Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are "summering" at our home. Our front yard more specifically. They drop by once or twice a day, eat some corn and bird seed that were really intended for the chickadees and bluebirds. I'm really enjoying their visits. I've been watching them a bit voyeuristically . They are committed to one another. They've got each other's back. Romance in Nature, all right there in my front yard. I've thought about taking dozens of pictures and posting them on facebook,etc. but I decided against it.
It is nice to expierience life and to Not always document it. My Mom used to have a great phrase for all those times on summer vacations when she didn't have time to get the camera out, or the batteries weren't working, or we didn't have film or we just didn't bring the camera with us.
"Take a picture in your mind "
This got to me thinking about all the "forced interactions" we seem to conduct--things we do to make us seem more connected, more alive, more involved in each others lives. Selfies, hand-shaking with complete strangers, living someone else's life vicariously through facebook,etc.
One of the best things you can do to improve my life is to live your life well. I can't, won't and do not plan on pretending to believe that I control your choices, your decisions, your beliefs--or that you control mine.
Back to the ducks. If we spend all of our time just feeding the ducks, the swan starves. Reaching for the lowest hanging fruit every time gains us the same results. The Ducks keep coming back--because they can.Because we encourage them to come back. We train other creatures how to treat us by the way we treat them.
By the way--the pictures of the ducks featured are NOT the Mr. and Mrs. Mallard I know. There is some kind of privacy clause that prevents the publication of such pictures.Could it be that even the ducks have lawyered up ?