Ricardo Puts His Best Face Forward

☆ November 30, 2010



45 Responses to “Ricardo Puts His Best Face Forward”

  1. Candice
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    What a tongue ! ROFL !!!

  2. hello haha narf
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    (just what i needed this fine tuesday. thanks!)

  3. Preesi
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    Shreve he needs a girlfriend!


    Years ago I thought of buying black swan eggs and renting the swans for Goth wedding pictures.
    But Im too lazy and my foxes and raccoons would eat them when they come feed at night…

    Ive had a duck pair land in my yard a few years ago, they were cute…

  4. Tracy
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    omg..goose tongues are so cute!!! Who knew???

  5. shreve
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Preesi ~ I have always wanted black swans! Actually, I wanted to have an entirely black garden – black tulips, black irises, black dahlias – and a dark pond with black swans :)

  6. mary devries
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    I can recall being chased by a mother goose when I went to collect her eggs. Someone had stolen our gander so I had to get teh eggs for mom who would not see them wasted. I learned to clear the four board fence at super high speed.

  7. sybann
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Shreve, you as a blonde Scandahoovian Goth Goddess? Heee.

  8. Dawn
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    LOL Ricardo needs a Lucy goosey…just sayin :)

  9. Sandy
    November 30th, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    i have heard of being goosed. i have heard of blowing a raspberry. but i have never heard of a goose blowing a raspberry =o)

  10. Lisa K.
    November 30th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    I LOVE Ricardo!!!

  11. Chris
    November 30th, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Yes, the return of Ricardo! Glad to see him in good form; he doesn’t have much use for the paparazzi, does he?

  12. Preesi
    November 30th, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Shreve? Do you get raccoons?
    I love raccoons

  13. Trisha
    November 30th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    Oh, Ricardo! You handsome devil, you! Mwah! (big smoocheroo!)

  14. Karen
    November 30th, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

    How adorable. Ricardo looks like he’s saying “Aflack!”

  15. Barbara
    November 30th, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    We have a goose named Maria here who lives at Echo Park Lake in LA and has a human sweetheart named Dominick. He comes and spends hours with her every day and she follows him everywhere. He even gets her to fly a little by taking leave of her on his motorbike. He arrives on it and parks it at the far end of the lake, and then, later, when it’s time for him to go and he starts to drive away, she flies alongside until he gets to the other end of the lake. Then it’s goodbye for the day; she’s too smart to fly across the road and onto the freeway.

  16. Farmer Lady
    November 30th, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    He looks as though he’s trying to take a bite out of you, with a wing slap to follow… ow!

  17. Siobhan
    November 30th, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    You don’t think about bird tongues until confronted with one (or more), do you? My parrots’ tongues are a source of fascination for me and now we get a lovely view of Ricardo’s.

  18. carmen
    November 30th, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Well, hello sir! He is adorable.

  19. mlaiuppa
    November 30th, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    I half expect to see him with a cowbell.

  20. Alex
    November 30th, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

    Ha! He reminds me of Ferdinand, the duck from Babe I can just imagine his mental voice.


  21. Carrie
    November 30th, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    Ah, this brings back memories. We used to have a white chinese goose named Spud, and he loved to attack our winter boots (while we were wearing them, naturally). No animal does righteous indignation like a goose; I think every one of Spud’s honks could have been translated as, “How DARE you?!”

  22. shreve
    November 30th, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    Carrie ~ EXACTLY!!!

  23. Sarah
    November 30th, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    Great capture!

  24. JewishGal
    November 30th, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    I love Ricardo so so much.

  25. Kaelie
    November 30th, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

    Haha, Ricardo is so adorable.

  26. Deborah
    December 1st, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do,” said Ricky Ricardo… looks like Ricardo’s imitation? Maybe?

  27. Janet in Cambridge
    December 1st, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    That’s why geese make such good “watchdogs.” Of course, they can be a be somewhat unselective at times!

  28. Marg
    December 1st, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    I would rather face the farm dog than a pack of these guys. Their pinch hurts like H— and the bruise lasts forever. Then there are those wings to beat the rest of your body with. No thanks.

  29. Marg
    December 1st, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    Oh, but he’s lovely Shreve.

  30. Donna
    December 1st, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    Great picture, made me laugh first thing in the morning.

    Marg – I volunteer for Wildlife Rehab and know exactly what you mean about the pinch, and they seem to know exactly where it hurts the most. I have had quite a few Canada Geese “pinches”

  31. catherine
    December 1st, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    Monsieur Ricardo, looking well and fierce, what happens to him when it snows ? Does he live in the barn ?
    I hope he makes it to the calendar next year, in the cow section…

  32. Jenny C
    December 1st, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    Okay… now it’s a party. Ricardo has arrived, harrumphing all the way.

    Ricardo waddling toward “his” cattle… funny.
    Ricardo holding court on his throne in the hay beside a placid bull or cow… even funnier.
    Ricardo honking this literal tongue-lashing… priceless.

  33. Beverly Murphy
    December 1st, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    about 4 years ago we were camping outside of Billings, Montana at a place called Cooney Resevoir State Park. It was mid October and late evening. we were setting up tent and heard a rustling sound from the bushes and out comes a full grown goose with his head down and wings out!! i was so surprised i just stood there and as he came towards me, i yelled and he stopped and just walked around me making sort of ‘honking’ but quietly..very strange. he ( we called him ‘gus’ just for fun) just walked around us while we went about setting up camp. we could hear other geese in the distance calling and making noise but gus didnt answer them back but he would chatter at us when were talking to each other. when we were cooking dinner at the fire, he sat next to my boyfriend and poked at him and chatted-very surreal. when we went to sleep, he sat out side the tent all night and made these deep low noises. he stayed all night, the next day sharing my bagel with me and walking with us..quiet the experience!!

  34. Colleen G
    December 1st, 2010 @ 12:07 pm


  35. Assana
    December 1st, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    Me thinks Ricardo is frisky! :)

  36. Barbara R
    December 1st, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    Loving Ricardo and all these hilarious and wonderfully charming comments!

  37. Sherri
    December 1st, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    That’s some guard “dog”.

  38. Carley
    December 1st, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    This is such an awesome picture : )

  39. Maia
    December 2nd, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    What a stitch. Shreve. I have black irises. If you’d like one, after they’ve bloomed I could send you one. I’m sure if I sent it to Shreve Stockton, Ten Sleep, Wyoming you’d get it.

  40. Marg
    December 2nd, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    Here’s a project for you Shreve, not that you don’t have enough to do, a family group photo! You’ve expanded so much that I get mixed up when you talk about certain animals. Then again I’m over a certain age where getting mixed up is common.

  41. Pat D.
    December 2nd, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Funny pic!

    Re Sherri and ” watch dog” comment– I’ve heard that in ancient times geese were used as watch animals because they were noiser and more dependable than dogs, so you’re not far off with that observation!

  42. Janet H.
    December 2nd, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    Great picture–who knew geese had such pink tongues!

    And, by the way, NPR has a feature on a Natl. Geographic photographer whose photos of Western landscapes remind me of yours. Here’s the link to their Picture Show section,

    Thought you would appreciate it.

  43. Andrea in Guelph, Ontario
    December 4th, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    Ha! Can you honk at him for me? ;)

  44. Terry
    December 5th, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    I loove him!!!!

  45. Puller
    February 16th, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    I love it when I can catch photos of my deer with their tongues out! Great photo of Ricardo.

    I love Wyoming, it is so open.

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