Mama Mallard and her six ducklings

I was taking pictures of yellow water lilies on the south end of Trout Lake, when I sensed something moving near my feet. Ducklings!!! I guess people have been feeding them since they weren’t very wary of my proximity. They let me stay within two or three feet as they swam along the shore and occasionally walked onto the sand. Continue reading Mama Mallard and her six ducklings


I see many birds and dogs when I visit Vancouver’s ponds and lakes but I don’t usually see turtles. A month ago, I saw the silhouette of a small turtle on a log at Trout Lake while I was trying to get a closer look at some Northern Shovelers. I thought it was man made. After forgetting about it for a few minutes, I decided to take a closer look. It was gone! Not man made.

A few days ago, I went to see what the ducks, geese and gulls were up to at the False Creek pond. As I approached a clearing between two patches of trees, a turtle appeared. I oohed and ahhed over it for a while, and when I turned my head left, two more turtles appeared!
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Last wisps of morning mist

I usually walk to Trout Lake in the afternoon. It is a different place just after sunrise. The golden light seems to have a slight green tinge, unlike the orange hued gold of late afternoon. When I stood by the lake a few days ago, shortly after sunset, the whistling sounds of the American Wigeons danced against my ears. Yesterday morning, I was entertained by … Continue reading Last wisps of morning mist