Sunday, May 25, 2008

Have You Seen My 27 Goslings?

.....said the mother goose.

Well YES I have!!! A few nights ago as my husband and I were leaving our neighborhood Ron spotted what looked like dozens of baby geese in a neighbors yard. There were only 2 adult geese on watch. If you are around geese enough you learn that the little ones are very closely watched and protected by both parents. Babies don't hang out with other families. You know exactly how many kiddies each pair has as they swim off. The children are usually between the parents in a fairly straight line.

Now for the most part we see anywhere from 2 to 6 offspring but this... well this was quite a deal. Today they showed up in our yard and try as we might we had a hard time counting all the way to 27. At first we thought it was 23, then 25 and finally in some photos I took tonight I figured out it's 27. I have many pictures to back that up.

The first 2 photos were taken by Ron this morning and I captured them swimming into the sun tonight. I WILL be using their cute little profiles in paintings really soon. I feel incredibly blessed on days like these, just to witness something so beautiful.

Sunset on Indian Lake Saturday night.


SavageBabble said...

Whew that a lot of duckies.
...and Yes! It is that ducky time of the year. There are always at least 2 stories on the news about traffic being held up so duckies could cross or firemen rescuing ducklings from a storm drain or something. They are sooo adorable.

Lauren Alexander said...

Good gravy that is quite the family! Mary you find the most wonderful things to share :-)

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Honk honk! Darling geese. Breathtaking sunset photo -- have you painted it yet?