Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We All Need Each Other - A Lesson Taught by the Geese

The sun was hot and lovely yesterday!  80 degrees in April!  Wow.  Pretty unbelievable to have such warm weather here this early in the year.  While the rest of the country has been suffering from unusually cold weather, we have been enjoying unusually WARM weather here!  For which we are thankful, and not complaining about!  There have been days of showers interspersed with the sunshine, which has been just wonderful!

Since it was such a beautiful day yesterday, I had to get outside, away from my responsibilities at home, and just enjoy the sunshine for an hour or so.

I didn't have to call the dogs twice to ask if they wanted to come!

Both of them ready to go!  They love to ride in the pickup, and I love it too that they can come with me. They ride in the back of the pickup with the camper shell keeping them enclosed, so that I don't have to worry about them falling or jumping out as we ride along.  Annie fell out of our 4x4 pickup once as we were driving, and ever since then, I have been reluctant to take her in that pickup, and choose to take them with us when we are driving our smaller Ranger. 

As we walked through the woods, the dogs found lots to explore.

A single happy dandelion blooming away in the heart of the woods.

Our little path through the woods.

Lupins popping up everywhere in the woods!  Come June they will be a sporting a brilliant shade of blue-purple flowers!

Annie was full of anticipation as we walked.

Our path leads through a very rustic, and somewhat overgrown forest.

Downed trees from the winter that just mean a bit of extra exercise for us all!

This tree created its own little archway for us.  

After we left the forest, we headed down to the river.  What a surprise for me to see that the baby geese had been born! We have seen the mothers (and fathers too!) sitting on the eggs, waiting for them to hatch.  Today, they are in the water!  After doing some research I learned that  male and female Canada geese mate for life, and they help each other out to keep the eggs warm and safe.  It is common to see the male sitting on the eggs while the female stretches her legs for a bit.

Annie and Roger enjoying the chance to get wet!

And I... just enjoying the warm rays of sunshine on my skin... along with the beautiful views of mountains all around.

A quick drink for a thirsty soul.

Maybe even a bath!

Some rustle and tussle in the water makes things more fun!

Watching the geese and their babies swim around.

The growth of a new leaf silhouetted in the distant horizon mountain grandeur.

Another quick drink and splash!

Enjoying the cool refreshing water to play in.

Many other geese arrive on the scene to join the mommas and their babies in the water.

Loud calls back and forth as they swim around.

They really weren't happy with us on the shoreline.

Watching the little babies as they swam close by their mothers.

More and more geese fly in to swim with the babies.

Made me think of the saying "It takes a village to raise a child."  It is obvious the geese are doing just that!

When Annie and Roger would run down the beach towards the group of geese, they would all swim to each other in a circle, gathering the little babies into the circle and two geese would remain facing the dogs.  It was amazing to watch their survival instincts at work.

Such gentle beauty in action!  So wonderful to watch the little babies follow their mothers around, and other geese helping the mother to watch out for the little ones.

I was amazed at how many geese continued to fly in, and put themselves between the beach, the dogs and the baby goslings.  It was as if a call had gone out "danger, HELP!" and all who could arrived to help.  It just amazed me to see it happen.

Annie and Roger tried to swim out to the geese a couple of times, but some really loud honks and squawks caused them to retreat.

What a beautiful picture of love and community! I marveled at how the geese were so willing to help each other out to protect the goslings from danger.  What a marvelous life lesson was being enacted before my eyes.  We all need each other!  Mothers and fathers simply cannot do every possible thing that needs to be done to protect and help raise their offspring.  Family members, friends, community - are all important in raising healthy, happy, wonderful children.

What a beautiful day it was, and a lovely lesson shared with me by the geese and goslings.  :)


  1. Thanks for taking me along with yall on your pretty hike to see the ducks! Fun! Pretty scenery!!

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed the "walk"... it was such a beautiful time! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it so much!

  2. That is a beautiful lesson there- and I love to see you take the dogs along. We have that same little white Ranger and it has been a workhorse. We use it mostly for projects and dumping stuff and picking stuff up. It is the one all the kids borrow when they don't want to junk up their cars. lol

    Have a wonderful night-xo Diana

    1. We do love our Ranger so much! It is a great vehicles to haul stuff in, and dogs too! It was such a beautiful day, and I'm so thankful for the pretty weather we are having - wish I could send you some :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts :)

  3. What a beautiful day and walk. Those woods were quite inviting for a lovely walk, and the geese, How delightful.
    We have a pond on the property we live on and every year the same couple of geese returns. What a joy it is too watch them with their young.

    That's wonderful that you take your pet dogs with
    you. What a treat for them.

    Bless you, Debbie

    1. It was such a beautiful day, one I'm still thankful for! That is amazing that you have the same geese that come every year to your pond! I just love the lessons that we can learn from nature! Thank you for taking the time to come and visit today. I will look forward to visiting more around your blog too :)

  4. What a beautiful day you have shared with us. Thank you for including us in your photo visits. You truly have a lovely spot in the world for photography! Have a joyous day.
    Hugs from Shirley in Virginia

    1. Yes, we are really so blessed to live in such a beautiful area. I thank the Lord for it every day! I am glad that you enjoyed the "walk" with us, and the life lesson from the geese. I feel so blessed for all of it! Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate your visits :)

  5. I love a good walk through the woods.
    Watching the geese is just delightful. We have a pair on our pond in front of the house, and they have 2 babies this year.
    Enjoy your day! ♥

    1. I do too! The woods are so beautiful, and just bring such peace to my heart! It must be wonderful to be able to watch the geese in your pond, and see them raise their babies! So amazing! Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your thoughts, they are much appreciated! :)

  6. Hello, I have always loved the fact that they mate for life; they sure could teach humans a thing or two! What a lovely day you all had! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Roxy

    1. Yes, the male and female geese have much to teach us, I agree! I am always amazed at how the Lord has put instincts in each and every creature in order to survive and such beautiful pictures and lessons we can learn from watching them. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts today Roxy :)

  7. Like Roxy I love the fact that geese stay together for life :) This post was a joy to read and I greatly appreciate you sharing it with Roses of Inspiration. Enjoy the upcoming weekend. Hugs and blessings!

    1. Thank you Stephanie for stopping by for a visit! I hope your weekend is blessed as well!


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