I Visited The Rat

Recently, I had an opportunity to visit Ratty. His mother and I were inseparable as children, so I have known Ratty his whole life. Anyway he took me to a park he had just recently found. It was ideal because he knows that I have some limits I must observe when out and about. He could take a long walk on the trails while I could stay near the front of the park.

There is a cozy bench beside the lake for me to rest when I needed to and there are all these lovely geese to keep me entertained. This one met us as we entered the park. Handsome, isn't he?

Ratty provided me with a camera so I could take some pictures as I wandered in my area. My photography skills are as a novice so my pictures are not of the excellence that Ratty shows, but I did want to share some.

As this cute little couple swam by, I managed to get a couple of photos that are good. It is a colorful male and pretty little female mallard duck. They had walked right past me and settled into the water to give me a bit of a show. I love the colors of the male's head. I'm sure he thinks the female is the prettiest thing he's ever seen. He looks proud of his situation.

There is a little bridge to the right of the bench and I had to see the view from there. The trees gave me a nice piece of shade as I looked out over the water. It is so peaceful.

Then came the moment that made my day. A family of geese, complete with fuzzy little ones, came across the trail. I did not manage to capture the  father but he is right behind. Mom and Dad Goose stayed very close to the little ones. The other geese were respectful and did not intrude on their space too closely. There are a lot of goose families in this park. I saw so many. These were the only ones so close to me.

Back on my bench, I waited for Ratty to return. He is feeling better. We were all quite worried after his accident. He still has severe headaches and problems with his memory. At least he feels well enough to go out to his beloved trails. Here he comes now in his rat suit. It is time to go home for some lunch. I leave you with a final look at those adorable fuzzy babies.


  1. I am so glad you visited with Ratty and went to see his favorite spots. I just love those baby geese photos!! So fuzzy. Makes you want to pick one up and cuddle it..! I always visit the baby ducks at out local Agway store this time of year. That's the only way I get to see baby chicks and ducks. But I always feel sorry for them because they don't have a mom.

  2. What a fun time to share. I like watching those babies. I had some come out when I was getting off the highway and worried about them all day.
    When are they going to fix this comments,I have the same problems?
    Steve, Out on The Prairie

  3. To Ginnymo: Baby animals are always adorable, no matter what they are. It was not too hard to resist them though. Mom and Dad Goose hissed ferociously whenever anything came too close.
    To Out On The Prairie: There had to have been between 50 and 100 fuzzy babies in this park. They were in several different stages of development too.
    Thank you both for your comments.

  4. The picture of the Mallards on the lake is very good. They could be English birds. Do Mallards migrate?

  5. To Unplug Your Hub: You can find mallards in almost any temperate climate. They are found all over the world so, yes they might be in your neighborhood. Thank you for asking.

  6. Emma, How nice to read about your visit with Ratty. Many of us have been concerned about him. This helps ease my mind.

    I would say that you are a natural with a camera. All your photos are very good captures. Hope to see more in the future.

  7. To Jean: We are concerned about Ratty too. When he was first in the accident, he thought the other person with him was more severely injured, but his symptoms are holding on much longer than we would like. He has always been a very intelligent and focused person. Now he has trouble organizing his thoughts and it frustrates him. Hopefully in time he will be completely healed. Thank you for your comment.

  8. The little goslings are absolutely adorable. It would have been delightful to see so many of them.

    Glad to hear you had a chance to visit Ratty and thank you for the update on his condition. We have all been worried about him.

  9. To SquirrwlQueen: Thank you for your comment. Babies of any kind are adorable. There was one adventuresome one of the group. Isn't there always? He kept wandering a little too far to suit his parents.


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