Swan – In the English language, the word swan comes down unchanged from the
Swans were associated with the ancient gods and stories often
reflected their ability to link different worlds and dimensions. A symbol of the
beauty within, almost everyone has heard the story of “The Ugly Ducking” which
later transforms into the beautiful adult. Transformations are inherent to swan folklore. Many folklore stories involve swans and attribute them with connections to the fairy realm.
Swan Lake, The Swan Princess, Leda and the Swan; William Butler Yeats wrote about the Swans of October – Wild Swans at Coole. There is something almost magical about a Swan. They are part of heraldry and the lore of heraldry and love; in the star charts – Cygnus the Swan; Swans have fascinated humanity for a very long time.
I am just as fascinated. I saw the Swans of February at Hemer Park, on the marsh side. There were 19 there today. I had never before been able to photograph a swan in the wild. I wish that I was a better photographer, I do not think that I did them justice.
The water in the marsh is at least a foot higher than the last time I was here; the reed bundles are flooded with water and a dam along the shore is keeping the water from flooding the path at one of the low points on the walk beside the marsh.
The walk through the remainder of the park was beautiful. Everything right now is painted green with moss an lichens. The ground is soft and muddy and the waters of Holden Lake, like the marsh, are high. We saw a small flock of Common Merganser Ducks and many Mallard Ducks as well.
It has been a good Weekend for walks; yesterday we went to Colliery Dam Park; the fairy mushrooms were still there; the lakes were so calm that the reflections were amazing! Really, the reflections have been incredible for the last two days. There has been absolutely no wind!
When we started the walk the air was a little foggy, it gave the trees a ghostly feel as we walked into the park. As we walked out of the park the sun was trying to peek through the trees, it was a good walk.
In the afternoon we walked Departure Bay Beach; the tide was waaaaay out! There were many things that we don’t usually see at Departure Bay Beach; sand dollars, sea stars; and sand – Departure Bay is a very rocky beach!
Sophie got to run and play fetch with a Whiffle Ball that we found on the beach. She had a great time with that ball!
When I wasn’t walking I was knitting! It really has been a great weekend so far. I am progressing very well with my knitting as well. Once this is posted I am off to knit some more.
Today is the Super Bowl. I am cheering for San Francisco. But mostly I will be knitting. Football is a wonderful background to knitting.