The Swan Man by Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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“TRUE FRIENDSHIP
IS SEEN THROUGH THE HEART,
NOT THROUGH THE EYES”

There are lots of beautiful swans roaming around on the green grass and gliding along the canal in the city of Exeter (Devon, England). This man comes everyday to feed them and sit with them in this spot on the riverbank. He has names for the swans who recognise him – they are his friends and I felt so touched to see this heartfelt bond between a caring human being and his swan friends.What a lovely sight this was. He didn’t have much money, but he really enjoyed buying seeds and food for his swan friends. I believe that without the swans he would be one of the many lonely people in cities.
I asked permission to take photos of him.

Sometimes children would come and tease the swans or dogs would chase them, and this upset the man when he saw the swans becoming anxious and fearful. He couldn’t understand why people would allow their children or dogs to do that.

Anyone who loves and bonds with our animal friends, have a special place in my heart.

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I use a Lumix panasonic point and shoot camera

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A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.

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Comments

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture!!

  • thankyou so much Cheryl!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Charmiene!

  • thankyou so much Istvan!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image and words! A stunning post Charmiene! xoxoxoxo

  • thankyou so much Shar!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and very touching work, Charmiene. Such a lovely image of this gentleman and his friends!

  • thankyou so much Mike!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Oh Charmiene… how magnificent is this…. wonderful capture!!!!! and words as always!!! :)))xxxx

  • thankyou so much Cookie!! xx

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    A make me smile capture, so lovely!

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartalmost 4 years ago

    An excellent, very beautiful sweet photograph. Love the quote!

  • thankyou so much Thea!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • WeeZie
    WeeZiealmost 4 years ago

    Amazing capture, beautiful. Love the story you shared.

  • thankyou so very much!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 4 years ago

    Isn’t that lovely, and he gets the beautiful reward of their friendship and acceptance – something really special. Thanks for sharing the picture and story.

  • thankyou so much Odille!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful Charmiene. love the quite and oh so true!!

  • thankyou so much Kate!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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