Swan song

I heard a huge flapping of wings.

A swan flew by so close that I thought

I could just reach out a finger

And touch one of its glorious feathers.

“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” — Lao Tzu

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70 responses

  1. What a beautiful image!!

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    September 8, 2012 at 15:55

  2. A beautiful shot and such lovely poetic words!

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    September 8, 2012 at 15:58

  3. Awesome flying swan shot. Love it 🙂

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:14

  4. Bob

    That is close, fab photo.

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:16

  5. Jim

    That must have been a ‘moment’ to experience!
    Thanks for the quote too, Fiona……….appreciated that today.

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:19

  6. What a gorgeous shot! You must have some camera.

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:30

    • Thanks. I have a fairly old one – Canon 500D with a zoom lens, but I was really lucky that it flew right over my head!

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      September 8, 2012 at 16:49

  7. Pat

    Amazing flight shot. Look at that oustretched neck!

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:32

  8. Pat

    OOps! I meant “outstretched”

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:33

  9. Just beautiful.

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    September 8, 2012 at 16:53

  10. Don

    Wow! You get so used to seeing a Swan’s neck in that beautiful S shape. To see it spear-like is quite something – wonderful image, Fiona. So different.

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:04

    • I was so astounded to see the swan in flight. It’s not often you see them flying – and so close. And I was so lucky that I had my camera with me too.

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      September 8, 2012 at 19:20

  11. Hi Fiona, Beautiful words to go with the photo… Love the Tzu quote also. We all just need to be ourselves.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:07

  12. An impressive photo. I have never seen a swan in flight before, what a marvelous sight that would be.

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:07

  13. Wow!
    excellent photo.
    Lucja

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:17

  14. TexWisGirl

    big, beautiful bird!

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:18

  15. This is a marvelous photo — I love it. I also like your quote.

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:20

  16. Di

    It’s so beautiful!

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:24

  17. I swear,

    looking at that photo makes my heart leap.

    Lady Fi…thank you for your many blessings ❤

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:36

  18. It’s very imaginative and cool.

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:39

  19. And it is such a lovely capture!

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:42

  20. wow gorgeous pic….how cool it would be just to reach out and do just that…smiles.

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    September 8, 2012 at 17:50

  21. ds

    Beautiful. Swans are just amazing, as is your photo. Thanks, too, for the words of Lao Tzu. Needed those.

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    September 8, 2012 at 18:27

  22. A lovely flight!

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    September 8, 2012 at 18:44

  23. Hudson Howl

    I share your thought. Being on the migration path, each spring Whistler Swans, Tundra Swans, Snow Geese and the always present Canadian Goose fly over and often land close on their journey north. They are always spell binding.

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    September 8, 2012 at 18:54

  24. Lovely shot!

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    September 8, 2012 at 19:10

  25. Wow!! You are so lucky to see them like that!!

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    September 8, 2012 at 19:12

  26. Lovely capture of the swan, they are pretty.

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    September 8, 2012 at 19:23

  27. Fantastic shot.

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    September 8, 2012 at 19:52

  28. Loving the blurred tree branches in this shot! Kudos. 🙂

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    September 8, 2012 at 20:12

  29. You should consider adding a link to this post at this week’s Bird D’Pot meme…..this is one seriously beautiful image!!!

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    September 8, 2012 at 20:19

  30. What a glorious shot!

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    September 8, 2012 at 20:41

  31. Beautiful!

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    September 8, 2012 at 21:03

  32. Oh! I really like this one, so very lovely! The swan is so beautiful and so strong when it flies, such a sight! 🙂

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    September 8, 2012 at 21:09

  33. Wow, I have never seen one in flight like this…how beautiful!!!

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    September 8, 2012 at 21:20

  34. sylviakirk

    What an awesome capture! They are such incredible birds, aren’t they!! Thanks for sharing — don’t often get to see them in flight!

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    September 8, 2012 at 22:22

  35. Great capture, yes the sound is mystic when the come….

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    September 8, 2012 at 23:09

  36. Yes, I like that goose in flight, great shot.

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    September 8, 2012 at 23:26

  37. wonderful picture and mood

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    September 8, 2012 at 23:37

  38. So majestic. So beautiful. Thank you.

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    September 9, 2012 at 00:24

  39. Just the thought of seeing a swan fly by fills me with excitement. Maybe this year, living up here it will happen. They nest nearby.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    September 9, 2012 at 00:57

  40. onceupona

    I love swans and that is gorgeous! Cheers!! -Danette

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    September 9, 2012 at 02:28

  41. jcosmonewbery

    Wow! Fabulous shot!

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    September 9, 2012 at 02:51

  42. That’s a wow shot…lovely.

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    September 9, 2012 at 06:30

  43. True quote! Beautiful capture on the bird and for me it is first time to see a swan flying.

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    September 9, 2012 at 08:30

  44. WAU – where a nice picture showing a swan.
    Hanne Bente

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    September 9, 2012 at 08:31

  45. LOVE the picture and the quote. 🙂

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    September 9, 2012 at 13:41

  46. cosmos

    This grand image reminds me of a Japanese legendary hero whose soul turned into a big white bird soaring into the sky. Thank you for a great shot!

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    September 9, 2012 at 14:42

  47. Wow! That is such a stunning shot! Loved it!

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    September 9, 2012 at 14:57

  48. Wow! What a shot! And I love what you said and the quote, too. 🙂

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    September 9, 2012 at 16:33

  49. This is beautiful!

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    September 9, 2012 at 16:37

  50. such a beauty!

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    September 9, 2012 at 18:35

  51. JM

    So beautiful! Great capture.

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    September 9, 2012 at 19:46

  52. A lovely in flight shot.

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    September 9, 2012 at 20:53

  53. What a beauty of a sight.. lovely capture.

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    September 9, 2012 at 22:00

  54. Wow … I’ve never seen a swan in flight … only gliding on the water. Great photo!

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    September 10, 2012 at 02:10

  55. Perfection! Nothing else to say. (Except I am envious of the perfect flight shot!)

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    September 10, 2012 at 04:36

  56. This is utter perfection! There is just nothing else to say. (Except I’m a little envious of the perfect flight shot!)

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    September 10, 2012 at 04:37

  57. Oh, what a striking photo!
    Great quote, too!

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    September 10, 2012 at 05:26

  58. Stunning! Late visit from Camera Critters. Your visit at
    Pets & Critters Nook will be greatly appreciated.

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    September 10, 2012 at 06:00

  59. a dreamy shot 🙂

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    September 10, 2012 at 10:38

  60. daryledelstein

    WOW! awesome photo …

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    September 10, 2012 at 16:36

  61. Beautiful, just beautiful. Visit our family blog: http://www.Cop-A-Squat.com and see our swan on our book cover of SWAN SONG.

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    September 10, 2012 at 17:38

  62. Lucky you! Fabulous!

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    September 10, 2012 at 21:49

  63. Sometimes, Fi, you help my imagination take flight.

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    September 11, 2012 at 00:31

  64. Be still my heart…….Love this!

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    September 11, 2012 at 02:49

  65. What a great shot!! Excellent! 🙂

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    September 12, 2012 at 18:16

  66. Beautiful words and photo. You captured the swans grace and magic.

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    September 13, 2012 at 04:46

  67. what a glorious image!
    thanks for the inspiration:)

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    September 13, 2012 at 22:26

  68. love Lao Tzu quotes..

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    November 2, 2012 at 13:35

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