But here it just means that we have had a bit of cold weather lately and the local pond is partly covered in ice; the ducks keep part of the pond ice-free for feeding and strut, preen and sleep on the rest.
The sky was clear and the early afternoon light was creating beautiful reflections as well, a bonus. The mallard below had just scooped up some water.
This pair at the edge of the ice.
This series of three pictures of a drake first preening, then fanning its feathers, then taking a drink of the thin layer of water on top of the ice.
The ice had captured bubbles, reeds and leaves:
The open water was reflecting the sky and greens and orange browns of the surrounding trees as well as the birds. Below an American Widgeon.
Striking a pose on top of the ice.
Thank you for dropping by, Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week.....................