Bottoms up!

It’s a wonder the way a duck can transform itself

From being a clown in the water

To a poem of flight and song in the air.

Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from knowing the joy of flight. — Lane Wallace

For more graceful creatures, please visit: Camera Critters.

53 responses

  1. One

    Great captures! I think these are the most graceful creatures for the day.

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    May 7, 2011 at 16:53

  2. ~~~I needed My Lady Fi Fix.
    Thank you for the delightful ducks 🙂 xx

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    May 7, 2011 at 17:10

  3. They are so versatile!

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    May 7, 2011 at 17:38

  4. Truly a work of art. Your photo skills never cease to amaze me.

    Pelicans, poop, pictures, potty training and puns

    That is my link for today. Hope you have a great weekend, and if you celebrate mother’s day…enjoy!!!

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    May 7, 2011 at 17:41

  5. how pretty that second shot is
    magical really
    and I love the bottoms up shot, made me smile

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    May 7, 2011 at 17:51

  6. The first shot is beautiful. The second looks like too many ducks in the water, causing some to fly away, but what a great capture! You caught them just at the right moment, Fi.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    May 7, 2011 at 18:08

  7. Al

    That last shot looks cold!

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    May 7, 2011 at 18:20

    • We had snow here on Tuesday, while today it’s summery and warm! A typical Swedish spring in other words…

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      May 7, 2011 at 18:21

  8. Jim

    Great shots! Yes, ducks seem to spend most of their time upside down and head first! The second photo is why I love photography so much….you can just hear those wings.

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    May 7, 2011 at 18:25

  9. wow…that last one is tremendous…great capture of all the action….

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    May 7, 2011 at 18:27

  10. Clowns in the water indeed 😉

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    May 7, 2011 at 18:55

  11. Ducks are just wonderful to watch! Beautiful capture..

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    May 7, 2011 at 19:17

  12. Hee, hee… I often think of them as clowns. You see them waddle along, upend themselves in the water, then appear to laugh uproariously at some private joke. I find them a little comical in flight as well, because they seem to have to flap really hard to get going – they aren’t as greaceful as the larger waterfowl. But to see them glide through the water is just lovely.

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    May 7, 2011 at 20:03

  13. Lars-Göran Nordström

    Jag tycker om stämningen i den undre bilden. Den väcker min fantasi.

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    May 7, 2011 at 21:06

  14. Great shots and love the flight one too, still looks a little frosty where you are.

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    May 7, 2011 at 21:11

  15. cloudia

    awesome!!!!!!!

    Warm Saturday Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    May 7, 2011 at 21:30

  16. Love the glistening lake in the first shot and the flutter of wings in the second. Great action shot, Fi.

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    May 7, 2011 at 22:04

  17. Great photos! We have lots of ducks at the ponds near us. they always me make smile with their antics.

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    May 7, 2011 at 22:18

  18. Love your beautiful shots sweetie, the ‘quack’ me up! They are comical fowl! :o)

    God bless ya and have an amazin’ Mother’s Day weekend!!!

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    May 7, 2011 at 22:22

  19. Gillar hur du bearbetat den monochroma bilden 🙂

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    May 7, 2011 at 22:23

    • Tack. Jag har inte bearbetat foton – det var så där i verkliga livet! 😉

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      May 8, 2011 at 08:20

  20. Great photos!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    May 7, 2011 at 22:47

  21. Ducks are certainly quakers at times and your 1st photo is great at capturing that with the seemingly headless ducks. The monochrome effect of the second shot is great too really works with the subject.

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    May 8, 2011 at 00:08

    • Thanks. The second photo was shot in colour – but the weather was one of those dull grey days, which looks great on film and less great in real life…

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      May 8, 2011 at 08:19

  22. Love the photos, as always, and your beautiful words…
    I also enjoyed the comments here *
    ~Maria

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    May 8, 2011 at 00:24

  23. Great work, I like the second one best.

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    May 8, 2011 at 01:01

  24. Love them. When I look at ducks on the water I always see them as a life metaphor: they look so serene, and under the water out of sight their little legs are going hell for leather.
    Thanks.

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    May 8, 2011 at 01:02

  25. Love the bottoms up, great photos. Have a great weekend!

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    May 8, 2011 at 01:16

  26. AL

    Ooh I like the second one, they’re ready for action!

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    May 8, 2011 at 02:39

  27. The ducks are delightful! Happy Mother’s Day!

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    May 8, 2011 at 02:41

  28. You have such a good eye and say so much with your marriage of pictures and words.

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    May 8, 2011 at 02:41

  29. A very fun way to look at those ducks! Hope you have a blessed day!

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    May 8, 2011 at 04:32

  30. Loved the photos!
    Simply delightful!

    Happy Mother’s day!

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    May 8, 2011 at 04:37

  31. Gorgeous captures.

    My Critter post, please come and see.

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    May 8, 2011 at 04:54

  32. your photos leave me having to scoop my jaw up from the floor. how do you do what you do with your camera? I’m in AWE.

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    May 8, 2011 at 04:57

  33. Wonderful shots.

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    May 8, 2011 at 07:36

  34. That second shot is such an exhilarating sight!

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    May 8, 2011 at 13:51

  35. and that in-between stage when they look like a dork trying to get out of the water and take flight! 🙂

    Great shots, once again!

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    May 8, 2011 at 15:01

  36. were they frozen, Fiona?

    hahhahaha

    great shots but my favorite is the second one…it is full of emotions andfeelings of freedom…
    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/05/happy-mother%c2%b4s-day/

    HAPPY MOTHER´S DAY

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    May 8, 2011 at 17:04

  37. I love ducks! I think they are so much better than birds 🙂

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    May 8, 2011 at 22:55

  38. beautiful these ducks and photos

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    May 8, 2011 at 23:12


  39. · As usually, lovely photos.

    · best regards

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    May 9, 2011 at 00:01

  40. Great photos!

    But should I tell you that Murray thought it funny because he had roast duck for dinner last night!!

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    May 9, 2011 at 00:20

  41. Lovely captures.

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    May 9, 2011 at 08:18

  42. Great timing in the second image and I love the tones.

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    May 9, 2011 at 08:29

  43. I obviously am a fan of ducks.

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    May 9, 2011 at 12:35

  44. Your title reminds me of a poem recited in the lovely film & book, The Wind in the Willows.

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    May 9, 2011 at 16:45

  45. What a perfect pair of contrasting photos — and the quote is remarkably apt!

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    May 10, 2011 at 04:42

  46. Sometimes I wish I could turn bottoms-up and hide!!!

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    May 10, 2011 at 07:07

  47. We do take them for granted, don’t we? As with other common birds, we don’t pay attention to their beauty and dismiss them from our minds without further thought.

    I think there’s a lesson in that for us, but it’s morning here and I haven’t had enough coffee to sort it out.

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    May 10, 2011 at 12:44

  48. Beautiful pictures, the first is the spectacular colors of sunset, the second full of action and movement. Greetings.

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    May 10, 2011 at 18:42

  49. Great quote, and it’s so true!

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    May 10, 2011 at 18:44

  50. I’ve been buried in work and haven’t been able to get over to visit in a while. What beauty I’ve missed. I your photography and philosophical verses and envy your ability to go to such a place of beauty and peace inside.

    Really lovely stuff, my friend.

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    May 16, 2011 at 18:01

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