Taken behind the University of Wisconsin’s Student Union in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it’s the most exquisite love of all." Maggie Gallagher

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  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsover 2 years ago

    This is truly awesome.

  • What a nice comment! Thank you very much!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • neon-gobi
    neon-gobiover 2 years ago

    Now go to sleep or Ill tell your father hahahah thats just what she is saying..:0)

  • That’s so true…I was routinely threatened by the return of my father by my frazzled mom! I am so glad you speak Duck….I was wondering just what was going on there…sleeping on the steps of the Student Union!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 2 years ago

    So very sweet, lovely capture Karen :)

  • Thank you….very kind and generous of you!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 2 years ago
  • loiteke
    loitekeover 2 years ago

    Congratulations my friend, great image

  • Thank you….great way to start the day! Love the banner!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • micklyn
    micklynover 2 years ago

    What a precious image, Karen!! would make a great mother’s day card! : )

  • Thank you! If only Hallmark would give me a call I would be happy to sell it to them for the next Mother’s Day! Funny….just like that mama duck, I recall doing that hover when my kids were still in cribs! I suppose we are not all that different!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • GolemAura
    GolemAuraover 2 years ago

    Well yeah she hovers, she’s a Mallard, one of the most smart amazing dedicated mommy creatures on the planet, now here in Florida, we have Muscovy ducks, the most urban spoiled horrible parents on the planet, I could tell you stories but they are too horrific hehehe


    (Muscovy ducks stomp on your tomato plants and the babies will go cannibal if their siblings get hurt, it’s a nightmare)

    YIKES, sorry about the rant :)

  • Thank you! And please, no worry about ranting! I am a rambler and I understand! Mallards are very protective mothers ( the geese even more so!) ….but, the daddies are less than helpful. I have seen many frazzled Mallard Moms…with 10 babies following her every move and then I see the “Daddies”. They are all lined up on a log just in the pond. They look like they are at a bar! AND, they will mate with any female. I have seen some very odd ducks…ducks I could not identify. I couldn’t identify them because they are Mallard Mutts! Anyway, thank you for the lovely comment and, as you can see, I am a rambler!

    – Karen Helgesen

  • micklyn
    micklynover 2 years ago

    Oh yes, I do the hover all the time… : )

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Aw! How sweet! ♥

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