The English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley holds one view common with Balzac Billy, our Alberta Groundhog: an early spring is on its way.
Not to rub it in, but we’ve been enjoying a relatively mild winter, even a record high on Jan. 25, when the temperature reached 17C (63F).
These photos were not taken right on that day, but they all show how our ducks and geese shrugged off the icy river, spread their wings and echoed Balzac Billy’s prediction.
Here they are mass sunbathing:
The Mallards show their true colours:
Compared to the Mallards, the Buffleheads are smaller in size, and are distinctly more playful. Why wait for spring to make a splash?
or try walking on water:
The Common Merganser stands out among the crowd with their long, red beaks and eggshell white lower body with a yellow glow:
But my fave is the female Merganser. I like her roll-out-of-bed hairdo and natural mascara. For some reasons, she makes me think of Lucillle Ball:
Nature’s hourglass, every drip brings us closer to Spring:
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All Photos in this post taken by Arti of Ripple Effects
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