Spring seems to be poking it’s head up and blinking sleepily around at the world. Determined not to waste the lovely weather, Mike and I grabbed the camera and headed down to the lagoon at Stanley Park. Now, it’s no Bowen Island, to be sure, but it was nice to see some wildlife besides the pigeons, starlings and seagulls of Downtown. Right off the bat, we encountered a couple of the magnificent swans. My experience with these fowl is such that I am more than a little respectful and wary, but I overcame my fear enough to crouch about a foot away so Mike could snap a photo for scale. They are enormous birds.
The ducks were also in their glory (if ducks can be said to be glorious!). It was quite sweet, actually. I noticed right away that they had paired off and would wander around two by two. Mike didn’t believe me until this pair – clearly protective of each other – had followed us around for a while.
I lived for a time in West Vancouver among the urban raccoons and I know them to be vicious, dangerous animals, so it is always surprising to me to see them comfortable among humans. This one was quite interested in us and obligingly posed for us. Shortly after this was taken, however, he disappeared into the brambles and a horrible snarling skirmish could be heard. He re-emerged showing this true nature.
Naturally, as I post this, the gloomy rain has returned… I can but wait for the flowers of May to follow.