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Five Photos, Five Stories – Day 2

While scrolling through the pictures on our computer, looking for ideas for this challenge, I happened upon this one from just about a year ago:

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It ‘s probably been six or eight months since I’ve seen either of the swans. I’m hoping that they’re just “hanging out” uptown upriver.  I keep watching for them, hoping that, as in the past, they’ll just be here one day, waiting for their bread.

The swans have been visiting for several years. They’ve been “guests” at family reunions and two weddings that have taken place here.

I’m  hoping they return soon; our summer yard isn’t the same without them.

The rules of Five Photos; Five Stories are to post a photo a day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph.  Oh yes, and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.  Today, I’m tagging Adrienne at My Memory Art.

~These Days Of Mine~

Unrest In The Swan World

As I mentioned last week, the “juvenile” swan is becoming a regular visitor. And, I think I can safely say that it is a male. And that, although we didn’t know for sure when we named the black swan “Groom”, we apparently were right on the money with that one.

As far as we can tell by looking out the window, all three swans get along fairly well as long as food isn’t involved. As soon as I go out with bread, however, young swan’s welcome is quickly cut short.

This was last week, when Groom was attempting to shoo away the newcomer.

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Sunday morning: and although this is not a good picture, you get the idea.

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The one who didn’t get the idea, however, was the young swan. Again and again, Groom would chase him to the far end of our yard, and when Groom turned around to come back my way, the “young’un” was right behind him.

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I do wish they could make peace. I keep telling them that we have plenty of bread for everyone.

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Meanwhile, Bride Swan muttered: “Men!”…..

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….and, while they unsuccessfully attempted to settle their differences, she helped herself to all the bread!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Time for Friday randomness!

1.) I must say that I’m glad it’s Friday. This has been an exceptionally challenging blogging week for me.  I haven’t taken many pictures, and I’ve been at a loss for blog topics.

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2.) At first glance, it appears that this is some sort of kitty torture, but I’m actually giving Sundae a face massage.  Eyes closed, you can tell she was completely enjoying it. She was in my lap, and yes, those are my feet  in the background.

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3.) Equal time for Gypsy: she has a new kitty bed. And approved it right away. Miss Gypsy will star in her own blog post one day next week.

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4.) I caught Groom Swan and three ducks sleeping in our yard recently; Groom Swan standing on one leg….impersonating a sea gull, I guess.

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5.) Motor Man and  I are planning to attend the first ever Bacon, Bourbon and Beach Music Festival in our little town this weekend. (Two different tickets are available: one includes bourbon, one doesn’t. Since we don’t drink, we bought the latter.) We’re looking forward to the bacon and beach music, and the weather is supposed to be just about perfect for an outdoor event.

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 Happy Weekend, and I’m hoping for easier blogging next week.

~These Days Of Mine~

Presenting….Bride Swan (Take 2)

Well, last week, some of you saw the “intro” for Bride Swan’s film debut when I prematurely published this post. There was a problem with the video, so I removed the post and saved it for a later date.  So, for those readers, the text here will be a rerun. But I’m leaving the text for those who haven’t already seen it.

Before you watch the video, there are a few things I should mention:

Bride Swan stretches her head back and makes a sound like a horse’s whinny when she wants me to give her more bread. If you listen carefully, you can hear her doing that in the video.

Although Bride Swan is able to eat dry bread, Groom Swan has difficulty doing that. So when he’s on land, I put water in a repurposed Cool Whip bowl for him, and, as I give him little bits of bread, he dips it in the water.  (Yes, he’s spoiled.) When I began filming Bride Swan, I had placed an open loaf of bread on the ground to my left. You’ll see Groom help himself to a WHOLE slice of bread and dip it in his water, as Bride Swan calmly watches and waits patiently for hers.

In the background, you’ll see our little group of ducks. They had already been fed corn, so, at this particular time, they weren’t interested in the swans’ bread.

I guess we now have two film stars…wonder how we’ll handle the egos.

~These Days Of Mine~


Evening Sky

Tuesday, there was an 80% chance of rain for our area. Most of the day was rain-free, but we had a brief shower in the early evening while  Motor Man and I were at dinner. When we arrived home and looked out over the river, this is what we saw.  You may want to click to enlarge: there was a dark odd-shaped cloud to the left, and a portion of a rainbow to the right.

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 A little later in the evening,  the sky was such pretty shades of blue.

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Groom Swan was here.

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And so was Bride Swan.

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 Dramatic skies and “my” swans…

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…we thought it to be a perfect evening.

~These Days Of Mine~

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~

The Setting Sun

When I saw this prompt on Mama Kat’s list this week, I knew it would be my choice:

3.) A blog post inspired by the words: setting sun

The setting sun is a big deal around our house. (Sometimes the sunrise is, too, but if we’re at home in the evening, we’re checking the sky to see what the sunset holds in store. And, even if we aren’t home and aren’t in a location to get a good picture, we still enjoy a pretty sunset.)

I don’t recall ever paying much attention to sunrises and sunsets until Motor Man came into my life.  But I’ve more than made up for that in the past sixteen years.

Most evenings, Bride and/or Groom Swan are here to enjoy the setting sun with me.

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I’ve found that clouds always add interest to a sunset.

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As does smooth-as-glass water.

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And a photogenic, willing model is always a plus.

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Once I began dabbling in this hobby of photography, I learned about the golden hour.  It can occur at sunrise or sunset, and the lighting is amazing.

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I may have shared this quote before. It was on a poster at the convalescent center when my mom was a patient there many years ago, and it’s one that I’ve always remembered. I’m sorry that I’m not able to determine the author.

The sun setting
is no less beautiful
 than the sun rising.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~