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Festival Season

January 10, 2015

Two-toned swans at Washington Wetlands Centre
These two-toned swans were photographed during a recent ‘artist’s date’ to the WWT Washington Wetlands Centre in Tyne & Wear, England.
The purpose of my visit was to find out more about the life of exotic birds as avian metaphors were beginning to surface in poems being drafted for my ‘sanctuary series.’
Festival Season was inspired by an afternoon walk around the various habitats:

The two-toned bird
offered to share her hole
in the old volcano cone.

When the rest arrived
I thought I’d wandered
into paradise.

Flight feathers strewn
like designer confetti
littered the blue lagoon.

Our courtship lasted
a full six weeks
on the saline strip,

then, with a shrill call,
she upped and off
with the rest of the flock.

This week’s challenge is to identify a place you could visit that links to your current creative project. Make a date of it and be open to being inspired by that environment.

  1. We to are members of WWT and do some voluntary work here at Martinmere. I have pics of black necked swans to.

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