Friday, March 6, 2009
The Ducks Are Back!
I have a pond behind my house and up until late November I had tons of ducks, geese and the occasional blue heron on the pond EVERYDAY. I live north of Chicago and it's been one of the coldest,snowiest winters in a LONG time. So the waterfowl disappeared when the pond froze over.
Well, TODAY they came back! AT least the mallards did.I was tickled to wake up to the honking and quacking of the ducks. Of course as you can see in the first photo the pond is still a bit frozen and they are standing on ice.There is a small area that has thawed along the shoreline. So they come flying in for a landing on the ice and slip and slide all over the place. It's quite hilarious. Then they stroll over to the area that has thawed and take a dip and check for food.
Is it my imagination or do the colors on the mallards heads and feet look very brilliant. I'm wondering if these are youngsters? The photos don't do it justice but the color of their heads is a striking green teal color. And their little feet are such a glowing orange it's unbelievable.
Thought I would share my duck friends with you.As soon as the geese and heron come back I'll show you those as well.Or you can check them out from last fall on my flickr.
FINALLY posting my very first bowls from my wheel thrown class. I'm pretty happy with them. It takes a while to get used to a new studio and their glazes so I wasn't sure how the colors would turn out. But I'm liking them both.