Nature Walks – The Goslings Out for a Stroll

The goslings are already growing up.  They are becoming a lot more independent and are venturing further and further away from Mom and Dad.  But they are still absolutely adorable.  The goslings have Mom and Dad on the run, going in all different directions at once.

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The goslings are curious about their surroundings.  They are checking everything out.

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We’re bored now.  We’re off to explore.

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One last look before heading out.

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Since I have been doing my Nature Walks series, I have been thinking it might be fun to publish a little book about “Life Around The Lakes“, but I have no idea how to do this.  But I am curious – 1) Is there any interest in this?  2) How much is this going to cost?  3)  Are my shots worthy to be published?  Larry says “they are good shots, but not great shots”.  I don’t know.  I am just having fun with it and capturing things the way I see them.  I am DEFINITELY NOT a pro, by any means of the imagination.  A couple of you have offered some suggestions.  Thank you.  IF I decide to do this, which is a big IF, I would donate the proceeds, assuming there were any, to a charity, preferably a charity that supports nature and the animals.  I have a lot of questions, and am in the very beginning stages of even thinking about this.  What are your thoughts an/or advice?

Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.

 

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

29 thoughts on “Nature Walks – The Goslings Out for a Stroll”

  1. Yes do a book! It might be expensive, but you can start a Go Fund Me or Kickstart account and people contribute to the cost and you can give them a book when it comes out. This seems to work well for people who want to self-publish. I love your photos!

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  2. I know a little bit about publishing having served as an editor of a poetry anthology for three years. I self-published a poetry chapbook in 2012 and have edited others.

    I think it’s great that you want to do a book. I just encourage you to keep your expectations low. Consider it a labor of love rather than a money making opportunity. With the flood of self-published books that hit the market every year, authors are considered successful if they recoup their costs. Photographs may make the cost prohibitive. You would also need high resolution, high quality photos. Professional photographers spend years selling photos one by one and most don’t do book.

    Check out lulu.com and the Amazon self-publishing program. Spend some time reading through the parameters to decide if this is something you’re willing to do. It’s entirely possible. The decision will hinge on time & money (as most things in life do) balanced with your passion for the project. You can do this.

    You could also consider writing a story about the animals that share your world, for children and adults, rather than a photo essay. Find an illustrator. Best of luck to you!

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  3. I see what Larry means. He’s thinking of those powerful “wow” shots we see in National Geographic and such. Here’s the thing – it depends on who you want your audience to be. If you want an Average American to buy it, I think you’re alright. But if you want to be internationally recognized, you should put in more work.

    1. The type of camera you’re using DOES matter.
    2. You need to start playing with filters and such so that you learn how to make some colors pop more, etc.

    I think the idea of a storybook with pictures is a good idea, too.

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      1. It’s not an easy thing. However, I want you to know that if it brings you joy, you should continue on looking into it! You put 150% into everything you love and the effects are appreciated. I know that!

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  4. Beautiful and full of life! The miraculous variety of so many precious living beings is awe inspiring! Einstein had said he was in awe every day; which is so easy to be for anyone if they take the time to really look and appreciate the mystery of it all! Thanks for these Nature Walks and how you share them Jeanne! 🤗

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      1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Haha so true that there are plenty more where those came from, and even more untapped brain power that’s been in the ready when called upon, to ponder the big questions along with finding those special shots to be awestruck by! I’m glad it’s such a pleasure Jeanne, and we don’t want any good opportunity or interest to go to waste; so keep on carrying on! 🤗

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      2. Oh and I was so caught up in how you were feeling my pain I almost forgot to say goodbye, Jeanne. Hope you enjoyed that cutlery party btw.
        This little text to someone else should explain well enough I should think!
        “I’ve been watching you for a while learning as I go what the straight dope is and unfortunately I should have known when you stole one of my longer articles, Pandemic to Pandemonium and said that no mention of my name was an oversight; that was a serious indication of something being wrong and now I know I was right! You don’t stand on your own two feet you use others and stand on them, a parasite! Deception and Exploitation are woeful sins and you got them in full color!
        If there is anything I don’t like as much as deception it’s self-serving, bigoted snakes and leeches; and there are many on this media!”

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      3. Jeanne, thanks for the concern I know you mean it I’ve had a bad week or so and the last few days, I think that Dove dying the way it did and my losing control of a potential good outcome for the creation bothered me too much then other stuff starting hitting the fan it seems, which all put my emotions in a tail spin and I’ve been on an emotional roller-coaster for sure; along with some big events or circumstances have gotten me very worried, so I do snap and bark and may have been too lax in letting out any of that toward you. You’re perfectly welcome and have the right to blow it off and maybe once I get better sorted out here I will have a calming explanation. Just keep doing what you do best and hold onto faith and hope. Catch ya later!

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