Liftoff | Wenatchee, WA | October 2019

What’s alive in our lives — dog, horse, friends, family, each other — expanded years ago to include a surprise addition: Canada geese. They honk in the sky; they poop on the ground; they strut on our periphery, a presence just out of reach. Located along their Pacific flyway, our area hosts hordes of tourist birds every spring and fall, but it’s the resident pairs that affect us the most. They’ve set up households, hatched families, joined goose communities and populate the nearby parks, lakes and rivers. For the most part, it’s an easy coexistence. We give them space to graze and waddle. They give us the beauty of flight and daily hints at how Nature works.