Over the greater part of a year I've had the privilege watching mallard ducks in our ponds.
Last winter, they made roosts in the weeds. Spring, the ducklings hatched. Mommy eventually left and they grew until they all flew away. Summer, ducks came and went.
Autumn, and they're pairing. Dana called it "couples skate" on the pond this morning.
Now I understand how the great ecologists got hooked. So much beauty and so much to understand from watching these beautiful creatures.