It was a back-to-work Monday for most of us. How quickly the Easter holiday was over! My boss was driving back from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula today and told me they had nine inches of snow over the weekend. My retort was that if I had visited up there, I’d have to stay until it melted – he understood as he knows I am a Winter weenie when it comes to driving in the snow.
It was only 24 degrees when I left the house this morning. I left earlier since the sun was up and shining brightly, so that gave me time to get in a five-mile walk. I was scrambling around to leave earlier and forgot to wear my convertible mitts with the fingerless gloves and wore my regular gloves instead. It was so bitter cold at the Park that I swore I’d leave the camera in its case, zippered inside my vest and under my coat, to keep my hands warm and get some extra steps in. But when a Kodak moment presented itself, I had to stop, cast off the gloves and let my hands freeze. They felt numb as I was trying to get a few shots of this sleeping duck, while Parker and his impatient pals were dancing around my feet waiting on peanuts.
I decided to walk three loops, all on them on the “scenic side” of the Park. The first time around, a sleepy drake had his head tucked under his wing. He was huddled down asleep like a log as that expression goes. He looked comfy catching some ZZZZZs, but I couldn’t tell if he was “sawing wood” as I didn’t get that close to him.
Then, I made some loud clicking noises with my tongue and he opened one eye and looked in my direction to check me out, but barely stirred. That peeking duck is the picture you see above.
The next lap around, he was awake and gave me a sideways glance.
Usually, once the ducks that are lined up on the partially submerged log catch sight of me, they slip right into the water and paddle for their lives just to escape this hulking human.
On the third, and last, go-around, the drake was standing up on one leg gazing into space. I guess he was deciding whether to take a dip in the cold Creek water. Personally, I’d vote for another round of ZZZZZs if it were me. On this 2nd day of April, it is as difficult to jump out of the cozy bed as it was on February 2nd!