What I saw concerned me greatly. Never have I seen anything as to what I was looking at in that moment. I asked,
“Excuse me, but could you tell me what you all are doing?”
I had politeness in my voice, and a smile on my face, even though I was alarmed. My question sounded curious. And that was all. Nothing in my body language or in my voice bespoke of menace.
Yet that was how I was interpreted. Immediately, my question was greeted by a nasty, aggressive, angry, abusive woman saying to the effect I had no right to ask. Here I was on a Nature Preserve and I saw a woman, a man, and 4 children with pails and nets scooping things out of the water. You bet I had a right to ask, darn it!
I was lied to. I was told by this belligerent woman that the office had supplied them with the pails and nets. I found out about the lie when I made a beeline to the office to report these people. I was also told by this rude woman that I was wrong when I told her this was a Nature Preserve. Therefore, she had every right to be doing what she was with her kids. She came right out and told me I didn’t know what I was talking about!
(So how I asked myself [later] could she possibly have gotten those pails and nets at the office when she didn’t even know where she was?)
I just stood there, shaking my head, looking at this woman not believing my ears or eyes. She spoke to me as if I was dirt, demanding me in a dictator-type voice for me to leave her and her tribe alone. And then the whopper. She pointed at my camera and told me I was the one in the wrong by stealing.
OH MY GOD!
Taking pictures is stealing? Was this woman for real?
The audacity of some people. The nerve. The crassness. The attitude that they are going to do what they want to do come hell or high water. And then they turn the entire situation around to make it look like YOU are the guilty party. Not they.
I knew if I dared to step toward this irate woman, or press the issue, she would have physically charged me. Meanwhile, her husband is looking the other way and her kids continued catching the minnows or whatever they were catching. With no remorse, or regret, or shame, they just continued on taking from the Nature Preserve, stealing a Heron’s dinner.
And about the young girl at the office. I was more upset then she was and nothing was done about this matter. Not that I knew of. What has gotten into some people? What is happening??? I have yet to return to this park on account of this incident. That is how upsetting this is to me.
The precious picture you saw is of a red squirrel taken at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Park where this incident happened.
Photography/ “What????”/ August 2018©AmyRose