… but now am I so happy to announce that “my” swan couple has got 4 adorable cygnets since a couple of weeks ago. She took her time this year, but they worth waiting for.
I have been so worried because she has been nesting for such a long time – even if she started late. Looking at my image files I have taken the first photos in the middle of May. 38 days they nest normally.
When I was up visiting the day clinic on 4th of June – and passed the park, she was standing up and when I used my camera as binoculars I could see something white in the nest and I thought that she had given up and that it was something wrong with the eggs.
6 days later I went back to check on them and there they are – 4 cuties – I felt such a joy and relief that they had arrived. If they only knew how worried I been. So happy that everything okay, after all those weeks of waiting. This galleries is about my weeks in waiting.
“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”
David Ogden Stiers
My choice of cloud for this post have I chosen ” Adagio”, also called “Swan” by the fantastic Norwegian and Irish duo Secret Garden (Fionnuala Sherry & Rolf Løvland), the composers behind “You Rise Me Up” ,
Youngok Shin, who sings this track, is what is called a coloratura soprano – Youngok was born in 1961 ins Seoul, South Korea. One of my favorites of t all the wonderful music “Secret Garden” has given us.
Just lovely! I tweeted it. Thank you
Thank you so much, Mary – thank you for the honour … I don’t do Tweeter – to intense for me. *laughing
I wanted as many people to see it as possible. And I sent it to my daughter who doesn’t do twitter or Facebook, but she’s a gardener and truly loves nature.
You’re such a sweetheart, Mary .. thanks.
Have been sitting on the photos for weeks, but with being under the weather … no inspiration what so ever.
So this evening I started to edit the images.
Absolutely gorgeous! Little silvery gems 🙂
Yes, they are silvery gems … so happy that they have arrived. Thanks, Saraha.
You’ll have fun watching them grow 🙂
Yes, nearly once a week I pass the park where they are.
My town is called the Town of Swans, we must have 1000 of them in total and the council really cared for them too.
Oh that’s wonderful! I live quite close to where they start the Swan Upping or counting the royal swans on the River Thames 🙂
I lived in UK for 20 years – and the only swan I saw was at Leeds Castle and I got the most stunning photo of it.
My friend Sam lives close to Leeds Castle but it’s horribly pricey to go there these days! Lovely part of the country though 🙂 Very surprised that it’s the only time you ever saw a swan here!
I have been inside the castle once for a Christmas Party – but never as a paying visitors. Only walked the grounds on a beautiful summer day while I lived in Dover.
Everything is so expensive today – a pity because it means that less local people will visit. Beautiful spot.
I know, it’s sad but I do understand the upkeep costs on some historic buildings and grounds. I have Royal Horticultural Society membership which is very reasonable if you’re visiting as often as I do 🙂 We’re stuck at Gatwick at the moment with our flight for Kos delayed by 3hrs due to the latest French strike! Kos is full of fantastic castle ruins. How long did you live in Kent?
Wow, what a start on a holiday – only happened once to me at Cleveland airport on my way to Toronto – not fun and there is nothing to do more than wait. Never been to Kos, but I heard and see how beautiful it’s.
I lived one year in Dover, than I moved to Brighton and stayed there for 6 years – finished of with 10 years in Belfast.
I can understand that those old building cost money in maintenance.
I hope that you are in the air by now – have a lovely holiday.
It was awful and boring but I’m now sat at one of our favourite tavernas with a lovely cold Frappe, looking out over the bay 🙂
I used to love going down to Brighton and wandering the lanes. You’ve really moved around! Was that work related?
I’m glad that you’re now enjoying the Greek hospitality and sunshine. I wouldn’t mind joining you. Do you know that Frappe was created in Greece in Thessaloniki.
Brighton is a fantastic city – loved everything about it.
Yes, I lived in UK because I worked for Stena Line, the HQ sent me over when they bought Sealink.
Beautiful music, and beautiful swans 😀
Thanks a million – truly beautiful birds.
so cute!!!! great photos.
Thank you! *smile
Maria, thank you!
Sadly the eggs in the nest in the park close to our house have disappeared. Don’t know if the foxes or coyotes got them or if the conservation authority came and took them away. Maybe next year. Beautiful photos.
Carol, thanks … how sad. Our couple nest mostly on the island in the “pond” – and the park team has put up a big white ball to protect her from the strong midday sun.
Hope it’s not the authority that has done something to the eggs – how terrible. I thought that swans are protected in most countries. So glad that Landskrona take so good care of their swans – we must have 1000 around this little town, but it’s called the town of the swans too. Such a beautiful bird.
I would love to see a black swan in freedom – maybe in Australia.
Such a beautiful swan! So elegant. Lovely pictures 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting and for the replay.
Beautiful photos and even more beautiful music . . .
Totally agree …. the music is so breathtaking – her voice … so clear. Can’t find any recording with her on Itune.
Thank you so much, Chris … swans are such delightful object for me and my camera. *smile
I took pictures of a family just this Saturday! Gracious and scary protective father!
Yes, you don’t argue with a male swan – they are worst than turkeys. I have been chased by an angry swan many years ago .. and they can run. *smile
Sounds scary, they are ferocious!
They truly are! *smile
Wonderful, Viveka! And that last shot…Perfect!
Do you mean the one with the feathers ????
Such precious little things!! I was looking forward to this post Viveka! 🙂
I have been waiting and been so nervous that something was wrong with the eggs this year – she took her time, but so lovely to see them .. tomorrow I will visit them again. *smile They are truly precious.
I am so happy to hear this too, wonderful photographs, they seem so lovely. And amazing selection for the music, fascinated me. Thank you dear Viveka, love, and hugs, nia
Nia, I will mail you the track – as a file – then you can save it on your computer. It’s a stunning piece of music.
Visit the park again yesterday … they are so adorable – and the have grown so much already … some more photos to share. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
As usual, your outstanding eye for a photo is impressive … and the straight-on look at the swam’s face made me laugh.
Yes, I think he is telling me – Don’t even think about messing with me !!!!! Love that image. It’s so intense, but he wasn’t that close to me. He are really a very gentle soul and very social with the parks vistors, even dogs … but here he means business. *smile
Loud cheering and stamping of feet! Yippee! Yee- haa! Can you hear me over there in Sweden? 🙂 Fabulous news, Vivi!
Just popping in to see how you are? I’ve a very busy day but will check back later.
Jo, thanks …. my heart was jumping of joy too .. when I saw the little ones – visit yesterday again.
Had a great meeting with a new doctor yesterday, things has already started to happen … Have a lovely day – we have a real Swedish summer today. I will enjoy it. See you late hug …
Hurrah, a post card arrived just now!!!! Thank you so much! Beautiufl … I wish I could take an image like this card has.
Unbelievable! Double cause for celebration! 🙂 🙂
Love to celebrate! *smile