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.
Addendum 2021: I stopped to visit the ditch ducks on my way north last week. Looks like there are a couple more than last year -
It's one of the high points on my trip, and a cheerful sight - especially when you know the backstory in the video.