coot

For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: jet.

I am going to use the meaning of the color jet: jet black. The color is from jet, lignite used in jewelry. Lignite is a precurser to coal. I have a necklace of jet beads from my great aunt.

This coot is jet black in the sun and against the water. Coots look self-contained to me, shyer than the ducks. They look down in the water and make noises to them selves, not like the insistent mallards. They move a little bit robotically. The neurological wiring seems more primitive than the ducks.

grasp

For the Daily Prompt: grasp.

Oh, a coot, a lovely coot, in the early morning. I don’t want to grasp it, really, but I was trying to capture the moment when it ducks under the water. I failed and got this:

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Coots always look a bit like wind up toys to me, different from the ducks. They move more jerkily. They look a little bit mechanical. I think the neurological wiring is more primitive than ducks, but look, it works and they’ve survived! I can’t argue with that!

I will keep trying to catch that up and dive motion….