Alright, you win – UNCLE. I realize now that I should never have mentioned the bad weather here to my friends in North Carolina. I hope I never encounter the storm borne fury visited upon them in the last year. “So you got caught in a little May snowstorm,” they say. “We can generate thunderstorms with baseball size hail and flood the entire state in a flash!”
No More Hostile Weather!
Please no more horrible weather contests! I am heartbroken to learn of the weather induced damage around my old stomping grounds near Hwy 40/42 this week. At least Dean and Terrie (and their car only recently repaired from the last huge storm) aren’t actually bombarded with ice balls this time. I hope my many other friends in that area also escaped harm.
To prevent further destruction, I propose a weather ceasefire. Let’s turn our thoughts away from the now all too common bizarre atmospheric occurrences and focus instead on the fleeting joys of Spring. For example let’s revel in the re-appearance of some colorful birds.
Canada Goose Family Tale
A mom, dad and 7 baby Canada Geese are the talk of the hatchery for the first week that we are here. The goose family (or clutch) has lots of adventures while on the grounds here. Everyone at the hatchery hoped to watch the goslings grow up, but within a week of hatching the parents and all babies move on to parts unknown.
Mom and six of the goslings get swept into the creek and separated for a while from Dad and one struggling gosling. As seen in the video below, Dad patiently works to get his errant charge past obstacles to rejoin the flock.