|Banks County Opinions...||
May 9, 2001
By Angela Gary
The Banks County News
May 9, 2001
A day at the lake
Donald and Daffy hang out together. They swim around the lake, occasionally getting out to waddle around its banks. Occasionally, the small guys try to hang out with the bigger, more elegant, geese with their long necks and superior attitude.
The geese tend to snub the smaller ducks, but they sure do stick close together. The geese are most always in a straight line. They swim across the lake in a straight line, so close that the paddling feet of one are in the face of another. They get out of the lake in their straight line and walk around in it. I wonder if the same one is the leader all the time? No way to tell since they look just alike.
I can spend hours watching the geese. They are funny and so pretty. They suddenly poke their entire head and neck deep into the water, causing small waves in the calm lake. They quickly stick their beaks into the lake and along its side in search of food. If you throw out bread or other food, they hurry over and peck at it until it's all gone.
If wild birds or ducks dare to try and stop at the lake in the woods, they go crazy. You hear honking like you've never heard before. They even take to the air and fly quickly across the lake to scare away the wild birds. If any person or other animal, such as a dog comes up, they are also likely to begin honking as loud as possible.
On Friday, I spent a peaceful, quiet day alone at the lake in our woods. It was good to get away and do nothing. My pile of books and magazines lay untouched beside of me as I soaked up not only the sun, but the natural sights around me. The ducks and geese aren't all there is to enjoy.
The "shop cats" can be spotted running in the woods. They are the three cats in my dad's shop that I care for when they get sick and stop to pet and talk to when I go by. The dog, Dixie, the latest animal to join the family, makes me laugh out loud when she jumps in the lake to cool off and get a drink of water. She then runs over shaking the water off and nudges me until I pet her and talk to her. At meal time, it's funny to see her grab my scraps and run off to hide them. I kept telling her that I wouldn't take them back, but I guess she's used to being at the shop with three cats and hiding her food from them. She digs a hole in the ground, slips a piece of bread in it and neatly covers it. I wonder how she will remember where it is later. Animals really are amazing.
When the sun gets too hot, I slip into the small cabana to have lunch, cool off and watch television. Soon, I'm back on the deck soaking up the sun. The sun sets much quicker than I would have liked and my day at the lake comes to a close, but I still don't want to leave. My parents stop by to see if I want to go out and eat. I can't tear myself away from the peace and quiet of the lake in the woods. When dark comes, I finally leave, but I know I'll return again soon to wash away the stresses of everyday life and enjoy nature.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate editor of The Jackson Herald.
The golfing nun
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