Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Near Miss on the Water



Our summer has been go-go-go, which has been fine, everyone in our house likes being on the move and seeing/doing new things. A big part of enjoying summer, however, should be all about the relaxing and that's the phase we're in now. We have absolutely zero travel plans are are simply enjoying the good weather and our time together.


That means we get to mosey on over to the park and come across cute things like a baby gosling swimming in the water (the kids were instantly full of 'awwws' when we came across one swimming at the park). This little guy was more than lucky...he started out swimming, minding his own business, with his mama right by the shore watching over him carefully. Then, out of the blue, something came out of the water (maybe an otter?) and almost ate it!  Boy, you never seen a baby swim so fast, I didn't even know they could move that quickly.


Here he is on shore, safe and sound, hissing at us for having the gall to take a picture after he'd been through such a wretched ordeal (and who could blame him...darn the paparazzi!).


And here are the kids, running down the bank to try and see what on Earth it was that had come up out of the water.  "There it is, I see it!!" "What is it???"  We couldn't identify it because it just kept swimming, swiftly moving forward, completely unaffected it seemed, by his/her loss of a tasty snack/meal.


I, for one, was so so sooooooooooo happy that whatever it was didn't get that baby. My children who were busy oohhhing and ahhing would not have been very happy to see such a turn of events, I'm sure of it. I bet Mother Goose (no relation to the nursery rhyme mama) was even more happy with the near miss, don'tcha' think? :)

I hope you're all enduring this heat well (if you're part of the heat wave passing through today/this week).  Happy Tuesday! :)

90 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

Oh so glad that baby didn't get harmed and we too are getting the heat wave now. But I honestly would rather it be hot then cold, so I won't complain too much!! And Happy Tuesday right back at you!! :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm definitely glad the little one escaped an untimely death too! Yikes!

Pride In Photos said...

Very cute story telling my friend!!♥

Dana said...

Oh, I'm so glad that baby didn't get hurt. Good thing he knew to swim fast!

It's hot here. I stay inside and end up feeling a little guilty for keeping the kids in, too. I promised that we'd go out to the pool today, but I'm definitely going to wait until the sun is a little lower and the pool is in the shade.

Have a great Tuesday!

Abelle | The Wows! And Oops! Of Life said...

He won't mind having his picture taken. He still looks sooo cute.

Just bloghopping! ;o)

Jen said...

Haha the hissing picture cracks me up!

mail4rosey said...

I like the heat better than the cold too, any day of the week.

mail4rosey said...

Silly otter (or whatever it was).

mail4rosey said...

I just saw your grandbaby on your blog, he's just too cute, always!

mail4rosey said...

That little guy was flying on the water! Who knew?

We wait to go out until later in the day too. Have fun at the pool. :)

mail4rosey said...

He was cute, despite the hissing. ;)

mail4rosey said...

It makes me laugh too. Poor little guy was getting traumatized left and right, lol. We were glad he was safe. ;)

Brian Miller said...

darn paparazzi...ha...probably a water snake...nature at its finest you know...we went and fed the ducks the other day...they were a hissing mess...wanting more food when done...ha

Secondary Roads said...

Cute little guy and feisty like a . . . goose.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Aw what a cute baby.

mail4rosey said...

It was definitely brown and furry, we saw it...swimming w/its head just above water. Kind of rude of it not to stop and let us investigate what he/she was, but I can understand a busy schedule. ;)

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

Stupid underwater creatures! No snacking on babies!

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mail4rosey said...

Hey, that's fowl play! :)

mail4rosey said...

He was pretty darn cute. :)

mail4rosey said...

It was late afternoon too, way past the time one should be snacking. ;)

Pat Hatt said...

Maybe you have a crocodile in the park or nessie came for a visit. Either way, glad he wasn't eaten at your bay.

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Awww. Well if you were here, I'd say an alligator but I don't know what you have in your neck of the woods. Funny the duckling looks like he's really fussing about you photographing his distress.

mail4rosey said...

Considering the two options and my location, I'm going to have to go w/Nessie. ;)

mail4rosey said...

That's one thing I don't miss about Florida... I never worry about alligators anymore when we're by the water.

And that little guy WAS fussing at us, there was no mistaking it (he was really hissing). :)

Sandee said...

Too cute and awwww and then some. We watch the ducks at our marina. First there are six babies and then five and then...you get the picture. Nature can be so cruel.

Have a terrific day and stay cool. ☺

mail4rosey said...

We saw some baby cranes (which grow so fast, by the way!) w/the same challenge last year.

Robin said...

Probably a snake. Although, it could have been an alligator even if you're not in Florida. There are idiots who buy them as babies (because they are soooo cute) and then when they begin to get larger and are starting to get scary they do things like flush them. All that does is put them in places retaining ponds. Then they migrate from one water source to the next.

In any case, glad it didn't get the baby!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I'm glad that the little feller made it safely across. I wonder what it was?? I've ever read that extremely large bullfrogs can eat small animals.

mail4rosey said...

I imagine the implications of that are ugly on many fronts. I don't doubt it happens either. We saw this thing though, it was a mammal, it just didn't stop to examine what kind. :)

My Journey With Candida said...

We have turtles on our pond that eat the goslings. One day you will see geese with lots of little ones and the next day they have less.

mail4rosey said...

I did NOT know that. Me and frogs have a healthy respect for one another: They keep their distance and I'm more than happy to keep mine. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's funny how fast those little buggers swim, isn't it? I guess a lot of times though, it's just not fast enough. :(

Christy Maurer said...

Whew! I'm glad whatever it was didn't get the baby! Did you ever see the shark week commercial where they are releasing the seal back to the ocean and the shark comes up and eats it. It's fake of course lol but that's what this reminds me of! Such cute pics!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh, I'm so happy the little one got away! We had a pair of geese who tried to raise their family at our pond one year, but something got one of the little ones. That is nature, I guess, but it's sad.

Robin Wilson said...

So glad that nothing happened to him.. or her! Especially not in front of the kids. It is so hot here today it is hard to breathe outside. Thanks for the cute pics!

myshelomitashop said...

Phew! Glad that baby could make it...I remember visiting a crocodile conservatory, there was a pond there with so many crocodiles and so many pigeons on the tree around the pond. I saw a crocodile actually jumped to fetch a pigeon that was flying across between trees. It was jaw-dropping experience. And creepy too.
Love the shots!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

There is something about goslings, ducklings, and baby chicks that make them absolutely irresistible. Especially when they still have that fuzzy look about them. I'm glad your little gosling didn't turn out to be the main course. Great pics!

Z said...

:) cute kid!

Theresa said...

Isn't that hiss such an ugly sound? I was shock the first time we had a goose hiss at us! I didn't know they made sounds other than quack lol.

Courtney G said...

That is a cute kid. We don't get geese here, but I hear they are terrors to deal with.

Judy L said...

I love summertime, and am so sad to see it coming to an end. We go back to school in less than two weeks.

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mail4rosey said...

I haven't seen it, but eeeeeeeeeeeeek, lol.

mail4rosey said...

Aww. :(

You're right it is nature, but it's not always pretty to watch or think about. Our little gosling love got right out of the way, woot! :)

mail4rosey said...

Same weather conditions here. It's definitely hot out there. :)

mail4rosey said...

They move FAST too, I've seen them eating before too (and your're right it is jaw-dropping and a little creepy).

Kristie said...

He is definitely too cute! I'm glad he didn't get eaten too! :-)

mail4rosey said...

They are cute little fuzzy things, I agree. :)

mail4rosey said...

I just saw your two cuties on your WW post. :)
http://www.kickingkilos.com/2013/07/wordless-wednesday-linky-double-trouble.html

mail4rosey said...

No doubt they mean business too, lol. Ever go close to one w/an egg when you had no idea there was an egg around?? LOLOLOL

mail4rosey said...

Even the baby was hissing, lol.

mail4rosey said...

Oh my... two weeks. Students will follow shortly behind. *sigh*

mail4rosey said...

Not a summer memory we'd have welcomed. ;)

alissa apel said...

Such a cute little duck!

We used to go feed the ducks when my Grandma was alive, and my Grandparents lived in Hastings, NE. Towards the end of them living there, we went back to the park, I was sad because it was so ran down. Poor duckies.

mail4rosey said...

I hate to see a favorite park get run down too. :/

Suzan Sweatman said...

My heart was in my mouth Rosie lol - thank God it had a happy ending!
What a beautiful park!
We're dying of the heat here in Montreal - I think my fingers and toes are starting to fuse together actually - like that duck's !!!!!!!!!
XOXO

Ann Jones said...

Glad that he was able to get away :) It's been almost 100 here so I hear you on the heat!

mail4rosey said...

LOL, you can't paint furniture with webbed fingers!!!

The kids (my oldest and his wife) are in DC and they've got it even worse than we do. Thank goodness for a/c. :)

mail4rosey said...

Warnings all over the news this morning to take care in the heat. I'm not going to even complain though because I'd MUCH rather have heat than ice and snow. :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photography ~ love the baby gosling and its mother ~ glad you are relaxing and enjoying 'summer' ~ that is what my post was about ~ Stay cool. Enjoy.

mail4rosey said...

http://www.acreativeharbor.com/2013/07/wed-and-thur-photography-and-haiku.html

Only yours had a cute little dog muse instead of a cute little gosling, and I loved it. :)

Manzanita said...

Rosey
I'm like you.... I don't like to see nature's food chain in action but I know it has to happen. But just don't happen when I'm watching. !!!!!!

So happy you are enjoying your leisure time. Take comfort in each other.

Lindsey Domer said...

Great photos of something totally unexpected! And so great that the kids were able to experience seeing a real little goose. :) So cute!!!

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Susan Kane said...

You have learned a valuable lesson about geese: they are crazy and don't mess with them!

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Poor guy, glad he git away

Chatty Crone said...

Cute story and I am so glad the little baby was okay.

~ Noelle said...

so glad the little one was okay ;)
cross your fingers for no rain tomorrow... we are planning to go to the pool :)

Kristi Maloney said...

What a cute little guy. I'm with you you. We need some downtime. We are never home and lately I feel like a taxi driver! We are going away in August (By then the heat wave will have ended, right?!)

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Nature...she isn't pretty sometimes but I'm glad your kids didn't get that lesson.

mail4rosey said...

My absolute favorite thing to do. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ah, that's true, that critter gave us a start, didn't he? lol Maybe he was just telling the little one to get out of his way (and if that's the case, it worked). ;)

John DeBellis said...

Survival of the fittest, or quickest.

mail4rosey said...

You ain't a kiddin'. Even the little guy had a bit of the intimidating factor going on (though being cute disarmed his fierceness a notch or twenty ;) ).

mail4rosey said...

I guess 'Go pick on someone your own size' does not apply in the water. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Me too. :) There's a ton of babies there at that particular park, and there's a lot of full grown geese too, so his chances for survival must be pretty good. Knock on wood. :)

mail4rosey said...

Crossing my fingers and toes too. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm going to say the weather will be perfect for your trip! :) Knock on wood... ;)

mail4rosey said...

We were all cheering for that guy when he got back to the shore, despite his obvious displeasure that we were there. lolol

mail4rosey said...

And sometimes, the luckiest. :D

Masshole Mommy said...

I am so with you - we have been going non-stop and I see no end in sight. I need a vacation from the kids summer vacation.

mail4rosey said...

Relaxing feels good, actually. :)

Veronica Lee said...

So glad that little fella was safe! What a cute story, Rosey!

For us, we're enjoying the cool weather over here as it has been raining for the past few days, a great respite from the haze.

mail4rosey said...

Hurrah the haze is lifting? If so, I'm glad to hear it!!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awww, such a cute baby! But sounds like a very close call - glad the little one made it out safely! We are stuck in the heat wave here. It's miserable!

mail4rosey said...

We're in the house with the heat now too. Even the pm is muggy, but we still make it out then. A couple of more hours... :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

AAahhhh...a baby gosling! It just doesn't get any cuter than that! We are staying home a lot this summer...we need to get out to the parks, too! Have fun! Sweet hugs!

mail4rosey said...

I like getting out to the parks. I especially like it after being cooped up all winter. :)

Thanks for visiting.

Maria said...

ohmygoodness, i'm so happy the baby goose is okay...what a sweetie! <3<3 these are such sweet photos, rosey!
xoxox

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Maria. It was a cute little thing. :)

Monica said...

I love these photos!! And I'm relieved to know that the little goose was OK. :)

mail4rosey said...

He was a little cute guy (or girl, lol). ;)