It’s The Little Things…With Flapping Wings

A dozen Canada Geese just flew in V-formation over my office only about 30 feet above me and gloriously honking away. I love such moments. They bring so up many positive feelings and memories that I sometimes get the chills seeing them fly. Freedom. Teamwork. Dreams of flying. The wind rushing past. Parasailing. Fun. Precision. Travel. Memories of seeing many thousands of geese and ducks silhouetted by the radiance of a golden sunrise as they took to the air in a caucaphonous rush of furiously flapping wings over a bird sanctuary at sunrise.

Sometimes the little things that help to make life so worthwhile come in bigger packages and have feathers.



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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17 Responses to It’s The Little Things…With Flapping Wings

  1. Russ…Canadian geese are my all time favorite bird…and for the exact reasons you list. Each time a V-formation of geese honk on by, I truly feel that I have had an ‘experience’. I stop what I am doing, and just take them in. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  2. I always stop what I’m doing when a flock of geese passes by…just love watching them..Diane

  3. We like to send our geese south to make people happy as part of our foreign relations duties…:)

    • russtowne says:

      LOL! I meant to ask: What do Canadians call “Canada Geese”. Do you say both words, only the second word, or something else? (Serious question from an ignorant neighbor south of your border.)

      • we call them geese unless there is some lame Canadian wilderness documentary on CBC where they will say Canada Goose. Names of animals and things are funny depending on your location. Growing up in Montreal one of my favourite sandwiches was called a Western Sandwich. When I moved out west, I noticed they are called Denver Sandwiches…I wonder what they’re called in Denver…

  4. I wonder if they are flying early this year? We saw some the other day in formation. We might get, heaven forbid, an early winter.


    • russtowne says:

      In that case, I hope you don’t get an early winter. May we have it instead? It has beeen so many months since it rained where I live that I have almost forgotten what it looks like!

  5. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Loved this post, Russ. Those beautiful V formations are the harbingers of Fall, cooler weather and golden light.


  6. Sasha says:

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    • russtowne says:

      Hi, Sasha. I’m sorry that you are having so much trouble with spam posts. I may not be a good person to ask because I may only get a total of 1-2 spam or trash posts per month despite having 4 blogs. I treat my guests with respect and they return the favor. (You are probably already doing the exact same thing and getting different results; my comment isn’t intended to any way suggest otherwise.)

      I screen one or more initial posts from new readers, and instantly inform WordPress whenever I receive what I believe to be at spam or trash. I don’t let them disrupt the friendly, inclusive, welcoming, and comfortable ambiance I attempt to create for my guests.

      I wish you much success in ridding yourself of spammers, and hope that my response may in some way be useful to you.

      Kind regards,

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