Posted by: atowhee | February 27, 2021


There are tens of thousands of Cackling Geese from Alaska down here in the Willamette for their winter vacation. They like our lush lawns. The flocks that frequent Fairview Industrial Parkway prefer the lawns at the state Fish & Wildlife office and the adjacent Vitro glass company. Just as the dog and I arrived at the Fairview Wetlands this morning, hundreds of cacklers were also arriving. After they’d landed, I saw on the Vitro company lawn the juxtaposition of grass, goose and glass that was a natural nexus. It is a small mental thrill to be able to put “grazer” and “glazier” side-by-side in the same sentence, and have it be a true window on the natural order.

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