This morning I went for a walk around our neighborhood. In the middle of the night last night I had to get up and take a migraine pill, which meant that I really didn’t feel like running this morning. But I did want to get out and walk.
The above photo was taken in a small park about 3 blocks from our house. Daffodils are in bloom everywhere right now. The crocuses have already come and gone. It was a chilly but sunny morning and the only people out walking were people with dogs, or small kids, and me – the only single walker! People don’t walk on Sunday mornings it seems unless they have a dog or kid – or a camera.
I walked through the park, then along the canal next to the Jan Gijzekade. I was looking for the black swans. Every winter they disappear and I don’t know where they go, and then in Spring they are back along the canal. This year there are 4! When we first moved here I only ever saw 2. Then for a few years there were 3 – a pair and a singleton that I think is one of the pair’s offspring. Now 4! The pair are always swimming together. The 3rd one hangs around with the pair but is not a partner with either of them. The 4th one that I saw today was hanging out within site of the group of 3, but didn’t seem welcome or interested in swimming with them.
Last winter (2012-13) was so very cold and lasted well into June, and I don’t think any of the pair’s cygnets survived. I didn’t see any anyway. We’ve had a very mild winter this year and Spring has really started nicely, so maybe the pair will have young that will survive. Maybe the 2 singles will soon have mates. It’s just nice to see them back each year.