For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: white.
This is a male common merganser, swimming on the C & O Canal. I took this earlier this week.
We did not have binoculars, but I thought it was a merganser because of the feather mohawk on the female.
Today’s Mundane Monday Challenge #175 is “line up”. (It’s already Monday in parts of the world!)
The parent merganser led the rested group down the rock and into the water. They swam by us in a line, bunching up when the parent realized we weren’t rocks.
Submissions to last week’s challenge water color:
KLAllendorfer: waters of many colors.
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: tenacious.
Here is the parent merganser with the young, all groomed in the morning sun and resting in the early morning sun. I counted ten of the young in the other photographs. A lot of parenting work.
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: bird.
This is the second time that I have been blessed by mergansers! I am sitting on the front rocks, which face east, with P in the early morning. Tea, journal and camera. Camera just in case. The family of mergansers swam around the point and we froze. They came up on the rocks, about 15 feet from us. I took pictures and otherwise we held very still. The family groomed themselves. One settled facing the woods and the others slowly settled, the parent bird still on the alert. After they rested enjoying the early sun, the parent led them back in the water and they swam along the rocks in front of us.
I read an article about productivity yesterday. It talked about taking breaks and more importantly breaks outdoors. A study of work after breaks showed that people thought an outdoor break was better than an indoor one for relaxation, but the measured effect was even greater than expected.
I can only be blessed by mergansers if I go outside and wait and am quiet. I feel so blessed.
I took this distant family shot zoomed out and saved the identification for today: a family of hooded mergansers. The feathered hoods are tucked back and this is in the early morning.
I can’t duck my feelings: I miss the lake. I haven’t been there in three years.
For the Daily Prompt: forlorn.
For the Daily Prompt: fluff.
I took this at Lake Matinenda, in Ontario, Canada, summer 2015.
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