Did you know that Canada geese mate for life? There is a pair that nests along the edge of this pond every summer, according to one of my neighbors, though their eggs never seem to hatch. I find that incredibly tragic, yet also incredibly beautiful. The same two geese come to the same spot to build their nest and lay their eggs, and no amount of past failure to produce a brood will stop them from doing it again next year. Wow. (I have no way of knowing if this is that pair, but I like to think it is.)
Mallard ducks, on the other hand, are only "generally monogamous." I can't help but imagine a sense of superiority on the part of the geese here. Really, though, I bet they're all rolling their eyes knowingly at the persistent, annoying human with the camera.
I took these pictures today. It was awfully obliging of them to make an appearance on Project 52 day, wasn't it? Deep down, I think they like me.