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Photos | Different places and seasons, same innocence and beauty

If you are a Disney child like me, you may know Donald Duck — Mickey Mouse’s best friend and a humorous duck who has a trait of getting easily irritated — and his cousin Gus Goose, a lazy and greedy goose. Unlike Donald Duck and Gus Goose, ducks and geese around the world are very calm, productive and composed.

Yet humans, again, destroy these peaceful creatures as if they live for the needs of humanity only. Two years ago, I came across an article about how a massive numbers of ducks and geese were daily slaughtered by people for their feathers, oil and meat. Since then, I have been taking photos of these sweet creatures wherever I see them to remind people how innocent they are.

This project focuses on the beauty and pureness of ducks and geese around the world in different seasons. These ducks and geese are innocent and shine beauty without even trying.

A pair of American Pekin ducks swim in Lake Windermere in November 2020.
A pair of American Pekin ducks swim in Lake Windermere in November 2020.
A Canada Goose sits on the snow in Canada, February 2021.
A Canada Goose sits on the snow in Canada, February 2021.
A Pekin duck rests near a lake in Istanbul in April 2021.
A Pekin duck rests near a lake in Istanbul in April 2021.
A Mallard duck swims in Lake Çıldır, Kars in July 2021.
A Mallard duck swims in Lake Çıldır, Kars in July 2021.
Canada Geese family walks next to Charles River, Boston, in August 2021.
Canada Geese walk next to Charles River, Boston, in August 2021.
A young Canada Goose sits on the grass next to Charles River, Boston, in August 2021.
A young Canada Goose sits on the grass next to Charles River, Boston, in August 2021.
A mother Canada Goose and a gosling fed from the grass next to Charles River, Boston, in August 2021.
A mother Canada Goose and a gosling fed from the grass next to Charles River, Boston, in August 2021.
A group of Mallard and Pekin ducks near a waterfall in Istanbul in September 2021.
A group of Mallard and Pekin ducks near a waterfall in Istanbul in September 2021.
A hybrid of Mallard and Pekin duck poses to the camera near a waterfall in Istanbul in September 2021.
A hybrid of a Mallard and Pekin duck poses for the camera near a waterfall in Istanbul in September 2021.

Photo gallery by Elif Aslıhan Alp. Alp is a high schooler producing content as a part of the The Stanford Daily’s 2021 High School Multimedia Workshop.

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