Description This is something I don't know and am very frustrated as to how to find the answer. But I think, after observation, and I say, I THINK, that goslings have to be taught to drink and swallow. At least that's my conclusion after watching them extensively for most of yesterday afternoon. I watched as time and again Mama Goose dipped her bill into the pond and a couple of seconds later the young ones followed her actions. Then she would stand up with her bill full of water, wait for a bit, it seemed, until goslings all had full bills and were intently watching Mama. Then she would tip her had back and swallow. I watched intently, as the goslings watched Mama intently, and then they followed suit, tipping their heads back and swallowing. Humans, being born knowing how to swallow, made this seem like a curious need to me. But only momentarlly as I remembered my ornithology and bird physiology and if I'm right, water and food would go directly into their very complex respiratory system if they did not carefully direct it. I could be very wrong. I'm still searching for the answer, but I'm so excited about observing this that I wanted to share the photo NOW!
Brenda Leitow Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Photography is one of the most essential things to a happy life, in my world. Every time I get out my camera I go out and bathe myself in light and color and line and texture... and everything in the world around me. Photography is a very emotional art for me. When I take photos in the rain, or in the morning dew, or when the light gets soft near sunset, or sharp at sunrise, the light creates such an atmosphere that I can almost feel the colors melting right into my being, creating their lasting impressions. My job as an artist is to capture colors, not always as I see them, but also how I imagine them to be. I manipulate light and color to my desire. It's rather like a prism, bending the light, showing color. Only as a photographer I bend the light less precisely, leaving some breathing space for the light to find its own path. The light creates itself in that way, taking away my control, and does amazing things with color that never even occurred to me to imagine.
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