A walk in the park 04-14-2010


     Today while going about my rounds, I spotted a couple of things that I thought were worthy of mention here. Granted neither of these things will make the news anywhere; they both fall under the category, I suppose, of Everyday Miracles. I’m not sure why, I just felt like sharing.

     First I saw a bunch of turtles on a log. I can’t tell you what a common sight this is around this part of the country, but this group of turtles just seemed to need a picture and a mention on the blog.

     You know, it is said in many cultures that to see nine turtles on the same log is good luck. Okay, I’m completely making that up, but feel free to repeat it if you wish. 🙂

A group of turtles on a log, as seen from the footbridge near the Visitor's Center at South Toledo Bend State Park.

 And another look, closer up.

A closer shot of the same turtles on the same log. 😛

     Then, while standing on the very same footbridge, I turned around and saw something that – for me – is a rare sight. I saw two Canada geese in the lake. I can remember when it seems like this would have been a very rare thing indeed. We always used to see them flying overhead, and I suppose they had to land somewhere, sometime; still, I’d never seen a Canada goose this close up that I could remember. So I had to do some research and see if there was a reason why.

     As it turns out, the National Geographic website had this to say: “Canada goose populations represent a successful wildlife protection program that revived dwindling numbers in the beginning of the 20th century. The birds were guarded by law and even reintroduced in some areas where their numbers had become low. Today the geese are a popular game bird, and some management concerns center on keeping populations in check because of their detrimental effect on crops.”

     Well, they may have a detrimental effect on crops, but I still enjoyed this sighting. Oh, and the other thing I learned about Canada geese is that they mate for life. Since they aren’t really sexually dimorphous (that is, the males and the females look basically the same), I like to assume that what we have here is a pair of lovebirds, if you will.

     Oh, and contrary to what I had thought, they’re not supposed to be called Canadian geese, but Canada geese.

Canada geese. Turns out they are supposed to be pretty common, but this was a rare sighting for me.

 

 

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