Posted in Animals, nature

A goosey photobomb

On a recent outing to San Francisco with a friend and our clan of kids, we discovered a baby duckling swimming around and resting, on land with bigger ducks. It’s not unusual to see a duckling as all ducks were once ducklings, but I’ve never seen one in a lake.

The duckling was about five inches long and fuzzy. So cute and you can imagine the kids squealing with excitement. They frantically asked if we had anything to feed them and it had to be something else than bread: Elliot wanted to feed them oats or peas for duck’s health benefit (we did a brief lesson on what to feed ducks last spring). Funny he’d be adamant when he can’t stand to eat either of those himself. I get it though: it’s an acquired taste that I hope he’ll learn to appreciate in time.

The sun was blazing hot this day and the glare from the water made it hard to see what pictures I was taking. I didn’t realize until later this goose had squeezed itself into this picture. I like how it’s looking straight at the camera.

Animals are quirky and full of surprises! Doesn’t matter their size; each has their own uniqueness. God made them wonderful.

Goose Photobomb: “Quack quack…don’t leave me out. I’m cute too, dang it.”
Duck family: green head is male, brown head is female, and the little duckling

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.

John Muir

Little fuzz ball enjoying the view
Posted in flower of the day, Photo-a-day challenge

Flower of the Day: June 26, 2019. The biggest sunflower I’ve seen.

I’ve seen tall sunflowers at pumpkin patches but I never thought I’d see one growing this large in someone’s yard. It was worth the time to pull over and check them out in the blazing heat.

When my kids and I read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, I didn’t think a flower could grow as tall or taller than a house. That is until yesterday, when I saw with my own eyes that sunflowers can grow as tall as they please: keep looking towards the sun.

Its stems were thick, solid, and hardy (not that I tried bending them to check its hardiness) as bamboo stems. Amazing sight. I hope that house owner knows their flowers bring joy and admiration of nature to passersby.

A giant sunflower growing on a giant stem. Amazed at its height and size.
A regular-sized sunflower growing underneath the gargantuan one.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”

Helen Keller
Another impressive sunflower in this bush

Thanks Cee for hosting this FOTD challenge!