11 June 2009

When The Ducks Come Marching By

Thursday, June 11, 2009
I love being around mother nature, because I find it so relaxing. Taking photos of plants and animals is a real pleasure to the soul. Although with the last one I'm still having a hard time. Even if I seem ready to obarmate the critters, they keep on escaping my lens. LOL

If you read my post We Have Company, you know that there are a lot of critters coming to our area. Yesterday morning, I decided to approach some ducks who were spending their time at the field near our backyard. Some were searching for food, swimming in a mud pond or just taking a walk around. I assumed that they were having a great time all over the place.

Then, an old man came along with a bucket in his hand. All of the ducks were suddenly lining up and marching passed me on a path, following him. It made me quite excited! There must be food in the bucket, and I was about to watch the man feed the ducks.

I mean, why else would all the ducks gather around the man? Waiting in full anticipation, like this. I really could see their assiduity, don't you agree.

That's why I got so perplexed, when I saw the man lifting up his body again without doing anything? I must have missed out something! He was just standing there, staring at the mud pond, staring at me and then finally asking if I was taking some shots of the ducks. A nod was my only answer. My brain stood still.

One thing is for sure. You should never hire me as a journalist. Not only have I forgotten to ask the man about what he had done. That definitely would have been the simplest and easiest way to answer my curiosity! But, I also forgot to take a final shot for this story. The one were the man was standing there, staring at me... or the one were the whole duck gang was dismissing itself. You have to forgive me, because I am still an opsimath at photography. I'm gonna duck out now. LOL

Please, take your time to check out this following Green Story link. Thank you!

A 'Ducks' Worth of Advice by Erich Leech
Duck Story Offers Hope that Even the Most Stubborn Folks Can become Green

I have finally gathered my courage to join the literature meme of my friend Quilly called Three Word Thursday. I decided to become an opsimath on this, too. Please, bare with me.
This week's words are:
opsimath – a person who becomes a student or learner late in life
obarmate – to arm against
assiduity – constant or close application or attention, particularly to some business or enterprise; diligence

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Thank you for hosting this great meme, Quilly!

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Pagan Sphinx aka Gina the original host is on a blogging hiatus
Thank you for willing to sponsor this great meme, Michelle!
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This Way Thurs-Way

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of roads & its signs, signages, paths, passages,
street scenes & the likes.

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29 appreciated note(s):

Anonymous said...

You totally shocked me with this one. What an excellent 3WT. You did a great job of this. I hope you put your name in Mr. Linky on Quilly's site. The photos are amazing. And as I kept reading I thought...come one where are the pictures...I wanna see what going on...LOL...Great Post. Have a great day Aloha

Inday said...

hahaha....what do these convoluted words do to our everyday ordinary life but makes it more thrilling and exciting?

Whoa, another lesson to learn from my dear friend Rosidah.

I take note of those links Rosidah. Now, I can come online checking meanings and spelling instead of standing up and open my Oxford Dictionary. Saves me time?

Very interesting as always.

Great post for those Marching Ducks. I wonder where's their drums? Quack! Quack! Quack!


Carleen said...

Rosidah, I think you did a wonderful job with your story. And how clever of you to add an idiom at the end!

Did you ever discover what the old man was doing with so many ducks? Ducks and geese imprint (become attached to) the first thing/person they see when they are hatched, so it is possible that the man is raising them and that the bucket really did have food for them.

Good post!

Vicky said...

Great post Rodidah, you are such a good meme player!

RA said...

No, I really don't know what he did. I am curious why the ducks didn't approach the bucket at all. Thank you for your explanation, Carleen. I think it explains the ducks assiduity to the man. I assume it's like they were looking at their beloved father. As weird as it seems, that makes sense.

Femin Susan said...

What a gorgeous place with ducks - and equally wonderful images.
Thank you for sharing!

quilly said...

Yoohoo! You did a great job! And you combined three different challenges seamlessly! Very impressive, indeed.

There is a wild bird sanctuary near our home, and recently Amoeba and I took a bread sack full of crusts down to feed the ducks. They met us about a block from the sanctuary and followed Amoeba squawking, because they recognized the sack! Had to be the sack. They had never seen us before!

Mariposa said...

I echo Thom! You did a great job here... ;)

Lin said...

Great post, Rosidah! I learned some new words! Interesting story about the ducks, wonder why they followed that man. Have a great day!

Rambling Woods said...

Wow..three memes in one post..Great job. I love ducks so I love this post. I would bet the ducks are following because of some food. I sometimes give the mallards on the pond some cracked corn and if they see the cup, they come running. I also loved the article that you linked too. A mallard riding shotgun in a truck. That is so neat. Thank you for participating in Nature Notes and Think Green...
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Amanda Guthrie (my green blog) said...

Maybe that man met with Fowl play (hee hhe get it!)I loved the whole post tho Rosidah very nice. I have too many links to put in here just take the one on my name to my green blog, then you can read my TGT, NN, and the other green article there from today.

RJ Flamingo said...

I love ducks, too - I'm just waiting for the neighborhood ducks to come around with their babies to clean up under my birdfeeders, like they do every summer!

Fun post, Rosidah!

ItaJeff said...

Salam Rosidah..

Photonya cantik banget!! Ceritanya juga neat & interesting sekali.

Tq for sharing.

Lots of luv,

Ebie said...

Hi Rosidah, I think the ducks are saying, "follow the leader". Nice post. Have a great weekend too!

Irene said...

Enjoyed your pics. It's so cute for the ducklings to follow the leader and reminds me of a nursery rhyme that makes me smile.

roentarre said...

Excellent post in deed

Good image with a touch of retro feel

Leora said...

I love your words, especially "obarmate." I'm an "opsimath" at photography, too. Love your tall duck at the bottom.

Nessa said...

You did great on your first attempt at Quilly's game. I love the pictures. They are very expressive.

Marie Reed said...

I just love your ducky images! hehe! I think that you get an A plus when it comes to photo journalism! You have to leave a bit to our imagination. right? Happy Friday!

bettygram said...

I enjoyed your story about the ducks. They must be following the bucket. The photos were great with the story. I like the one with the man with the bucket withthe ducks following, it has the feel of an old time photo.

Lady Sinistral said...

I love the post. Those ducks are so cute!

Unknown said...

Great and clever post and for combining all the memes.

Unknown said...

Quack! Quack! Quack! what a following! Lovely post.
Have a good weekend!

Anya said...

Hi Rosidah

You did a wonderful job,
but you are WONDERFUL ^__^
I am so happy
I had found you on the internet :)
I like the shots they are CUTE !!

I wish you a
nice lovely great weekend

Hugs Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

Carletta said...

What a wonderful Nature Notes post combined with Quilly's words and images to go along!
You sure went the extra mile - great job!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Great job Rosidah! Your photos are wonderful too! :-)

i beati said...

they are tall and thin..sandy

Luna ( from Brazil ) said...

Funny and interesting post!
Great work!
purrs and love

storyteller said...

Once again, this is an impressive job of multi-tasking! I enjoyed your photos and story very much ;--)
Hugs and blessings,