by Bob Ciminel
The slow-moving Chattahoochee River is about two miles from my home. The Morgan Falls reach, a shallow lake formed by the Morgan Falls dam, has become a haven for Canadian Geese. Well, to be perfectly honest, they have become pests. It's hard to walk in any of the riverside parks because you will step in something unpleasant - with every step you take.
Photo by Bob Ciminel
Don't get me wrong, the air traffic is not a problem, noise-wise. These are all small planes, with a couple of corporate jets thrown in to make life interesting. The planes do not drown out the honking geese as they fly over the house at treetop level.
One thing that amazes me is that I have never seen a dead goose on the road. Either they are smart enough not to walk in the streets, or scavengers are cleaning up the mess. There have been reports of coyotes in the area, but I haven't seen one, and would probably mistake it for a dog anyway.
But, getting back to Carl's photograph, it reminded me of one I took over Christmas when we took the grandson down to the river to "see the ducks" - he's only two, so we don't need to differentiate between geese and ducks yet. I took the photo, and as you can see, we don't get too excited about al couple of geese around here.
Bob Ciminel lives in Roswell, Georgia, and works for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Bob is also a conductor on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.