Photo and Commentary ©2023 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, January 16, 2023

Although this picture was taken in British Columbia, this dabbling duck is a male American Wigeon. You can find them in all kinds of bodies of fresh water from lakes to ponds to marshes and you sometimes see them in harvested fields.

There are some really beautiful ducks in North America and this is one of them. If you’ve never really paid attention before, go down to your nearest pond or lake and see how many different kinds of ducks you can find.

One of the things I enjoy about God’s creation is that there is so much variety in everything from ecosystems, rocks. animals, birds, flowers, fish, trees, insects, grasses, sea creatures and even people. There are so many kinds of patterns and colors and even striking usage of black and white combinations (think of a zebra or an orca or a magpie or a giant panda or a skunk). Wouldn’t it be boring without this rich diversity?

Just think of the variety of things we have to eat in North America. Aside from what is grown here, there is a huge assortment of imported food from all over the world.

O LORD, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small.
See the ships sailing along,
and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.
They all depend on you
to give them food as they need it.
When you supply it, they gather it.
You open your hand to feed them,
and they are richly satisfied.
But if you turn away from them, they panic.
When you take away their breath,
they die and turn again to dust.
When you give them your breath, life is created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the LORD continue forever!
The LORD takes pleasure in all he has made!
The earth trembles at his glance;
the mountains smoke at his touch.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live.
I will praise my God to my last breath!
May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.
Psalm 104:24-34 (NLT)