Saturday, January 27, 2018

Swan shower





When we stopped at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, I zoomed in on this swan, who seemed intent on taking a shower in the fountain. This happened several times while I was watching. The swan would sit under the water for a few minutes, swim away, and then circle around and come right back to the fountain.

Originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts was one of a few structures that were saved from demolition after the exposition ended. However, since it was originally intended to stand just for the duration of the exposition, it was not stable. By the 1950's, it has fallen into such disrepair that it had to be completely demolished and rebuilt using permanent building materials. Today it is a tourist attraction and is also used as an event venue.


Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

29 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

a bathing swan always good for a click :]

Sandra said...

one swan a bathing.. love it. and what a beautiful building and spot to visit.

Adam said...

I do imagine they love it

Barbara Rogers said...

I was wondering how it sustained in earthquakes, the Palace, not swan. He's happy looking (isn't that a swan grin?)

Tom said...

...al are wonderful, but the last one is my favorite.

Lea said...

Lovely swan! Great photos!
Have a wonderful weekend!

William Kendall said...

A beautiful structure, and a beautiful swan!

Karl Demetz said...

Swan look so elegant, nice pics, Lois !

Lowell said...

What a gorgeous structure and surrounding area! I'll bet it's even nicer in reality. Nice shots of the swan, too. You do know how to use a camera. Just out of curiosity, what camera do you use? Maybe I've asked this before, but I forgot. I've not bought a good camera for about 10 years so am still using my Nikon D300 and Nikon D40. But I know there are many terrific advances in the newer cameras. Of course, my photographic guru, Ken Rockwell (http://www.kenrockwell.com) stresses that it's not the camera. I've seen him take one of those $10 cameras for one use and take some magnificent pictures with it. Which puzzles me somewhat and makes me jealous! :) But he does say a new modern camera makes taking good photos easier.

Sharon Anck said...

Many years ago there was a science museum near here that I took my nephew to on a trip to SF. I know exactly how that swan feels. I love a good, strong shower.

Sandi said...

:) he looks happy!

Small City Scenes said...

The swan seems to be enjoying the shower
MB

Jane said...

Now this is a place I would love to see if ever I visit San Francisco one day, great photos!

Christine said...

A showering swan! Who knew!! I love that the palace of Fine Arts has become a permanent tourist hotspot as its beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, that is neat seeing the swan so close to the fountain. It must like to be in the shower. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindas estas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

RedPat said...

That palace is beautiful, Lois!

Klara S said...

Happy swan.

sandyland said...

good for my soul

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely swan photos ~ dazzling with the water fountain spray!


Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

♥ Anni ♥ said...

So, so beautiful! Your swan images are stunning.
Great photos, and as always I send along my thanks for sharing with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Kay said...

Nice shots! It's a shame that the buildings from the Exposition weren't preserved. Looking at what's left it must have been a magnificent sight.

BeachGypsy said...

Wow, that is such a pretty spot and pretty building, I would love to make pictures there. The swan is gorgeous, you got some great pictures.

biebkriebels said...

He took his weekly shower in public, very nic images.

A Colorful World said...

Such a beautiful Palace of Fine Arts! I am so glad they rebuilt it...it would have been a shame to lose such a gorgeous structure! Love the pretty swan taking its shower. He has a lovely place to live!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They did an amazing job of the rebuilding Lois, it looks as though it's been there forever! Love the playful swan 😀

Betty Crow said...

Swans are elegant birds. Beautiful scenes.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How neat! Did not know about this building and it’s history ... and the swan is beautiful (and, apparently, very clean).

Revrunner said...

Well, sure! Who wouldn't want to play in the fountain? :-)