Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

The Ice-Free Pond

Last week I showed a lone cattail at a frozen pond. Two days ago, we visited the pond again and found that all the ice had melted with daytime temperatures climbing way above freezing. A pair of mallard ducks had already returned from their winter quarters and settled nicely in their seasonal residence. It is an ideal place for the ducks with plenty of water to frolik in and clumps of tall grasses and reeds to hide from predators. For me, it was hard to get a good view to capture them with my camera. A brief walk across the road is our favourite viewpoint. Dark clouds made the BC Hydro powerline and the lake below look more dramatic. Enjoy.

22 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

  1. Thank you for sharing your photos, Peter. The mallards light up the landscape. Change is definitely on the horizon. In a few days, we went from a low of -27 F, after winter storms that had dumped more than 4 feet of snow, to 45 F. Looking forward to the migration of all the birds. Have a great day!

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  2. Very handsome birds. I was just reading a bit about them, and they’re listed as “dabbling ducks,” the kind that tip forward to eat, and don’t dive. So that’s my word of the day, I’ll have to try to work that into conversation, dabbling.
    I like your dramatic shot of the metal tower, too, like an alien totem.

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  3. I do enjoy the mallards. I’m glad you have them, too. They can seem somewhat fond of human companionship; they certainly aren’t skittish, and that makes them fine subjects for photographers!

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    1. The duck you saw on my blog is together with his ‘wife’ the inhabitant of this rather remote pond. They are not accustomed to having human beings around and one needs to approach them rather carefully to get a good picture. Thank you, LInda!

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