Saturday, December 3, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mallards and more

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives courtesy of Tracy, down under in Brisbane, in the sunny springtime state of Queensland.

Obviously, as winter is slowly arriving, and as I age I am not really fond of the seasonal cold, The visual views of a warmer season, specifically August 2008, offer a bit of solace.

The always lovely Patti and I went to the Sunnyside boat launch for her story soon to be written.
The place is in Shelton CT, along the Housatonic River. Thee reason we were at this place launch was to watch the owners launch their boat and begin their seafaring journey toward Florida.

As the Patti's newspaper article noted at the time, the couple built this boat in California and actually drove east with the craft on to launch the boat in the Housatonic River for a boating adventure to Florida.

A trip to points perhaps unknown, on a watercraft built by your own hands - that seems to be the purview of novel writers. A story that has us hooked...

The second frame shows the intrepid couple motoring their way toward the Gulf coast. We wonder if the journey may be fraught with risk, yet admire their moves.

Now that the boat was out of sight, there were other pictures to be sought.

Being in a power wheelchair, I do not attempt to traverse the rocks near the water, but the intrepid Patti captures all of these cool views near the waterway.

Such as the sextet of Mallards that are hugging the shore.

Shadows abound along the banks of the river. The ripples along the surface accent the sky reflecting upon it.

The trees that line the banks fall upon the ducks, who are no doubt blissfully unaware of the photographer and the shade of the trunks. Paddling, waddling or climbing the rocky shore, they casually pose for the photographer.

Who can see inside the mind of at least our favorite waterfowl? The duck's life does seem without worry or care...

On the way home, Patti captures the river from above while we traverse the Commodore Hull Bridge back home.

The last view is in actually an urban setting - yet feels like the country. The foliage along its banks offers shadows, the boat below seems to be quietly moored. I wonder what its ultimate destination will be?

Follow many shadowy exploits from all over at the always fun Hey Harriet


Sylvia K said...

Oh, what lovely reminders of those wonderful, warm days of summer!! It is so cold and gray here -- although it is supposed to be sunny and warmer later, but then weathermen seem to be overly optimistic in their forecasts these days! Hope you and Patti have a wonderful weekend, Ralph! Stay warm!


Catherine said...

It does indeed look very rural - love the shot with the shadowy ducks

Anonymous said...

It's cold and wet here, so the lovely sunny photos have cheered me up!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I like the shadows nestling in the rocks, as though the stones were soft nests. Well, for shadows, I suppose they are!


Shadows above and shadows below,
Shadows that blaze and shadows that glow;
Shadows outside and shadows indoors,
Shadows on trees and shadows on floors;
Everywhere shadows calling my name,
Everywhere shadows no one can tame.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Desert Shadows and Cemetery Shadows

sarayutouched said...

what a great adventure they embark on. live out your dreams!!!

Ms. Becky said...

hey, thanks for the spot of summer in my day! I love the mallards in shadow, and you're right, the duck's life seems worry-free! lovely photos Ralph, thanks for sharing with us today. and happy SSS to you.

Cassie said...

Such calm, peaceful Shadow Shots. The only shot missing is one of the author and photographer sipping lemonade together. We'll be looking for mallards in the canals now that we are out West. They are plentiful here in the winter.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hey Ralph! The Mallard is the official bird of September & I loved that when I was little...but when I did a report on them in 5th grade, I was really bummed that it was the boy Mallards that were the pretty ones!! Oh, I was crushed that the females were the plain janes! Enjoyed the little tour & Patti's lovely words! Have a great weekend!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph
I love seeing these happy go lucky ducks enjoying themselves like this .. sun and shadow working it's magic on them .. sun to warm them up and shadow to cool them down .. just simple basic needs that are met just that quickly !
Joy : )

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such gorgeous river views! A river always seems to suggest an invitation for a journey! And those mallards are so happily wandering their world! They look delightful!

Gallery Juana said...

Oh wow to sail on a boat you built yourself ... that is a story! You and and Patti had a lovely weekend that August.

Flying animals of all kinds are fun to watch. I love hearing the geese fly overhead and watching the flapping wings of the ducks hurry by in the sky.

Wishing you a warm weekend (maybe inside only for the winter).

Chubby N Chieque said...

I love the ambiance. It even reminds me of the rural area in the Philippines.

Hugs to P and congrats for the story and send a cope §:-)

Happy SSS & a great Sunday ahead.


Kelly said...

What a beautiful area. I presume your friends' journey to Florida went well? (perhaps I should click on the link to the article!)

Your group of hens does look quite carefree and content.

Sam said...

A gorgeous photo essay Ralph! I love the background Patti found out about the boat and its history too. The mallards bobbing and waddling about make everything extra pretty!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a lovely spot, so peaceful.

Mama Zen said...

Lovely shots!

chubskulit said...

That looks like a very relaxing and lovely date.

Paula Scott said...

Hard to believe that is in an urban setting-lucky for those who get to enjoy all that beauty so readily!

toby said...

I agree, looking at this is very warming :) I can smell the water from here!

BLOGitse said...

It's raining here in Helsinki.
Your summery pics make me wonder if this is a place for humans to live in...too dark and cold far too long. :)
But I like dreaming of the light, spring days...
Happy Sunday!

Chubby N Chieque said...

Guess, you missed my today's post, bro?

Anyways, thanks a mill for always dropping by.

Have a chillaxing Sunday.

x0x0 from D´Box,

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Waking up to a dreary cloudy and threatening rain for the day here...these photos you've shared of the bright, sunny day was a special treat Ralph.

Here is my link to my shadow shots If a tree falls in the swamp, do you HEAR it?

Hope you're having a great weekend.

soho stitch said...

You've captured a very special moment for those folks - wonder where they are now and what has happened to the boat? Are they doing this trip annually? I find it hard to look at ducks at the moment without being reminded of what they leave on the shore as my dog always finds it and manages to roll in it. She does'nt have a single collar left that doesn't still stink :)

bj said...

What great shots these are, Ralph. I really enjoyed them.