Saturday, 22 June 2013
GOOSE GATHERING By Cecelia Lyden
The promise of perfect weather in the forecast led to an impromptu paint out at the New Cumberland town park. Six of us showed up, all happy to be able to paint outdoors in mild weather, with no wind and no bugs. There was bright sunshine, deep shadows, water falling over the dam and a variety of greens in the trees and grass.. A couple of men were fishing and a flock of geese were busying themselves with breakfast. I chose to paint the geese and the lush greenery. I took some pictures of the geese and sat down to paint the area. I was going to paint the geese, who were deeply engrossed in feeding themselves, later. After an hour or so, I looked back up to start the geese and ALL of them were gone-"Where'd the geese go?" I yelled. A mother came over and apologized; her children had shooed them away-never heard or saw the exodus. Luckily, I had taken some photos and was able to include the goose party in the painting.