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The duck that quacked Pete!

July 19, 2011

We camped out on my brother’s dock last weekend. The moon was full, the lake was calm, it was cool enough to keep the bugs at bay, and a flood of moonlight washed the previous weeks stress away. It was ideal until the dawn when we got an unexpected wake up call. With the rising sun came a taste of the hot day that was to come. Our portable bedroom was becoming a human oven. But before the heat woke us we simultaneously picked up a distress call ringing in the background of our dream. Someone kept calling out “Pete, Pete, Pete, Pete…” like a beeping alarm clock over and over again. In a misty haze we crawled out of our heating oven to investigate who on earth kept calling out my husband’s name.

To our delight and amusement it turned out to be a duck just outside our tent. How cute. But then awe shucks became holy crap and then a run-for-your-lives as our feathered friend demonstrated some very ballsy personal space invasion. After tearing a strip out of us up, down and sideways the duck eventually retreated. Dazed and confused we debated about what we had just witnessed: mating dance or duck attack, air show or duck attack, friendly morning chit chat or duck attack?

Later while enjoying my morning tea on the dock the same chit chatty duck swam by, this time with a bunch of little ducklings in tow. The matter was settled then. Mother duck attack! Guess she just wanted to let us know who the landlord was.

Dock sketch

© Dana Aubrey, dock sketch, graphite wash

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2011 10:56 pm

    Ouch! However, you probably looked very strange to her since you were not a part of her everyday world, there. I really like the drawing and the cool perspective you took with it.

  2. July 22, 2011 9:47 am

    I loved this duck, then I was frightened of her, and then I loved her again. We were in her backyard so she had every right to lecture us.

    Your so kind (re: my sketch). I’m struggling with my rusty drawing skills (I let them go dormant for far too long) and wasn’t too pleased with the outcome of this sketch. But the point is to just keep at it and to throw my need for visual perfection out the window. Your support is most appreciated! Thank you!

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