Some dreams in life are realized and some are not. You know the kind of dreams where you say to yourself 'someday'. Once I had a dream to have a home with a pair of swans swimming in a pond out front. One day while walking in Golden Gate Park. I came upon two swans leaving the safety of the water probably Stow Lake. Back in 1974, as was my custom, I had my trusty Pentax camera with me and I quickly snapped this photo before the swans noticed me. At the time I thought it looked more like a painting than a photograph so I had the photo enlarged and framed. I'm not sure if my dream of having a pond with swans came before or after the photograph. I do remember visiting the park quite often enjoying strolling through the Botanical Gardens, having tea in the Japanese Tea Garden, going to the De Young Museum, those were the days.
Swans are often used as symbols of love in literature, art, and music. I couldn't help but recall the story of Leda and the Swan. The myth goes that Zeus disguised as a swan seduces Leda. Michelangelo painted Leda and the Swan in 1530 but the painting was lost and was recreated in the 16th century and is held in the National Gallery in London. I was acquainted with that painting above but had never seen the one below by Paul Cezanne Leda au cygne which is held in the Barnes Foundation collection. These two images are copied here as part of the United State public domain because their copyrights have expired.
All this talk of swans came about because we've been sorting through more things trying to decide what to do with them all. We recently rediscovered a small box of framed photographs, the swans among them. Our goal is to minimize all of our possessions in hopes of traveling again. I don't think I'll ever realize the dream of having a home with a pond and two swans, but I do hope to travel again and see more swans in ponds or rivers and the like. I can't believe my framed photograph made it for 38 years without any damage in all of our moves and travels. I'll show you a few more photos as time goes by. In the meantime we're wondering what to do with these few framed photographs we have. I wonder, should I list them on Etsy, try to sell them at the flea market? If I were rich I'd donate the framed photographs, but every little bit helps pay our way. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.