Dancing In The Rain

Story #28 for Story A Day Challenge May 2016

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Dancing in the Rain

“Gertie, let’s dance.”

“Dancing? But it’s supposed to rain.”

“Listen, rain is forecast for the next couple of years. El Niño, La Niña, Los Lobos, some kind of weather disturbance like that. We can’t wait for blue skies to get anything done. The world is our oyster.” Sampson snaps his wingtip feathers in rhythm with the music coming from across the pond while leading Gertie away from the shore.

“And may I say, Gertie, you are looking especially well groomed tonight.” Sampson winks at her with his third eyelid.

Gertie giggles as he takes her wing. “Oh, Sampson, you are such a charmer!”

No Flying Ducks

Twice now I have been outside with my camera when ducks were flying either into or out of our pond. I have no duck photos.

Happy to see the hummingbird feeder

Happy to see the hummingbird feeder

The first time, I was sitting on the front porch with my camera on the tripod, focused on the hummingbird feeder. I got a few photos of a hummingbird and a few of some House Finches also on the hummingbird feeder. But when the ducks flew out of the pond and over our yard, I couldn’t wrestle the camera and tripod contraption into a position to even think about taking a photo of a flying fowl.


Liquid food for the birds

Finch food, as well

The second time, I was taking photos of some sketches. The light is good on the front porch, especially for those of us who are still learning the intricacies of using the manual camera settings. This time I heard the ducks and thought, “Aha! Now I’ve got them!”

Well, no I don’t.

I was holding my camera in my hand. I looked up and saw where the ducks were and where they were headed, but when I raised my camera, I couldn’t find them through the viewer. And then they were out of sight.

What kind of ducks were they? I have no idea.

Here is a Smew, a duck from across the Big Pond. It’s at the Houston Zoo, behaving nicely for me and my camera.

Smew, checking out lunch possibilities

Smew, checking out lunch possibilities

Smew diving underwater for food

Diving for food