December 1. I turned the calendar page and the season also turned. Official winter doesn't start for three weeks or so, but winter weather arrived today with our first real snow of the season. It was barely more than a dusting, but it stayed on the ground all day.
I drove over to the Hudson River along Spier Falls Road and was struck by the dramatic beauty of dark water and snow-dusted banks.
On my way home, I passed by Loughberry Lake, which serves as the reservoir for Saratoga Springs, and was startled to see the surface of the lake nearly covered by a huge flock of Snow Geese. It's a rare occurrence to see any of these beautiful snow-white birds, but to see a flock this size is truly astounding. This photo shows only about half the number that were moving noisily across the smooth water of this small inner-city lake.
The Snow Geese were joined by a number of Canada Geese, all honking loudly. I wonder what they have to say to one another?
I also wonder if this is the same flock of Snow Geese that my fellow blogger at Northview Dairy Farm in Fultonville reported landing on the Mohawk River yesterday. You can see her video footage of them filling the air like snow flurries by visiting her blog Northview Diary.