Ducks Distancing

Ducks Distancing | East Wenatchee, WA | April 2020

Extensive research on waterfowl behavior — i.e., me sitting on a log — reveals that quackers enjoy their solitude. They frequently break away from the flock to dine alone, fluff their feathers or take a nap. There’s no separation anxiety or boredom funk; they’re happy to observe as life floats by, literally. There goes a twig, then a leaf, then another twig. To paraphrase Heraclitus, perhaps the web-footed world’s favorite philosopher, “No duck ever swims in the same river twice — for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same duck.”