Mute Swan Pair Flying in Tandem
Have you ever seen
in your life
than the way the sun,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon…
On cold winter days, one of the Mute Swans resident on my small lake watched from just beyond the dock as I refilled the birdfeeders each morning. When my back was turned as I walked up to the house, the Swan would occasionally venture into the yard to scoop up seeds scattered by our winter birds – Blue Jays and Cardinals and Chickadees.
But only when my back was turned.
The winter turned harsher than any in recent memory. The birds were ravenous and emptied all the feeders before noon.
And then one morning it happened.
The Swan climbed up the short bank to where I stood at the third feeder. He dipped his head, bending that graceful neck down and then back up.
We locked eyes.
I extended my arm tenuously towards the Swan, my gloved hand full of seeds.
As he nibbled hungrily, I stared at the top of his head. The feathers weren’t the pristine white I expected to see. And they didn’t look like any feather I’d seen before or since. They looked like rows of the tiniest, finest wale corduroy imaginable.
Peaceable co-existence abounded on those frigid mornings. And eventually the Swan became comfortable with my presence.
I love peaceable co-existence, wherever – and however – it manifests.
This post is prompted by Cee Neuner, Debbie Smyth, Dawn Miller and the creative and inspiring Lens Artists Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya, all of whom encourage the community of photographers and writers. The focus for this week’s LAPC is Artificial Light. Herons usually don’t hang out in artificial light where I live, so how about two photos illuminated by artificial light.
Thanks to Cee for her Hunt for joy. I don’t know if this challenge is still on, but I really like the idea of searching for joy. The Herons bring joy.
Thanks to Debbie for her Six Word Saturday . This post title has the requisite six words!
Thanks to Dawn for her Festival of Leaves . This post has muted autumn leaves, to go with the mute swans.
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 166: Artificial wLight .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 166: Artificial Light .
Folks, now that some areas are opening back up, please consider supporting your local Arts communities – whether music, theater, crafts, visual arts venues, and others. All have been impacted over the past year and they need your love.
My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.
TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
Natick Town Hall
Five Crows Gallery in Natick
Be a fly on the wall! You can CLICK HERE to see the gallery walls with Herons .
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
May the Muse be with you.™
The Tao of Feathers™
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Posted on September 25, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Birds, Festival of Leaves, Heron, Mute Swan, Nature, Wildlife Photography and tagged #6WS, #fivecrows, #LAPC, CFFC, Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, TCAN. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.