Yes, those dark spots you see in the snow are ducks and geese. I'm telling you, it's the watery sunlight... it has nothing to do with the skills of the photographer.
No, these are not real children... in either of the pictures.
Though I have seen plenty of young'uns running around here the past couple of weeks in short sleeves, and even shorts! YIKES!!
Maybe tomorrow the sun will be out, AND the snow will still be pretty.
For now though, I'm staying inside with a cup of hot chocolate!