Friday, July 18, 2014

A Bedtime Story

Once there was a little duck.  She was a cute little duck who ran around the yard with her little duck friends, all of them chasing June bugs and grasshoppers, willy-nilly, all over the place.  One day, the little duck sat down under a big old pine tree.  When she got up, there was a pretty white egg laying on the pine needles.

The little duck did this again and again over the next few days, as did her little duck friends.  They had a nice collection of pretty white duck eggs!

One day came that the little duck decided she wanted to keep the pretty white eggs warm and protected, so she decided to set on them.  She built a neat little nest out of pine needles, and that's where she sat, day and night, keeping her egg collection dry and warm.

After a couple of weeks, the duck herdswoman noticed that some of the eggs in the nest were missing.  Hmmm...she thought.  A few days later, she mentioned it to her husband, "There were about a dozen eggs on that nest, and now there are only seven.  Do you suppose something is getting to them?"  He shrugged his shoulders.

Well.  The very next day, the duck herdswoman was walking out by the barn and came upon a very long and pretty snake.  It was FIVE FEET LONG!

The duck herdswoman put two and two together, and came up with "let me go count those eggs again."  And so she did.  There were three pretty white duck eggs laying in the pine needle nest.


The very next day, the duck herdswoman looked out to see all the little ducks standing around the big old pine tree.  What was that about?  And so she went outside to see what the ducks were doing.  And this is what she saw:

 The end.  Sleep tight!


Gillian said...

That poor duck!

twebsterarmstrong said...

Except for the two weeks of setting part, I am not sure that the duck feels any differently about a snake taking her eggs and OUR taking eggs from the duckhouse every morning.

She returned to the nest and set for less than half an hour, and has not been back since. She's hanging out with the other ducks, back to chasing June bugs.

Bonnie White said...

I may have nightmares for a few days after this post. I'm impressed you could focus the camera and take the pictures.

twebsterarmstrong said...

I have a good camera lens. Plus, what can a snake do to me when he's got a duck egg in his mouth? I was ~ 3' away from him.

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