Behold the Black Swan

Behold the black swan floating
between images of carps and clouds
in cool pond waters reflecting.
With regal beauty and form,
the humble bow of the black swan
took my breath away.    ~ms
***I took these photos on the island of Oahu—at the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, this is a beautiful place to visit.

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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60 Responses to Behold the Black Swan

  1. artscottnet says:

    beautiful swan, thanks for sharing these

  2. montucky says:

    A gorgeous creature!

  3. Jerry says:

    Beautiful Mary. I like that ruffled butt. 😉

  4. Watchoot says:

    Nice pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my Swan pics.

  5. I’ll call it Natalie!


  6. Jackie says:

    Beauty beautifully captured visually and poetically,

  7. Pat - old neighbor says:

    Absolutely beautiful! What a moment to capture. Thanks for sharing.

  8. lautal says:

    Gorgeous portrait (second one). Like it a lotl We have a lot of white swans in our neighborhood but the black one is a special.

    • White swans in your neighborhood?
      Around here we have ducks, geese, and many smaller birds.
      No swans. I was on the island of Oahu when I saw this black swan.
      I have never seen anything like this around here.

      • lautal says:

        Neighborhood where I live has the name Swansea and it is true. We have a lot of this gorgeous birds around. Even at winter time they stay here. They suffer from freeze and lack of food but do not leave this place. I have few pictures of them in my blog (Grenader Pond).

        • It must be nice to live near to such a beautiful pond.
          You must go there often! With their heads hidden under their wings, the cold swans in your photographs (at first glance) do look a lot like white drifts of snow sitting on a frozen lake.

  9. dorannrule says:

    Your poetry is magical. And the swan looks all dressed up in ruffles for a special occasion. An amazing post and sooo beautiful!

  10. John M says:

    Very nice! Makes you wonder why a Black Swan is usually considered an ominous portent. Afraid I missed seeing these when I visited Oahu last December, but maybe a reason for another visit…

    • I did not know the Black Swan was considered an ominous portent, so I looked it up on the internet to see if I could find out why.
      Apparently it is because it is something that is different and unexpected. Here is what I found:
      “……..A black swan is an outlier, an event that lies beyond the realm of normal expectations. Most people expect all swans to be white because that’s what their experience tells them; a black swan is by definition a surprise. Nevertheless, people tend to concoct explanations for them after the fact, which makes them appear more predictable, and less random, than they are. Our minds are designed to retain, for efficient storage, past information that fits into a compressed narrative. This distortion, called the hindsight bias, prevents us from adequately learning from the past…..”
      Considering the above definition, I am a black swan. (In fact, all of the creative people, artists, writers, etc…..probably fall into the “black swan” category).
      Absolutely Wonderful!!

  11. The swans feathers are amazing, so wavy and sleek. I love your photos and words. You are truly lucky to have been to such beautiful place!

  12. soonie2 says:

    Magnificent images!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love swans! Beautiful pictures.

  14. What an elegant swan. Great photographs.

  15. Ramchandra says:

    Really awesome creature of nature….keep posting like this..

  16. parth893 says:

    So Beautiful Black -Swan

  17. Genie says:


  18. annetbell says:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking Believe Your Eyes. Your photos are wonderful and I will enjoy keep up with your blog. Namaste. . . . .Anne

  19. vietnameazy says:

    I love the first photo. It looks like a painting!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for visiting m blog and I love your images of the black swans. Divine 🙂

  21. Beautiful. I love your images and writing. And thank you for following my blog. I love yours.

  22. katelon says:

    I’ve never seen those ruffled feathers before. Beautiful!

  23. Woolly Muses says:

    Beautiful photos of the swans. I used to have a pair nest on my property years ago and prior to that there was a pair which built their nest near a town about twenty miles away from where I grew up. Dad always said you could predict how wet the winter was going to be by the height of their nest.

    • Thank you! That’s very interesting. There are no swans near my house, so I have never seen a swan nest (high or low, I wouldn’t know).

      • Woolly Muses says:

        We had a pair of black swans nest on our property the first year…the nest I referred to was about twenty miles away in a swampy area. Hence the comment about the height of the nest.

        • Well…it would be interesting if a swan or two would visit my backyard! It gets pretty swampy when it rains because the builder did a terrible job of grading the land. That’s why I planted so many river birches! One day, during a rain storm, I expect Noah’s ark will float by…..:)

  24. Lynda says:

    Mary, this is truly magnificent, bot your specimen and the shots!

  25. djmrakiey says:

    “regal beauty and form” … this is a perfect statement for the black swan. great photos !

  26. Majka says:

    thank you for visiting and liking my blog, your black swans are beautiful 🙂 I like them so so much

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