I flew into Orlando with some co-workers on Friday. I was in town to set up a booth for a tradeshow. I was glad to see that we were staying at the Peabody Hotel right across the boulevard from the convention center – so much walking at these events. The Peabody has an ancient tradition – each morning at 11:00 a red carpet is rolled out from a private elevator. A man dressed in enough red and gold rope to be confused with a guard at Buckingham Palace steps out and marches a small flock of ducks from the elevator through the lobby to a marble fountain. The one time I got to see the pageantry and spectacle I was unfortunately without my camera, so my description will have to suffice. Anyway, the ducks stay in the lobby feeding and swimming in a fountain until 5:00 in the evening when they once again march with the “Duck Master” down the red carpet back to the elevator that takes them somewhere so exclusive that guests are left to imagine it’s splendor.
I know it sounds quaint and even silly, but these ducks are not to be missed. Even if you stay at someplace without exclusive access to ducks, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Peabody if you are in Orlando, Memphis, or Little Rock – because these are not ordinary ducks – these are Peabody Ducks!
I know’ you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal – looks like a duck…” Well nothing could be further from the truth. These ducks do more than waddle about and poop in a fountain – these ducks can’t wait for you to take their photo. They are on display and they love it – and the camera loves them.
As you approach the fountain this girl tosses you a pose, then another, and another…
Shot after shot she would reposition herself reaching for the light. It’s almost like she was schooled by Tyra Banks – hoping for a spot on America’s Next Top Model.
Of course, unlike ANTM, there are no cat fights, no binge drinking, no tears. Just a hard working duck giving the camera her all.
Is she “smizing”?
Elongate that neck – watch your angles!
Of course there are other ducks in the fountain. It’s not all about little Tyra. This drake was really busy preening – maybe getting ready for his close-up?
Back to the star…. Find the light girl. Give us more light in your eyes. Hold it….
That’s it, stare down the camera. Nice! Now give us something different, switch it up!
Amazing! Bellisima!! Give me more!
She’s a star – and she knows it!!