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Friday, November 26, 2010

Ducks on the Oconaluftee River

 Good morning,  

While in Cherokee, North Carolina, we spent a late afternoon capturing images of ducks on the Oconaluftee River.
 Although we've seen people fishing in this spot,  today we were the only people here.
The river is very shallow, yet wide.  There is a hotel on the other side of the river with balconies overlooking the water.
 When we arrived the ducks came immediately to investigate us.  We suspect they were used to being fed.
 This fellow was busy looking at himself.  It appears he walks on water, but he is standing on a log just beneath the surface of the water.
 His lady was nearby.
 Is that really me?
 The afternoon sun cast beautiful rays across the river.
 This row of rocks out into the water was surely used by fishermen...
 ...but preening ducks were in residence today.
 This was a picture post card day.
 We've been here on other occasions when there were several people fishing from this pier.
 The water was crystal clear.
 He's preening;  she's searching for food.
 A beautiful place for a picnic.  I'm sure those eating here are joined by the ducks looking for handouts.
 Suddenly there was a flutter and more ducks checked in for the night.
 We've been here at different times of the year.  This time was especially pretty.

I hope you've enjoyed our evening here.

Very best,

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Diana said...

This looks likes a great place Lois. I will have to ask my daughter if she's ever been there! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love Di ♥

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Lois, looks like you had a lovely time duck watching at the river. here in Norcross, my cousins's condo has a balcony overlooking a man-made pond and watching the ducks has been a daily treat during our visit. The males have been courting the females and are very protective.

Sherry said...

Loved these photos. Hope your Thanksgiving was nice.

Marit Johanne said...

Beautiful pictures, Lois! Have a nice weekend!

grammie g said...

Hi Lois..beautiful picture of the river and the Mallards Ducks>
They are my favorite because they always look like they are smiling!! : }
I especially like the duck and its perfect reflection.
Great post!!

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos!

Happy Days said...

So pretty! North Carolina is one pretty state! Not as pretty as my West Virginia, but pretty none the less. Enjoyed ALL your photos! Looks like a beautiful place to visit...debbie PS...what did you do for Thanksgiving??

Elaine said...

Gorgeous photos! I especially like the duck "walking" on the water.

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

We have never been disappointed with the photo opportunities in Cherokee at any time of the year. We love that place and the people who live there are just wonderful.

Debbie, we made it home in time for a great Thanksgiving and those images are to come. The images of our week on board Freedom of the Seas and the travel in the Smokies are in chronological order, but slightly delayed by a few days.

While on board Freedom I couldn't upload images until we got to a US port where I had my Verizon connection. I took pictures every day and formatted them, wrote about them, and put them in Dreamweaver where I write other parts of my web site. Then I uploaded them to blogger when I got to a connection where I could do so. Although I had 24/7 email on board, the satellite connection timed out before I could upload images.

Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by.

Very best,

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the ducks. The river scenery is very pretty.

wenn said...

lovely series of pictures!

Denise said...

Loved all the photos, thanks Lois. Your duck looking into the water was really cute.

Kay L. Davies said...

What wonderful photos. I used to live across the road from a duck pond, and I can't resist duck pictures! I particularly love that one guy with his reflection.
Looks like a lovely place to visit.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Jenny said...

Oh what pretty pictures! Ducks are so cute.