Duck, Duck, But Mostly Goose

geese-and-duck-swimmingOne of the many delightful things about having a pond in the neighborhood is the way it attracts wildlife — in this case,  the occasional duck, but mostly geese (of the Canada variety)

geese-in-dark-waterAnd sometimes turtles. They tend to lurk at the far end of the pond. The Geese and ducks seem to get along well.

geese-and-a-buddydespite the dominance of geese.

geese-advance-guardI haven’t had the privilege of seeing any duck babies either.

geese-adolescentbut the geese are clearly family-oriented.

geese-and-dunce-cap-twoAnd they do sort of take over the place.

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The Pond of Summer

the-pond--high-summerI call it a  pond, but technically, it’s a “stormwater reclamation project.” It sits adjacent to several fairly high density (for the suburbs) living areas, including the apartment complex where I live. For those of us who live nearby, it’s a blessing of many kinds. I like to take its picture.

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And then there’s the geese

geese-in-glassy-water-twoFor a while there, this spring, it seemed like the pond was a goner. They, the ubiquitous they, came in, put up a chain-link fence and proceeded to dig.

earth-moving-equipment-throNobody knew what they had in mind, but it didn’t look promising. Day after day, big trucks came in and out, carrying away dirt and stones. Pretty soon, it began to look like a field

the-pond-is-gone and we began to wonder whether we should be resigning ourselves to another development going up or something equally non-aquatic. Then, Saturday, as I was driving up that road I noticed the chain-link fence was gone. I pulled over immediately, parked at the side, and ran to look. The pond was back.

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Of course it looks a little ragged right now

pond-with-grass-summer-14 - Copy - Copy but no complaints. Long live the pond!

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