Thursday, November 5, 2009

Saying Goodbye to the Geese

The other morning on the way to work, another round of Canada Geese were in the cornfield, resting and eating what they could find before they continued on their journey.  I look out for the geese every day.  Somehow, they are a comfort to me.  This day, I decided to stop and take a photo.  Unfortunately, by the time I got my SD stick out of my laptop and into my camera and out of the back seat of my car, the geese had moved off, too wary of me to continue scavenging in the harvested cornfield. They retreat to the grass farther away from the road.  So, the photos are not good, but if you click on the photo, it will fill the screen and give you a better view if you would like.

These geese are just passing through.  They came from somewhere farther North, but even here is not the end, not their Winter's resting spot.  Snow will likely cover this field in a month.  There was, though, a small flock who make their Summer home just a mile closer to my home on this same road.  Each year they arrive, perhaps a half dozen pairs.  Not long after they arrive, dozens of small grey goslings follow behind their parents.  I am always amazed at how quickly they lay and hatch their eggs.  This flock of geese spend the whole Summer in ths spot just down the road, where a small pond nestles in the middle of a few acres of grassy field.  In another amazingly brief amount of time, the goslings are indistinguishable from their parents.  Then they fly off, and it's Fall.

Right now, I can not describe why I feel so strongly about these geese, or even what I feel.  It's almost like all the rhythm and power of seasons and life are condensed into these migrating geese. 

Since the photos were taken, I haven't seen any more geese.  I think the last of them have passed on through, but I look forward to their return.


  1. Perhaps they will arrive near my house for the winter. Floating in the lake, awaiting my husband's toss of dog food .

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for these thoughful words about the seasons and time, and geese. I love your photos. They remind me of the years I lived in Alaska, where we definitely measured the seasons by what the geese were doing.

    Hope you're doing well. Thanks for your kind comment a few weeks ago.

  3. The changing of the beautiful...and the geese are so emblematic!!! You are so very, very right!!! Love your thoughts...and I think these photos are great!!! Have a wonderful weekend...enjoy the cooler weather and autumn days!! ~Janine XO

  4. There was, though, a small flock who make their Summer home just a mile closer to my home on this same road. Each year they arrive, perhaps a half dozen pairs.

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  5. Just stopping by to see how you are...hope you are well! Miss you!!! With love, Janine XO


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