Make Way for Ducklings

Some red, white and blue, leftover from July 4th.  The first is an old t-shirt I got at my favorite camping spot, Kings Canyon National Park.  It is next to Sequoia National Park, maybe a little more known.  But they are identical in beauty and magnificent ancient trees.  Some of the tallest and oldest in the world.


The second, just a sampling of cookie cutters I’ve used to make zillions of cookies over the years, for every holiday.  The tiny bird cutter came with a group of mini animals that were also used to make play doh critters when my son was a toddler. I think I loved playing with play doh as much as making cookies.


On the day after the July 4th festivities, the animal shelter gets a lot of stray dogs whose owners have not taken care to make them feel safe from the noise of fireworks.  Extra volunteers were called in to assist.  As I was leaving the shelter to go home, one of the officers brought in a mother duck with her tiny babies found in someone’s pool.  Although I do not live in a rural area, there is a very large marsh near my house that is protected by the city and maintained by volunteers. So on the way home, a friend from the shelter and I delivered mama and ducklings to the marsh.  What a joy to see them make their way out to their new home.




My map art continues. I altered, condensed, and added to my map piece of Camargue this week.


A final note on ducks. As I was driving mama and babies to the marsh, I noticed that the ducklings could not Quack, but rather, made a very tiny almost inaudible peeping/chirping sound.  Quacking must be something acquired along the way like the bark of a dog as it grows out of its puppy stage.  But I did find that a duck’s quack is translated into different sounds depending on a person’s language.

Bengali: gack-gack,     Danish: rap,     Dutch: kwak kwak,     Finish: kvaak kvaak,     Norwegian: kvakk kvakk,       Swedish: kvack kvack,     French: coin coin,     German: quack, quack,     Hebrew: ga ga ga,     Italian: qua qua,     Russian & Ukrainian: krya, krya

Now you will know at least one word if you visit countries speaking these languages.