12-28 7:30
Thanks Malogo for a warm critique on mine.
The moment taken while strooled the big lawn and on a special moment the wild-geese taken-off and covered all your picture space.
Combined well with the impressive palace in BG, with its dome prominently under best daylight.
Have a nice weekend, and yearend.
marabu61 (11061) 2013-12-28 8:44
Even without the geese this would be a striking scene. The castle is very impressive and beautifully set on that perfect english lawn. The flock of geese passing by gives the scene an additional and unexpected twist.
I was able this autumn to witness the migration of wild geese in Finland. At times there where more than 50'000 geese in the air according to local bird watchers. The sky was literally black with geese, really impressive indeed.
I wish you a happy new year
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-12-28 9:56
Truly an amazing shot of the castle with the evening birds flying by.
Excellent choice of your angle this gives perspective and depth image.Keeps sharing.TFS.
carlo62 (49993) 2013-12-28 10:45
hai colto un bellissimo momento, il volo di queste anatre ha uno sfondo magnifico.
La qualità non è delle migliori, hai uno standard più alto, ma nel complesso hai fatto un buon lavoro.
Silvio1953 (145533) 2013-12-28 12:05
Ciao Malgorzata, fantastic capture of a lot of flying geese, beautiful architecture as BG, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Sonata11 (33871) 2013-12-28 19:58
Witaj Malgorzato, Piekna kompozycja architektury jak i dzikich ptakopw na pierwszym planie ktore robia niesamowite wrazenie. Bardzo podoba mi sie ta praca. Super wykonanie. Zycze wszystkiego najlepszego w Nowym Roku Tobie i Twoje rodzinie.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-28 20:06
i love this picture.its very cinematic with a wide frame and fantastic details and the geese flying adds so much.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-12-28 23:28
Cet envol de canards dynamise l'image de ce beau château anglais.
COSTANTINO (66166) 2013-12-28 23:39
a shot that has everything
an old monument and an
interesting Nature with the
geese flying over
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-12-29 0:54
jakie romantyczne ujecie! Podoba mi sie pomysl na zamek jako tlo dla przelatujacych gesi. Ladnie skomponowany kadr i mile dla oka kolory. Bardzo ciekawa praca, pozdrawiam serdecznie
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-29 6:12
spero che questo volo di uccelli sia di buon augurio per il prossimo anno.
Hai colto un particolare momento per cogliere una bella immagine di questo castello inglese e - a mio parere - questa è stata una scelta indovinata.
Splendida composizione e colori impeccabili sono un pregio di questa bella foto. Supwerbo anche il soggetto.
Colgo l'occasione per farti i miei più cari auguri di un felice anno nuovo
adramad (46466) 2013-12-29 11:22
Splendid and very original composition, this picture looks like something out of the movie "The Birds" by Hitchcock, you were quick to react to capture the moment, beautiful and majestic building that we see in the background.
Very good sharpness and brightness.
Good job. I love it.
Have a good day.
P / D. You've already said on occasion, so the size of the photo, I'll tell you I stick to measures that mark the TE .... no larger 800x ...... and ultimately the image does not exceed 300 Kb ever since they have rejected me to spend a little bit ....This in particular has 290Kb.
zanzi (13690) 2013-12-29 11:37
Great picture !
Great depth (perfect aperture) but perhaps the shutter could have been quicker.
ChrisJ (115493) 2013-12-30 10:46
Amazing repetition of the geese in flight. They animate the scene and the repetition of the cloud patterns reinforces the effect. Good sharpness and the bg castle makes a fine focal point. The subtle dual wheel tracks at right in the grass add good lead in lines and perspective. Tfs & a safe and happy New Year to you & your family.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-12-30 19:11
Awesome capture of those wild geese against the backdrop of a beautiful architecture. Good lighting and nice details. Very well done, tfs.
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mesutilgim (95498) 2013-12-31 14:24
Hello dear Malgo,
I missed this wonderfull capture ! Enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and all the best for the New Year !
claudeD (39621) 2014-01-01 6:24
Wonderful picture from Castle Howard showing this amazing old architecture and you have introduced life to the shot with this many wild geese.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adores (45715) 2014-01-02 13:54
What a nice foreground with all these geese flying. I like that magnificent castle and you surely captured it on a great moment! I can see you had another great trip:)!
Have an excellent 2014!
fritzi007 (11043) 2014-06-18 16:19
im ersten Moment dachte ich an den Film von Hitchcocks, "die Vögel"!
Wirklich ein orginelles Foto.
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (99901)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-06
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-28 1:01