Lots and lots of Long-tailed ducks swimming together today along the shore in this little cove that the ice made for them. This photo just captures about half of them. The sound of the ice melting, splashing, waves breaking, ducks calling...amazing. I had a thought while taking these photos- I wondered if I should quit taking pictures with the intent that I will paint them one day, and instead stop and draw the scene, maybe paint too. Right then. It would require slowing down to a pace I'm not used to. It sounds really nice.