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Smiling Duck Celebrates as Mitchster turns 5!

Smiling Duck Celebrates as Mitchster turns 5!

It’s true, I’ve been posting photos of Minneapolis for 5 years now, seems like I just started. I just love smiling ducks and I realized that I had another smiling duck celebrate when Mitchster turned 2. Back in the day, I had a glow-in-the-dark duck for a logo on mitchster.

Good Morning Little One

Good Morning Little One

Daylight saving time has come to an end today. Sleep in, the ducks will keep an eye on the place for you.

Laughing Duck

Laughing Duck

“Oh Jerry, that’s a good one, you quack me up!”

Duck Smiles as Mitchster turns 2!

Duck Smiles as Mitchster turns 2!

With a smile like that you know he knows something that you don’t know. You know what that is? Today’s Mitchster.com’s Second Anniversary. Who better to celebrate such a momentous occasion with than a duck?

Yep, two years ago today I started blogging photos of Minneapolis. As fun as it is to share my work, I’m looking to shake it up. Any ideas? What would you like to see more of?

p.s. I really did take this just yesterday; the coincidence just hit me this morning that I would be celebrating my anniversary with my mascot!

Ducky Day at the Lake

Ducky Day at the Lake

I think this little guy is actually smiling at me. He and his mom are enjoying the calm waters of the Lagoon between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles.

Duck Hen Resting

Duck Hen Resting

The little lady takes a break from all the duck stuff. (Click image for enlargement)

Early Morning Duck Adventures

Early Morning Duck Adventures

This is Eloise. Eloise spends her mornings on Cedar Lake, but after the ducklings have gone to school, she joins her girlfriends to go dabbling on Minnehaha Creek. She’s not interested in popular entertainment or the latest fashions, but mention one of her ducklings and she’ll quack your ear off (she’s got a stack of photos of them in her pocketbook).

This particular morning Eloise was heading out to the PDA (parent duckling assn). Since she was planning on taking a stand against the geese hanging out on in the schoolyard, she was all dressed up and ready for the spotlight. To get over the jitters of the expected media, she had me take some candid photos before she left the lake.

“Normally we just ignore the Geese”, said Eloise, “sure they sleep in the park and honk at all hours, we’ve come to accept that over the years.” The problem started earlier this year with the unexpected closing of the pool hall down the street. “They used to wake up early and just leave”, she said, “But now they stumble out of the park around noon — someone is giving them hard cider.” The biggest problem is that they hang out in the duckling schoolyard and hiss at the kids. “My little joey is having nightmares”, she said.

Though rumors abound, including the hint that someone has called the Minneapolis Food Shelf, hopefully cooler heads will prevail.

Just Ducky

Just Ducky

A little duckling stands atop a giant lily pad at the Como Conservatory garden.

The Mascot Arrives

The Mascot Arrives

Here’s the new Mitchster.com mascot. This is a 30 second exposure of a glow-in-the-dark duckie. I set it up on glass to get the reflection.