The Magic Goose

A lone Canada goose glides across a glitter stream on the Otonabee River in late winter, ON (photo by Nina Munteanu)

One day in March, last year, as I walked along the shore of the river, the sun shone on the quiet waters, streaking the river with a trail of silver-gold glitter. It was as though the sun had dipped itself in the water and left behind a bit of itself.

Then, across that stream of glitter, a lone Canada goose glided. Confident. Unabashed. Like nothing was out of the ordinary and this magic moment of glittering goose having a sun-bath—caught in the glitter stream—was just part of its normal day.

“Goose in the Sun” painting by Luminita Serbanescu

I posted the shot on Twitter and my good Twitter friend and accomplished artist, Luminita Serbanescu made a beautiful painting of my ‘magic goose’ and shared it with me. I asked Luminita to write a short piece explaining how the image inspired her and how she created her piece. Below is her response:

“Stop right there! Don’t look, says the goose. Do not let yourself immerse in the fascinating silver light! But I cannot not look! I hear the call of the siren. She is floating not too far, just waiting for me. I shed my worldly clothes heavy with worries and restrictions; I take one step in, two, three…Ohhh! The water is warm and caressing. Memories of being loved, cared for, loved, gently rocked, loved … in the womb? I am one with the hypnotic river. I feel the motion of the waves, synchronize my heart to it. I smell the underwater green safe space, home of numerous living creatures, plants, fish, insects. I am at home now, Goose! My name is Luminita, ‘little light’ and my light blends with the river light! Did you try to stop me because you knew that this will challenge me to go right in? But who am I to guess what the magic goose thinks?”

Luminita Serbanescu

Luminita Serbanescu: “With a degree in architecture and relocation to the free world many years ago, I found myself absorbed by a passion for art and environment. Our beautiful blue planet is under attack!  Human race was born in the middle of lush forests, powerful rivers and vast oceans and under clean blue skies. Now we are endangering it!  I feel that art can and must fight to awaken our long dormant conscience and save the planet!  My art shows that desire!”

(You can see another example of Luminita’s work, related to the Mayfly swarm and lovely dance of life in my May 30, 2021 article entitled “The Mayfly Dance.”

Luminita Serbanescu

The Otonabee River sparkles under the sun in winter, ON (photo and rendition by Nina Munteanu)

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and novelist. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit for the latest on her books. Nina’s bilingual “La natura dell’acqua / The Way of Water” was published by Mincione Edizioni in Rome. Her non-fiction book “Water Is…” by Pixl Press(Vancouver) was selected by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times‘Year in Reading’ and was chosen as the 2017 Summer Read by Water Canada. Her novel “A Diary in the Age of Water” was released by Inanna Publications (Toronto) in June 2020.

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