Sometimes you can’t win for losin’. Last weekend I went to Council Point Park hoping to get a few warm and fuzzy photos of Canada Geese and their goslings, but I saw none.

Today, I was taking the car for a little spin before walking. At the busy intersection of Goddard and Fort Street, I had to do a double take.  First, I saw a pair of Canada Geese in the grassy median as I was stopped for an extraordinarily long light.  I figured they were there for a bite to eat as the grass was longish.  However, when I looked a little closer, I was surprised to find that pair of Canada Geese were guarding four fuzzy-looking goslings that were tucked in between them.  None of these fine-feathered friends seemed to mind the traffic as it whizzed by during the a.m. rush hour, which got me wondering how they got to this busy spot in the first place?  Did they bold and brazenly cross busy Fort Street in the midst of traffic, or wander there in the wee hours of the morning when there was little, if no traffic?  Or were they lost, loose in an environment, out of their element and far from their quiet sanctuary down at Council Point Park?

Well, my mind raced. I could take the car home and grab the camera which I left behind as it looked like rain, and then return to the area to catch a shot or two.  But, what if a couple of the goslings slipped away from their “safe harbor” and wandered out into the busy street?  I sure didn’t want any part of that scenario, bleeding heart that I am. Nor did I wish to see a slew of angry drivers, and a whole lot of honking going on – not necessarily by the geese of course.

So … I didn’t return to this idyllic scene.

I drove home, parked the car and left on my walk, which turned out to be a very nondescript trek, devoid of any visible wildlife – they were there all right, as I heard twitters and tweets by the songbirds, who remained out of sight. I guess the squirrels and rabbits were sleeping in.

This morning yielded an unexpected glimpse of proud parents and their brood in a most-unlikely place, and, I knew I couldn’t top that morning treat after I moved on from that scene.

I’ll leave you with a little Wednesday wisdom: In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle


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About Linda Schaub

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, so 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 four 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, though 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. - Linda Schaub
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6 Responses to Loosey-Goosies.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I went by there about 7 pm last night, the road didn’t have any red marks on it. I know the drivers get a little the annoyed but they will wait for the geese.


  2. Callie says:

    This world is all mixed up even the wildlife are confused. Thank you for the stories. I always love them.


  3. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………I caught the……..whole lot of honging going on…………………and I marvel at your aptitude to come up with Mr. Aristotle’s quote : “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous”


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