Evening Walk

With it staying so light until late in the evening it’s good to go walking in the park after most of the daytime people have gone.

So peaceful.

So peaceful.

 

Very few people about.

Very few people about.

 

Everywhere calming in the evening.

Everywhere calming in the evening.

 

It's been a mixed weather kind of day, quite sunny, but now it's as if the weather too has withdrawn for the evening.

It’s been a mixed weather kind of day, quite sunny, but now it’s as if the weather too has withdrawn for the evening.

 

The swans swim past with their four lovely cygnets, bigger every time I see them now.

The swans swim past with their four remaining lovely cygnets, bigger every time I see them now.

 

All quit at the top end of the lake.

All quiet at the top end of the lake.

 

In the Upper Brook the heron stands rigidly still.

In the Upper Brook the heron stands rigidly still.

 

The fountains are off for the evening.

The fountains are off for the evening.

 

And the ducks have stopped being hungry for the day.

And the ducks have stopped being hungry for the day.

Next I find what I’ve come to see.

A pair of Canada Geese with their four goslings.

A pair of Canada Geese with their four goslings.

As you’ll know I’ve been keenly following the Geese on the big lake with their goslings. Sadly reporting their reduction from four to two. Then last week after Africa Oyé I’d seen these and wondered if my eyes were deceiving me. Sadly not. This is a different family.

Earlier on the walk I’d met an old friend, Imogen, who walks in the park even more frequently than I do. And she’d told me that the geese on the lake have now lost all of their goslings, she thinks to a fox. And that there always was this separate set of four along the Upper Brook.

I sit down to look at them.

I sit down to look at them.

 

And they all get in the water.

And they all get in the water.

 

And come over to see me.

And come over to see me.

 

Sleep well all.

Sleep well all.

 

Sleep safe.

Sleep safe.

 

In the meadow...

In the meadow…

 

The Wildflowers...

The Wildflowers…

 

Are closing up for the evening.

Are closing up for the evening.

 

Time to go home.

Time to go home.

Sad about the goslings and their short lives. Glad about these others. William Blake was right.

“Everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.”

6 thoughts on “Evening Walk

  1. stan cotter

    Lovely photos Ronnie (I take it they’re yours this time not Sarah’s?).

    The serenity your photos provide is what I often feel when I visit certain parts of North Wales. Ignore a lot of things and imagine what it was like before so called human beings destroyed it all.

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  2. jbaird

    What a beautiful collage of the wildlife in your area! We have lakes nearby with similar wildlife: Canada geese, ducks and herons. The herons had two chicks this year (only one last year) that are doing well. The foxes aren’t around the lakes (or any other predators that I know of), and I have seen turtles and otters in the water. Amazing how our undeveloped parts of the planet, so far apart, can look so similar. Thanks for the lift.

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      1. jbaird

        No, I haven’t moved. California is so diverse, it’s like a subcontinent all its own, with so many different kinds of wildlife and geographic features.

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