it never rains, but it pours

Two posts in the same day!

Went out to look for ducklings, and found the little family right away. Today, they were up on the grass. As soon as I neared, Mother Duck skillfully hoarded the little ones, and somehow hid them underneath some grass. See all the little eyes there, behind her?! πŸ™‚

DSC_1674This, I believe, is some wild rhododendron — not fully out yet. I just love the intricate beauty of wildflowers, when taking a close-up look at them.



24 thoughts on “it never rains, but it pours

  1. Ducks are so protective of their babies; I can just about see them. You did well getting such a good close up of them. Are you going to try to follow them as they grow and post the photos? That would be cool!

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ yes I will … I’ve tried it before, but it only works for a little while; then they all look the same — you can’t tell whether they’re the ducklings or just any female mallard.

  2. What a great Momma she is!
    Oh say! Do you see the scalloped green leaves right above her tail feathers? They’re called Touch-Me-Not or Jewelweed – a relative of Impatiens – and its juicy stem contains the antidote for Poison Ivy/Stinging Nettle: ) and that Rhodo is Absolutely Gorgeous. I LOVE that colour!!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚
      Yes, I see them … that’s so cool! I didn’t even know there was an antidote for that! So far I’ve been lucky, and never been in contact with any poison ivy. I’ve seen it, though.

  3. Lovely photo of the duck and ducklings – I remember learning that dabbling ducks start feeding for themselves from the day they are born, and that makes me look at those bundles of fluff differently – they are small but they can look after themselves, kind of…

  4. Oh LOVE the photos!! That is so cute with Momma duck and her little ones!! I sure can see them in the grass! πŸ™‚

  5. Its an adorable picture of the duck and the hidden ducklings. About rhododendrons: Last week I drove to Sofiero- near Helsingborg to look at their rhododendrons and azalea. They are huge, old, beautiful. Its a wondrous place. And the prices in the cafe are exorbitant LOL.

    1. Hej Annette,
      I’ve heard, and seen pictures of that place! Never been

      HEY … we’ve gotten a hold of the series Β«The BridgeΒ» [Broen]! It’s so damned good!!! Seen two episodes…

      1. Hold on- its great. They have produced a number 2 series, I haven seen it yet, but I expect that they send it out as DVD’s as they did with the first

        1. We have only two episodes left now, on Netflix. Just checked for season two, and it was unavailable in Amazon. Will keep checking … we totally LOVE this!

  6. Oh Rebby those ducklings are so sweet…Momma was just protecting her young…butt she does not look stressed…ducks like you!
    The flower is very intricate & as usual you captured its beauty beautifully.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue ❀ ❀

    1. No, she wasn’t stressed … it looked kind of cool; she just too a few steps to the side, and they were all in the grass. All these ducks are so accustomed to people so you could almost grab one [not]. There is a photo, in the park’s website, of a girl who managed to do that; she’s holding a mallard! He wants to get down LOL

  7. I can imagine the Mallard would not be happy being held….
    I like to get as close as possible w/out stressing the animals or birds out…
    We have a pair of ducks here who visit every Spring & they are quite tame in that they know who to trust & who to stay away from! Clever birds…. πŸ˜‰

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