Goose steps or people steps – what’s the dif? #Wordless Wednesday #National Walking Day (280/1,256 mi./450/2,021 km. for me in 2021)

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

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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26 Responses to Goose steps or people steps – what’s the dif? #Wordless Wednesday #National Walking Day (280/1,256 mi./450/2,021 km. for me in 2021)

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Ha! Excellent question. Nice goose photos, too.

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  2. J P says:

    As long as the steps are in the grass and not in the middle of the road I’m fine with them, whatever they’re called.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I agree JP as they like to cross the road very slowly. We had an incident recently involving three wild turkeys who stood in the middle of a busy thoroughfare. The police were alerted to a back-up on Fort Street, so they hurried over there. One police officer kept flinging his coat at the trio of turkeys to get them to the other side and they attacked him. He climbed into the police car and they pecked the car! They finally crossed the road on their own accord … nobody puts turkeys in the corner I guess. 🙂

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  3. Ari says:

    lol lovely photos, that goose looks like he’s enjoying himself out and about!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, he was having a Sunday stroll Ari and his feet were almost as big as mine, so he made powerful strides! Hope you are still enjoying your occasional forays to local parks too.

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      • Ari says:

        We just went out today to a lovely local park after being inspired by your photos again.

        Sadly the hedge maze was closed for maintenace but we took a long leisurely stroll around the large lake and even stopped for sandwiches at the far side, so peaceful (until 2 geese came shrieking in for a lake landing) lol.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Well I am glad you are sticking to the promise you made yourselves to get out and enjoy nature more. Those geese are a pain – wherever they are, they either strut around and hiss and flap their wings or they shriek like banshees.

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  4. The goose steps seemed purposeful. Handsome geese!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I thought so too Anne. They have really big feet and I’ll bet they could match my stride! I think the Canada geese are handsome. We also have Cackling geese here, though not as prevalent as Canada Geese – they look identical but very short necks.

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      • I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a Cackling goose. Probably not.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I was at Elizabeth Park last Fall and took pictures of a lot of Canada geese and called it “a goose convention” … they were everywhere, crossing the road and holding up traffic, congregating near the water … it was quite a sight. I saw this one goose, looked like the others, but was short and squat and a short neck. I thought maybe it was like “the runt of the litter” for lack of a better term. I didn’t take pictures of it as I’d taken a lot of pics already. I follow the Detroit Audubon Society on Facebook and the President of DAS often goes out on his own or they have group outings to see and photograph birds. He was at Elizabeth Park, the same time as me and took pictures of it and did a post that night that said “this is a Cackling Goose and you don’t see them often around her – not the similarities to the Canada Goose” … so I learned something. This is what it looks like at this link:
        https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cackling_Goose/id

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      • Thank you for the link. I would not have noticed that goose if I had seen it. It’s so much like the Canada Goose.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re welcome Anne – so you learned something just like I did. At a glance, I wouldn’t be making any distinction. I thought it was just a smaller goose, so I was glad to see his post and learn the truth.

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  5. Joni says:

    As long as there’s no green geese goop left behind I don’t care where they walk!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Oh yes – you have to watch where you walk and if you are distracted, you must do a poop check on the soles of your shoes before you climb into the car or walk into the house. Wait ’til the goslings arrive at the end of the month – more grass-eating geese walking and pooping on the path.s

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  6. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………………………Hmmmmm……………………………….maybe that’s why Mr. & Mrs. Meany (Geese) early this morning were walking right beside me when actually Mrs. Meany should have been on her nest………………………………

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yep – she said to herself “Ann Marie gets out on her daily walks, so I’m going too … after all, a girl has to stretch her legs sometimes and it is National Walking Day too.”

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  7. You have me picturing a pedometer attached to a goose leg… Very nice pictures, Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Barbara – glad you liked them. That goose was stomping around the grounds at Council Point Park. Nope, no pedometer attached, but his feet were pretty big, so I think he could put some serious mileage on those big webbed feet.

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  8. Laurie says:

    Thanks for updating us on your progress, Linda. I bet with this nice weather, you are really making good progress toward your walking goal these days! 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Well, I usually do it quarterly Laurie, but since it was so close to National Walking Day and I had the “goose-stepping” pictures, I decided to just hold off a while longer. I felt like I should have walked more than 280 miles, but February was brutal for steps due to the snow, ice and Polar Vortex, so I won’t beat myself up too much over it. The weather’s been great this week as you said and I walked six miles this morning!

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  9. Geese really can strut their stuff! Not a bird to mess with.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, they have big feet and they go fast when they are on the move. This one was walking all over Council Point Park and he got in my face about food … I got a picture of the indignant look he gave me, then he backed off and I got these pictures of him strutting his stuff. 🙂 I knew it would be the subject of my National Walking Day post.

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  10. This goose has a confident walk. With Canadian geese I notice the roundness of their bodies…reminds me of squishy stuffed dolls. They look huggable although that could lead to some injuries and trauma on both goose and human.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, those geese may look friendly but you get too close and they hiss and flap their wings – heck, you saw the gander’s histrionics with its mate for no reason. The hissing, wing flapping. In the next week or so, we will be seeing goslings and then the gander will be even more agitated as he protects his family. I always go around them and give them wide berth. They are a force to be reckoned with as are the Mute Swans.

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