Seagull

Seagull

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Duck

Duck

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Sandhill crane

Sandhill crane

Duck

Duck

Robin

Robin

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Zebra mare and baby, Sept 9, near Khwai River

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Grizzlies race away

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Rose after rain shower

Woodland Park Rose Garden

June is the month of roses, so I made a special effort to visit the Woodland Park Rose Garden between rain showers.  I thought if I waited for a sunny day, I might miss the entire rose season.  Seattle has set a new weather record.  We have never before gone this far into the year without hitting 75 degrees.  Looks like we won’t be hitting that mark any time soon!

The roses covered in raindrops were lovely.

Intrigue Floribunda

About Face

Heirloom Hybrid Tea Rose

Rose bud amidst the allium

French Perfume Hybrid Tea Rose

Lily pond at the Woodland Park Rose Garden

Duck napping in the lily pond

Lily pads and blooms

Bottoms Up

February 1, 2010

Upside-down duck at Green Lake

You have to chuckle when you see ducks all topsy-turvy, upside down.  What are they doing down there?

To Play Alone
by W. H. Davies

A Tom Tit clinging upside down,
 Needs nothing more to raise his wonder;
A lonely Trout will play until
 His own deep whirlpool sucks him under.
So when my money all is spent,
 And all my merry friends are gone –
What little Tom Tit, Trout, or Child,
 Will teach me how to play alone?
 
 
 
Mother duck sitting on brood of ducklings

Mother duck sitting on brood of ducklings

Mother duck puffed out trying to cover ducklings

Mother duck puffed out trying to cover ducklings

Detail of beautifully patterned feathers

Detail of beautifully patterned feathers

Every spring I watch for the arrival of baby ducklings at Green Lake.  This year I’ve noticed two families with babies, and they are now a couple of weeks old.  This mother duck sitting on her brood of ducklings made me smile.  The babies are getting too big to fit, and they hid their heads under the mother while their little butts stuck out.  They reminded me of gangly kids on the cusp of adolescence who sit all arms and legs on their parent’s lap.