It’s lovely weather for …

… Ducks!

The past week’s weather here in Southeast Michigan has been anything but ducky … it’s been wacky and wet.

The weather is akin to Baskin Robbins’ ice cream flavor of the month, as lately it seems like Mother Nature is trying out a new weather scheme every weekend. Two weekends ago it was a sudden heat wave with temps hovering at 80F (26C), then last weekend the high temp was half of that, 40F (4C), with snowflakes and a hard freeze that followed a few days later.

Then we had two days of torrential rain, one nice day (thankfully Saturday) and now we are immersed in three more days of rain and thunderstorms.

The grass is lush, the robins are happily gorging themselves on juicy worms, but the steady rains are wreaking havoc with our shorelines and parks, some which I frequent on the weekends.

I enjoy going to scenic Elizabeth Park as you know from prior posts. At this venue, while I am walking, the camera gets a workout as there are geese and ducks galore, even the occasional heron, egret or cormorant if you are lucky. Elizabeth Park is an island which is separated from the mainland (Trenton, Michigan) by a canal. You access this park via a vehicular bridge that crosses that narrow body of water. This is the third year in a row the canals have flooded their banks and water has encroached onto the sidewalks which run parallel to the canal.

I visited this park on Sunday, May 3rd after someone posted photos on Elizabeth Park’s Facebook site of a Canada Goose standing on a sidewalk that was submerged in water. I decided to go there and check out the flooding and see if I could get some similar pictures.

The flooding was pretty spectacular!

On one side of the vehicular bridge were some ducks. Did you notice that this duck and the ones in the header image are sitting on a rock? This big rock is normally part of the shoreline walkway.

On the other side of the vehicular bridge is where the Canada Goose was. There were no geese that day, just a pair of seagulls. It is interesting that these seagulls are not wading in water up to their knees (if a seagull has knees). They are standing on the same cement sidewalk that separates the canal from the local residences.

Here is a picture of how part of that sidewalk looks now.


I skirted the canal to take pictures of the flooding as it was incredulous to me how it looked. From the vehicular bridge, you can see how trees are standing in water and the banks are flooded. Many feet back from the flooded area, the grass was very soggy and it was like walking on a sponge. I was glad I wore my vinyl boots.

Here are some more pictures of the flooding damage in the low-lying areas.

This is in a wooded portion of Elizabeth Park – it is not part of the canal, but it is now a bog.

Thankfully not all areas of Elizabeth Park are flooded.

Of course, the ducks pay no mind to the excess water – they’re lovin’ it.

People use two idioms to describe rainy weather: “it’s raining cats and dogs” or “it’s lovely weather for ducks” … the ducks could care less if it rains every day because now they can just walk right into the water … easy-peasy for our feathered friends.

Elizabeth Park has Pekin ducks, those snowy-white, rather large ducks and they are quite tame as many people feed the ducks corn at this venue.

I was taking pictures of the Pekin duck when suddenly it glided right toward me …

… and walked right out of the water and proceeded to cross the sidewalk before my very eyes, not more than two feet away I might add.

So, why did the Pekin cross the road, er … sidewalk? To get to the other side where its Mallard Hybrid friends were of course!

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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77 Responses to It’s lovely weather for …

  1. bindyamc says:

    wow! the ducks, the gulls and the canal of this park looks beautiful!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It is a real picturesque park Bindya. There is a beautiful historic bridge that is almost 100 years old that stretches over the canal. That large bridge has two smaller identical bridges over other parts of the canal. I left those pictures out as I decided to concentrate on just the flooding for this post. It will be worse than these shots as we had almost 2 inches (5 cm) of rain yesterday alone – we set a record. Do you have the white Pekin ducks or Mallard Hybrids where you live?

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      • bindyamc says:

        I have some duck pictures, still left to identify what they are. 😊One day I will post them.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes post them Bindya and put them up for discussion. 🙂 Or, take the pictures and do a reverse Google search if you’ve not tried that yet. Those American Black Ducks I saw the last day I walked at Council Point Park would not have really passed for black as their feathers were dark brown, not black at all. But one of the other walkers had told me about them before and we saw them in the water, never on shore though. I have had that trouble with butterflies – a blue butterfly and I was searching for “blue butterfly” and it was purple on the underside (which I didn’t see) – it was a “Purple spotted butterfly” … who knew?

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      • bindyamc says:

        Yes Linda,I’ll post them one day😄

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      • bindyamc says:

        Yesterday I posted about Jungle crow, all black crow: JUNGLE CROW- BEYOND MYTHS Do you have crows there?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, but not too many unless you go out into the country. Rarely around this city.

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  2. I love how you capture nature in such a beautiful manner!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Coffeeandcream – amazing that even flooding can be beautiful isn’t it? I always like the reflection on the water and there certainly was a lot more water to show reflections in these pictures. We had almost 2 inches (5 cm) of rain yesterday. There is flooding at all the shorelines and it was a record-setting rainfall.

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    This weather is certainly designed for ducks – not humans unless we have “nifty” boots. If your ever see it raining cats and dogs please get some photos. I’d love to see that! LOL!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Isn’t this rain incredible Ruth? I just heard on WWJ that we had a record-setting 1.9 inches of rain at Metro Airport … there is massive flooding in Monroe County and I’m sure I won’t be visiting Lake Erie Metropark for a while as there is much shoreline flooding at Lake Erie. Hopefully your county is faring better and you’re okay, especially the farm. Are your recently planted pansies waterlogged? I have a funny picture I saved from Pinterest that shows it raining cats and dogs and I will have to resort to that I think, but I’ll keep the camera handy and keep looking up just in case. 🙂

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  4. The flooding is really something!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I know – it is incredible Anne and yesterday we had a record-setting 1.9 inches of rain. Some shorelines where I go have a lot of flooding and it is raining again now. We may have a break for a few days, then Friday and a good part of the holiday weekend will be raining again. I am sure this area of Elizabeth Park must be a real mess now. Luckily the one-way only road for vehicle traffic and the walking perimeter path are on higher ground, so that part of Elizabeth Park is still functioning normally.

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      • We’ve had bits of rain off and on for days. I’m glad it is watering our four new plants and also happy I can’t spend hours in the garden.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s good and watering the tomato plants too. There is something in rainwater that helps them to grow (the grass too) better, a mineral of some kind. I like that rationalization Anne about working in the garden. See I rationalized that I did not have to trim all the bushes out front and back because Memorial Day was much earlier this year = they will have regrowth again during the Spring growing season. Well that clinched it for me! I did that the first year I took care of the yard. As soon as the bushes got new growth, I whacked it off … it was still Spring and the new growth came again. I never made that mistake again – it’s a big job. Once is enough. Now, the barberries and golden vicary have to be nipped come Summer and through Fall, but not as much. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It is not a job I look forward to. Plus it is going to rain, although they’ve amended the forecast to just Monday afternoon now. I don’t need much encouragement to abandon housework so it would be better if it rained most of the weekend.

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      • I suspect neither of us would mind if we never had to do housework or work in the yard again.

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  5. Eliza says:

    Loved your last line.
    The mallard looks chubby! We have both kinds of #mallards but no pekins. The flooding is spectacular although I hope it dries up… its sometimes sad how the weather changes what we loved but I guess all changes can be good things.
    💕💕💕💕💕

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That mallard looks chubby I think from the way it is sitting on the rock but maybe it is because people feed them corn. There are a couple that visits this park daily and tosses out a lot of corn (one of those really large buckets) and then a woman who brings a couple of pounds of corn too … we had 1.9 inches (5 cms) of rain yesterday and the high winds caused a lot of flooding. I knew you would appreciate these ducks being a fellow duck lover. 🙂

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  6. At my last house, I was overlooking a park that was down a cliff with a stream running through. When it flooded the grass would have huge ponds and all the ducks would take advantage of the extra water to float on. On a side note, I got ants this past weekend. I’m sure you sent them east with the lousy weather! 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That’s funny and I can picture it since I saw that at Lake Erie Metropark last year and took pictures (I’ve not used yet). They were happily swimming along and even funnier, they were dabbling looking for reeds like it was really deep water … I wanted to tell them they were wasting their time. I think I took pictures of them doing that. Lake Erie has flooded its shoreline – it will be a mess at that big park for a long time. Ha ha – I would have said I did last weekend as they finally seemed under control (1-2 a day) but the last few days it’s been horrible. Leaving something on the countertop is just asking to have an ant climb in or onto it. Ugh.

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      • I’ve done an indoor spray at the window and door sill and haven’t seen any since. My problem is that they come to the cat food dishes so I have to pick them up right after they eat even if they didn’t finish it.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m afraid to leave anything on the counter top too long – I saw few in the kitchen, but now found them in the hall or other rooms. What type of spray did you use Kate? My neighbor said he was going to try boric acid and honey on his ants.

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      • It’s Raid Max Bug Barrier. It’s indoor/outdoor and without a smell. Sometimes it takes a second treatment a week or two later but it usually does the trick. I hate to use it because of the cats and I don’t feed the cats where it’s sprayed for a few days but it has worked for me.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        OK thanks Kate – this Terro is not working at all; they just walk around it everywhere I have it. I will try that then. I was not in favor of the honey and boric acid. Honey would seem to draw more ants in my opinion. I have to go grocery shopping so I will get some or use good old Amazon.

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  7. when you see ants paddling tiny canoes and ducks with umbrellas……..move!

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  8. Wow, you are in for more rain! The Quackers will be very happy! 🙂

    Great shots! I especially like the Mallards! Gulls are smart birds and when i go to get groceries at our local Walmart, i feed whole-grain biscuits to them. Jonathan Livingston Seagull was a great book, back in its day!

    They say that many feathered dinosaurs, back in the Cretaceous, would love to take occasional swims in the rivers and lakes. They were very adept at swimming. Geese and ducks evolved from some of the smaller species, no doubt.

    Stay safe!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, we had a record 1.9 inches yesterday and it rained most of today til late afternoon. The weather is crazy these days.

      Glad you liked the shots Tom. I liked the Mallards sitting on the rock too – if you took a cursory glance you would not notice they were sitting on the submerged rocks, as you’d assume they were paddling in the water. The Mallards are gorgeous, especially when the sun hits their teal head feathers just right and they seem iridescent.

      Those Pteradactyls look a lot like our herons today – big wingspan and long pointy beaks.

      Same to you Tom – you two stay safe as well.

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  9. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………you are right…………………only ducks can like this weather and the flooding…………………our pathways at the apartment are so flooded you either have to wear knee high boots to get your mail at the mailboxes or you wait another day till the flooding goes down………………..I took my shoes off and rolled up my long pants………………………to get my bills……………..I just love those Pekin ducks and I’ve never seen their dark mates??…………………or cousins??

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      This rain is downright ridiculous Ann Marie – your pond must be flooding over by now too. I can only imagine what Elizabeth Park looks like after the last three days. The only place I’ve seen those Pekin ducks is at Elizabeth Park and at the petting farm at Heritage Park, but they are penned up there. The darker ducks are called Mallard Hybrids and are a cross between the Pekin and Mallard – the tails are curly-Qs like the Pekin and they are the same size but they have the teal and dark markings. The first time I saw them I looked all over to find out what they were and asked around as well – they sure are unique.

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  10. Prior... says:

    enjoyed the ducks – and they sure are adapted to excess water –
    but wow – floods are scary – or can be

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Yvette. I like when there are reflections from the ducks on the water – this is the only park around here where I see Pekin ducks wandering around and they are very tame as so many people feed them. The ducks sure are adaptable – even a big puddle on the grass is a makeshift lake for them. That bog picture is a good example. The last time I was here, that was just a wooded area, now it’s full of water and sure not good for the trees. A dam broke in mid-Michigan late yesterday afternoon – it was on the national news this morning. Flood water is 9 feet as of now – houses submerged and a real mess. I feel for those folks, losing their homes and now in a shelter (using a school) in the midst of this pandemic to boot.

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh I feel bad for them too! I will check out the news / prayers for them too 🙏

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, the photos are so bad Yvette and now they say the water is mixed with some runoff from Dow Chemical. I’ve not heard much of that, just the one time this morning. The President was here today so the news was full of that and our Governor is relaxing some of the restrictions so that was a hot topic too, so that story about Dow Chemical got “lost in the sauce” as that expression goes.

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh wow – that is scary about the Dow chemicals – and I can see how those other news stories drowned that one out (sorry for the pun)
        Prayers for all negatively impacted

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I like a good pun. 🙂 Yes, it is very scary and still have not heard anymore about the chemicals but Dow Chemical’s HQ is right there and they have shut down completely to avoid contamination.

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      • Prior... says:

        I just watched a show called “kill switch” and they talked about how sometimes our fear and focus is misplaced or overlooked when it comes to some
        Business errors
        they referred back to the West Virginia water contamination and how it was mentioned briefly – but it was serious and impacted so many and was a huge business error- but it was minimized

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        They have filed a lawsuit already against the dam owner and also two government workers who overlooked the damage. I hope they recoup a lot of their money, but it will take a long time. FEMA has relocated some of the people from the school to hotel rooms as many people were afraid of getting COVID-19, so have been sleeping in their cars.

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh wow – prayers for
        All
        Those displaced

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  11. Joni says:

    Amazing pictures of the ducks and seagulls Linda….but the flooding…..so bad. We had rain last weekend but not as much as predicted. I see you have a nice forecast for your memorial weekend, so that should help dry things up.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Hi Joni – thank you, glad you enjoyed them. Did your news carry the story about the Midland, Michigan flood? It was the top story on the national news this morning. The dam broke and there is 9 feet of water now, submerging cars, homes. How awful. One woman was interviewed and crying her heart out – they’ve lived there for 60 years and lost everything. Such horrible devastation. I really feel for her. Interesting for the upcoming forecast – the morning Accuweather meteorologist on WWJ says Saturday is the best day and the rest of the weekend will be hot but rain and thunderstorms; the afternoon Accuweather meteorologist said at 10:00 last night – a great weekend, with a touch of rain Monday night. Hmmm.

      I had thought of going to the Fairlane Estate to view the lilacs over this weekend. Yesterday I saw mine had opened, one tree only, the other tree and the Ms. Kim bush don’t even have buds. Went on their Facebook page to see if I could ask the status of the lilacs which the guard told me were beautiful to see and to return in the Spring … I got an answer right away. The grounds are closed due to COVID-19. That ended that idea … I would not have thought that possible because the grounds are open to wander around, you don’t go through any gates or doors to get from one place to the next … all open. So, next year it is.

      I also thought of driving to Michigan Memorial Cemetery … they have beautiful flowering trees and swans on a man-made lake – I figured I’d take photos of the flowering trees from the outskirts which is next to a Metropark, then thought better of that due to the pandemic – likely no going in/near there and the rain quashed the idea for any woodland areas with the upcoming heat … mosquitoes!

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  12. Laurie says:

    Wow! You ARE having duck weather for sure! Doesn’t Mother Nature know that it’s May? Time to shut off the April showers. When I looked at the forecast for this week, it originally showed rain every day but so far, we haven’t had any. It has stayed to our west. I am hoping for some more good days to get some runs in.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      One weatherman had predicted Saturday as the only good day; another weatherman, same station, said no rain until Monday late in the day. Interesting … it will get hot this weekend, but the big story here is all the rain. We had flooding in mid-Michigan yesterday after a dam broke and 9 feet of water flooded the area. It has been declared an emergency disaster and people are sheltered in local schools for now. I hope the rain is over for a while – the shoreline parks will be a soggy mess, then mosquitoes all over – ugh. At Council Point Park, the Creek is low and the perimeter path is much higher up so we never have flooding at this park. It’s always a sure bet for walking no matter how much rain has fallen … now if it would open that would be great.

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  13. Sandra J says:

    Those white ducks are so white, we don’t have them here. Lots of color even in the flooding. The grass is such a pretty green right now. And lots of rain coming this next weekend it looks like.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Those white ducks are so much bigger than Mallards and they are very friendly. I have a post to write about a woman I met at this park back in the Winter. Her name is Elaine and she comes every day to feed the ducks and squirrels. I should have taken her picture, but she rescued some baby ducks in 2019 and it is a heart-warming story. I wrote a post several years ago that shows a couple who go to this park every day and they have a huge bucket of corn that they feed the ducks near the canal shoreline. I watched them and the ducks flock around to get the corn, even climb into the van. I will probably link to this story when I write about Elaine. The white ducks are very friendly. The Mallard Hybrids are the same size but not as friendly in my opinion. Yes, it is a beautiful park even with the flooding – I omitted the bridge pictures as it did not show the devastation and I didn’t want my post to be overly long, but you cannot get to this beautiful pedestrian bridge now due to the flooding. Our grass is bright green and very lush. Did you hear about the dam that broke in Midland, Michigan – 9 feet of water has submerged houses to their rooftops in some cases and people are sheltering at local school. This is the post to see the people feeding the ducks but something is strange – the pictures are not displaying at all … might be my computer as I am doing a virus scan which slows the computer up: https://lindaschaubblog.net/2018/12/14/a-corny-love-story/

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  14. J P says:

    Yes, the weather has been very un-May like. Perhaps since we were all cooped up, Mother Nature decided to replace April under warranty? 🙂

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  15. Yowsers, that’s a lot of rain. You’ve had way more than we have. It was beautiful here yesterday, so I hope by Saturday that sunshine finds you and warms your day for a nice walk! Do you ever wonder how the white ducks stay so white when they swim in murky yucky water? Do you have an increase in mosquitos now too?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it was bad then and I’m sure it is even worse there now after those two or three days of torrential rain. I feel badly for the people in Midland, Michigan whose homes and cars were flooded when the dam broke on Tuesday afternoon – the pictures are incredible.

      I do wonder how the Pekins stay so white, but, unlike swans that dive down into the silt to grab reeds and aquatic grasses, Pekins are dabbling ducks so nibble daintily on land or the surface of the water. They sure are snowy white. I’ve not seen any mosquitoes yet, but this weekend we are getting to 86 on Sunday and with all the rain we will get that day and we’ve had, I am sure mosquitoes are on the horizon for us.

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      • We had flooding like that by where my daughter lives. The pond areas were all flooded for most of the spring and well into summer. Flooding can do lots of damage, that’s for sure.
        We’ve had mosquitos here since right after the snow melted. The ticks are just kicking into gear and will stay thick until it gets really hot out.
        Stay safe and I hope you get to go for a walk this weekend!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Mother Nature has been taking too many liberties of late I think – too many extremes of everything to my liking. 🙂 Mosquitoes right after the snow seems incredible to me – ours will be coming soon with this all-day rain today and a rainy weekend. Back at you … have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend too Shelley!

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      • I hope you’re seeing some sunshine this weekend! Stay healthy!!! 🙂

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  16. Rebecca says:

    That is a lot of rain. We’ve had more than our share of rain also. Right now our yard is a sloppy mess. You got some beautiful duck photos. The white ones are particularly pretty. They are not ones we see very often here.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it sure is a lot of rain and we’ve had another all-day rain today and most of the weekend will be the same. I am sure they will have to shut this portion of Elizabeth Park down as the canal has no doubt made a bigger mess by now. In mid-Michigan they are dealing with the dam that broke and water up to people’s rooftops – such a tragedy there. Thanks Rebecca – I like taking pictures of ducks and their reflections at this park. The Pekin ducks are not common here – this is the only park where I see them and they are very friendly as many people feed them corn.

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  17. I am so glad you posted a picture of the white duck! My husband was just telling me yesterday he saw white ducks swimming in the farmers field. For the life of me I can’t remember seeing a white duck. I’m sure I have but it would have been a long time!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Aren’t they beautiful and so snowy white? And they are very friendly. This is the only park around here that has them. Heritage Park Petting Farm has several of them but they are in a pen, with a little plastic wading pool. I went to the petting farm a few years ago and took pictures of them. I don’t think they are common and the Mallard Hybrids I’ve only seen at Elizabeth Park. We just have the “Plain Jane” Mallards. 🙂

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