Monday, March 24, 2014

SOLSC #24: Savoring Saturday

    Today I join my fellow bloggers in
"serving up a slice" to the March SOLSC
   sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.
I drove by my building on Saturday to see if anyone was there.  I have my own tale of horror about going in the building and setting off the alarm (but that's a slice for another day). Secretly, I hoped no one would be there because we just finished grades for 2nd trimester, and all of us deserved a weekend away.  My notes for Sunday's slice were at school, the novel that we're currently reading was there, and I wanted to pick up Tupelo's Landing (sequel to Three Times Lucky).  Can you tell that I left without careful thought on Friday?  I was so excited to have finished posting grades that I danced out the door with just two sets of papers (still ungraded) and left my usual baskets behind.

When I pulled up in front of school, I celebrated that there were no cars there!  Way to go colleagues!  However, there was a visitor on the front lawn.  One that managed to disrupt my classes more than once this past week.  There was even a warning in the morning announcements to avoid disturbing this particular visitor and his lady friend.  Apparently, mother and father may be nesting in the vicinity.

I stealthily opened the car door and made my way to the front lawn to snap some photos. I haven't had much time to slow down and savor (my OLW for 2014) since we began slicing this month.  With a few minutes to spare and no one else near, I looked forward to capturing a picture or two.
Here's the guy (without his lady friend) who's been distracting my classes.
He and I did an interesting dance.  
Each time I stepped forward, he would step back.  
We played a game of hide and seek as he briefly hid behind the tree.  
I can still see you!
I forced myself to stand still, and he came a bit closer.  
Okay, not quite this close, so I cropped the photo.
Isn't he gorgeous?
Finally as I moved in for a closer shot, he startled me by taking flight! 
I captured those wings in movement just before he soared over the building.
Sorry it's blurry, but that's him to the right of the window!
Up, up, and away!


  1. I love your one little word. And that you were concerned for your colleagues. I also love it when we are gifted with a little bit of nature to make life better. Mallards are very beautiful ducks.

  2. I love how you shared your pictures with us, too. I feel like I am right there on the lawn with you. Keeping your camera close is just a good idea!

  3. What a fun visitor you stumbled upon that day! It will be interesting to see if you get ducklings waddling around your grounds in a few weeks. Great job capturing photos and playing with this fellow!

  4. He is a beauty! So cool to see all that green grass, Ramona - ours' shows all the signs of a very rough winter.

  5. Wonderful that you got him! What a beauty. I love spring when we actually do see signs of nest-building, etc. Happy for you, Ramona.

  6. Gorgeous creature! And you work at such a pretty school! So much green!