Thursday, May 5, 2016

Up the creek

We took the kids out for a little adventure tonight, checking out Nine Mile Creek where it passes under 106th Street in Bloomington. I used to fish for carp down there as a kid, but it doesn't look anything like I remember it. In fact, it's hard to imagine carp in there at all. It looks nice and clean – almost like a trout stream that runs clear and cold.

As we were walking along the trail and beside an area of the creek with "rapids," we saw a hen mallard and her seven ducklings. Now, you don't often think of ducks as denizens of fast-moving water, but I'll be darned if that mother duckling wasn't leading her ducklings straight up the creek. And you'd be amazed by how well those little fur balls navigated their way against the current.

Admittedly, the image isn't great, but you get the gist of what I'm talking about.

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