"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Animal Wednesday..and a Sad Cygnet Update on Friday

I took these photos last Friday and Sunday... but, hey, I'm posting on a Wednesday!  A-ha-ha!  The past week, I have spent most of my time at the Opera House - as we begin rehearsals for our Summer Season.
(Not one animal on set...)  But, I hope you will enjoy these.....

A Wood Duck....a rare sighting in San Francisco.  Don't you love his *Tribal* Markings!

Doggies on the Beach - how fun!

Mr. Snowy Egret willingly posed!

This little fellow serenaded me on a foggy,  damp Morning.

This little Duckling was born on the same day as Cygnet #1...he and his Parents would come to *visit* the Swans....and I kept leading them away (so Blue Boy wouldn't kill them) with a trail of Cheerios!  It worked - because here is baby Duckling at 10 days old!

Of course, you KNEW I would have some Cygnet Photos...  here they are at 10 days old..

Here's the Premie...(he was the one asleep on the Lake)...I am trying NOT to have a favourite....but this little one is hard to resist!  He is still smaller than the others...

Papa Blue Boy and his *Kids*



♥ Robin ♥

On Thursday, I learned one of the Cygnets had been taken.  Devastating is an understatement.  I didn't know if it had been a Raccoon or a *Subhuman*....but today, before Opera Rehearsal, my friend Carol picked me up and we drove down to the Palace.  Yes.....although my heart didn't want to believe it, there were only three Cygnets.

 It was one of the Grey ones...  looking at the remaining Grey baby, I saw a wound on his head (look closely right behind his eye....there's a crescent-shaped patch of fun missing) ....which leads me to believe it WAS a Raccoon.  Little Grey #2 managed to escape...

Here's the *Baby*  just 10 days  old  as of yesterday....

Family Portrait - but now a Family of Five....not Six..

They all were happy to see Carol and me....they love their Cheerios and Oatmeal ....and...we fed Mama Blanche by hand...

Say a prayer there are no more snatchings...


♥ Robin ♥


  1. I can't believe those cygnets are that old already - wow. and so fluffy and big -

    and yes, the markings on that duck are just gorgeous - that would make a beautiful painting.

    Happy animal day!!!

  2. Love all the photos. especially that wood duck. I have seen a few of them here and amazed at how colorful they are in mating season. Enjoy those cygnets.. they do grow fast. HAW

  3. The wood duck is so perfect, it almost looks fake! Love love love those wee babies. Robin and her feather and fur babies!

    **blows kisses**

  4. a wonderful tour of the SF wildlife! Have fun at the opera.

  5. Oh my, all of these are wonderful. We have lots of wood ducks around here and they are so beautifully marked. Then the little sweetie swan-too cute.
    Happy Opera!!

  6. I have so enjoyed watching the births and growths of your little cygnets, even some of the sad days too. Good luck for the new season- bet you gonna love it.

  7. oh I didn't know that racoons would kill baby swans - how awful! sorry to hear about that, just nasty.....

    otherwise, lovely pics!

  8. It's bad enough that a raccoon would take a baby swan, but it seems it would be so much worse if it were a subhuman, as you said. So sad.......

    but hopefully the remaining babies will grow up strong and filled with street smarts to keep them alive and gliding along like their proud mama!

  9. I do enjoy watching these babies grow on your fb page. But what a sad thing to happen. Wonder if mom realised that it was gone? Sigh, life is life I guess! love ya sweetie.