Split-Pea Soup

Well, not really. But it’s definitely what came to mind when I saw the close-ups of these quackers (female and juvenile mallards, I believe) in a marsh near St. Albert, AB.


Kids, what are you getting into?


Nothing, Mom. Why do you ask?

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8 Responses to Split-Pea Soup

  1. Nicely displayed soup. Duckweed that thick sure looks like split-pea soup for sure.
    (I must have missed that marsh when I lived in St Albert)

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim R – Ah, it’s duckweed, is it? For sure the ducks seemed to get into it. As for missing the marsh, I expect it’s been there for a long while (it’s on the shore of Big Lake) but has only recently had a boardwalk added by Poole Construction, making it possible to walk across without getting your feet wet.

  2. Tom Watson says:

    Super pictures, Isabel.

  3. Ian Hepher says:

    Last summer our dog, Casey, mistook duckweed for solid ground, and tried to take a shortcut from his path to where we were standing. Total immersion, and difficult swimming. He eventually got to shore, but did he stink!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Ian – Oh dear. I can see why it might fool someone, canine or otherwise. It’s very thick in some places. Didn’t know it was smelly.

  4. Alison Uhrbach says:

    Just thought I’d let you know I’m still reading! Glad you had a sunny day in St Albert

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Alison – Hey, thanks! It was sunny, although I needed a few more layers for the NW wind. There were people (locals, I presume) wearing lightweight parkas, and me in my cropped leggings and little sweater. Brr.

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