First of all, today is our wedding anniversary and besides the truck load of composted buffalo poo, I got a great surprise a new camera! I bought my old Canon SureShot years ago,three laptops ago. It still takes good pictures. But it is listed as not very good at macros. So Ted got me a PowerShotSX 120IS. I have yet to try it as we are having rain and more rain. Amazing for our low water area. The ducks below came to visit a few days ago on a dry day.
A few days ago I looked out in my boulevard garden and saw the drake and the hen paying a visit. She was sitting very comfortably. They are so used to people feeding them down by the creek that they barely acknowledged me as I got quite close to them. To the the right you can see a South Dakota native plant Pussy Toes Antennaria neglecta. The flower buds feels soft like kitty toes. They are described as growing in lean, dry soil
I looked closer and realized that the ducks were eating the corn gluten that I had applied to prevent the emergence of foxtail grass, a grass that I have battled for several years. Good News: So far I see very little of this grass sprouting. 100% Corn Gluten is just corn gluten. A protein that breaks down into a fertilizer, but somehow suppresses sprouting. I like it and apparently so do my visiting ducks. But, I haven’t seen them come back. We’ve had a few warmer days so I imagine the ducks are being well fed down by the creek.
I made this cement bird bath out of left over cement
She may look muted and a bit plain, but under her wing she matches his colors.