Enjoying a dip after a long, cold winter
When the ice goes away, ducks and seagulls come to play—luckily, this photography buff was there to capture it all!
As I was walking along the man-made lake in a local park near my home, I heard a cracking sound. I could not figure out where it was coming from; it turned out to be the ice on the lake. More cracks followed, one after another. As the ice broke, water gushed to the surface.
Suddenly, there were ducks flocking to the area; the cracks became wider and wider and the water flooded the surface. It was like the ducks were discovering water for the first time after a long winter. They dove deep down into the water, while above them, seagulls screeched.
The ducks came up with fish in their beaks, only to have it snatched away by the seagulls. The ducks seemed to accept their fate and dove back into the water for more fish.
The sound of cracking, melting ice, the seagulls screeching and ducks quacking created a cacophony of sound that was music to my ears. I was lost in my own world watching the spectacle unfold before me. I was witnessing the miracle of spring rebirth. I have been here, in my adopted country of Canada, long enough to know that it never fails me with its wonders.
The ducks quacked, wet their wings and preened their feathers. I didn’t realize that I was instinctively capturing the event with my camera. When it was over, the birds took wing.
I checked to make sure the images were on the card in my camera because there was no chance of this miracle repeating itself!
Happily, the pictures were all there, captured in the unblinking eye of the camera—image after lovely image.