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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Sunday Ride

Finally last Sunday we had a partly sunny day - here in the Pacific Northwest they say "sun breaks" and we all know that means we are going to have no rain that day - hopefully.  So off we go - first brunch and then out to look for birds.  It has been so long since I've taken a good photo - what with a miserable winter cold that overtook my life.  Don was doing all the cooking and cleaning and shopping - and I was just trying to survive the nasty cold - but I beat it - finally.  Nothing so bad as a winter cold - unless it is a summer cold, or a spring cold - well you get the idea.  Cold free - we set off on our adventure.
 I've seen this black swan in a private pond for several years now - and never stopped to take a picture - today was the day
 I was amazed at the ruffly feathers
 Such a pretty bird!!
In Black and White the reflection shows up much clearer, as do the drops of water on his neck.
 I was hoping he would spread his wings so we could see more of the white - but not today


 And here come the swan's buddies - two ponies in the same field
 They were very friendly - and while I was concentrating on the swan, one came right up and touched my face with its nose - I told her it was not nice to scare people like that - but she thought it was funny.
See you next time - with eagles and hawks

19 comments:

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Wow, Jo. That is the first time I have ever seen a black swan. So beautiful!
I think it's funny you didn't see the little pony snoot coming! I should talk! Miss JoJo scared me with her little snoot on my toes yesterday! LOL!
:) m & jb

HansHB said...

A beautiful photo in b&w of the black swan!

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Sharon Chapman said...

Wow ruffle feathers. Very lovely! You do take amazing photos.

Powell River Books said...

I've never seen a swan like this. Must be a special breed, maybe more domestic than wild. I would think the ruffled feathers would make flight more difficult. - Margy

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Black swans and ponies -- what a wonderful post!

Kay said...

A black swan is quite a sight! And those ruffled feathers are gorgeous! Great shots, and I love the ponies, too. I'm sure a little nose bump kiss from one of them would be a real surprise.

bettyl-NZ said...

How fun to have ponies so friendly! We have black swans here in New Zealand so a white one is unusual to see for us!

Julie Fukuda said...

I have seen black swans before but never with such ruffly feathers. He seemed to be showing off for your camera.

Marigene said...

Awesome photos, JoAnn, of the black swan and ponies!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The black swan is gorgeous! And, I like the friendly ponies.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

I've only seen black swans once, in a park in Athens. Lovely ponies!

eileeninmd said...

The Black Swan is beautiful and I love the cute horses. Have a happy day!

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Such wonderful pictures. The swan is beautiful. The feathers amazing. The ponies are so cute.

J said...

I join most of the other commenters in saying I've never seen a black swan this close up before. Beautiful! And what friendly little ponies. That farm sounds like a haven for creatures. Must be kind and compassionate people who live there and share their peaceful existence!

EG CameraGirl said...

Black swans are quite beautiful and I always love photos of ponies. :)

Julie Fukuda said...

I was sorting old photos this afternoon and came across pictures of a pair of black swans I must have taken years ago ... surprise, both the male and female had those ruffly feathers.

Montanagirl said...

The Black Swan is so beautiful - so glad you took photos to share with us. I love the ponies too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a gorgeous black swan. My camera has trouble taking photos of the one we see at the Wildlife park. You got such good close ups my friend. Sweet hugs!