Posts Tagged ‘ducks’

mysticbirdA rather unique bird swimming in the frigid waters of the Mystic River. A red-breasted merganser, perhaps?

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It has been a while since I strolled along the Charles River Esplanade.


It’s that time of year when I feel I can become lost in the water because the low sun is so bright and the reflections so sharp.  Very little breeze (thank goodness) and so the water becomes a near perfect mirror.


For me, I stopped worrying about finding the perfect shot though I did have an agenda before I embarked on my walk.


I let go of that agenda and just accepted the beauty that was around me.




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I think these are young mallards because in the right light the heads of some shone faint green. These were lined up on a log in the expansive campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s, Maryland.


Just sunbathing and cleaning I suppose but this fellow certainly gave me a look of “turn your camera elsewhere.”




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Learn more about Boston’s Riverway here.

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I need to write a story about hope for a magazine and, so far, all that comes to mind are feathers. These were floating in the pond in Boston Public Garden yesterday. And so was she …

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An early morning splash in the pond at the Boston Public Garden.

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One day a mallard stepped out of the water onto a rock and began to preen.

So tame was it, or so quiet I, that it did not seem to mind that I watched the scene.

I braced myself in the bright, hot sun and took photo after photo with the goal,

I think, to be surprised, to see what might be revealed by this creature in the shoal.

Later I’d discover that most of the pictures were not good but in the moment I did not mind.

I’d had my time with mallard who, I like to think, bowed his head deep at our parting in the ways of his kind.

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Four ducks making their way along Shannon Beach.  I must say, if there is one animal that I have had much photographic-interaction with this year, it is the mallard duck. No matter where I find myself, in the mountains or in the heart of Boston, so long as I am near a body of water of any size, there will be a duck or two or four.  The Make Way for Duckings reference is to this famous book.

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Two of my favorite phrases that help me get through some days. 😉

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