At the time I went to the duck pond you see in the photos below, my life, the city of Los Angeles, and the entire country were going nuts.
I had lost my partner to cancer, the pandemic was in full force, I moved to a less than ideal situation, and Los Angeles was having riots because of the George Floyd murder.
It was completely chaotic
Remember KAOS from Get Smart? It was one of my favorite shows. I felt like they were up to their old tricks, causing mayhem everywhere and I needed to get away from it.
So, I went looking for some nature to calm my nerves
Originally, I planned to take my dogs for a walk at Lake Balboa, which was close to where I was living in the San Fernando Valley. However, when I got there, the parking lot was filled with cars and way too many people were hanging out.
It was frustrating. So, I got back in my car and drove around, aimlessly.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a duck pond.
There was a huge gathering of ducks and geese wandering around a park that had a small pond in the back of it.
I parked, got my dogs out of the car, and took them to mingle with the waterfowl. It was a lovely way to seek solace and peace, at least for a while. Ducks and geese are funny creatures and are hilarious to watch.
My chihuahuas didn’t know what to make of them. One tried to surge toward a goose, but it hissed at her and she backed down.
The Jacaranda trees in the park were in full bloom making the environment even more serene, The solace I found there was needed and it was a nice escape from the turmoil that seemed to be enveloping me.
My dogs loved it too. But then, they’re easy to please.
Enjoy these photos of our ducking fun
Urban lakes can be so soothing. Do you have any of them where you live you enjoy going to get away from the noise? Please leave a comment below.