Stop and Watch the Ducks
by Anita Mae Draper
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23 (NIV)
Why? Because ducks are calming. And they were accessible. You see, I received a new camera for Mother's Day. Oh, please... I can hear your groans from here... no, I'm not going to show off family photos - I want to show you some ducks and I guess I'll add some other birds, too.
|American Coot - It was sweet watching this male bring twigs and reeds to his mate who built the nest while sitting in it. I have a video of it, but it's very shaky.|
|Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)|
|Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)|
|Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)|
|Horned Grebes (Podiceps auritus) Punk Rocker Ducks|
|Lesser Scaup (Aythy affinis)|
|Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)|
|Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)|
|Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata)|
|Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)|
You'll see the following birds in action if you click on the video at the bottom of the post.
|American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)|
|Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)|
|Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)|
Here's that video I promised you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVMiMJKegmM
So, it's the end of my post and what I really want to know is... did you sit for few minutes and relax while looking at these photos? Or were you multi-tasking, and if you were, what were you doing?
Free Book Draw: And for a little something extra, I need your opinion and I'm giving away a new copy of Marilyn Meberg's Love Me Never Leave Me (non-fiction) for helping me decide.
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I'm trying to decide the default puzzle program for my blog and new website. The choice is between these two although the size here is not indicative of the finished puzzle as they're both the same as you see above.
- Jigsaw Planet where you click to the puzzle, make it, then click back to the site:
- Jigzone where you make it right on the spot, but also have the ability to change the number and shape of the pieces:
Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and 2 of their 4 kids. In 2005, Anita Mae decided to return to writing and make it a priority in her life. She writes old west stories set on the prairies of Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Her characters are strong because the land demands it. Anita Mae likes to write characters who sit up and notice when that special person God’s chosen just for them walks by. The story is all about the courtship between the two main characters. But it won’t be an easy path. And if they don’t know about God at the beginning of the book, they will by the end. Anita Mae has semi-finaled in the Historical Romance category of the ACFW's 2011 Genesis contest and finaled in the Inspirational category of the 2011 Daphne du Maurier, the 2011 Fool for Love, the 2011 Duel on the Delta and 2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests. She’s currently waiting to hear the phone ring and have someone say they want to buy Emma’s Outlaw. Meanwhile, she’s working on another story and trying to keep her imagination in check. A pathological picture taker, she usually has a photo or two of her western world on her blog at http://anitamaedraper.blogspot.com/