Cooling Off The Swans

It’s been hot and dry here for the past few days. Monday evening, I was out in the yard, watering some plants and filling bird baths.

Groom Swan had come to investigate just what it was that I was doing. Not knowing what his reaction would be, I gently sprayed the garden hose in his direction.

To my surprise, he liked it and began drinking from the spray!

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If you look carefully, you’ll see Bride Swan in the background. (She comes up in the yard, but doesn’t wander around like Groom Swan does.) So I took the water hose to where she was. She liked it, too. In addition to lapping at the water, they both began preening their feathers.

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It was quite the maneuver to hold both the garden hose (aimed in the right direction) and my cell phone to get pictures. My late-afternoon shadow is the only time my legs are ever long…

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Now, in addition to watering the plants and filling the bird baths on these hot afternoons, I have another chore: helping the swans stay cool. Whatever it takes!

~These Days Of Mine~

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23 responses to “Cooling Off The Swans

  1. Oh fun! They are obviously loving the cool, clean water – I’m sure it feels lovely on their feathers AND tastes yummy too compared to river water! Time to buy them a kiddy pool for those afternoon clean water dips! (just kidding).

    Pam

  2. lol How cute!

  3. This is great! Before you know they will be coming into your house;)

  4. Aww I love this Dianna! Those swans think they are staying at a 5 star resort!!!

  5. Only my aunt would have pet swans to water! LOL!

  6. Their own little shower! You have obviously added yet another chore to your list now. 🙂

  7. Aren’t you just the nicest lady!! I know the swans love you for cooling them off. I’d sort of like a squirt from a hose myself but guess that won’t happen.

  8. I’m sure none of the other places the swans visit have a shower spa! Lucky swans!

  9. Cute!

  10. Everyone (even swans, apparently!) loves dashing through a cool spray of water on a hot summer day. This reminds me when my kids used to run through the lawn sprinkler and giggle and laugh. So much fun!

  11. Those two love birds love you Dianna! And they are just like kids running through the hose spray for the fun of summer. Great shots! I can only imagine how hard it was to focus the camera and still keep that spray going.

  12. They’ll be in your yard for showers every day now! How cute.

  13. Who’d have thought it? Kudos to you and your swan friends.

  14. Olde Towne Photos

    How cool is that? My Homing Pigeons used to love that on a hot day.

  15. I can see they really liked this … I can also see that you might’ve started something……… ! Have you tried this for the ducks yet ? 😉

  16. Boy, what other swans do you know that has it this good!! You could see on their faces how much they were enjoying the spray. They love their Dianna! ❤

  17. A spoiled pair they are! Oh Dianna, they love you!

  18. Ahh, what a magnificent Swan shower you make for those beautiful swans. 🙂

  19. Aw, I love that the swans liked playing in the water from the hose! Glad you were able to get the shot to share with us. You do look quite tall in that shadow. 🙂

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