Friday, January 27, 2023

MendoMoments: A Mama Mallard Nesting in a Madrone

The mama mallard [Photograph by Jenna Hinshaw]

Approximately one week ago, Jenna Hinshaw was exploring the woods near Lake Mendocino and found a pure crystallization of motherhood: a mama mallard was nestled in the crux of a madrone, feathers fluffed, protecting her eggs underneath.

A serenity suffuses the scene. The mama duck is bathed in the warm light of the understory. Her purpose is simple, yet vital.

Gary Snyder, the prolific Zen/Beat poet wrote, “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” This Mama Mallard sure has.

MendoFever’s column MendoMoments is dedicated to showcasing the land, animals, and people that make up Mendocino County. All Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to participate. Send photographs to including a description of what your photograph depicts, where it was taken, and any other important details.



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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