Sunday, May 21, 2006

Geese

Geese at the lake in the park. While trying to find out what kind these are I came accross some interesting mythological information about geese.

The old Greeks admired geese for their beauty and it was common to keep them as some kind of "decoration" or give them as a present to a beloved one. The Romans held them as guards because of their distinctive senses.

Apparently, in China geese are the symbol for marital truth and fidelity, whereas in India they are a symbol for wisdom and clarity.

10 Comments:

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Lovely photo. Lucky geese.

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger Seesaw said...

Wow, beautiful!

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Those are beautiful geese - wow!
My neighbors have some and I get their eggs sometimes, (delicious eggs!) but they don't look as pretty as these geese!

 
At 10:13 PM, Blogger Lore said...

interesting post and that pair looks so lovely there!! Beautiful shot and nice composition into the frame!!

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger Nuno said...

So much beauty but most of us only see the geese liver, definitively humans are weird.

 
At 12:25 AM, Blogger grainofsand said...

interesting trivia!

 
At 2:17 AM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

This reminds me of something that happened in Vondelpark in Amsterdam, a beautiful park, similar to your Kurpark. At that park, there are not only ducks and geese, but sheep!

A friend was attending a conference near there and a speaker from a country without the money for such extravagances asked: "do the people eat them?" This shocked a few people but also gave them pause about the state of the world...

I love those geese, they are very beautiful, and bring the setting to life.

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

bob - yes, I think these geese are indeed lucky. They seem to have a really nice life.

seesaw - thank you!

sam - I remember your photo of it. Never had a goose egg but it must be interesting to try.

lore - thank you!

nuno - that's true. But not only the liver but the whole bird (especially in Fall for St. Martins day).

grain of sand - thank you!

lagatta - I like that story - makes me think about the things we take for granted and other people don't have that "luxury". These geese here are wild ones and they really seem to like it here. They even stay for the winter.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Maya said...

And in France, they are a symbol of Foie Gras...yum! :-P very interesting...

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

maya - ;) Right now I prefer them alive.

 

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