A male mallard duck (left) gazes at a female mallard duck in Waverly, IA. I watched the two of them swimming in the Cedar River one winter morning. For the past several weeks, I had visited this spot along the river nearly every day. I photographed at various times of the day so I could capture different levels of activity. Although there were about 50 ducks in the water close to me, the two in the photo were the focus of my attention. They were separate from the rest and kept circling around each other. In the moments preceding when I captured this image, the female kept still in the water while the male drifted closer. He stamped his foot in the water, creating ripples around the two, and I clicked the shutter. The ripples in this image seem to isolate the mallards and put them in a world of their own. I converted this image to black and white to emphasize the ripples in the water and bring attention to the texture. Other post-processing was minor.