Sunday, 17 October 2010

Swans on the Stour


On day one of our recent holiday, we set off in the late morning to drive to our Herefordshire destination.  The weather was rather cloudy with the sun occasionally bursting through.  We decided to leave the main road and take the scenic route.  When we crossed the narrow stone bridge over the River Stour at Spetisbury, this was the delightful scene that met my eye.

I was trying to remember the word for a gathering of swans.  The word gaggle came to mind, but I believe it’s only associated with geese.  Anyway this definitely looked like a gathering together of a number of swan families.  Don’t they make a great addition to this river landscape?

13 comments:

Bob Scotney said...

Jean, I've been looking up collective nouns. So far I have found 13 different ones including gaggle. A wedge when they are flying but otherwise bevy, herd, lamentation, whiteness, eyrar plus others including ballet. Now I've got a research project to find how each one came about.

saggi said...

What a lovely picture. They swans are as charming as the landscape.

jakill said...

Thanks Bob. Hope you will let us have your report.

jakill said...

Thank you saggi. I agree, and that's why I had to stop the car and take some pics.

winter gurl said...

This is sunday gathering and day off for swan family .

jakill said...

Hi winter gurl. You could be right, except it was Saturday.LOL

Sylvia Winters said...

What a beautiful photo! Your writing style is lovely as well. Thank you for making me feel warm and cozy inside :)

Sylvie

jakill said...

Sylvia: thamk you so much for your lovely compliments.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

A beautiful sight with those lovely swans.

bev said...

nice picture...nice blog..

jakill said...

Thank you Jo and Bev.

RWS Photo Blog said...

nice photos

jakill said...

Thank you RWS for visiting and commenting. I will come and visit you.

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