My Sunday Photo
A Swan Family
Stumbling / Surprise / Clicking
O my word, ‘is that what I think it is?’, I babbled in my head to Precious Sparkle … as though he could telepathically see the words that simultaneously tumbled through my mind. I quickly pushed Precious Sparkle’s buggy closer to the moving scene, as I have done many times in recent months, whilst trying to get my camera ready-ish at the same time.
My, my, my, what a treat … Cygnets with Mama and Papa Mute Swan!
I’m not sure whether Precious Sparkle has mastered the recognition of Geese as ‘Geese’, as opposed to Ducks – his word for both ‘Ducks’ and other water birds. Never mind that though, ‘time to add ‘Swan’ to his vocabulary’; I thought … without thinking – do you know what I mean? He hopefully saw the difference between the Duck he saw earlier, and the Geese and Swans that were on the river.
So, ‘Swan’, I excitedly said, with fingers pointing and head turning back and forth to Precious Sparkle; inbetween zooms and clicks. They weren’t staying still for my shots you see; I had to take as many pictures as possible before they moved out of sight.
I’ve only seen one Swan on this patch of the Thames before, and I can’t remember ever seeing baby Swans in person. I also definitely wasn’t expecting such an eventful close to our day out.
We had popped out earlier in the day for a quick visit to some lovely friends and Precious Sparkle fell asleep after a lot of energetic play and laughing fits. I wasn’t keen on disturbing his sleep by putting him in the car seat, driving home, and then taking him out of it. So instead, I suggested a walk to the walled garden that wasn’t TOO far away. This way, Precious Sparkle could sleep uninterrupted for a while longer.
We stopped at different points on the way to check out patches of the Thames we hadn’t seen before; such lovely places waiting to be discovered out there. Precious Sparkle woke up along the way; so much for my expectation of a long sleep. However, I was pleased we could share the sights and sounds we were enjoying with him.
I decided to go by the river on our way home; Precious Sparkle really enjoys seeing the Ducks and boats there. I didn’t know we were going to end up seeing 3 different bird families with their young; especially after seeing an Egyptian Geese Family the other weekend. As usual Precious Sparkle indicated when it was time to leave, and my camera eventually complied with my toddler’s need for a change of scenery.
If Precious Sparkle hadn’t fallen asleep, we would have spent our afternoon in a different town and we wouldn’t have seen such lovely and burgeoning new life.
I’m so glad life didn’t go according to plan; thank God for a really pleasant treat. 🙂
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