Ducks in Love – Weekly Travel Photo

Young Girl, Ducks in Flight

Situated five minutes walk from the Forum Metro station in Copenhagen there is a gorgeous little oasis.  The small park and botanical garden sits alongside the University of Copenhagen’s campus and is home to a wonderful assortment of green space, vibrant flowers, and even a small pond complete with a sprawling willow at the end of a short causeway. In late June I found myself relaxing in the park, enjoying a sunny day, and the brilliant allure of a rare summer day in Copenhagen.  Families, lovers, and friends could all be found wandering, relaxing, and reclining throughout the park. As I worked my way from Tulip bed to Tulip bed documenting the rich colors and creative patterns crafted by the gardeners a slight commotion caught my attention.

Over the giggle of a small girl who was playfully running circles on the green, the flap of duck wings, and a honk of vexation re-centered my focus on two male Mallard ducks battling for the attentions of a female. While seemingly open to one of the duck’s attentions, she was anything but willing to entertain the proximity of the other.  The result was a game of chase that led the three ducks around the pond, out of the water, into the air, and back again.  As the offending male followed in hot pursuit, flying immediately in front of the little girl, I snapped my camera up to my face and fired off a few photos.  This was the end result.

Make sure to head over to flickr to see the rest of the album.

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

The Phoenix Zoo Trip Number Two!

This past weekend I felt the urge to once again make the trek across the valley to the Phoenix Public Zoo. Though mainly there to see how well I would be able to blend in with the wild life I decided to take along a camera or two for kicks. It was a beautiful fall day and just cool enough that many of the animals were out and about for a leisurely stroll.

While some of you may not particularly care for the Phoenix Zoo and prefer its larger cousins to the east and west I’ve always found it to be rather enjoyable. There’s something about animals at play that brings mirth to the soul while relaxing the mind and body.

Beyond that, I’ve always found that animals give some rather spectacular advice.  Like the photo above for example.  A wonderful illustration that two heads and corresponding ideas can blend near seamlessly if only you take the right approach and spend a bit of time together.

Or, as this Giraffe was so kind as to illustrate, perspective really can change everything.  I know for my part, I’ve had days where this shot pretty much summed everything up.  It’s a bit like a Giraffe’s version of the whole Ostrich with its head in the sand thing.

One should also remember that Quacks…

Really do come in all different shapes and sizes.

As a final note, I suppose I should also point out, that with stalwart resolve and enough gall you can climb to any height.  Just remember, that there is almost always another branch above or beside you.  The trick is being willing to jump for it.

I suppose at this point that that’s enough monkeying around.  So, without further adieu I invite you to view the rest of the 100+ photos from my latest Zoo trip and higher resolution versions of the shots included in this post over in my photo gallery starting on page 4 of the Zoo Album: View them.