WPC: The Road Taken


All is tenses … ‘the road taken’ is past tense, the road not taken is some sort of future. Possibly not.

Bugger …

So, on with the show and to heck with philosophy. Here, have a nice road—

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—crossing a footpath. You’ll notice the almost desperate efforts on the part of the park management to (a) protect the individual users from themselves (“Hail to thee, blithe spirit~!”)(memo to self: what is a ‘blithe’?), and (b) to hopefully get themselves off the hook with the NZ ‘Public Safety’ laws if some goat still manages to get himself squelched*.


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The seagulls have discovered that duckling (in season) beats fish any day. And in the Queens Park duckpond there’s been a very low survival rate of ducklings over the last few years (I got some heart-stopping shots of ‘lings under aerial attack, and their evasive tactics, and one particular pursuit that ended happily although it was a near run thing).

So here above we have an ambush set for a wee fleet of unthinking young duck-burgers on the hoof. Web. Whatever.

And here below is why the ambush wasn’t sprung, the gulls just stood around whistling in innocent nonchalance—

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—the parent ducks had learned the value of the Convoy System. Ducklings were under close and vigilant escort; and the gulls have very great respect for angered parent ducks. Trust me on this one—so the wet roads are taken still.


a road may be taken, as in the eternally springing hope of reaching for the stars—

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—a challenge that in this case was nipped in the bud by the enthusiasm of a park employee doing his thing on a mower. Taking a road doesn’t necessarily mean arriving …

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I couldn’t resist this one. A road that takes you to the Rotunda.

From the other side in another season it looks like this—

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And now it’s lunch, followed by a wee stroll with camera in hand; time for me to take to the road.


 *  Don’t knock it—I saw some young … goats … do a high-speed beautifully executed slalom around those very obstacles on skateboards once. (Perhaps anti-tank ditches would be an acceptable addition) (if wide enough).


3 thoughts on “WPC: The Road Taken

  1. Around here (S.Florida) duckling meat is a particular favorite of Great Blue herons, which have endangered species protection –so you can’t bash them with a rock, etc when they scoop up the baby ducks. But you’re tempted . . .

    1. The duckling survival techniques had me surprised, I didn’t know baby ducks could do that … I watched impotently as a swimming seagull chased a duckling which suddenly disappeared. Gone. Just like that … and it happened several times. It finally occurred to me that the ducklings were crash-diving and swimming away underwater; I didn’t know they could do that. Quite flummoxed the pursuing gulls, too; and I’ve seen ‘lings evading gulls swooping down from above likewise. I posted some of those snaps somewhere, but can do again if you’d like?

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