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A Good Traveler

black and white, lao tzu
black and white, lao tzu

“A Good Traveler”

“A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.”

~Lao-Tzu in Chapter 27 of the Tao te Ching, tr. Stephen Mitchell

It doesn’t mean you make no plans, just that you allow them to change.

These geese look like a bunch of tourists ambling along, and yet on that day, July 10, 2013, we had had heavy rains and our creek, their home, had nearly topped its banks. They had fled the water and the banks and were up in the parking lot and on the streets for safety, yet they were being calm and collected, for a bunch of geese, while the humans were racing around predicting a flood that was not likely to arrive, though it looked imminent.

But aside from that lesson, I’ve always liked the photo of the geese.

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Geese and Ripples

canada geese on water
canada geese on water

Geese

A sunny winter day with big clouds can offer interesting lighting; in this case a huge cloud traveled over the geese and me, while all around the sky was bright and the hills were lit by winter sun. All the light in this image is comes in at an angle and reflects onto the geese and water, cool winter light enhancing all the shades of blue as the geese calmly paddle along on Chartiers Creek in Carnegie.

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Goose Herders

geese
geese

Geese in the rain.

Just a nice photo of our flock of Canada geese walking on wet pavement as they headed for higher ground this morning. The creek was high after heavy rainfall and they normally nest on the creek banks, now under water.

Below, they walk in a somewhat orderly fashion between the bank and the creek, but couldn’t cross the street for the traffic.

The geese head out between the bank and the creek.

The geese head out between the bank and the creek.

Mark Cantley and I helped them cross the street—he parked his truck to block traffic from one directly and I stepped out to block it from the other and we both herded the geese across Main Street.

geese

We herd the geese across the street.

Here they are in the empty lot.

geese

Geese safely in the empty lot.


Geese and Ripples

canada geese on water
canada geese on water

Geese

A sunny winter day with big clouds can offer interesting lighting; in this case a huge cloud traveled over the geese and me, while all around the sky was bright and the hills were lit by winter sun. All the light in this image is comes in at an angle and reflects onto the geese and water, cool winter light enhancing all the shades of blue as the geese calmly paddle along on Chartiers Creek in Carnegie.


A “V” of Geese

geese on water
geese on water

A “V” of Geese

This time, however, they are on the water.


Goosewalking

geese at intersection
geese at intersection

Goosewalking.

No, not a goose walking on your grave, just the resident Canada geese who normally hang out on the other side of this intersection by the creek crossing in their own good time at the West Busway and Campbell’s Run Road. They kind of didn’t use the crosswalk. All traffic stops for them while they ponder the meaning of their existence and mumble quietly among themselves.

I was on my bike returning from an early-morning run to the grocery store. They don’t care for bikes rolling among them so I walked my bike toward them, taking photos—and it’s not as if they don’t know me, they see me nearly every day—but I walked my bike around the outside of the group to kind of herd them off the main road. They were fine with that.

 


Geese and Ripples

canada geese on water

Geese

A sunny winter day with big clouds can offer interesting lighting; in this case a huge cloud traveled over the geese and me, while all around the sky was bright and the hills were lit by winter sun. All the light in this image is comes in at an angle and reflects onto the geese and water, cool winter light enhancing all the shades of blue as the geese calmly paddle along on Chartiers Creek in Carnegie.