When we were walking back to our car in Washington DC a couple of weekends ago, we came across a pair of Canada Geese.
At this time of the year we see a lot of nesting going on, but we didn't expect to find one on a man-made ornamental pond in the middle of the city.
There were also a couple of ducks swimming around.
As I was taking this one's photo he made me a little nervous because he lasered in on me.....just kept on coming. I moved before he got to where I was. Not that I am nervous around them usually but he looked intense and had a glint in his eye. I didn't know they could swim that fast. He probably thought I had some bread in my pocket and as I still having this memory of a goose chasing after me as a six year old, while running screaming with a sandwich still in hand which he obviously wanted a piece of, I am a little more wary as an adult. The pain of being nipped on the legs by a hungry goose comes to mind whenever I am around webbed feet. Love them dearly but...... I have mentioned this childhood incident in a previous post but I guess these things stick with you.
This brings back another memory, when on vacation a few years back and I got out of the car to take photos of several chickens pecking on the side of an out-of-the-way kind of road. Before I knew it they had all lined up like the Magnificent 7 and were running at me helter-skelter. Probably mentioned this before too but what the heck. You have never seen me move so fast, I jumped back in the car just about as fast as I ran from the angry goose from way back when, and I am not that limber now but I certainly can be when the adrenalin kicks in.
Just as I had this vision of the one here flying at me with an open, snapping beak, the little darling veered away. No, I didn't have to run off screaming this time but then I didn't have any bread in my pocket either. Per-shah, yes I am joking, I didn't think for a minute I would have a problem with my little friend here. Besides, I'm further away than it looks. Isn't he lovely?
I liked the reflection of the building in this one.
Camera Critters is a wonderful meme created by Misty Dawn.