Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fowl Play at the Olympics

As you all know, the 2010 Olympics are currently being hosted on Canadian soil. Athletes from all over the world have been competing for gold in the beautiful west coast city of Vancouver. This post is about our own Canadian athletes. I may never have been to British Columbia but I have had the honour of photographing some of our country's finest Olympic hopefuls. Please remember to click on each image to enlarge - and let the games begin!

There are many events during the course of the two weeks but as with any sporting event, we'll open with our national anthem. Please stand for the singing of O Canada.

Curling is a popular sport in Canada. This athlete has just released the stone and watches as his teammates help to sweep its path to the house.

Down the ice, other team members shout encouragement to the sweepers. "Hurry! Hurry hard!"

Hockey is an exciting sport. Two players race down the ice to try to gain control of the puck.

The downhill ski course has high jumps. This athlete glides through the air before landing and continuing his run.

Speed skating is a fast-paced, exciting event. Canada's favourite contender is about to cross the finish line.

In the spotlight, a graceful figure skater performs a perfect routine.

Skating partners since goslinghood, Canada's favourites have completed a perfect performance in their ice dance.

They anxiously wait for the judges to present their scores. Top place!

The crowd goes wild with the thrill of victory!

Other couples were not as fortunate. Oh, the agony of defeat.

Please join us for the medal ceremony. We win gold - go Canada!


Jinksy said...

What a superb rendition of Olypic games, bird-style! You take the Gold Medal here, Hilary! :)

Maria said...

Great post, Hilary. Lovely photos as usual.

Steve Gravano said...

I agree with jinksy, you've got my vote for the Gold!

Tabor said...

Fun and more fun. YOu can keep me smiling in all this snow!

Cricket said...

Honestly, I haven't watched any of the Olympics this year. Once the kids are in bed, I'm looking for whatever silence I can find in the interval. Great summary, though. I can imagine the events more clearly now.

Brian Miller said...

wonderful pics...and fun words to go with them....smiles.

Nessa said...

This was so clever. I loved it.

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Boozy Tooth said...

LOL Hils!

The metaled geese are a hoot (honk?).

I adore Canadian Geese and yours are captured in all their splendor. The curling geese remind me of the ones I saw hurdling during the track and field events in the Summer Games. They are very versatile.

You know, we have a pair of Canadian Geese that always spend a week or two on our lake before migrating back north in the Spring. I'll see if I can capture a few photos of them for you. You may recognize them as part of the Vancouver team.

Love your sense of humor!

Anonymous said...

LOVE it!! :)

Robert Hill said...

I love it - well done...

Hilary said...

Thanks for the morning chuckle!!!!
Very good.

Zuzana said...

Ah, this was so much fun.;) I enjoyed getting to know the feathery contestants in the games.;))
Lovely images as always dear Hilary,

the Bag Lady said...

And the gold medal goes to Hilary for a fabulous post! This was excellent, Hil!

I have been watching some of the Olympics this time around, so all of this actually made sense to me! :)

Go, Canada!

Leah J. Utas said...

Well done, Hilary.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Now, that was fun. The gold medal and flag - nice touches indeed.

ellen abbott said...

Wonderful photos Hilary.

järnebrand said...

Oh, I just love sports... ;)
And the crowd goes wild...!
Lovely photos. Cute post. /Jo.

LadyFi said...

Oh so funny and charming - such a delight to read! Great photos too.

steviewren said...

Hilarious! You deserve to give yourself the award this time for Post of the Week! Gold Medal in Creative Writing and Water Fowling Watching.

Daryl said...

I am whistling and clapping and throwing croutons made from French bread ...

Frank Baron said...

Lard t'underin' Jaysus! Looks to me b'y, dat all dem atleets came from Gander, Newfoundland, eh? ;)

Swetha said...

ha ha ha ha :P
you are really hilarious! the 1st 4 pictures are Amazing!

Anonymous said...

As far as I am concerned this is the Post of the Week. Lovely, clever and funny too.

Meeko Fabulous said...

That was neat! :)

Dianne said...

this is brilliant!! my favorite part of the Olympics by far
now this is what I'd like to see non-stop coverage of :)

Suldog said...

Love it. Nice surprise at the end, as I don't remember you ever photoshopping much stuff before.

Oh, it's NOT photoshopped? Sorry!

Cheryl Kohan said...

This is just priceless, Hilary! Absolutely are a genius.

Anonymous said...

How cute is this!!!! You're something else!... GO CANADA!!
You're a great host!! :) The Bach

Susie said...

This was simply delightful Hilary! I love it@

NJ said...

Love it!

Karen said...

Made me smile...too cute! But who were those guys just sitting around with thier heads in their wing? teehee...

Nicole said...

u deffinately deserve GOLD for this :) the pics and the athlets are AWESOME !!! :)

Rosaria Williams said...


Pauline said...

What a GREAT post!

Cloudia said...

How VERY wonderful!!!!!!!!!

Aloha, Canadian Friend!

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Land of shimp said...

Now that was fun! I love silly, humorous things. I've just been gushing all over your purple post ...and I've seen the athletic prowess of water fowl. My mind is having a busy afternoon, I tell you.

Hilary, I don't know if I've ever told you this story before, and if I have, please forgive the repetition. My husband, working for the company before this one, where a lot of people were transferred to Colorado from Utah, was sitting around one lunchtime with a group of new arrivals. They were all outside on an autumn day, and the ex-residents of Utah were wildly amused by the number of geese in Colorado.

On and on they went, calling them "Stupid birds" and "Shouldn't you get a compass?" "Yeah, don't they know they are supposed to fly South" for the winter?

My husband listened to this conversation for about three minutes, and it was all variations of the same thing. Finally he took pity on the Utah folk:

"You do realize those are Canadian geese, don't you?"

They all admitted that, in fact, they were aware of this.

" do know that this is South to them, don't you?"

Canadian Geese, smarter than your average Utah transplant.

Kelly H-Y said...

That was AWESOME! Loved it!

Sara said...


This was so much fun:~) I love the real Olympics, but they don't me laugh like this photographic story did.

This post is a real Olympic moment. Thanks:~)

lime said...

oh that was priceless! loved the singing of the anthem and the curling pictures. just too funny! as for the figure skater, were those the judges in the foreground?

MaggieGem said...

Once again, a fabulous post! Always great fun to visit your blog, your pictures and words are just wonderful.

Hilary said...

• Jinksky, thanks. But really I was just wingin' it. ;)

• Thanks very much, Gaelikaa. :)

• Steve, thank you. I appreciate your vote of approval. :)

• Tabor, I'm glad to hear it. Thanks so much. :)

• Cricket, I can understand your needing the silence after spending all day with two young kidlets. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Brian, thanks kindly. :)

• Thank you, Nessa. :)

• Thanks, Alix. Yes, our Canada Geese can do it all. They're much like Clara Hughes. ;) Nice to know that some of our feathered athletes make a pit stop at your place. Sure, I'd love to see the pics. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, KC. :)

• Thank you, Robert. :)

• Hilary, glad to oblige. :)

• Zuzana, thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed my feathered friends. :)

• Baggie, many thanks from the podium. ;) I'm with you on the watching of the games. I'm even learning to like curling! Thanks for the visit, my ultra-busy friend. :)

• Thank you, Leah. :)

• MJ, I did have fun with Photoshop. Thanks kindly. :)

• Thank you, Ellen. :)

• Thanks kindly, Jo. :)

• Thank you, Lady Fi. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Steviewren, I'd like to thank you for this prestigious award. ;)

• LOL, Daryl. You so made me laugh with that. Thank you - our geese will be happy. :)

Hilary said...

• Frank, you've been hanging around my Newfie neighbour for too long now. ;) But you did make me laugh. :)

• Inty, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Moannie, thanks very kindly. :)

• Thank you, Meeko. :)

• Thanks, Dianne. We already have the Weather Network.. maybe we can create the Feather Network. ;)

• Ha, Suldog. I played around with Photoshop a couple of times before but usually say so.. unless it's really obvious. What? It wasn't really obvious this time? ;)

• Cheryl thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. :)

• Bach, thanks. This kind of hosting is fun. ;)

• Thank you, Susan. Glad to hear it. :)

• Thanks kindly, NJ. :)

• Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Those too were the losers, of course. ;)

• Nikina, thanks so much for the kind words. Much appreciated. :)

• Lakeviewer, thanks very kindly. :)

• Thank you, Pauline. :)

• Thanks, Cloudia. Much appreciated. :)

• Shimp, thank you. You made me laugh with "athletic prowess of water fowl" lol. No you've never told me that story and I think it's hilarious. Everyone thinks they're in the north.. even us Southern Ontarians. ;) Thanks for the laugh. :)

• Kelly, thanks very much. :)

• Sara, thank you. I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. :)

• Lime, thanks so much. Lime, they must have been judges. Or runaway curling stones. ;) Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Maggie, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Jeni said...

Excellent! Not that I expected anything less than that though.
Oh and I saw on one of the craft stores I frequent online an embroidery picture -of guess what -a cardinal in some branches! And you know who and what it brought to my mind too then, don't you?

Unknown said...

you are too funny, Hilary
Our house is in Olympic crazy mode.

Mage said...

Oh, lovely. I'm smiling as the women will gold.

Country Girl said...

You are so cool. And fun.

Nancy said...

I am hearing Oh Canada now! LOL! What a great post! One of the absolute joys for me, was being able to watch Canadian geese fly in formation while living in the Twin Cities. There were times they would fly at window level (my house was on a small hill) and I could see them up close. They are simply amazing. Beautiful and majestic. (I also had the good fortune to see a Snowy Owl. The Twin Cities being as far south as they venture.)

Thanks for such a cute post. It made my day.

Dave said...

Ha! Ha! Brilliant! Well done Hilary! Good luck Canada.(No medals for NZ) - Dave

Shammickite said...

I'm honkin' for ya!

Merisi said...


Unspoken said...

They remind me of the ice skaters. Graceful, lean and stretched out. I could almost cry at their beauty :).


Sueann said...

O Canada indeed!!! Brilliant!! Love the photos and the quips!

Display Name said...

BRAVO!!!!!!!!! APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!!!
Hilary, that was the BEST post I've seen in a long time, anywhere in cyberspace! Yey!!! I just loved it!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I LOVE THIS! Great job Hilary. I nominate YOU as a Post of the Week. This was perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

Hysterical! Thanks for the laugh.

Kat said...

Hahaha! So cute! And very clever. :)

Display Name said...

OMG...I just re-read the comments, ha ha ha, I totally read Frank's with the accents, lol!

SandyCarlson said...

I love these guys. They are so down home and so elegant at the same time.

holdingmoments said...

Absolutely brilliant post Hilary. I really enjoyed that; had me laughing all through it.

Hilary said...

• Thank you, Jeni. That's very cool about the cardinal craft kit. Did you get it? :)

• Thank you, Deb. They've been in full gear here too. :)

• Thanks, Maggie. Gold is smile-worthy! :)

• Thank very much, Kate. :)

• Nancy, thankfully, we're hearing O Canada a lot these days. Aren't the geese just fascinating to watch in formation? They're beautiful, incredible birds. I'm glad you got to enjoy them that way. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Dave thank you, very much. Nothing for NZ? In four years, maybe I can replace the geese with Kiwis. ;)

• You said it, Shamie! :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Merisi. :)

• Amy, thanks so much for the visit. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• SueAnn, thanks very much. It pleases me to know that you did. :)

• Rain, but tell me how you REALLY feel! ;) Thanks so much, my friend. I'm glad it made you smile. :)

• Joanna, thank you kindly. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Suzanne. I'm glad it evoked a laugh. :)

• Kat, thanks very much :)

• Rain, you'd think he was born a Newf, eh?

• Thanks, Sandy. They're so much fun to watch. Even more so to photograph. Thanks for the visit. :)

• HoldingMoments, thank you kindly. I'm so glad that it gave you a good laugh. :)

Cedar said...

THIS IS GOLD!!! I quacked up.

abb said...

That was fun!

SandyCarlson said...

Back again after watching some curling and laughing out loud.

Two of these guys came home today. I caught them in a very bad photo. I was so excited to hear the music, I just shot anything.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Cedar. I'm glad you came by for a gander. ;)

• Thank you, TSannie. :)

• Sandy, I know that feeling. I have countless poor shots of subjects that I just wanted to make sure I captured before even trying to set that camera right. It never works out for me. Thanks so much for the return visit. :)

Display Name said...

Oh yeah, of course! Next time I'll be more enthusiastic with my comments! :-D

Louise said...

Love this! Totally nominated for Post of the Week!

Anonymous said...

This is such pure Hilary -- I LOVE it. Canada did themselves proud, both as hosts and as competitors. And I LOVED the story that was told about Gander, NF hosting 7,000 people for several days after planes had to be diverted there because of the 9/11 attack. Boy, I would think that would have made every Canadian chest swell with pride.

btw, yes my first thought when I saw the berries on a limb was "monkey"! :)

photowannabe said...

Totally awesome. You are so clever. I think this is a favorite post for me.