All summer I wanted to get a close up picture of the swans but they seldom hang around the dock and I never paddle out near them, and for good reason. Ages ago, Fritz and I were canoeing in the spring along a lazy river. It was my first canoe ride but with him pulling most of the weight things were going pretty well. Until we came too close to a swan’s nest. We didn’t notice the male swam guarding the nesting area until it was too late. He flew up and dove at Fritz whose arms were moving the paddles energetically. In trying to protect himself against the bird’s powerful wings Fritz raised his arms, tipping the canoe along with the lunch and me. I’m no swimmer but I flailed around—until I saw my grinning husband while standing nearby, only waist-deep! So I stay on shore, not trusting the magnificent birds even though they look ever so peaceful bobbing around on the lake.
Early one morning, I spotted them among the lily pads. I almost tiptoed up to the house to get the camera, knowing that this was my chance. They were still languishing nearby when I returned—my presence didn’t seem to bother them at all. But—I’m not the best photographer so I shot dozens with the hope that one would turn out. I was totally blown away. One looked like they posed just for me!
And then today as they were doing their fly around, I had the camera because I was trying to capture a shot of the native grasses in the early morning light. One swan suddenly flew up over the trees and traveled overhead. Perhaps he was trying to reassure me that life goes on even after inevitable transitions and losses. Thanks, feathered friends, for being there for me.