This photograph and story were sent to me by Wendy, a participant in one of our volunteer-led pilot programs. Thought I'd share it:
"After leaving the studio, I took a walk along the river (cause I was so geared up to go out and take more pictures of nature). I got to the little "dam", and was kneeling down to take some photographs of ice on the water's edge, when I felt a gentle tapping on my back/shoulder......I thought it must be someone I knew, but when I looked around, it was a little Canada Goose tapping me! He was there with his mate, and they just stood there looking at me, not more than a foot away, for close to 10 minutes, while I took photos of the ice and my "two new feathered friends"; a few minutes later, we were joined by an equally inquisitive and friendly pair of mallard geese. We all just sat/stood there looking at each other, and occasionally the male goose would come up, tap me again on the back or arm, and rub his head on my back or arm - weird eh? I have never had wild birds walk up to me before, let alone frequently but gently nudge me - maybe they used to be someone's pets!
Thought you would like to see a picture of him - it just made the whole day out in nature end on a really "high note" (as if it hadn't ended on that already after a day of photography and fun with friends)."
And from a sweet note sent by Wendy later that day:
"Photography has allowed me to take the time out of my busy schedule to develop an appreciation of the beauty of nature and wildlife. Without it I would never have experienced my encounter with this gentle little goose.
I am sure that your program will encourage young adults to both develop a lifelong skill or career in photography, while at the same time inspiring them to become the future protectors of our environment."