ducks at lake anne reston virginia

We have all heard, and at some point experienced, the theory that everything comes in threes. Once you are aware of this expression, it is almost impossible to not anticipate the third thing happening after the second. You might think – and I am going out on a limb here – that we are actually looking for the third thing to happen. But once that third thing happens, does anyone ever look for the fourth thing to come along and invalidate the entire argument?

This photo was taken several years ago at Lake Anne in Reston, Va. I’m not a big fan of Canadian Geese, but these three characters caught my eye early one Saturday morning. When my daughters were younger, we used to go to Lake Anne to feed the ducks, being very careful to avoid the geese. We also stopped at the farmers market for a free sample of homemade kettle corn, because why not?

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.” – Igor Stravinsky

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