June 11, 2012

My Walking Adventure

 After work and quite overcast after a spectacular day where so many people coming in the library remarked about the sun and the glorious air and how we should all get outside.  Well, yes.  Afterwork when the sun has beat a hasty retreat and the rain is contemplating falling.  All the little turtles that sun on the rocks were not to be seen - and then I saw one.  In the bushes, down by the lilypads, a spectacular turtle, a glossy orange splash of color on its shell...I climbed as low as I dared and crept up to catch a photo of this amazing creature only to realize it was an orange soda bottle bobbing in the rushes.  Chagrined, I marched on only to come across what places a small terror in my heart....
 Many of them, walking from me with astonishingly lack of speed as I suggested very nicely they move and thanked them for not flying at me and eating my eyes or whatever geese do to people walking alone without witnesses.
 My next sighting was a wild floating box of rooms...
 more geese, who hopefully would not awaken as I passed, enraged at being disturbed, fly up and eat my eyes or whatever geese do....
 the companion to the first floating box about five minutes down from the first.  We are next to a high school so I imagine this was their creative tossing of the project.  Wonder what grade they got.
 Was about to despair realizing I am an utter fail at nature between the soda turtle and my slight terror of geese in packs, when up from the bank came Mama Duck and three babes.  No, I am not afraid of ducks.  Or puppies.  Or ladybugs and star fish.  Although I refuse to call the latter sea stars as it is most annoying when they up and change things like the name of creatures or like declaring Pluto is no longer a planet.  The hell it isn't.
 She let me stand close, they huddled in the cool air for warmth.  She checked me out and decided to eat some grass, hang out, relax.
Not so bad, I decided, if a Mama Duck decides you are a good enough sort to trust around her babies.  Thanks, Mama Duck, I feel better.  And it didn't rain on me after all.

3 comments:

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

That floating box of rooms is a surprising find! Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Suz dear - What? no scary rabbits? xo J

Susan said...

Bunnies on the twilight lawn - not scary. But...well, as we all know, there's a dark side to bunnies.