Over Memorial Day Weekend I went to Montreal and visited Parc-nature de l’Île-de-la-Visitation. A lovely park with flowers and ponds but what caught my attention was this magnificent black swan. I honestly don’t or can’t recall seeing a black swan in person and the last time I was so enamoured with a swan was when I read E.B. White’s Trumpet of the Swan. If memory serves me well the story starts out somewhere in the woods of Canada. It’s main characters involved a boy named Sam and a swan who can’t talk (honk). Anyhow, the book as you can see has stayed with me after all these years. Here’s to E.B. White for writing characters who leave an indelible mark on its readers (Charlotte’s Web anyone?) and to this beautiful black swan.

Photograph © Nareen Rivas