As Seen On TV

Looking back through my photos, the last picture I took of “Bride and Groom Swans” was last November.  You may think they took a winter trip to a warmer locale, but I’ve heard reports that they were just upriver a few miles nearer the town of Smithfield.

(If you’re new to These Days and aren’t familiar with the swans, you can read my first post about them here. And I’ve added a new category, The Swans, if you’d care to read all previous swan posts.)

Sunday afternoon, when Motor Man and I returned from an outing, I stepped outside to check on my flowers, the ducks, etc.  And I saw Groom Swan. It was like seeing a long lost friend. My first impulse was to hug him, but I thought better of it.  He had come up on land (looking for me, I’m sure). I yelled for Motor Man, who came with the camera.

db walking with groom swan

Motor Man spotted Bride Swan in the water before I did.

db groom swan and bride swan

This is a little walkway Motor Man built for me last summer. When the tide is low, it helps that I can walk out on it to throw bread to the swans. (We aren’t allowed to have docks…. but no worries, this rests on a drainage pipe and is completely moveable.)

Motor Man and I have a special little “sound” that we whistle to call the swans. That’s what I was doing when Motor Man took this picture. And the fish net is on there to deter the Canada geese from walking (and doing other things…) on the walkway. It seems to help.

db whistling at groom swan

A few hours later, I had a text from Marshall saying: “gnarly clouds over to the west”.  He was right.

clouds and trees

The swans seemed oblivious to the approaching bad weather, but I didn’t linger outside too long, since I could hear thunder in the distance.

bride swan and storm clouds

I sent this next picture to our local tv station, and it was featured on the weather segments of the 10 and 11:00 news broadcasts that night.

swans in the storm

The swans’ first day back, and they’re tv personalities.


23 responses to “As Seen On TV

  1. Oh I’m just so happy the swans came back – they are such a beautiful pair – and that storm sky is quite dramatic! No wonder the news used it – the swans are the perfect “accompaniment” to the drama in the sky!


  2. Love the pictures of Bride and Groom Swans and that beautiful, “gnarly” sky! I can see why they decided to show your picture on tv.

  3. The swans are beautiful. What descriptive and picturesque names! We don’t have swans around here–and I had never heard the terms bride swan and groom swan before.

  4. mollieandalfie

    That was so cool having your photo on TV 🙂 Beautiful pictures xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. How wonderful that not only you all saw them, but your TV community as well.

  6. Just beautiful. And then this morning a beautiful photo in our local paper. You are a celebrity and rightly so. Congratulations.

  7. Gorgeous birds, and I loved how they came right up to you and had a “where have you been so long” chat. Just wonderful to see, and loved the floating dock!

  8. I am so glad they are back! Yay!!!! Congrats on your photo being featured. Bride and Groom Swan know where the livin’ is good.. 🙂
    Good Morning!

  9. We were just to the family cabin in northern Michigan this past weekend and the Loons were back, but not the swans (although my husband thought he heard them). Hopefully they’ll be there in July when we return.
    Great pics and I’m glad your swans are back!

  10. awww. i love that they’re back. they get more than their 15 min. here on this blog and i like it. 🙂

  11. That is so neat about the swans that they came back! And, those cloud photographs are incredible. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Those famous swans! Good for you that your photo was featured! You have such beautiful images to share and the setting is so amazing! ~ Sheila

  13. I am just so proud of you and your camera, Dianna! You AND the swans are celebrities in my eyes… 🙂


    My aunt, the celebrated photographer! Second tv spot!

  15. So so happy to see them back! I know you must be over the moon! Love that they used your beautiful photo…and that bride and groom swan have been shared with even more folks!

  16. I knew they’d be back ! 😉 They couldn’t stay away for too long ….
    Great cloud shots – that system is rollin’ on in !

  17. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Dianna, I love he first picture of you and Groom swan. It looks like he’s walking right beside you like a pet would do. It’s like he’s saying” Hey Motor Mommy, how has it been:” All you pictures today are great. WAVY TV 10 knows a good photographer when they see the wonderful pictures.

  18. I love that the Swans made their TV debut courtesy of their favorite bread provider! Maybe they can get their own reality show – let’s see, “Swan Lake” or “The Swans, A Breadwinning Couple.” 😉

  19. Amazing shots Dianna! No wonder your swans are now t.v. personalities. 🙂

  20. Yes, it might be a little hard to hug the neck of a swan! LOL Interesting that the fish net deters the geese. Congrats on your photo being featured!

  21. ~applause~ I always new the swans were stars and now you’ve made them the true celebrities they are. Cool. It’s such good fun following along with the swans visits and beauty. 🙂

  22. Oh wow! Congratulations on being on the news! That’s pawesome! The swans really are beautiful. We have a couple in the marina that swing by for bread from time to time. They’re so graceful!

  23. That serenity that peace. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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