2020 Sunday Stills Home Photo Challenge

After living in an increasingly crowded suburb for 30 years, last year Dale and I moved to Arlington Heights, where we live in a senior community with a large campus – lots of pretty flowers, landscaping, and a community garden area. We have two “lakes” (that’s what they’re called here but to me they are more like ponds) with a pair of swans on each lake. I take a walk around campus every day and there’s always something or someone to see. There’s plenty of other wildlife here too.

The pair of swans on West Lake (who lost their eggs in a storm just before they were about to hatch!)
There is a large group of mallard drakes on West Lake too – we call them the Bachelor Club! Every afternoon they take a siesta in the shade of a tree.
Although Canada geese can be a pain (they poop everywhere!), we have two permanent resident pairs (geese, like swans, mate for life) and this pair has three young’uns. The goslings are getting big now, but still haven’t lost their downy coats!
Every day in late afternoon, a heron comes, because I guess our ponds have fish! Usually he flies away before I can get anywhere near him, but yesterday, I was able to get pretty close. And now that I compare my photos, this is probably a different bird – he is quite a bit larger than the usual one!

2020 Home Photo Challenge

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