To know me is to know I love nature, particularly birds, and especially ducks. Of all our dabblers and divers, my favorite remains the very common Mallard. Few things bring me as much joy and peace as watching the birds we grew up toddling after at a local duck pond. So you can imagine my bliss when we spotted 10 freshly-hatched ducklings at my wonderful workplace, Queens Botanical Garden. Though we've had Mallards before, this was my first chance to spend time with ducklings. About 250 images later, I'll just let photos speak for themselves about the charms of these little cuties!