geese, fall colours

Honking up the wrong tree?

It’s a crazy world and the geese and I are both confused by it. Not surprisingly, that’s more unusual for the geese.

The fall photo above I get but then there’s now.


The next step is the coldest. Trust me!

The calendar says spring, the geese are coming back in droves and I’m refusing to shovel new snow thinking it has to melt. It’s spring but I digress.

So I do the logical thing and put goose in a bunch of animal expressions just because … well I have no idea. Ya it’s that kind of day.

I might have cooked my own goose with all this but I’ll let you decide if I have any goose sense!

“OK I’m confused. I’m sure it’s somehow the fault of the geese – they must navigate like I do.”

Here we go … 20 expressions that will never, ever find their way into the English language:

Crooked as a goose’s long neck


It seems to me that the goose came back to Saskatchewan about 10 inches too early!

Why did the goose cross the river or had the goose jumped over the moon?

Busy as a goose or was that quiet as a goose?

Goose in a China shop

A goose life

A cash goose

A goose nap

A goose and bull story

Eager gooser

“So what was the real animal – I’m getting confused!”

Every goose has her gander

A goosey cat

Go goose (over something)

Have a goose by the tail

In the goose house

A goose can’t change its honk

Loaded for goose

Look a gift goose in the bill

Put the goose before the goo

Guinea goose

You can lead a goose to water but can you teach an old goose new steps?

You’re welcome!


Latest Comments

  1. hannele says:

    Marvellous! I think they’re already in the English language, since you wrote them down/used them (?). “A goose can’t change its honk” is certainly a very usable expression.

    One thing I like a lot about your posts is that even though they’re generally about wildlife, they’re also just as much about human behaviour. Like, “I’m refusing to shovel new snow thinking it has to melt” – that must be innate behaviour in our species. Just like a goose can’t change its honk, humans can’t stop living in denial of facts.

    Thanks for this fun post!


  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Wonderful ~ and there is nothing quite like the ‘call of the goose’ to turn my head upwards and see there magnificent ‘V’…you’ve captured them very well ~ and with it taken comedy to another level (not quite sure whether it is higher or lower…but in my book moving it to another level is a success). Cheers to the spring ~


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I’m glad you view another level as positive because I’m still confused how I would describe this odd writing detour! I hope you have a great spring as well.


  3. Phil Lanoue says:

    Very cool penguins! No wait, I know those are geeses.


  4. Jeff | Planet Bell says:

    I think this long winter has driven you insane, but I am okay with this because that made me laugh out loud.

    Loaded for goose. That is my favorite. Or look a gift goose in the bill. I actually may start using both of those.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      You may be right about the insane part! It sure drove this post into an unusual direction! But now that I think about it, maybe I should have saved it for bears or some other animals.

      I am amused that someone would actually start using some of these!


  5. My Heartsong says:

    A little loosey goosey I say. I too am impressed with the close flight formation and arriving 10 inches too early. Like the nice bright shots.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Very loosey goosey! Thankfully you are forgiving!

      When the light is right, it truly is amazing to see how much difference it makes to actually be there and on the photo.


  6. Mary says:

    As always you capture the best of the best shots!


  7. Mike Powell says:

    Wonderful photos and a few laughs to start my day–what more could I ask for? I am still chucking over the twisted humor of the last expression (“You can lead a goose to water but can you teach an old goose new steps?”).


  8. Steve Gingold says:

    Having a goose by the tail might work…although it isn’t anything I’d like to try.


  9. whichwaynow101 says:

    I still can’t seem to comment on my phone, Lyle. There’s no ‘post comment’ button. It’s a new(ish) model. So unless I read your posts on my laptop, my goose is cooked.


  10. Lavinia Ross says:

    Your forgot “What is good for the goose is good for the gander”. Great shots, Lyle!


  11. Gunta says:

    That last shot. Amazing how they can fly very nearly on top of each other.


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It certainly is in close quarters all right. But I guess when flying is normal you don’t need as much space. If I flew, I’d want to clear a country mile first!


  12. Ingrid says:

    Stunning shots and I do believe you sound ready for warmer weather 🙂


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Glad you liked those shots. I think I’m ready for something different all right. The driveway was all melted off and then I had to shovel twice more this week. I think it’s going back and forth that seems to be getting to me and showers my blog with crazy goose expressions.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. pronghornwildlife2L says:

    Shouldn’t that be every goose has her gander? Just askin’…And you know the goose does come before the goo….watch yer step!
    Thanks, needed a chuckle

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  14. donna213 says:

    Goosey loosey with all those goose quotes, Lyle. They are rather hilarious though. The ice still greets geese here too. Poor things.


  15. Scott Marshall says:

    Chorkle chorkle 🙂 I have been sat in an Open Canadian Canoe when a squadron of these rather large birds are landing head on to me in a narrow river – I was somewhat nervous


  16. Seenorway says:

    Did it help you, Lyle 🙂


  17. Gary Skelton says:

    Ha! Ha! Thanks Lyle for a little walk on the lighter side,on this “spring” day! The incoming geese against a fall backdrop is sensational by the way!


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks Gary. I’m glad someone besides me was amused! I was quite pleased those geese came flying toward me in fall. I like how the one goose is putting out its foot to steer.


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