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.