23 Mar 11. About 8 miles from our home in Ballard sits Meadowbrook Pond, considered by some to be the best kept secret park of all the Seattle parks. It is part of a water shed and I think it is fed by Thornton Creek, but I cannot find anything definitive on it. The area has been sculpted by artists and is a quiet refuge from the busy city although it lies barely one block off a main drag. In fact, you could drive right by it for years and never even know of its existence. A good friend introduced me to it a couple of years ago and I paid it a visit with him Tuesday afternoon to photograph whatever was there, hoping for at least a Wood Duck and a Common Merganser pair. I wasn't disappointed and got to see a bit of a show as the Wood Duck has apparently mated with a Mallard hen whom he vigorously defends against all the male Mallards. We got to watch several chase scenes and a bit more. The photo I'm sharing today took place just as the Wood Duck was chasing off a group of Mallards, both drakes and hens. It could have been a wee bit sharper, but I felt the slight softness gave a feeling of motion that isn't all that distracting and may even add a bit of realism to the image. The Wood Duck can be seen directly behind the Mallard in the very middle of the image and an American Widgeon sitting at water's edge behind the hen taking off on the left of the image. ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 5.6.