For a day that was filled with hard things this was a really, really beautiful example of universal balance. Never doubt the power of the natural world or your place in it.
Juanita Bay Park
Juanita Bay Beach Park
( Not just a palindrome but an ambigram … which means you can read the date left to right, right to left and also upside down! )
I went in search of this Mandarin duck, a pretty famous guy down at Juanita Beach Park. He’s a bit of a celebrity and I had about twenty glorious minutes with him. The rest of the birds must be a bit envious of the attention, but they are all pretty special. I must have walked 10 miles.
What a looker! I love your photos as always, Bonnie Rae. My fave is the second one with the reflection that is a bit skewed. You live in such an amazing area! 🌞
Thanks so much, Lisa. Here’s the trick: I let this beautiful place and these beautiful creatures do all the real work. I just try to be an attentive witness. Always glad to see your name pop up here 😊
Smart! So you’re saying I must be patient to shoot as well as you! Hmmmmm . . . 😁🌞
What a gorgeous duck! I can why people would travel a long way to see him. If only he would have been there when my daughter lived close to the park…
Ahh, so you know the place ! Before I spotted him I was talking with a few people out walking who mentioned how they took for granted his presence. Like it wasn’t special after the first time. I can’t imagine ever feeling that way. He’s really amazing. I only feel bad that I haven’t spotted a mate for him. Though he hangs out with the wood ducks, he must be lonely.
Great pics [again!] Bon.
Thanks, honey. I let this gorgeous creature do all the work !
What a spectacular duck! Lucky day, lucky you.
I feel that way every single day. This guy is definitely a celebrity up here and I’m very, very lucky for my 20 minute private photo shoot.
Stunning. Each one I exclaimed, oh this is my favorite! No this!! Good work. Be brave.
Thanks, Nancy. It was a wonderful discovery, this rockstar of Western Washington. He was a lovely model.