Each spring I have the opportunity to survey temperate nesting Canada geese across Kentucky. The surveys allow the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to monitor goose populations within Kentucky. These surveys are part of a coordinated effort within the Mississippi Flyway. Temperate nesting geese serve as a valuable buffer to the harvest of migrant goose populations. We fly across numerous randomly distributed 2 square mile boxes and count all the geese and nests within each. These are then used to predict a population within the state.
While transitioning between plot, I manage to shoot a few pictures out the window. I am fascinated by the landscape patterns which can only be seen from above.
I had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful Friday at Keeneland on the day before the Toyota Bluegrass Stake. The highlight of the day was the Maker’s Mile, a grade 1 turf race. The star of the race was 2 time Breeder’s Cup Champion Wise Dan. Wise Dan did not disappoint with a solid win in the Makers Mile. Outside of the Stake race, there were large fields all day with great racing. These are a few of the shots from the day.
I look forward to opening day of Keeneland’s spring and fall meets every year. It is fascinating to me to watch these amazing animals roar by at full speed and enjoy watching the tactics of a race as it unfolds. The opening of the Spring 2014 meet was begun in less than ideal weather conditions. Light rain and mist early on gave way to clearing skies but increasingly strong winds. The racing was great even if the crowd was not as large as it might have been. These are a few of the pictures from my day enjoying the races.