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 nature, photo challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees

Different species of trees are all special in their design: deep roots, spectacular trunks, sprawling branches, and assortment of leaves. Trees soften the space they inhabit, probably with the shade it provides and its different shades of green leaves.

I found this unique tree in San Diego Zoo and I didn’t get a chance to note the name, too busy chasing kids wandering around the different animal enclosures.

I searched the zoo’s website and couldn’t find this one. But if you are interested, check out their spectacular information guide about its botanical collections: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/attractions/botanical-tours . Their collection is enormous: the Zoo plant trees and flowers native to the animal’s original habitats. In case you haven’t noticed in some of my posts about this zoo, I really really like this place! It’s a great place to learn about animals and it reminds me of going to the zoo on the weekends with Chris when we were newlyweds living in San Diego. Fond memories.

Tough leaves that won’t bend easily

These tree trunks have sturdy leaves growing in from the sharp spikes. This must be a protective mechanism to thwart animals.

Pretty from afar but must watch out for the spikes up close