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Bluffing by the Bluffs


Who knew that below these bluffs, a bluffing contest would break out? Meet the harlequins, Harley and his girlfriend, Quinn.

Hey, wait up, Quinn! Want to go sit on this rock for a while? Catch a few rays?

Oh, Harley, this is so boring. And all you ever want to do is take a nap. I need more excitement in my life. Speaking of which, I think I see some arriving, over my shoulder. But three to one … I don’t know….

Back off, boys. She’s mine.

And you two can get off this rock and go join your buddy, or you’ll see what I’m capable of. I’m not bluffing.

Did you see that, Quinn? See how I put the run on them? Now come on. You stick with me.

Okay, Harley, so I was impressed … but just a little bit.

Harley! You’re such a brute. Don’t you know a lady doesn’t like to get splashed? You’ll ruin my feather track.

Sorry, ’bout that, Quinn. Here, I’ll make it up to you. I’ll find you a crustacean for an appetizer. They’re right under here in this shallow part. See them, there, on the bottom?

Well, if you want to get it for me, Harley, go for it, but I’ll have you know I am not a bottom feeder.

Harley loved his girlfriend, Quinn,

Stood by her through thick and thin,

But the bully boys came ’round

Asking where his Quinn was bound.

“Nowhere special, just these rocks,”

Up they scrambled, all these jocks,

Harley shivered and he shook,

Quinn gave him a frightened look.

“Fear not, Quinny,” Harley said,

“We’re just fine, I’ll use my head.”

And with that, he butted them

Off the rocks, to save his femme.

“Now my dear,” he said to Quinn,

“Let’s go swimming, jump right in,

I’ve a rock crab just for you,

Tender so you need not chew.”

“How delicious is this treat?

Little rock crabs can’t be beat,

Harley Baby, you’re my man,

I am now your biggest fan.”

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Author: wordsfromanneli

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30 thoughts on “Bluffing by the Bluffs

  1. This is so fun to read, Anneli! Beautiful photos too, wow. πŸ₯°πŸ˜Š

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  2. Lol how cute! The poem fits perfectly. Beautiful male birds.

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  3. I swear you channel animals perfectly. Lovely.

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  4. Adorable. And great photos. πŸ™‚

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  5. Thank you, Pit. I hope you get some much-needed rain.


  6. Beautiful pictures and a fun poem!

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  7. Another beautiful picture story Anneli. Do you think of the story while clicking the pictures or do you come up with it once you have clicked all the pictures? Just curious.

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    • Usually I look at the pictures (at home) in the sequence I took them and the story is right there. In this case, I think the case of defending his girl is pretty close to what was happening. In some of the pictures, the body language suggests what they might be thinking or saying and for the rest … anything goes, and that’s where the fun begins. Thanks for your comment, Deepa. I hadn’t really thought about this until you asked.


  8. A fine duck tale. Handsome ducks, nice shots.

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  9. And hopefully they’ll live happily ever after!

    They are pretty ducks. Think I saw the odd one in the Rockies.

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  10. The birds are fantastic! I love their markings. Cute poem to go with the incredibly beautiful photos too!

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    • Thanks, Sonja. I felt lucky to be near to where they were hanging out and managed to get quite a few chances at pictures. Their name comes from a colourfully dressed character in the Commedia dell ‘arte (an Italian comedy form) – the harlequin (like the joker on the cards). Lots of colour on these ducks.


  11. You made such a lovely story from your images, great work!

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