Day 18: Beauty in a broken world

Remember the female mallard photo from Day 12? Well, I wanted to share a photo of one of her possible mates with you today. As I mentioned in the earlier post, they were all a bit miffed that I didn’t bring any food for them. Can you see the disappointment in his expression?

Male mallards, also called drakes, have more vivid color patterns than their female counterparts (the female ducks are just called ducks). I especially love the colors on this mallard’s head, and I ended up choosing this photo instead of one in the water because I wanted you to see his brilliant orange feet. Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology online to learn more about these common beauties.

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The best of autumn in California

I’ve come to love the salmon run each fall here in California. It’s one of my favorite parts of the season. This October, when my husband and I visited Tahoe, we stopped along Taylor Creek because we had heard salmon were spawning there.

Red kokanee salmon in Taylor Creek

I was stunned to see such tiny fish compared to the huge chinook salmon that swim upriver from the ocean each fall to spawn. These little, red fish are kokanee salmon, landlocked in Lake Tahoe and surrounding tributaries such as Taylor Creek, where they go to spawn each autumn. Continue reading