High Water - Mallard Pair
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24" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2005

We live on a charming small lake cupped at the base of surrounding mountains. Lily pads fringe the shoreline and the lake provides sanctuary to many species of birds from wood duck to Virginia rail. Our small dock offers a vantage point similar to an airport observation tower and we can quietly observe the landings and take-offs of the various species of waterfowl. With spring runoff, the lake floods the surrounding farm fields so we are able to explore by canoe on two to three times the normal area. Of course the ubiquitous mallard is a mainstay which seems appropriate as Ducks Unlimited, in conjunction with ourselves, protects the area. 
We spotted this pair posing in this peaceful scene.