This final walk of the season actually took place in late September. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, and the breeze was so light, not a hair was blown out of place. The geese were content, but one, was showing off. He was all black, a different breed than the usual Canada Goose we see here.
Here’s a close up of the fellow, flapping his wings. His feathers dark and wet, gleamed the sunlight. I must admit, he looked pretty majestic while flapping and strutting.
Another spot of interest was this fence that surrounds one of the many lake outlooks. It’s used by local couples to proclaim their devotion to each other, by fixing love locks to the wire. The caretakers regularly remove the many locks placed here throughout the season.
There weren’t many this day, but one lock in particular caught my eye.
Justin and Tiffany must have been quite the lovebirds.
But what’s this that someone has scratched into the metal?
SHE DOESN’T LOVE U, and a sad face.
Were they joking, or disillusioned with love?
I spent some time in the park during July. There was a lot of activity to grab my attention. The picture above shows a goose with, count them, twelve goslings! The family parade was making its way up from the lake.
Some park employees were busy arranging the venue for the Dragon Boat Festival and Races. The race lanes, for the 48 foot long boats, were marked with white buoys. This event has been part of Regina’s summer activities for 28 years, attracting 200 teams, consisting of over 2000 racers, and 20,000 spectators.
Much of the bird population was cooling off in the water. These twin ducks paddled happily along the shore. A lone pelican was too far away to get a good shot as it swam in circles mid-lake.
Apparently the “love locks” tradition is alive and well in this park. You can read about what love locks are, here. Every so often the park maintenance crew removes the locks, but eventually the fence is visited by more couples, and more locks are displayed there.
I saw these locks attached to a bench outside a high school, and I was reminded of love locks. There are locations in the world where padlocks are locked to public objects. These padlocks are called love locks, and symbolize a couple’s unbreakable love. Once the padlock is locked, the key is thrown away, a gesture that shows the extent of their commitment to each other. I doubt that the locks pictured here were love locks, but I like to imagine why they were placed there.