I have to admit, it's lovely to wake up each morning and nature is right outside the front door. Start with a beautiful view...
...then add a duck (or two of more!)
The Quackles (family of seven) are getting quite big. I have noticed a second family, the Duckles (family of eight), but they are less frequent visitors.
The Quackles, meanwhile, seem very content to swim in front of the house and settle on the beach.
Mrs. Q is continually vigilant. She knows there is a bald eagle on the lake and she's going to be quite sure nothing happens to her brood.
And when she says "March," off they go.
Here are a couple photos of the Duckles, elusive as they are.
They stay close together and are smaller than the Quackles, but getting bigger every day.
We've had some major storms and on this day they sat peacefully on the beach as the dark clouds and thunder rolled in, along with the heavy winds (see the whitecaps on our small lake?).
I've also often been accompanied by this beautiful strain of dragonflies when I go out on my floatie. They hover closely, never bite and just glow a wonderful shade of blue.
There seem to be fewer seagulls this year (even in the grocery store parking lot).
But when they fly, they look so very elegant!
You saw my beautiful beach butterfly in a recent post.
I couldn't resist sharing a couple more images!
These two flickers seem to hang out quite a bit together.
And this is the juvenile -- almost as big as mom and dad!
When evening comes, the curtain comes down with the sunset a grand finale.
Life is wonderful at the lake.
Even if you're a cat! (One of nature's greatest creations!)
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