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Two duck picture, because I’m crazy about ducks…Quack.


Maybe this is what they mean when people say, “I have to get all my ducks in a row.”

Animal, Lake, Waterside, Bird, Waterfowl


I found one with all three ducks diving at the same time…they were so cute.

Enjoy the last days of summer, even if it is fall…




“I don’t understand?  We’re white, we have feathers, right?  Sure, we’re smaller in size and our beaks are orange but for the most part we’re the same.”

“I see your point but swans are still considered…”

“Prettier than we are.”

“Not by every one, of course.  I think you’re gorgeous.”

“Thank you.  We really don’t care, it’s just that you humans try and pit us against each other.  You draw attention to our differences and then rank us, as if what you say matters.  Swans, geese, ducks, you know.  We’re friends and you try to make one of us better than the others.  That’s what you crazy humans do.  Rank, measure, name, and destroy beauty. You take the natural beauty out of everything and make life a contest.”

“I guess we do.”

“You definitely do.  Anything different, or flashy, or bigger, or better, or whatever catches your eye, is the next best thing.  It doesn’t last, of course, because nothing lasts with your species.  You shine your twisted light on something and then abandoned  it for the next discovery or idea.  We aren’t like you, and that’s something to be proud of, believe me.  We see everything for what it is and that way, everything is beautiful and unique.  There’s never any comparison.”

“That sounds like a better way to live.”

“Ya think?  You can’t even look at a flower without comparing it to another flower.  Dissecting it, cataloging it, writing a paper on it.  You don’t LOOK at it and just think it’s beautiful.  You have to take it apart until it’s just one more thing.  That’s the reason you humans are so cruel.  You reduce everything to it’s common denominator and then you see nothing at all.  We’d all feel sorry for you if you weren’t so evil and didn’t have such a huge effect on our environment.  As it is, we just don’t like you.  A lot…we don’t like you a lot.”

“I don’t know what to say.”

“Humans represent death to the rest of us.”

“That’s terrible to know.”

“It might be terrible to know but nothing’s going to change.  There are hardly any frogs left.  Extinction is real for us.”

“When I started theses interviews, I thought all of the animals I spoke to were going to be happy and free.  I was wrong.”

“Well, we would be, if not for you.”

“I can see that.”

“Don’t get me wrong.  There’s plenty of violence in the natural world but there’s usually no intent behind it.  The issue is mostly about food.  Few species kill just to kill, other than yours, of course.  There’s no real paradise anywhere on this planet.  Not really.  It’s just that you celebrate violence and death.  You’ve made it into an art form.  It has become your way of life.”

“I’ve always loved ducks.”

“We are very nice birds.  We never hurt anyone and just wish to live in peace.”

“There are a lot of people who wish for the same thing.”

“Yes, I’ve heard that two or three males start wars, without the consent of the masses.”

“That’s true.”

“How is that possible?”

“I’m not sure, actually.”

“What if no one went to war?  What if the masses just said, NO?”

“The world would be a different place.”


There are lots of organizations working to save water birds and their environments, including the Nation Audubon Society.  Please just look them up.  Some are specific to certain states and others are national.  All are important.















Six luncheon guests

Six luncheon guests


Some mallards stopped by to nibble up all the corn this morning.  The squirrels sat in the trees and watched.  As soon as the food was gone all six ducks took off and left for parts unknown.


Four ducks a bathing…

Four ducks a bathing...


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