It’s a bright, crisp winter day, and the humans have been doing their best recently to become one with the sitting furniture, so here we all are for a bit of fresh air and sunshine and to make sure the lower extremities still function in an ambulatory fashion.
This is the Research Park on the west side of the University campus. It is quite park-like, but I don’t see anyone doing any research. Except maybe about how much bread a duck can hold.
Whatever you do, Sigyn, pray don’t you feed them too.
They’ll only follow you about, quacking pitifully, and the next thing you know you’ll be asking to bring all of them home with us. It would annoy the humans and terrify the cats which, you know, would be fun, but have you ever had to clean up after ducks? The only thing worse is geese. Oh, wait… *We* wouldn’t be the ones doing the cleaning! Hold onto the duck idea, but wait and see if there are geese. If we find geese, you can bring home as many as you like.
The artificial ponds here are connected by artificial waterways, some of which have little artificial waterfalls.
Sigyn? Sigyn? I’ve lost her. She can stand mesmerized, looking at moving water or machinery, for as long as you will let her. Come, my love. Let’s see what else there is to see. We can always come back if you want to stare at it some more.
What are these weird sticky-up things at the water’s edge?
The human female says they’re “tree knees.”
Pffft! I think she’s finally lost it. Next thing you know, she’ll be prattling on about “shrub toes” or something.
Oh, wait. Bald cypress? I have heard of these, now that I think about it. Strange, knee-endowed, deciduous conifers that like to live in or around water.
Also good for dangling. But isn’t the sun in your eyes, my dear? Why don’t you try dangling in the Chinese tallow tree? Let me enumerate the potential benefits: Just as good for dangling, extra colorful this time of year, and you won’t be so squinty.
Are you enjoying the walk, my love? It makes a nice change from the neighborhood, does it not? We shall have to come out here agai—
Shh! Hold very still! What is that white thing down by the water?
It’s a bird of some sort. I think it is looking for lunch… Quick, human female, take a photo of it so we can look it up later!
Sigh. I’m sure she just took a perfectly horrible photo, but we’ll see what we can do.