Sitting here, watching CNN as the results are coming in, it’s inevitable to reminisce this night, four years ago. We’d arrived in this apartment, from Quebec, two days earlier, and the moving truck one day earlier. I’d made sure that Bell would be here and install the phone/internet/tv so that we’d be able to watch election night. We had very little furniture — most stuff here we’ve bought since we moved here — so I spent the night sitting on a wooden chair. The good thing about having little furniture, is that it gets very easy to clean!
Four years ago we only had one, little camera and my interest in photography had not taken off for real. Oh, I liked to snap photos of ducks, but it didn’t start seriously until I got the DSLR, the following year.
As we had visited Saint John several times before we moved here, I’d taken many photos around town already, and joined a Flickr group dedicated to the city. Now that we’d moved here, we went out to Lily Lake in Rockwood Park quite often … looking at the ducks. I must add that I was never really a «bird person» and I’ve learnt more about birds than I ever knew before since I got the camera. It was not until that I began to take an interest in them.
Now, one of the first days, when we’d moved here, I saw a duck that looked very different to all the mallards in the pond. It was a wigeon, like this, but I didn’t know. I thought it was some really exotic, or at least exciting, bird — went home, made a Google search and found [wrongly] that it was a Eurasian Wigeon. They are not totally uncommon here, but not that common either. I thought this was so cool, so I immediately wrote a Flickr message to one of the members who I knew was a birder … telling him that there was a Eurasian Wigeon in the duck pond! A little later I found out it was an American Wigeon which is extremely common here!
Today, we went by the pond on our way home from Costco, and once again … four years later … I spotted something different! A Eurasian Wigeon … for real this time! I was very happy to get this picture.
Another funny thing about birds … three years in a row, an American Coot has visited the park. The other night — I’m re-organizing my photo albums a little — I noticed that both, previous years, I’d shot photos of this coot on the same date … November 1st. So when we were out on the first day of November, I said to Gerry «Let’s go out to the park and see if the coot is there today!» … this said jokingly of course, but wouldn’t you know …. it was there, paddling along happily with the mallards! I want to show you one more picture of the Coot, so that you get to see his dainty, little feet 😆 This is from last year, but I like to think it’s the same bird!
So this post had absolutely nothing to do with the American election, except my memories of our moving here coincided with it, in 2008. Four years isn’t all that long period of time, but when I think back on Quebec it feels much longer … like another, different life.