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Thursday, February 9, 2012


Waverly Road, along the Ohio River, in West Virginia, is a common route for me to travel.  Many of my posts for Beyond My Garden are inspired from experiences along this road. The Flood Begins was one such post. Today's is another.  In that link above, you are looking at a flooded field. A creek runs along the near edge of the field until it crosses it, emptying into the Ohio. If the river is high the creek backs up into the field as you see it in that post. Normally, though it is an inviting place for birds like herons, kingfishers and geese
My inspiration for today's post came from a day when the field was home to a small flock of Canada Geese.
The geese weren't very close to me but I decided to take a few photo shots anyway, knowing that I could zoom in later.

There was a big stump in the field, I supposed deposited by the receding high water.  There was something on top of the stump but I couldn't tell what it was.  I took the photo.
Later that evening I downloaded and zoomed in on the geese. I wanted to see what was moving on that stump!

Wait . . . is it waving at me?  Uh-oh.  I think I've been duped.
There was a man, dressed in camo waving at me as he sat in a blind among the Canada Geese. How odd.  Oops. Alright, there is a chance that I am stupid. Those aren't geese. They are decoys
Ha!    Well they sure fooled me.  He probably wondered why some lady was taking his picture. I wish I knew who he was so I could give him the opportunity to laugh.  I have certainly laughed at myself.


TexWisGirl said...

well, you'd have been very surprised if his gun had gone off right then! :)

Rose said...

We saw something similar last year or the one before...but not in a muddy field.

Carletta said...

He seemed to need a lot of them didn't he! :)

Lona said...

LOL! They look so real! I can see where you could be fooled.

Out on the prairie said...

i snuck up on decoys a few times,LOL

Karen said...

My mother gave a pair of hunters permission to hunt here on out farm last fall without telling me about it. I went out to the field to ask the guys what they were doing and was stunned to see so many 'geese' all around them. That's when I realized they were decoys, too. So don't feel bad, at least you didn't go out to yell at them for trespassing like I did!

Kathy said...

LOL! Good story!

Claudia said...

Isn't it amazing what adventures we come across!? You are obviously enjoying life.