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Monday, August 22, 2011

My World: Dawn to Daybreak

When I first started out on my Saturday morning walk everything was very quiet and peaceful.

There was a lone fisherman, calm water birds, and a few walkers/runners.
The first sign of territorial disputes was when I spotted a pair of humans rolling big blue cans towards the geese who tend to relax in this particular field.
As I moved away heading to the other side of the lake the geese had started standing up but were still holding their ground and the lake was still peaceful and quiet.
On the other side of the lake everything was calm with a few ducks and geese, and no people.
I was grateful to have caught this time of morning when there aren't many people out yet.
Even the water birds were in small groups and not crowding yet at the bridge like they do when people start feeding them.
Then all of the sudden all hell broke loose with loud honks and geese flying over the lake from the field side to the bridge side.
I assumed the pair with the blue barrels were chasing the geese away from the field.
Once I was back to the field side the area with blue barrels was empty of all geese and humans too.
I heard this loud voice screaming, IN OUT IN HOLD IN OUT . . . . and the humans were exercising on a spot a little bit away from the regular geese field. The shouter was the man who had been positioning the blue barrels. I assume that later the exercise group would be doing something involving the barrels and the area formerly held by the geese.
In case you think the humans won the territorial dispute, the next day I noticed the geese got their revenge.
Normally the part of the fields where the group was exercising is clear of geese and ducks, even when there aren't people there. The geese always seem to gather at the place where they were displaced from.
When I returned to the lake on Sunday, the geese and ducks weren't in their regular part of the field where they'd been displaced on Saturday. Instead they were in the area where people tend to put down yoga and exercise mats (where the group I photographed exercising on Saturday were) and where a lot of groups do exercises, tai chi and yoga.
All the photographs in this post were taken Saturday morning (Raleigh, NC) but I couldn't resist mentioning the revenge of the geese on Sunday. I'm sure that even if they got chased off from the exercise place they left lots of presents to stick on the yoga mats. You can click for the home of That's my World Tuesday if you haven't read the memorial post to the founder, Klaus, and the notice that out of respect this theme will not continue on the home page. I have however noticed that some participants and co-hosts are going to continue posting from their world, on their blogs, because Klaus was an inspiration to look around the world we live in. That's also my inclination and this was my favorite weekly theme. Thanks to Klaus for starting it and to all the hosts who maintained it.


DeniseinVA said...

I would have loved this walk and your photos took us right along. They're beautiful!

Gillian said...

Great pictures, I particularly like the one of the guy in the kayak fishing.

Penelope Notes said...

Lol … goose gifts can take over the territory in some of my favorite walking spots, too! I love the early mornings shots, Carver. You captured the enchanted quiet time … just before the world wakes. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh so many things catching your attention on your walk. Your photos are wonderful, all of them, but my fave is the image of the kayaker, the second one.

Carver here I am again asking for this weekly favor to be signed up at the main page. [mymillado at g mail dot come]

Thanks a bunch.

Anonymous said...

My World is my absolute favourite too.

Love the peaceful shots at the beginning - just lovely!

SandyCarlson said...

I love the revenge of the geese. What a gorgeous sequence!

Some of us were very surprised to find out our names were signed off on agreeing to end the meme. (Someone even took the liberty of revoking our permission to post to the meme. Very odd.) We will likely create a new blog as MWT Mark II! Stay tuned!

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful world you have, Carver! And what terrific captures! I love "accompanying" you on your walks and thank you for sharing the beauty of your world! I'm still hoping be may be able to salvage something and continue, as so many people have expressed such disappointment at losing this meme. I think that alone is a wonderful tribute to Klaus and his incredible talent. Have a lovely week!


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was a most interesting walk ! The geese are going to win I think! But how fascinating about people exercising, yoga etc outdoors. I love that.

I've noticed the same thing this evening as I blog hop that you mention about people still posting and I too am sure we will all think of Klaus each week and thank him for all he did. (And as well, the other hosts.)


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