I had the pleasure of flying across the entire state of North Dakota yesterday at a lower altitude than I normally fly. The scenery was wonderful and the light was amazing as it played upon the earthy browns and ochres of late autumn. In the process I encountered many gigantic flocks of snow geese flying, on the ground, and in water. The photo (cell phone shot) above shows one particular setting in north-central North Dakota. Does it not look like a bleached coral reef? I think it does. But it’s snow geese, lots of snow geese.
In addition, there was one somewhat artistic view of an area which shows some of the habitat North Dakota enjoys (yes, that’s a swath of snow in the distance). Is it any wonder they call the Prairie Potholes region the duck factory of the continent?