Photo: ducks & their ducklings

Yesterday afternoon we had an unexpected sighting of tiny ducklings out with their parents. We almost missed seeing them; they were camouflaged perfectly by the tall bushes and sun’s glare on the water. These little animals turned a reluctant walk into a cheerful one where they insisted we go back today to check on the nesting duck.

Duckling season. We almost missed this female duck camouflaged by tall branches and bushes. Hope her ducklings arrive soon: cute, healthy, and safe from predators pafter birth.

Below are pictures of 2 different duck families. First set had 5 ducklings and the second set had 9.

Family of 5: ducklings hanging around mama duck

In this family, it seemed the female duck was the main protector of its ducklings.

This male duck could’ve been the father. He sat on land nearby but we can’t remember if he joined rhem later. Maybe he was taking a break from duckling care.

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

Michael Caine 

Family of 9: most ducklings follow except for 1 or 2 wanderers

Couple of ducklings wandered away and missed the photo opp
Everyone swimming at own pace.
2 ducklings are nearby but didn’t make it into the picture.

Thank you for stopping by and hope the start of May is off to a great start for you! Take care.

Travel With Me #3: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Visiting this redwoods state park was a memorable nature experience for our family. The towering trees are all different in sizes and idiosyncratic features. The tallest tree at this part is around 1500 years old; these trees have experienced history over the years. It was a time machine back into history.

During our 2020 wildfires in the bay area, this park was threatened by the fires, about 2 acres damaged. I thought this park was more heavily damaged, but it was Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 30 minutes father north from Henry Cowell State Park, that had more extensive damage from the fires. Their historic buildings burned down and redwood trees scorched or badly harmed by the flames.

Hopefully, the redwood trees will regrow with more strength and resilience over the years!

Thanks Yvette for inviting me to this challenge! It’s a pleasure to share my travel photos and to reminisce. Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!