Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Splish! Splash! I Was Taking A Bath

Prospect Park, Brooklyn. (Click picture for larger view) Posted by Picasa
"All our actions take
Their hues from the complexion of the heart,
As landscapes their variety from light."
~ William Thompson Bacon
"If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck's back." ~ Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator
It was a hot and sultry day in the city; the heat wave kept building... 101....102....103. Factor in humidity and the absence of any significant breeze, and you have one sizzling day; perfect for paddle boating, as long as you aren't the one having to provide the muscle power. Ducks and swans gathered at the lake edge and slid into the water. Shaded by overhanging trees, this was the coolest spot without formal air conditioning. This is Walter; or at least that's the name I gave him. Walter is a handsome fellow strutting his stuff for all the females and this may be the duck equivalent of the "Saturday evening bath" in preparation for his date with that cute little grey duck across the way. I can just see the yellow of his webbed foot paddling furiously under the water as his wing action sends droplets of water flying. To him it was just another day in the pond; to me, a memory forever.

Submission for LensDay topic "action". (end of post)

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