Friday, June 28, 2013

Love In The Afternoon


This has been the year of the Wood Duck..I saw a pair for the first time last year, but as quickly as they appeared, they were gone in a flash of color..This year however, a cycle of life was revealed...beginning in April, at the New York Botanical Gardens, in their stunning bit of old-growth forest...a patch of old New York..



I am calling yooouOooou! 

Who? Me?




Yes, you! 


Here I am!


I've got to admit, I didn't know what was happening at first either ;-) , I thought she was..um..dabbling..



















Still here..



Now you're talking!
That was it? Wash that guy right outta my feathers..


Then the love birds swam off to a rock underneath the trees where 
prying lenses were at a disadvantage..






Fast forward to June and serendipity....Another Wood Duck sighting..this time at Avalon Nature Preserve in Stony Brook, N.Y... A native plant restoration project. http://www.avalonparkandpreserve.org/

'First comes love, then comes marriage'..There were three ducklings..

Glowing!






One was off on its own




Mama checks him(?) out..
Soon I'll have an empty nest..

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love~ Marc Chagall


18 comments:

  1. Very nice!!!!! I mean, your comments. :)

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  2. Ha! Thanks Luis... I couldn't resist :-)

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  3. Wow! Ducks that F.... all in love. Lovely!

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    1. Wow Scott, that is great praise coming from you! Thanks so much fir stopping by!

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  5. Loved that you pieced this together from multiple locations--a treat!

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    1. Pure ducky-luck! Glad you stopped by!

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  6. What a fun post! Loved the humor and beautiful photography!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I appreciate the encouragement!

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  7. Great post Cindy - love the photos - so neat that they are a new bird to you and you have seen so much of them now.

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    1. Great to see your comment Dan! I enjoy following your adventures in VT!

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  8. Nice! Even one shot in the tree. Super series of nature in its natural progression and fun commentary to go along with it!

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    1. Thanks Larry, I couldn't believe my good luck! It's been a ducky summer..

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  9. Cindy, how fun to see this family that you've been enjoying. Lovely photos! Hope you've had a good summer. :-)

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    1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by! It has been a splendid summer, once the July heat-wave passed.

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