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Nice Weather for Ducks

Nice Weather for Ducks
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 11:28
Viewed: 4137
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
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There is a saying we have "Nice Weather for Ducks" which means that it is raining heavily. The weather here at the moment is terrible and all weather forcasts suggest that it is likely to continue. I thnk this little fellow illustrated the point nicely.

British Weather sayings:
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight;
red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning

St. Swithin's Day if it do rain,
for 40 days it will remain.
St. Swithin's Day if it be fair,
for 40 days will rain no more

Rain before seven, fine by eleven

A sun shiny shower, won't last half an hour

Mackerel sky and mares' tails, make tall ships carry low sails.

If cows are standing in a field it will be fine, but if they are lying down it is going to rain.

Clear moon, frost soon

When squirrels lay in a big store of nuts, look for a hard winter

When bees stay close to the hive, rain is close by

Rain, rain go away… come again another day

Haloes around the moon or sun mean that rain will surely come

When forest murmurs and mountain roars, close the windows and shut the doors

Moss dry, sunny sky; moss wet, rain you'll get

When smoke descends, good weather ends

A cow's tail to the west is weather coming at its best;
a cow's tail to the east is weather coming at its least

Flies will swarm before a storm

Fast runs the ant as the mercury rises

If crows fly low, winds going to blow;
if crows fly high, winds going to die

No weather is ill, if the wind is still

The moon and the weather may change together
but change of the moon does not change the weather

If the moon rises with a halo round,
soon we'll tread on deluged ground

When sea birds fly to land there truly is a storm at hand

The sharper the blast, the sooner it's past

Snow like cotton, soon forgotten -
snow like meal, it'll snow a great deal

Rain is on the way if people with curly hair find their hair curlier
and people with straight hair find their hair straighter

Before a rainstorm:
cats will clean themselves more and meow more
pigs wallow about and squeal
cows huddle together as if seeking comfort from each other
horses 'switch and twitch' and sometimes bolt
insects fly low and bite more
birds chirp more loudly

When a rainstorm is coming:
dandelions close their blossoms tightly
morning glories 'tuck in' their blooms as if ready for a long nap
clover folds up its leaves
leaves on many trees roll up or show their undersides

Rain is on the way when old people with joint or muscle problems such as rheumatism or arthritis have stiffness and discomfort

You can tell the temperature by counting a cricket's chirps.

By counting the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder, you can tell how far away a storm is

Whether the weather be hot,
or whether the weather be not,
we'll weather the weather, whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!

pablominto, gracious, garyfudge, Silvio2006, JRushen, Jamesp, jmp, scottevers7, Alex99, ervinjn has marked this note useful
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To nglen: Mallardhester 1 07-03 12:34
To gracious: Thank youhester 1 07-03 12:30
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Hello Karan,
And that little fellow as happy as ever!
Well, I guess ducks have a different view on rain and water as compared to humans...
I really like his walking style!
Well done on the photo job...
Pablo -

Hello Karan,
I loved this photo!
attracted me most apart from this cuttie are the continues foot steps and the ripples that he left behind!!
great composition indeed, Karan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-03 11:53]
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Hi Karen. Cute little duckling. he looks happy in the rain. is he a mallard. you can see were his wings will grow by the S mark on the side. good detail and colour. well done TFS.
Nick PS its rained in doset for tree days!!

Hi Karan,
I can't avoid to say: what a cute!
I like so much the composition made here, with the walking duckie and the raindrops falling all around, like following his steps.
At least the rain is good for some...not ask it to the wimbledon's public!
Congratulatons and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Lovely shot Karan, I braved the weather and got soaked, but like you it was worth it.
Lovely composition and a cute little thing.
Nice capture

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-03 12:10]

Hi Karan,
Nice note about weather and that to go with a nice cute little duck.
I like the waterdrops on the back of the bird and the steps in the water.
TFS Paula

Oh but I know the bloody feeling!!!!
The ducks go swimming to get out of the rain!

Great shot Karan, love the water beads on the little lad.
Love the framing too, looks like he's running out of it to get under cover!


Hi Karan, lovely little duck with wonderful pose, excellent details, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-03 13:08]

Hi Karan,
This little guy is so cute! Great composition, I like the efficient background.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-03 14:03]

Hola Karan,
bella foto,y simpáticos detalles,
nitidez y pov excelenete y original encuadre.
un amor de imagen¡¡¡¡

hi karan,
nice capture of the duck enjoying the weather, sharp image with good details, the water droplets on the duck looks lovely,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-03 20:48]

Hello Karan

I am marking the post for now .


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-03 22:59]

Hi Karan

A wonderful, atmospheric shot, The composition is wonderful as is the detail and colour.

Very good weather-lore notes too.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-04 1:27]

Hi Karan,
Pressed for time and the internet is also playing hide and seek. Just tagging this shot and I will come back with a proper critique.

* I will come back.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-04 1:38]

Hi Karen, nice shot of the little mallard aplashing through the rain. Great notes too. It really sums up the mood of our summer at the moment. A nice complisiton and certainly different.

Hi Karan,
Nicely picture vith lovely compo.Well taken.TFS.


Hi Karen,
Great shot, even the little drops of rain on his feathers..cute shot and yes he does seem to be enjoying it! Wish you could send this our way, its really dry here!
Love the textures of the water hes walking through as well..TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-04 7:54]

Hi Karan,

The weather doesn't seem to bother this cutie. Great concept and well executed. I love the footprints and the ripples in the puddles. By the way, you can send some of that rain here


bonjour karan
tres joli cliché,je ne ferais qu'une remarque sur le cadrage car il aurait été preferable d'avoir plus d'espace a gauche plutot qu'a droite.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-05 8:49]

Hi Karan,
So much water makes the duck leaves the scene, your composition seems to suggest:-) A wise way to complain about the rain!
TFS, José M.
The sun is here heating us till death!

Hi Karan,
Very high cutness factor here. You just want to pick the little guy up and cuddle it. Nice exposure has rendered ood colors and detail.

Hello Karan,
It seems like a long time since I visited your gallery :( This is a very nice capture with original POV, good details and lovely subject. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-11 6:53]

Hi Karan.
What a terrific note have been written by you for this amazingly cute shot. Bravo.
Pictured baby is superb too. Great reproduction of all its details and, first of all, its youth. Composition is not classic but very impressive. My compliments and kind regards.

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