Was out tending to the Koi pond yesterday, so was nearby when our local Mallard duck mom came by with her brood to visit the friendly (Trinity) waters. The kids used to look like little brown ping-pong balls. Not anymore; they are about 80% the size of mom! Not old enough yet to show sex differentiation in their plumage. Glad to see them since these visits are less frequent now that several of our fish are becoming quite large and thus imposing and dangerous in the Mallard brain. Our water lilies are crazy-robust and plentiful this year, but their leaves were tested for durability by the babies. Mom is the top-center quacker in the upper photo and is standing on the barely submerged rock in the lower photo. Life is good.