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Huge Mallard Hen & Checking In!

Huge Mallard Hen & Checking In!
Hi everyone! I hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy and away from others!

I've been getting a few notes from folks checking in on me so I wanted to let everyone know that both Steve and I are doing just great! Healthy, happy and doing just fine, our supervisor, Pumpkin (our parrot) is making sure we're doing everything right each day. :) All of this virus business is just really hard to deal with so we continue to keep our heads down.

I also wanted to apologize for not coming around to visit. I feel very guilty. :( It's really hard for me because the moment I get to a person's stream I'm hit with a wall of concern and worry about each person and their family. I think maybe it's because I'm so empathic that this just totally immobilizes me and makes me hugely depressed and anxious. Please forgive my absence, I just can't handle the deep concern and worry that I feel about each and every one of you. I am sure that once the world turns the corner on this virus I will feel better but right now it's just too hard for me to be the social butterfly, even though I want to so badly. :(

I continue to hide from the world's horrendous tragedies by playing the amazing and wonderfully innocent game, "Garden Paws."(link to review) It's hopelessly adorable, beautiful and really fun, full of animals so cute you just want to pop. You can raise baby farm animals to adults and then use their eggs, feathers, milk, etc. for crafting many things. Seeds you plant in your garden grow into flowers for bouquets, fruits and veggies for cooking and baking and you can pick them in the wild too. There are trees and minerals to harvest, a town to help develop, and about 10 zillion things to keep you running and happily distracted from the worries of the real world. I used to play another game like this called "Animal Crossing" but I am happy to say that this game is much better, in my opinion. If you are looking for a way to distract yourself in a world that is beautiful and full of fun things to keep you busy, it might be something for you to try!

Today's picture was taken a year ago in the nearby town of Grant's Pass. They have a lovely riverside park which is the home to many semi-tame waterfowl and one day Steve and I stopped for a short visit. This darling Mallard hen is one of my favorites of the pictures I took and I hope that it makes you chuckle too. My, but isn't she WIDE?! Hilarious! I can't help but smile whenever I see this picture so I figured it would be perfect for my post! :)


Pam, it's always so nice to hear from you and I'm glad to know that you guys are keeping healthy and have everything you need to keep away from the world for the most part. I know you're right--this will all blow over--but it's staggering to see this thing blowing up bigger and bigger...
You are in my thoughts and I hope my virtual hugs make it to you! :)

Explored on 4/5/20; highest placement #1.

Jenny McIntyre, Rafael, Petar Bojić, Holger Hagen and 68 other people have particularly liked this photo

48 comments - The latest ones
Angelofruhr club
Die sieht jedenfalls kerngesund aus! :-))
8 weeks ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful capture, great feather detail.
8 weeks ago.
 Kama 56
Kama 56 club
un dur moment a passer en confinement, notre liberté est réduite mais c'est pour le bien de tout le monde. Heureusement on peut profiter de belles photos pour s'évader.
Portez-vous bien
8 weeks ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Fantastique ce gros plan, elle a l'air énorme cette femelle !
8 weeks ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Glad to hear from you that you are well, Janet. The duck looks wide, but it's probably just fluffy feathers. ;-) I'm staying home almost all the time, but that's my inclination anyway. There are plenty of birds and insects visiting the flowers and me all the time.
8 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That’s a great portrait, Janet ! Nice to see something new from you ! Have a nice evening and stay well !
8 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
OMY, what a duck !!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPERB ! Stay safe and healthy, Janet !
8 weeks ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
Wide, my first thought too, and a little bit stern in a makes you smile kind of way, Glad you are keeping well, stay that way! :)
8 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbe,suivez les consignes de sécurité et portez vous bien.
Bon Dimanche salutaire.
8 weeks ago.
Pisti club
Good to read something from you again.
Don't worry too much and stay healthy!
8 weeks ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Fette Ente, ganz nah, ein tolles Foto, Janet! -
Nein Janet, nicht deprimiert sein! Es wird sich Alles wieder normalisieren. Ich denke wir werden alle irgendwann mit dem Virus konfrontiert werden und dann ist es höchstens, wie eine normale Grippe. Vielleicht haben wir schon längst einige eingeatmet und dagegen bereits Abwehrstoffe entwickelt? Also Kopf hoch und Freude an schönen Dingen bewahren!
Liebe Grüße aus Old Germany!
8 weeks ago.
cammino club
Really very huge. Such a duck is really hilarious!
8 weeks ago. Edited 8 weeks ago.
uwschu club
Schön das es Euch gut geht, so soll es bleiben!
Lieben Gruß,
8 weeks ago.
Superbe ***********
8 weeks ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Un retrato muy bueno. Por el plumaje diría que es hembra y por la posición parece que está empollando.Por ni parte no te preocupes si tu sensibilidad extrema te impide mirar el horror.
8 weeks ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Janet. Thank you for posting to FFF.
8 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
Great close up
8 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
Stay safe Janet
8 weeks ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful picture.
And don't feel guilty, it's ok (at least with me;-))
8 weeks ago.
sunlight club
A wonderful photo from this duck !
8 weeks ago.
Ruth club
This is a superb close up Janet. I’m pleased to hear that yourself and Steve are doing well and are keeping healthy.
8 weeks ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... and some daisies in there as peripheral interest ... nice portrait (poultrytudinous?) ... ducks are cute but they are barnyard alchemists: give them an ounce of dirt and an ounce of water, and they will make a ton of mud ...

(3 weeks into a 52 week self-quarantine ... gotta have an endpoint)
8 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo. Bon confinement. Nicole.
8 weeks ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
What an aamzing shot: frame filled, visual contact and nice depth istead 600mm f4
A winner this mallard
8 weeks ago.
Xata club
Linda imagem de paz....
8 weeks ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful image Janet
8 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome motherly shot! Stay well!

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8 weeks ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Outstanding shot.
8 weeks ago.
Kawasirius club
Belle capture !
Merci pour vos nouvelle rassurantes, Janet, ! Je vous souhaite de passer une bonne semaine !
8 weeks ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


8 weeks ago.
©UdoSm club
A great shot… ((•‿•))
8 weeks ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Wonderful capture, thank you and stay safe my friend
8 weeks ago.
FarbFormFreude club
very welcome Janet, take your time and distance as necessary
(btw is this your first Picture without insets ?)
8 weeks ago.
neira-Dan club
Wow !! superbe portrait
8 weeks ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Great shot, Janet, and makes you wonder: Who's watching whom? :))
Take care and stay well!
8 weeks ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
lovely lady, genial face to face !!!
happy new week !
8 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
That is a fabulous shot Janet!! Love the daisies she's sat by!!
Have a good week ahead and take care.
8 weeks ago.
Valfal club
I love how you captured her! I am so glad you are doing well, and very happy to see you again posting!

Stay healthy and stay safe, my "pod sister"!
8 weeks ago.
RHH club
She has a pair of hips just like two battleships. Great photo, Janet, and that's from a song my mom used to sing to us, an old Mitch Miller song. Nice to hear from you, too, and to know you and Steve are well though I did notice the photo last week and got the news from that.

We are both well and no one in the family has shown symptoms, though Jennifer, who is a doctor figures she's going to get it sooner or later. Her hospital in Belfast has been designated a second covid hospital for Northern Ireland. Thus far not, though.

Some of Jess' kids had to be tested and they were negative. Everyone in the family is staying close to home and Wayne and Sarah have completely locked themselves in - not going out, anything they need delivered - Wayne has a genetic condition similar to cystic fibrosis.

My parents are a worry. There've been three cases at their facility, brought in by staff, they think. It's in a different part, but they have their meals brought in and no one comes in their rooms unless it is absolutely necessary. They're doing well otherwise though feeling the confinement.

Neal's cottage had a staff member sick and he or she had to be tested, but we haven't heard the results. Thankfully no one has showed any symptoms there. We are doing well and so is he but we are missing each other. We call very day and bring treats once a week.

We went hiking again last week - Hog Lake - and intend to go this week also, either Goose Butte or Fishtrap Lake. We saw only two other people last week and they were far away, so the hiking has been healthy and safe. Most people don't knoiw about these places, I guess.

We're keeping busy, yard, home projects, taxes, writing, keeping in touch by computer and phone with family and friends, etc. We were only once to the store last week and will probably do the same this week. I dug up a couple masks as well that I used for home projects.

All the best to both of you.
8 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Hi Janet. First of all, no apologies needed.............and don't feel guilty. We all have do deal with this pandemic in a way that suits us...........and you must do whatever it takes to keep yourself happy and healthy, physically and mentally!

My wife Jackie and I are both fine, and so are our wider family. We're staying indoors or in the garden apart from the occasional trip to the shops to collect essentials and medicine. We miss seeing them all, but we phone daily, Skype weekly and also use Whatsapp to keep in touch.

I'm still taking lots of photos............in the garden mainly, but I'm also playing round with some table-top photography.........it's a challenge, but kinda fun too.

Glad to hear you and Steve are keeping well..............do as your feathery Supervisor says and stay safe!

Oh, nearly forgot.............an awesome duck shot! Female mallards are my favourite duck, they are so beautiful. You've captured this one in wonderful detail.
8 weeks ago. Edited 8 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Nice to see you Janet.
Great capture, well done.
Have a good new week, and stay well.
8 weeks ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Stay well, Janet. Lovely to see you!
8 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
Beautifully taken portrait, Janet. Good to hear from you again. Stay safe.
8 weeks ago.
trester88 club
Oh, was für ein Flaggschiff von Ente :-) Großartig aufgenommen, Janet!
Diese Pandemie hat uns alle im Griff, aber wir müssen das Virus besiegen und das Beste aus der Situation machen. Meiner Frau und mir geht es gut. Ich arbeite viel im Garten und verlasse nur selten das Haus. Es ist ertragbar.
Ich hoffe, es geht dir und Steve auch gut. Lade ab und zu ein Bild hoch, damit wir wissen, dass es dir gut geht. Schütze dich gut und bleib gesund, Janet!
8 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a gorgeous picture of this wide duck - she may be sitting on a pile of eggs or sheltering baby ducklings - but maybe I'm just being kind - and she just might be big!!!!! I can fully understand why you want to hide away - where is this world going? Every minute of the day - you hear horrendous stories about the number of people who are dying and an awful lot of people who have, were nurses or doctors. I'm fine at home on my own and don't really see any difference in my life, except trying to order food from the supermarket for delivery and not being able to have people (neighbours) just drop in to see me - so that's the difference to me. Luckily the weather is glorious at the moment - blue sky with the occasional cloud. (sometimes big clouds with the threat of rain) As long as you stay safe so we can see more of your gorgeous pictures.

You take as long as you need to keep you safe and sound. Enjoy your games - I found a whole new stash of games, that had been put in a large plastic tub and placed behind a couch in my bedroom!!!!! So today, I've been going through them and I am going to have some fun. A lot of them were Mandi's, and she didn't take them with her, so all the more for me to explore!!!! Please continue to stay safe with Steve - we hear that rain and snow has visited California and Oregon - I do hope that it isn't true - it's gorgeously sunny and warm here
7 weeks ago.
ColRam club
Magnifique Janet
Bonne fêtes de Pâques et bonne santé
7 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
A terrific portrait shot of this fine mallard. Well captured Janet. So nice to see your posts again.
6 weeks ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
That's one magnificent bird!
5 weeks ago.

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