Feathered Cutie Patooties
I have two major weaknesses:
One is an unnatural attraction to all baubles that shine.
I’m an easy victim for vendors selling overpriced, yet beautifully twinkling, costume jewelry and I would easily spend my last dollar on gaudy junk jewelry in the accessories section of Nordstrom, one of my blingbling meccas.
My second weakness concerns all plushy, fluffy, fuzzy animals. Baby kittens, puppies, ducks, monkeys and baby bears … I just can’t help myself.
While my friends and family are photographing major institutions on our trips, like the exteriors of famous castles and museums, I’m photographing…ducklings.
I’m fascinated by new born baby animals’ naivety. Adult animals have learned to fear humans (as they unfortunately should!) and the babies are still undecided about humans and curious about us.
At one point I had several ducklings waddling around me with one trying to eat my skirt. So adorable!
It took a while to convince their apprehensive mother that I was not a threat, but she finally accepted me after giving her several pieces of Focaccia bread. She became fine with my presence and relaxed while her babes played around me. It’s as if she was thinking “Ah well, since you’re here, maybe you look after all of us while I take a little nap”.