18 June 2021

"Ditch ducks" explained



I first discovered and blogged about a drainage ditch with duck decoys (Google Maps location) back in 2018, then wrote a followup post in 2019.  After a pandemic year interval, I headed north again this month, and found a huge increase in the number of painted decoys (photo above).

There was no town nearby in which to make inquiries, so I had to wait until getting back from my vacation - but then I was rewarded with the discovery of a Minnesota television station's report on this phenomenon.  The video is done in the style of Steve Hartman's "On the Road" segments for CBS News.  This turns out not to be an "art installation" - let's just call it a "whimsy."

I'm creating this post first so that it will be the last one you encounter on your visit to TYWKIWDBI today, and I invite you to take 3 minutes to watch this video report.  I guarantee it will be the most cheerful item you encounter on the internet today.

4 comments:

  1. Welcome home! Love the ditch ducks ~

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  2. Thanks for giving me something to smile about today!

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  3. Thank you that was a pleasant break from normal reality on the tube/net and a peak at the reality, or what can be the reality, around us.

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  4. This brought to mind the long roadside "ditches" (mini-canals) of south Florida and the Everglades. You'd almost certainly encounter a gator within 20-30 yards at any point on one of those ditches. I like the idea of being able to get in the water up north...except for the mosquitoes!

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