December 25, 2010

The Twelfth Day Of Duckmas 2010


And so another year's round of Duckmas pictures comes to an end with Santa duckies on a snowdrift.  Thank you for coming by every day to take a look at what my lil' buddies were up to, and thank you for reading The Pond!

Merry Christmas everybody!

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December 24, 2010

The Eleventh Day Of Duckmas 2010


Star of wonder, star of light,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Told you we'd be seeing the three Wise Men Ducks again.  Click "more" for an alternate version of this entry.
Thanks to the manager of the Duck U. Bookstore for providing the artwork!


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December 23, 2010

The Tenth Day Of Duckmas 2010


"Mercy! Dreadful apparition, why do you trouble me? Why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?"
-Ebenezer Scrooge from A Duckmas Carol.

I'm inordinately proud of this picture.  No photoshopping involved, other than reducing it to fit The Pond's formatting... this is how it looked out of the camera.  But how?  Read on to see the behind-the-scene story of A Duckmas Carol: The Picture.

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December 22, 2010

The Ninth Day Of Duckmas 2010


Rudolph and Santa knew that there was just enough time for one last walkthrough before the big day.

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December 21, 2010

The Eighth Day Of Duckmas 2010


The Duck U Choral group loves this time of year...

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December 20, 2010

The Seventh Day of Duckmas 2010


Did you know that dropping a candy cane into some hot chocolate is very, very tasty?

Conversely, dropping a rubber duckie into hot chocolate is not tasty at all.

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December 19, 2010

The Sixth Day Of Duckmas 2010


All together now: "Four EIGHT wingsFour Eight freakin' wings!"

I'm not as happy with this picture as I was when I was taking it.  At the time, it looked incredibly dramatic with the long, long shadows and the leading edges of the wings glowing in the setting sun.  Somewhere in the dark recesses of my camera, a lot of the drama disappeared.  I suppose I could have photoshopped it, but for the Twelve Days of Duckmas I try to stay away from such things... other than contrast adjustments and color correction, and I don't even do a whole lot of that.

Still, hey!  Eight wings!

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December 18, 2010

The Fifth Day Of Duckmas 2010


Sometimes I put a lot of effort into these photos.  The picture on the Third Day of Duckmas in 2009 is an example.  I had to come across the idea in the first place, figure out what duckies to use for it, then I ran around the Duck U campus trying to find a suitable bit of terrain... the day before the shoot.  Then there was getting to the top of the hill, not easy when it was as steep as it was and covered with snow and ice, setting up the duckies so they wouldn't blow away in the gusting winds and frozen surface.  Only then could I take the pictures, all the while hoping that they turned out because the sun was so bright that the screen was washed out.  THEN I had to trudge back up the hill and reset the duckies for another pose and do it all over again.  All of that was done with the air temperature around 5°F and winds blowing around 20mph.

Yes, sometimes I put a lot of effort into these photos.  And then there was today's picture.  Explaining to the Duck U HR office why I was borrowing their snowman took longer than the setup and picture-taking... and they're used to me doing odd things with duckies.  Yet this pic might be the one that turns out to be the best for Duckmas 2010 anyway.  Love it when that happens.

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December 17, 2010

The Fourth Day Of Duckmas 2010


The gingerbread duckies decided to branch out at this year's Duckmas party...

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December 16, 2010

The Third Day Of Duckmas 2010


Three Wise Men Ducks make their way somewhere, watched by two wise guys. 

We'll be seeing the Wise Men Ducks again, somewhere down the line...

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December 15, 2010

The Second Day Of Duckmas 2010


You can't keep a good duckie down... even with an elf attendant.

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December 14, 2010

The First Day Of Duckmas 2010

And here we go...

Its the traditional beginning to the annual Twelve Days of Duckmas event here at The Pond, the "duckie in a fir tree."  It's how we've started the past three years, and there's no way I'd change that... traditions are important, after all.

Tune in every day between today and December 25th for another entry in the Twelve Days of Duckmas for 2010!

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December 01, 2010

First Snow!


Okay yes, the correct term for the snow we had today would be "a dusting," but it still was snowfall, and it did stick around.  And I did have to brush it off the DuckMobile, so I don't care what anybody says, that was an official snowfall.  Throw in the sub-20°F ambient temperatures and the gusty winds and you had yourself an ickycoldbad day.

And in a month we'll be saying "remember a few weeks ago, when it was 20 degrees and there wasn't any snow on the ground?  Ah, it was warm then!"  But today, I kinda wish I had Snowbird's earmuffs...

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