The Watering Hole; Friday June 12 2015; Forty Days & Forty Nights

Relax, no Noah here, no forty days and forty nights of God’s wrath. This is about important stuff. Like geese. Little geese. Goslings. The first forty days and forty nights of their young lives.

Yesterday, June 11, was the fortieth day since a brood of three goslings first showed up in this really big world. We’ve tried to watch them with (weather permitting) regularity, always in the company of a long-lens digital camera, always hoping to snag evidence of existence, of growth. The results are admittedly sketchy, lacking in scientific detail. But still, the moments captured are, indeed, both cute and revealing, also definitive evidence of Mark Twain’s thesis that the “descent” of man (e.g. politicians, preachers, Limbaugh, etc.) from the higher animals (geese!) is far from a myth!

Anyway, below is a series of  “Progressive” (gosling style) photos taken over that span of forty days. The only verbal descriptions attached (or needed) are the dates and days elapsed from one view to the next. Hopefully, the photos tell the more complete story.

May 2, 2015; Day zero

May 2, 2015; Day zero

May 3, one day elapsed

May 3, one day elapsed

May 16, 14 days elapsed

May 16, 14 days elapsed

May 22, 20 days

May 22, 20 days

May 27, 25 days

May 27, 25 days

May 29, 27 days

May 29, 27 days

June 3, 32 days

June 3, 32 days

June 8, 37 days

June 8, 37 days

June 11, 40 days

June 11, 40 days

June 11, 40 days; the surviving pair

June 11, 40 days; the surviving pair

Sadly, sometime between May 29 (day 27) and June 3 (day 32), one of the little critters disappeared and has not been seen since. I assume a predator of one sort or another (dog, fox, coyote, cougar, even human? — all are common in the lake’s vicinity) managed to score a quick supper, maybe breakfast. The two remaining, however, are likely to make the gosling-goose transition within the month. Genuine feathers are already starting to show, the wings are developing, etc. It’s likely their immediate future will be this, from June 23, 2014:

June 23 2014 -- almost a goose!

June 23 2014 — almost a goose!

Ok, that’s it. Evidence that even in today’s world, progress in the form of ‘maturing’ and ‘growing up’ remains possible — at least it does “out there.” Humans should maybe pay attention, maybe try it sometime.

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49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday June 12 2015; Forty Days & Forty Nights

  1. Do Canadian Geese know they’re Canadian and that they’re immigrating illegally?
    Do they go through TSA?
    Is Homeland Security aware of this?
    How do we know they aren’t Mexican Geese?
    Are those anchor babies?
    You know, If you give one of them citizenship they’ll “flock” here by the millions.

    • Whoa! Having your own Mother outing you! There’s a rift in that family.
      (looked to see if The Onion may have had a hand)

      Then again, it doesn’t make it clear if this is her father or step-father, either way it is crazy as crazy can be:

      Larry was stationed there as an employee of the faith-based Creation Ministries International.

  2. Ann Coulter: ‘Women Should Not Have The Right To Vote,’ But They ‘Can Still Write Books’

    Ann Coulter, the far-right pundit and author of the new anti-immigration book “Adios, America!,” recently voiced her disdain for both immigrants and female voters on the radio show “Free Speech” with Gavin McInnes. While McInnes is himself an immigrant from Canada, he apparently had no problem bashing immigration from America’s Southern neighbors.

    [. . .]

    According to Coulter, “Obama never would have been elected, I mean certainly wouldn’t have been reelected – Romney won bigger against, I mean, if the demographics of this country had not changed so dramatically because of immigration, Romney would have won a bigger landslide than Reagan did against Carter in 1980.”

    McInnes, also brought up women voters, prompting Coulter to share her position that “women should not have the right to vote.” She continued that while women should not vote, “We can still write books! We can run for office.”

    Ann Coulter is truly the low “man” on the totem pole.

    • “Ann Coulter is truly the low “man” on the totem pole.”

      Now, if Ann – in a fit of jealousy over Caitlyn Jenner, no doubt – decided to have a sex-change operation, the surgeons wouldn’t have to do much at all.

    • Poor Manne, still screeching and doing stage tricks to try to stay in the spotlight.
      I envision her as running around on a stage where the spotlight is continually moving as she aimlessly chases it, screaming for it to shine on her irrelevancy.

    • I mean, if the demographics of this country had not changed so dramatically because of immigration, Romney would have won a bigger landslide than Reagan did against Carter in 1980.

      And if the 13th Amendment hadn’t been ratified, Romney would’ve easily beaten Obama.

      • “And if the 13th Amendment hadn’t been ratified, Romney would’ve easily beaten Obama.”

        Romney probably would have been a good slave owner. In fact, my guess is that he actually sees himself that way. Black people are the sons of Ham, after all, ergo inferior. As for “beaten” — yep, with no thirteenth, “beaten” in the literal sense.

    • The nine dimensions of triangulation remind me eerily of the 9 depths of Hell from Chaucer.

  3. Iowa Straw Poll Is Canceled for This Cycle

    The Iowa Straw Poll, a Republican Party tradition for nearly 40 years, is dead for the 2016 presidential cycle, party officials said Friday.

    The move was made as candidates in one of the largest presidential fields in modern Republican history showed diminishing interest in participating in the August event.

    “I’ve said since December that we would only hold a straw poll if the candidates wanted one, and this year that is just not the case,” Jeff Kaufmann, the Republican Party chairman in Iowa, said in a statement emailed shortly after a special meeting of the party’s state central committee.

    The vote to end the event was unanimous.

    They finally figured out how phony the straw poll always was. Rats.

    • Now that’s a damned shame. The poll clearly indicates which Republican candidate’s head is most full of straw.
      (Apologies to Frank Baum).

    • See, you stay up ‘late’ at night, and you’ll find the infomercial ‘Carson’s Comedy Classics’. Dave’s videos will be for sale in the following half hour…

    • Well, I’m sure pieces of their spaceship would have made it all the way to Mars. Little teeny tiny pieces.

    • TAA is kaput! If I’ve followed this right, there will be no Fast Track!

    • There was a vote on TPA that passed the House, but since part of the Senate-passed bill didn’t pass today, the whole thing has to go to reconciliation and be voted on again. Senate Dems could still say no to TPA without the TAA along with it.

  4. An era has come to an end, The Iowa Straw Poll is kaput. No more will corn dogs be publicly deepthroated in the pursuit of supreme executive power.

    • Sometime between now and the Iowa Caucuses Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham are bound to prove you wrong!😉

  5. I was watching a rather boring video about producing fighter planes in WW2 and something occurred to me. In addition to accepting rationing of everything from tires to sugar the “greatest generation” also gave up their guns. Sport hunting and shooting all but disappeared. The manufacture of civilian arms and ammunition all but stopped. Anyone nutty enough to horde weapons to protect themselves from their neighbors would have been jailed or institutionalized. I think it’s fair to say that they would have viewed the gun nuts of today as being unamerican.

    • I still think that anyone who claims a divine calling to rule should be barred from government service. Didn’t we get into a tiff with Britain about that whole “divine right” thing?

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