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The Ugly Duckling

The past two weeks have been so busy! Sheesh! Between running from photo shoot to photo shoot, taking care of my girls and all the insanity that follows, I feel like I'm running in circles! And just when I thought things couldn't get any more crazy we have adopted a Mallard duckling. Yes, I know. I must be insane or a glutton for punishment. Maybe both! Butters (my 5 year old named him/her) has been with us for 2 weeks after getting separated from his mom and siblings. It's been hard to not get attached to him, or pick up my camera every time he does something cute like when he swims in the kiddie pool or nestles into the palm of your hand and falls asleep. Honestly, I thought we would have him a day or two and he would croak from the trauma of my kids or just simply because he's a wild animal and statistically the odds are stacked against him. The second day we had him I read everything I could on how to keep him alive and two and a half weeks later he's growing by leaps and bounds and has started getting his tail feathers. This has been such a good experience for my 5 year old. She's learned respect, responsibility, and she's gotten quite the education on ducks. I look forward to sharing more photos of Butters as he grows up!

Photo credits: Bri Williamson.

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June 25, 2011

Taylorgracephotography

You have no idea how much I appreciate your comment! I've always thought I was a bit odd because I think baby birds are beautiful (even the little naked robins that hatched this spring) and that our world has tons of beautiful things to appreciate every day if we would only open our minds to it and see. :) Thank you again for your comment, good to know there are still people in the world who haven't bent and narrowed their minds with the majority of the society we live in. :)

June 25, 2011

Tan510jomast

You know what, Bri? Many of our famous quotes are truly wrong, especially in regards to nature and animals. eg. Dirty Pig, Ugly Duckling,etc..
bc when I was in Costa Rica I spent time on a farm and found out pigs are clean animals. More so than those shameless tourists with unwashed bodies and clothes that a floor mop looked and smell much cleaner.
I discovered that to my dismay traveling cross country in the local busess where even the poorest of the poor dresses in fresh laundered though not so new clothes and their bodies are already smelling just as clean with natural scented perfume , lol. Just an observation.
Maybe that's how the Universe tilts the balance with the have and have nots. Off topic , lol.

June 15, 2011

Taylorgracephotography

I'm sure I probably will still love him. It's been such a learning experience for the girls. From the moment each of them was born, I wanted to impart some sort of environmental knowledge to them and this is the start of that. We're a big hunting/fishing/outdoors type of family and I feel like it's important to give them the knowledge of the world around us, (big and small) in order to also give them the ethical values of what and why it is that we do hunt and fish. Raising Butters has given them the opportunity to see the give and take of nature and to assume the role of caregiver but also to be able to make the right decisions, meaning, when we release him back to the wild, they will know it's the right choice and make them more respectful of nature. That's the goal anyway. I'm sure there will be many tears and begging to keep him, but I'm a major stickler for all things being wild should be kept wild. lol

June 15, 2011

Laqhill

Very good experience for you all, and I anxiously look forward to seeing more pictures!! He is darling!!! And even when he pecks you in the butt, you will still love him! Love never fails.

June 14, 2011

Taylorgracephotography

:) I have to admit, as much as I have tried to remain detatched... I'm pretty sure I'm in love with this duck. I might be more heartbroken than my girls when we get ready to release him back into the wild. Part of me hopes he stays, then the logical part of my brain kicks in and says, "You will grow to hate him when he chases your car down the road or pecks you on the butt when you're outside." LOL!

June 14, 2011

Laurasinelle

Great story! Thanks for sharing!

June 14, 2011

Mariaam

That is a very cute story!!! :)

...Can´t wait to see more photos of Butters!

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