In these strange times across the globe, it’s been easy to feel unsettled around the clock whether checking the news or waking up suddenly from a disturbing dream. As I found myself feeling off-kilter for days on end confined in my house, I realized I had shut out so many of the gifts in the world that come with being an earthling.
Now I’m spending time outdoors where no distancing is required from flowers, from fresh air, from views of the landscape. Beauty in the natural world hasn’t disappeared and in fact, I need to connect with it more than ever. Perhaps you are feeling the same, so I have started this series—to celebrate beauty as a necessary elixir.
In the Bay Area, waterfowl find places to feed, roost, and nest adjacent to and sometimes in the middle of urban areas. Here are some of the local birds whose beauty consistently inspires awe and gratitude for their company. This post features those that frequent the lakes of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in the winter and spring.
As always, I welcome your feedback in the comments section.
If it were up to me, this bird would be called ring-billed instead of ring-necked
Female ring-necked duck, less colorful than the drake
Northern shoveler with a ring-necked duck in the foreground, Stow Lake
Just the cure for cabin fever, especially in the CV 19 era. It’s wonderful that you can find such diversity of life near an urban environment. This should serve as a message to all of us that we can still get out there, enjoy nature, take a deep breath and smile. Thank you for your beautiful post!
I’m glad you find it inspiring.
Nice to see this – thank you 🙂
Thanks, and I hope things are going well in your part of the world.
Thanks, I appreciate it.
These pictures and words are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us. You are helping me, inspiring me, to spend more time outside. Thank you!
Thanks, I’m glad to hear it resonates with you.
Beautiful! Thank you for the reminder there is healing in nature.
And thanks for your own blog post recently about the importance of being able to see the night sky.
I love ducks. 😀
It’s good to know you’re another fan of ducks. There can never too many of us in the world. 🙂
I was seeing many of these lesser scaups out at the Berkeley Marina yesterday. I love your new series. Miss you.
Thanks, it will be good to see you when we can. I’m guessing the birds you’re seeing on the bay are the related greater scaups, which prefer open water. If you go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website, you can see the difference.
Love this! Your post is just what I needed.
Thanks, that was my intention so I’m glad it’s coming across.
I love the hooded mergansers. What a lovely animal!
I totally agree. It’s always a treat when I see them since they’re not as common as the other wintering birds.
Thank you, Beverly. Ducks and water effects are superb. Mary Lou and Dennis
Thanks. It’s nice to know you’re following my blog.
Wonderful. These help me in my journey in bird identification as well as your words being inspiring.
Thanks. I’m looking forward to sharing more outings staring at our bird neighbors.
Such a welcoming post, and beautiful photos from an observant and loving eye (yes, that’s you Beverly).
Thanks for your kind feedback. Next time I head north, I hope we can connect.
Beverly, thank you so much for the invitation to view these simple yet reassuring photos of ducks just busy being themselves!
Thanks, and welcome to my blog.
Beverly, nice photos! Looking forward to your next blog- maybe about the wildflowers? Thanks for sharing!
So fun to come across you on the same trail in the Marin Headlands yesterday. Yes, I plan to add a post about the wildflowers I was photographing soon.
Wonderful water patterns in the first photo. You have a lot in common with comments on gifts and gifting with the author of Braiding Sweetgrass.
Thanks for the reminder about Braiding Sweetgrass which I’ve wanted to read. It sounds particularly appropriate for these times.
I laughed out loud at your photo caption about changing the ring-neck duck’s name!
I learned at a birding gathering that this is a thing. The presenter was part of the group that declares official names. When he said this exact proposal was considered and voted down, people all over the room groaned in disappointment.
Thank you so much for this lovely and timely newsletter. Please take good care of yourself during this difficult time.
Thanks, and I’m wishing you the best as well.