On the rocks

It’s great weather for ducks…

Cold and crisp with the crunch of snow underfoot.

Even the rocks are covered in ice

Reminding me that ducks are like feathered ships

Navigating the icebergs in their way.

If they can do it, so can we.

One kind word can warm three winter months.  ~Japanese Proverb

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45 responses

  1. Beautiful pictures! I have a personal fascination with ducks, but I never manage to get any decent pictures of them.

    February 5, 2011 at 17:58

  2. Navigating amongst icebergs seems daunting at times but if they can do it, you are right so can we. Have a great week-end:-)

    February 5, 2011 at 18:01

  3. Fantastic shots of the ducks. I enjoyed the proverbs your picked for your photos.

    February 5, 2011 at 18:13

  4. yes we can…but i think i will stay out of the water for now….brrr….smiles.

    February 5, 2011 at 18:14

  5. Beautiful close ups of the ducks in a great setting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    February 5, 2011 at 18:22

  6. Beautiful photos and wonderful inspiration!

    February 5, 2011 at 18:33

  7. Great captures…love the proverb…it is so true. Happy weekend. XX

    February 5, 2011 at 18:39

  8. Isn’t it amazing that mallards can stand such cold water? Very nice shots.

    February 5, 2011 at 19:02

  9. such wonderful shots & words!!!!!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral


    February 5, 2011 at 20:03

  10. Great pics and the words match perfectly…however, I’m getting so tired of this winter, I’m thinking that maybe even the ducks are as well.

    February 5, 2011 at 20:38

  11. That one rock looked like a ruffled throw pillow for a sofa!

    February 5, 2011 at 20:49

  12. The birds did look a wee bit chilly next to the frozen rock but ducks don’t seem to mind the icy waters as much as you’d think they would, do they? The water is so clear you can see his legs and webbed feet!

    February 5, 2011 at 23:07

  13. Nice pics. Hope the ducks are getting enough to eat.

    February 5, 2011 at 23:43

    • That’s no problem. These ducks are fed by lots of people and kindergarten classes so they’re pretty tame…

      February 6, 2011 at 07:00

  14. They look happy as a clam.

    February 6, 2011 at 00:33

  15. cherry blossom

    They do it with such flair and elegance!:-)

    February 6, 2011 at 01:19

  16. Nice shots, and I am going to do two kind words in an attempt to shorten this Iowa winter.

    February 6, 2011 at 02:00

  17. So very true — ducks are very on top of the whole zen thing — navigating through life no matter what. I’m personally ready for Spring though:-)

    My Camera Critters post today is about geese and ducks also:-)

    February 6, 2011 at 02:25

  18. Excellent shots but my oh my that looks so cold!

    February 6, 2011 at 02:27

  19. AL

    Oh yeah, why not! Nice ducks!

    February 6, 2011 at 03:12

  20. Gorgeous shots, all!

    February 6, 2011 at 05:35

  21. Gorgeous!

    Camera Critters at my page

    February 6, 2011 at 05:52

  22. Very inspiring and motivating too.
    Great shots for the message.:)

    February 6, 2011 at 06:41

  23. Great shots of the ducks. They don’t seem in the least discomforted by the frigid water.

    February 6, 2011 at 08:52

  24. Fantastic pictures here.
    Those ducks look rather content pottering around.
    But, that water most be pretty cold. lol

    February 6, 2011 at 10:11

  25. Beautiful ducks Fi. I enjoyed your nice restful photos – Dave

    February 6, 2011 at 10:31

  26. These are great photos, made all the more enjoyable by your charming commentary.
    Thanks for this.

    All the best, Boonie

    February 6, 2011 at 15:08

  27. so beautifully captured!!

    February 6, 2011 at 15:43

  28. After a week in the deep freeze here in Dallas I am not eager to be close to these guys! Nice shots though:)

    February 6, 2011 at 15:54

  29. Gwen

    The pond on the campus where I work also has ducks. The water frozen in spots. It looks cold and uninviting.

    February 6, 2011 at 16:13

  30. Isn’t that green on the drake’s head a wonderful colour! Thank you for finding bright colours among the greys

    February 6, 2011 at 20:57

  31. marina

    hoe beautiful! Stunning captures….

    February 6, 2011 at 21:33

  32. Beautiful shots!!

    ~Rocio from México

    February 6, 2011 at 23:15

  33. Whoa! The rocks have ice!!!! I don’t ever remember seeing that before. Brrr.
    Stay warm, jj

    February 7, 2011 at 01:10

  34. The Japanese proverb is beautiful, but you know what Fi, you write your own proverbs — and beautifully illustrate them as well. Thanks!

    February 7, 2011 at 01:37

  35. For once the males are more beautiful, lol !

    February 7, 2011 at 08:56

  36. Brrrrrr! I think they will be happy when the ice melts too.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:35

  37. Ash

    Beautiful photos and love the Japanese quote. Thanks so much for sharing!

    February 7, 2011 at 14:06

  38. Love your shots and quotes. Awesome!

    February 7, 2011 at 14:42

  39. Ice water makes for an extra refreshing swim! Love the bottom shot.

    February 7, 2011 at 14:54

  40. nice ones! That ice covered rock is crazy! Cute mallards:)

    February 7, 2011 at 18:17

  41. It is like little icebergs for them!

    February 8, 2011 at 02:18

  42. AH! Such wonderful quacky ducks…they sure are braver than me. Not even with a coat of feathers would I dear dare put fin webbed foot in…I mean my foot int that icy water.
    Somebody please say a kind word to me so I may
    get warmed up for 3 months…
    LOVED the post!:) Photos worthy of a frame. But then again…all of yours deserve one!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 14:03

  43. Rain

    Beautiful photos of the ducks! I got lucky recently and found a local duck sanctuary…gosh those drakes are handsome aren’t they?

    February 8, 2011 at 21:42

  44. One kind word can warm three winter months..now I know the cold has gotten to your common sense…those are some icy looking ducks:)

    February 10, 2011 at 01:45

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