The Gift of Ducklings - April at Quail Hollow Pond

by Sue
(Felton, Ca.)

April 29, 2011 - Quail Hollow Pond

April 29, 2011 - Quail Hollow Pond

This morning it was heaven at the Pond. Sun was shining and warm - just right - not too hot yet. The Pond surroundings were lush with green - in fact, the overall sensation of green is so great I feel I am breathing green in - green from newly leaved trees, grass and water plants.

In the meadow near the pond, small lupines are in full bloom - The grasses so tall as to come half way up my legs as I hike with my gear. This month I am trying out my home made cigar box pochade painting box, so my gear is even lighter than usual.

The pond turtles are sunning themselves happily on a sandbank in the middle of the pond - safe from predators.
Bull frogs bellow and croak.

Fifteen minutes into my painting session I hear, tweet, tweet, tweet - and OH JOY! Duckings with mother mallard paddle by - they are tiny! Maybe two days old at the most - all fuzzy and cheerful and sailing along behind Mom. Dad mallard is keeping up the rear - on guard. What a heart warming sight! No sign of baby coots - just a solitary adult coot - hopefully Mrs. Coot is sitting on her nest - maybe I'll see those babies next month.

This pond and it's inhabitants now feel like dear friends to me. See you again in 30 days.

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