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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Whistling Swans

From following me this past half year, many of you know the love I harbor for the swans, more so, since the death of my sister a year ago.
So here I was Monday, on a road trip to another family funeral, Mom and I were fortunate to see a pond full of Whistling Swans. Though we were much too far away to get close photos, we certainly enjoyed the view.
They are so graceful and beautiful with their straight necks, black beaks and 4 1/2 to 5 foot wing spans. The Whistlings were traveling with a flock of Canadian Geese, I suppose, also on their way to their far north nesting grounds.
They sure were a refreshing chance to slow our trip, getting out to walk around a bit and love what we were seeing. They continued to feed, butts up in the air., and preening themselves, not bothered much by our presence.
One regret was not being able to get closer. There were at least 40 pair of the swans and just as many of the geese. I also regret not getting a full shot of the pond to share. Next time.
Enjoy your Day and God Bless


Naturegirl said...

Dar the swans have a special place in my heart as well. I am reminded by your post it is time to take a stroll to the waters edge and spend some time with my swans.

Dianna said...

Dar, thank you for sharing your brief respite with the Whistling Swans with us. I love swans because of how graceful they are. SO SO pretty. Thank you for stopping by this morning also. I'd love to be able to welcome you at my door and sit and talk and talk for hours...well, maybe we should allow days! ~wink~ We seem to have so much in common in our lives. I'd love to hear about your grandparents...and more about your growing up days. I loved the post you did recently about your folks...Please take care and always feel free to drop a note in my inbox if you wish. My e-mail is at the bottom of my blog page.

jack69 said...

Beautiful shots. There are a lot of things I have never heard of, 'whistling swans' are one. My education increases, but my retention is nearly nil. But it is a refreshing and invigorating sight.
I honestly hate to say this, but as I look out the frontwindows (windshield) of our motor home it is snowing to beat the band, and the ground is white. MY question:DID YOU SEND THIS INTENTIONALLY?
LOL Sherry & jack

Mari said...

Awesome pictures and it brings back many memories of seeing swans back up in IN. Don't see too many here, at least where I am. But we have many cranes. Not nearly as majestic looking. Fun meeting you and visiting your blog. Found it through an acquaintance. Will be back.

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Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Dar, The swans are so gorgeous.... Love seeing them. Glad you all got to see them!!! You got some great pictures.


Skeeter said...

Swans were a big deal in Germany in the ponds. I so enjoyed watching them gracefully swim around and coexist with human life.

My in-laws have swans nest in their yard each spring. They can be mean when sitting on eggs or guarding baby's but I guess all mother’s are protective of their baby’s.

Sorry for you loss and God Bless you…

Living In Aurora Blogger said...

Dar this is a beautiful collection of swan photos. Sometimes taking pictures from far away, actually makes them look very nice. Thanks for sharing again, Anna.

Paula said...

If you explained why they are called whistling swans I missed it. Pretty pictures. Must have been a nice stop on your way to a sad occasion.

Dar said...

Paula, you asked about the Whistling Swans name...they make quite the racket at night during their feeding time. They can be heard for miles and their notes range from low to high pitches depending on their age. The low notes resemble a tin horn and the higher notes sound like a clarinet...they are amazing...we saw them twice that day and both times they were content and silent.