Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


Good morning from a cooler Hastings.  The storm I predicted yesterday didn’t eventuate but it has cooled down and rained a little last night.  I do feel for those melting in Australia.  Keep cool. What a time of contrasts- the big freeze in the Northern Hemisphere and the heat wave in the south.

Anyway the theme for this weeks The Daily Post is family.  I only have the usual boring poses of my family.  They are very wary of me with my camera around them so freeze up and try to spoil any pictures.  You now the sort, the photos that come out at 21sts and other anniversaries.  They wouldn’t appreciate me putting them on my blog so the next best thing are these ducks.

The mother duck is very protective of her offspring.  She is constantly quacking in a low tone to her children to keep them around her.  She is constantly alert and ready to chase off any interlopers.  We can learn a little from her I think.


She doesn’t mind the odd sparrow visiting.





And as with any family there are the squabbles among the siblings.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Family

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Happiness


Good morning from a sunny but windy Hastings morning.

Yesterday I was thinking about this challenge by Ese’ s Voice.  I love the challenge that Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge gives me.  Soooo, this weeks challenge is happiness.  I was thinking about some of the photos I already had with mother ducks and her ducklings and just going over which photos I would use when I came across this little scene.  A mother duck with her ducklings hiding under her for protection.  So  I searched for a quote.  I couldn’t really find what I was wanting – that is both family and happiness.  But found this quote.

To us family means putting your arms around each other and being there.

Barbara Bush

Happiness to me means my family.








What you can’t hear obviously with photos is the sound the mother duck makes.  She constantly quakes in a soft tone to keep in touch with her babies.  I stood there for a while taking photos. As you can see.

They are all edited with FX Photostudio Pro.

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