Wednesday Waterfowl of the Week — The Wiley Swan

These gracious long-necked birds have served through the ages as symbols of artistic creativity and spiritual enlightenment, though on the down side, women in the middle ages were often turned into swans by evil sorcerers. That’s the message of Swan Lake–if you’re a princess, watch out!

Swans are mostly vegetarians, and they are one of only a few birds that have teeth. Some are migratory. They often pair up before they are old enough to mate, and they stay together for life, with a few exceptions. They can weigh over thirty pounds. Today they are viewed as symbols of grace. Klutz that I am, if I were turned into a swan, I would consider it a blessing.

About Scott

The founding member of Terra Cotta Music, Scott is a guitarist, composer, educator, writer, and avid hiker. His love for the outdoors, especially the beautiful trails of Sedona, Arizona has been a great source of creative inspiration. He believes that a close connection to nature brings comfort to our souls and spirits, and tries to capture and reflect that in his music and in this blog. You can email him at
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