Where Have All the Kids Gone…

At the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio, Jay and his cohorts, Marylou and Mart, had another break in their work day, which they discussed thusly:

286

JAY (foreground pony): “Anyone coming aboard back there, MaryLou? Mart?”

MARYLOU (in white): “Nary a child, Jay.”

MART (blond mane): “There are less and less riders this week.”

JAY: “Where in the world are they? Gets very boring just standing here.”

MARYLOU: “It’s the computers taking over the world.”

MART: “What are you babbling about now, girl?”

MARYLOU: “It’s the modern thing.”

JAY: “What is?”

MARYLOU: “Remember our grandparents telling us they didn’t know what the new generation was coming to? Then our parents said the same thing?”

MART: “Well, yes, but what are you getting at?”

JAY: “Yes. What, Marylou?”

MARYLOU: “It’s another change in the technology of the universe. Kids used to play baseball all Summer. Then they turned to clubs and gangs. Now…”

Jay: “Yes?”

MART: “What!?”

MARYLOU: “This generation is inside, home, or at their friends’ houses, playing computer games. Or walking around using only their thumbs to think — texting. The majority of them won’t be coming to the fair any more.”

JAY: “You really think so, Marylou?”

MART: “Wow! The world does keep changing, doesn’t it? It’s just like Grandpa and Dad said!”

++++++++++++++++++++
Credit:
Story and Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Goslings in the Spring

Since I wasn’t able to add positive proof of babies resulting from my fictional duck tale in “Oh, My Sher-ee” (posted December 24, 2014), I will share some positive proof of other baby water birds being born in May ’15 and raised in the Spring and Summer by giving you a look at the goslings I photographed and by relating the fascinating parental ritual of their growth.

187

Pairing up in the sparkle of an early evening.

 

188

The new little tykes are introduced to the water almost immediately.

This particular family seemed to have “an aunt” in attendance at the beginning, but as the goslings grew, she supposedly sought company elsewhere and wasn’t seen with the group again.

In the water, one parent takes the lead as the goslings trail in single file behind her, and the other parent follows at the rear of the procession. In the photo above, the goslings are having a little free swim time as the adults keep them closely guarded.

644

Three of the downy-feathered goslings and their devoted parents.

On land, the growing goslings are shown how to peck the grass for insects and other delights. While Mother demonstrates insect extraction, Father keeps a close watch on the camera and the human behind it!

652

An ever watchful parent with two of his goslings.

1224

After Summer flood waters reached half way up to houses on the Maumee River bank near the bridge, the entire seven-member family took a swim in someone’s back yard, passing the neighbor’s dog in the process. The goslings nearly have gained their full maturity. It won’t be long before they are on their own.

014

Letting go…

In early Fall, I watched as the goslings’ parents took them for a swim under the bridge to the East side  and along the shoreline. Walking along the tree-lined river bank myself, I followed them to their destination, a near-shore area of ripe water plant growth not too much farther eastward. I knew the place and was able to get more photographs of the geese family from an undetected spot.

The parents patiently began nudging their offspring to leave them by circle-swimming. Three of the youngsters flew off, while the four in the picture above were a bit more reluctant to go. The parents, however, encouraged them by simply turning away and beginning to swim together back to the bridge. The goslings didn’t follow.

In the two photos above, amazingly, the parents returned to the bridge in the evening sunlight, passed under the structure to the West side, where the goslings had been birthed, and literally swam off together into the sunset, apparently to breed again another day.

It was a thrill to gain this personal perspective on the life of geese, and the poignant raising and releasing of a new family.

++++++++++++++++++++

Images Credit:
Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

John Wreford Photographer

Words and Pictures from the Middle East

the bookworm who lived

》books are friends 《

Daily Feline Wisdom

Wise cats help you be more like them

Cross Country life

Traveling the LAND OF FREEDOM

Champions In Sport

From racehorses to ping pong, sports champions are revered and become heroes and role models who impact society.

Abstract Photo Art Blog

A heart-shaped prism is at the heart of the abstract designs photographed for this space.

Nanci`An's Place

Nanci's everyday thoughts and photos

Photos And Beyond

What's the back-story to that photograph? Get an answer to that often asked question with each photo as it's posted, here!

creartfuldodger

collage/mixed media artist

BirdNation

Discover the world of birds at BirdNation!

All About Birds

Animals cannot speak for themselves, and so I give them the words to speak.

eduardo libby: photography blog

Writings about the art and technique of photography. Mostly with Nikon equipment.

bkcitta.com

bkcitta.com

Ekostories

Essays connecting nature, culture, and self

Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Doodlewash

Adventures in Watercolor Painting and Sketching, Watercolour Magazine, with Charlie O'Shields

MysteriousSoul

The scars of my soul bled through words in the form of poetry.

Violet's Veg*n e-Comics

Virtual Vegan Comics for Children

Logical Quotes

Logical and Inspirational Quotes

Don't Mind Me...

Psychologists aren't mind-readers... well, maybe we are.

filmandgarlic.wordpress.com/

Passion for cooking, cooking for love, love for sharing, sharing with photography. Photography travels and travelling is learning.

fromdreamtoplan

She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans.

Living on Vancouver Island

my photographs of life on this beautiful island

The Darkest Fairytale

I dreamed i could fall asleep.

Simple. Florida. Pleasures.

Life can be complicated. Pleasures are simple. Photography by Kelly Hay.

The New Age Dad

The chronicles of a new father

she's a seeker

It's never too late to seek.

The Bike Escape

Adventures on a road bike

MissTalkaholic

My Hands Talk Better!

The Lil' Mermaid

Dream. Believe. Achieve

jianjiantracy

fishing, fishing gear, fishing tackle, lures & baits, amazon, amazon.com, fly fishing, trolling fishing, fishing worm, fishing grubs

Little Backyard World

Where Experimenting Is Encouraged

Quiet Solo Pursuits

My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

The Ninth Life

It's time to be inspired, become encouraged, and get uplifted!

ankitab

Space to share your thoughts with 'The Reader's View'

Near the Finish Line

Thoughts and change chase you as you become more of yourself trotting to the wire...

Pied Type

Old editors never die, they just revert to type

Later On

A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

Uprooted Magnolia

I am a freelance Photographer born and raised in the Southeast. I have uprooted my life in Macon Georgia for a new life as an unlikely cowgirl in love with a handsome cowboy in Wyoming. I hope you enjoy my photo journal on life, love, and the spirit of Wyoming.