The Château and The Fairytale Swan

A trip out with the camera earlier in the week took me to a village I have not visited for a few years.  I confess I had quite forgotten what was there and after a quick look around the church – yet another fine example from the 12th century – we followed the path towards the river and rounding a corner came upon the most perfect small château, all golden stone and glittering windows and encircled by a perfect miniature moat. As if this were not delightful enough, standing in the moat performing an elaborate grooming ceremony was a beautiful fairytale swan.

The recent dry weather had left the water very low where the swan stood and he seemed to be using the still surface of the water as a mirror, regularly checking his appearance as he tidied his feathers. He was quite unconcerned by my presence so I snapped away for quite a few minutes trying to capture the perfect portrait………

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Timothy Price says:

    What a beautiful swan. It gave you an excellent show. The Château looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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    1. It did Timothy and it is a lovely little château, owned by the village and used as the ‘mairie’ since the 1950’s.

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  2. Sue says:

    What a lovely little place, Jane!

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    1. It is Sue, the archetypal French château for everyday use !

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      1. Sue says:

        And it is in use?

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      2. Yes, unfortunately it’s not a princess that lives there though, it was bought by the village in the 1950’s and now houses the ‘mairie’!

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      3. Sue says:

        Well, good that it hasn’t fallen I told disrepair’

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      4. Yes indeed, far too many lovely old buildings go to wrack and ruin over here, not the same as UK on that score.

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      5. Sue says:

        Yes, but in the UK, we knock ’em down and build ugly, soulless new unless they are lucky enough to come under the wing of the National Trust!

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      6. You’re right Sue but you should see what they manage to do here in the name of progress – CarbunclesRUs !!!

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  3. alexraphael says:

    That swan is lovely.

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    1. He certainly was a beauty Alex! I suspect he must spend a lot of time each day on his personal grooming!

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      1. alexraphael says:

        He deserves his own modelling deal 🙂

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  4. LOL! The Swan is a ham for the camera! It sure looked he was posing for you. All his best angles.
    The Chateau looks lovely.

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    1. He did too Circadian! Quite the performance it was! He was extremely beautiful though to match the château.

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  5. Karen says:

    Beautiful pictures-a fairy tale.

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    1. Thankyou Karen, yes both the swan and the château seemed to have stepped out of a storybook!

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  6. Levysoro says:

    Wow Jane!
    Watching your photos is like “pictures at an exhibiton” (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 1971), something timeless.
    Thank you.

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    1. What a lovely comment Levysoro Thank you!

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      1. Levysoro says:

        I have to treat kindly my Muses…
        No jokes, I’m telling the truth. I hope Craig don’t mind but the main difference between our photos and yours are the “sense of delicate” your photos have/give.
        I say it again, seriously (again): I will find a lot of inspiration, and maybe some good advices too, in this blog.

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      2. Thank you 🙂 (PS I do like cars and motorbikes too, not quite so delicate 😀 )

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  7. Exquisite photographs, Jane.

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    1. Many thanks Sarah 🙂

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  8. Grace says:

    Oh, Jane, your photos continue to enchant me! xx

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    1. I really do appreciate that Grace, Thank You!

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  9. Ellie-Dee says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful Jane. The reflections of the swan in the water are superb and the château is utterly enchanting – just love your work 🙂 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Ellie, I really do appreciate your lovely comments!

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    1. Many thanks, so pleased you like it!

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  10. stunning photos..in particular the one with the wing raised…makes me want to work on a swan piece. great work..as always

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    1. Thank you frenchapple! I would love to see one of your lovely pieces with a swan in the starring role I’m sure it would be wonderful!

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  11. kazg10 says:

    Ohhh how lovely, thanks for taking me to this wonderful village, even the swan is typically french and looks perfectly groomed! Great chateau 🙂

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    1. Thankyou Kaz! It does have an essential Frenchness to it doesn’t it! 🙂

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      1. kazg10 says:

        Absolument 🙂

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  12. You do live in a fairytale kingdom, Jane, complete with all the cast members and backdrops needed. I had no idea what kind of a daredevil you were, though, as my past experiences with swans (funny enough, all of them in France) have taught me well enough to make a wide berth of the birds. The ones I’ve encountered have not been the warm and fuzzy kind, but rather the ‘I’ll peck your head into a nub’ type.
    But perhaps you have a pocket full of pixie dust?
    Would not surprise me. 😉

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    1. So pleased you like my fairytale castle Shelley 🙂 I think the swan must be very used to gawping admirers as he did not flutter a single ruffled feather in response to my presence ! 🙂

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  13. Hi Jane,what a poise n beautiful creature that swan. Thank you for capturing for us,you did it great.

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    1. Thank you idlehomemaker – he really was a beauty!

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