I saw nearly a hundred swan on a nearby pond this summer and earlier this week I saw a couple dozen on a bay. Before this, I’d never seen more than two swans together. They’re elegant birds. I thought of clothing designer Gloria Vanderbilt’s swan logo, the ballet Swan Lake, a swan song, and the Twelve Days of Christmas’s Seven Swans a Swimming.
One stepped onto the beach in front of me and it was the first time I’d seen a swan out of the water. I was struck by the feet: large, powerful, black, reminding me of a fisherman’s boots. The neck stretched longer than I could have imagined. It looked like a different bird. I was amazed. I’d been treated to a new view of a swan and that was exciting.
photo by E.Z.