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East Providence, Rhode Island
I stopped at Bold Point on my way home from work today. This flock of Canada Geese were hanging out off-shore, just floating in place. They provided an interesting foreground for a late afternoon photo of the river and bridge. What struck me, though, was the fact that they were still here despite temperatures that dropped into the 20s today. You see, Canada Geese are allegedly migratory. At least, they were migratory when I was a kid. We'd see huge flocks of them flying south throughout September and October, and those flocks would return north in April. Not so much anymore, though. As people started feeding the geese in the ponds and rivers around the state, and as their numbers grew dramatically, their migratory behavior changed. Now, large flocks of the geese are permanent residents and they've turned into a major nuisance, polluting ponds and lakes, and turning most open fields (like golf courses) into fertilizer mine fields.
Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX. I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, boost black, and boost white. A levels adjustment was added in PSE.