Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mallard Duck With Young at Dawn's Early Light~

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post on helping a female Mallard Duck and her seven ducklings make it across a four lane road and to safety.  I had checked on them a couple of times, always hearing the adult, but never being able to see them.  They seemed to be getting closer to the water, when I spotted this female with 2 ducklings that would now be about the right age.  I have no idea if this is the right one, but something about this female just gave me pause.  There were no other Mallards around and this would be the correct point of entry into the water.  The male was not with them, but took off as soon as I appeared on the scene.  Fun to think that this may be the adult Mallard that I helped and that at least two ducklings remained.  The lake images were taken at Crystal Lake near where I live at dawn's early light.  Happy SkyWatching and have a great weekend~


  1. Lovely captures for the day, Mary! I LOVE the ducks and such gorgeous pastel skies! The reflections on the water are beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  2. I wanted to get some mist rising off the lake this past weekend but I could not force myself up at 6am for the shot. :-) Love the blurred bird in flight. Well done. Thanks for sharing! Here is my entry.

  3. Beautiful pastel sky!
    Love how you caught the mist and the mallards - lovely images.
    Carletta@Round The Bend

  4. Wow these photos are fantastic!


  5. I see a lovely world in your pictures. Great landscape and reflections in water.
    Happy weekend!

  6. So nice to see the survivors Mary, I hope there are no snapping turtles or other predators around. Love the chicken-hearted male flapping away.
    I have tried leaving you comments forever, If I can open your blog, I can't get the comment box, if I get that, it will not send my comment. Please don't think I do not visit. I really love your blog and photos. I am so sorry your hawks did not manage to raise a family this year and hope they make it next time.

    Thanks for your comment, if you happen to be around again, do have another look at the second shot. If you enlarge it, the green flash is quite distinct on the dark cloud above, and to the left of the rising sun.

  7. What a wonderful array of skies. Gotta love those ducks...and all the reflections.

  8. Beautiful misty reflections Mary - the picture of serenity.

  9. Beautiful reflections and nice ducklings.

  10. An interesting and diverse set of skies (and photos). Having read your surrounding posts, I mourn with you for your little fawn and send best wishes and good thoughts for your family day.

    To many more skies and days with family.

  11. Love those kind of mornings/evenings


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