Anna: Park day again today, and what a lovely day it was! Philippe and I both took lots of pictures - I'm sure he'll post a few later on. I managed to narrow mine down to these three.
As I walked past a nearby pond, still kind of scummy from the dregs of spring's melt, I found this fading rose. Perhaps from a weekend wedding party? Or last week's May Day celebrations? No idea.
On a side note, it wasn't until I opened this image in PSP X2 to resize it that I noticed the water bug next to the blossom. I love finding surprises like that!
I'd gone around the lake to see if the nests I'd taken photos of before were still there (they weren't - the park staff move nests if people won't leave them alone - not sure how they convince the geese to go long with it). On the way back, I saw someone had stopped to take pictures. Until then, all I could see where a few mallards, some far away goldeneyes, and more seagulls than I've seen in ages. It took me a few moments to spot this guy, hunting among the clouds of insects along the shoreline. I was able to get quite a few pictures of him, and was surprised that they pretty much all turned out. He was pretty skittish about me as I moved around, so I was taking the pictures at my maximum optical zoom (I don't use the digital zoom - it always comes out looking horribly grainy).
update: I now know that this bird is called a Greater Yellowlegs. Thanks, Inspíderwiht.
On the way back to the playground, I stopped to chat with a couple of people sitting by a dock. Which is probably the only reason I was able to see this - had I kept walking, they would've swum farther from the water's edge. The pair of mallards kept dunking down in tandem. It was really quite funny to watch!
Philippe: Couples, and couple-wannabes were out in force today.
Philippe: This guy was chased off by a more dominant male as he was trying to chat up the locals.
Philippe: Couples everywhere.. They do everything together, including landing :D.
Philippe: There was a guy feeding the geese as I was walking by; this goose decided I was going to feed her, so she followed me around for a while :).
Philippe: I could hear this guy for a while but we ended up playing hide and seek for a bit. He finally showed up and let me snap this.
Philippe: Now *THIS* guy wasn't shy.. He warned me away from his tree, and kept an eye on me as I left.
Philippe: This one loved fishing, and spent most of the time underwater.
Philippe: I've *no* idea what he was doing; it looked like gargling, complete with head shake and spit.