This week’s weekly photo challenge is “solitary” as in one person in the photo solitary not the card game, which I play wayyyyy too much.
Anyway, this is an old shot of my son as a teenager. We lived in Colorado at the time and were fishing at a stocked goose pond on Fort Carson. The pond was the home of various geese that were in rehab. I didn’t even know geese drank.
So I snapped this shot and he went off to the other side of the pond to fish.
I innocently opened a bag of pretzels and the geese came closer. I looked up and they stopped.
Then I ate a pretzel and they came closer, pausing and acting quite nonchalant when I looked up at them again.
And every time I looked away and looked back they were closer and closer…
Staring at me with their little alcohol crazed eyes…
Eventually I was surrounded, my pretzels were absconded and my lawn chair was tortured and bitten in a way that no lawn chair should ever be tortured and bitten.
I was jumping up and down and snapping a towel at them and all the people who were fishing completely ignored me.
I left thoroughly defeated, deluded, depretzeled …
But eventually I did go back, and there were no geese.
A mountain lion had come down to the pond with a bag of pretzels…
And that’s the end of their story.
So the moral of the story is, first off never put a geese rehab pond in the middle of a mountain lion’s range and secondly, if you think you’re alone, trust me you’re not. There are over six billion people on the planet and even better there’s more billions of birds and animals. You just need to go outside.
And take some pretzels.
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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012
20 thoughts on ““Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary””
Love your story. Funny and true. 🙂
Thanks, Geese are vicious, so pretty but vicious!
What’s it with you and the wildlife? Beautiful shots.
😀 I know eh, I love wildlife and they just don’t appreciate it.
You always rock your posts, dazzle with your photography and make me smile…a trifecta in my mind! Thanks Virginia. Margie
Thanks, Margie, you’re the best!
Loved your story and the first photograph is great!
Thanks, that was taken many yars ago with an old camera, so I’m glad it’s still works!
I love that picture of your son!
Thanks, I ahve very few photos of him, where’s he’s not making a face or being silly!
Nice story and great shots! 🙂
You are so funny. I love the picture of Trev. It’s hard to get a photo of a teenage boy. I have alot of sneaky shots of Peter from behind too. Maybe the geese drank too much Baby Duck Wine.
😀 Thanks, I’m thinking since they’re Canadian geese, it was probably Seagram’s or Molson’s.
Funniest goose story EVER! Are you sure they weren’t overusing Gray Goose Vodka??
😀 , that could be, would explain why they always fly so crookedly.
They could have been drinking Buzzard Breath Ale, Old Crow Bourbon, Kingfisher Beer,Thunderbird Malt Liquor or my favourite Black Hawk Stout. Hiccup Honk.
Hiccup Honk, Lol!!
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