Travel theme: Brown

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “brown”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

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I wrote a post with a brown theme just a few weeks ago so I thought I’d use some new photos for this post today. Here are some photos I took today and last weekend to illustrate this theme. Trees are mainly what came to mind, like these many brown leaves that fell off a Ginkgo tree.

Travel theme: Brown ginkgo leaves
Travel theme: Brown ginkgo leaves

I’m not sure what type of tree this is but I was fascinated by its reddish brown bark, as well as the many twists displayed on the tree trunk.

Travel theme: Brown and twisted tree trunk
Travel theme: Brown and twisted tree trunk

Talking about interesting tree bark, this are the branches of a cork oak tree. This is what we use to make wine bottle corks, cork flooring, cork wall boards, etc. Pretty cool looking, huh?

Travel theme: Brown cork oak tree bark
Travel theme: Brown cork oak tree bark

I snapped a photo of this cute brown mallard female duck today, as she was snacking on some underwater plants. Nature sure knows how to add interesting patterns to brown to make it beautiful.

Travel theme: Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond
Travel theme: Brown mallard female duck swimming in a pond

Mallard ducks and wood ducks

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It was a beautiful day yesterday and I decided it would be a great opportunity to take my youngest to our local ponds and feed the ducks. There have been lots of babies born this spring and they are growing very fast. So fast, most of them look like adults now. Well, expect for this juvenile wood duck, who displays plenty of down feathers still.

Juvenile wood duck
Juvenile wood duck

Here’s another wood duck, this one a little older but still not displaying all the bright colors the wood duck is famous for.

Young wood duck
Young wood duck

Of course, the most common duck there is the mallard. The female mallard duck features mostly plain brown feathers but I love how the early morning light reflects the bright blue sky into the dark water to give it a beautiful blue hue. A nice contrast with the bland feathers of the female mallard duck.

Female mallard duck
Female mallard duck

There were tons of mallard ducks at the pond, and of course many duck couples. If you let them, they’d overtake the place. Oh wait, they already do!

Mallard duck couple
Mallard duck couple