The swan ballet
People have long associated swans with beauty, grace, and the very idea of a faithful love. For one thing, swans mate for life, and the male swan, or cob, defends his mate, or pen, sometimes to his death. The courting rituals of swans are one of the most beautiful things I, or most people, have ever witnessed. Is it any wonder that Tchaikovsky composed a ballet that incorporated those ideals and named it swan lake? Is it any wonder that we humans have adopted the shape of the necks of swans in love, ♥, to represent our own hearts and love?
So here’s a photo series I was lucky enough to witness a few days ago. It starts with the two swans coming together for some gentle nuzzling.
Then the male began to mimic everything that the female did.
Then, it was back to more nuzzling, and even a little playful splashing.
Then the ballet begins
I wish that I was a better writer and could put words worthy enough to go along with the photos, but I think the photos do a pretty good job of portraying the obvious affection these swans have for each other. I think that any one who doesn’t believe that animals have or display emotions would change their minds if they were to see this in person.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!