Respite.

Another beautiful day dawned and I was out the door by 9:00 a.m. and headed to Council Point Park for my walk around the perimeter path. I am convinced that this haven of water, brush, trees and a little bit of wildlife could very well be called Lincoln Park’s gem. There were just a handful of people walking or jogging the perimeter today and no bikers. I was walking along minding my business when suddenly two huge Canada Geese waddled out from behind a brushy area and crossed my path. They were so busy squawking at one another that they didn’t see me and stopped right in front of me. I figure they were busy gossiping and oblivious to humans. They looked a little scared (and I was too – these guys were big and years ago I had an encounter at Silver Lake with a big swan who came after me, flapping its wings and running pretty quickly). I stopped in my tracks and they goose-stepped across the path with their huge, black webbed feet and started squawking to one another again. I had to smile and thought of my two plastic life-sized geese Mickey and Minnie and I have to put them outside this year. They are my brethren after all. I saw several squirrels, still chubby from the Winter, digging fast and furiously in various mulched areas as they frantically tried to recall where they buried their stash of nuts. I think I saw one scratching his head. Whether it was to prompt him to remember the hidey-hole or merely a bad case of fleas I don’t know. I also saw several huge fleet-footed rabbits; I’d have loved to have seen a litter of bunnies but none were within my sight anyway. I had just recovered from the encounter with the geese, when I saw a wiggle of ears out of the corner of my eye, and again I stopped in my tracks to not spook them and next thing I knew I saw a flash of white powder-puff tail go by. The birds at the Ecorse Creek are plentiful and I heard more different birdcalls than I saw the actual birds. I saw a Red-Winged Blackbird in the marshy area and if I had a camera I could have gotten a great close-up. I saw several goldfinches flitting around the marsh area as well. I identified a cardinal’s sweet song and now am going to make it a point to look for my copy of “Audubon Bird Guide to North American Birds” which my mom bought me years ago. I think they also have many websites where you can hear actual birdsong and identify the bird by its call and they have images to match up the birds as well. I am going to do this before I return to the Park next weekend. I am limited to this journey on weekends only since the entire round trip takes me 1 ½ hours – I won’t win any prize for my time expended on the walk but meandering through this idyllic little setting is well worth taking time to linger and take in a little of nature’s beauty.

Post script: When I finished up this post I left and decided to Google and find out more about Council Point Park. On doing this, I saw some pictures posted from earlier today – one picture was of a gentlemen I passed the time of day with and he had snapped some pictures of what maybe were the goose and gander I encountered. I wish I’d have been lucky enough to see the goslings!

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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