This is a story about a special connection between an artist and a beautiful swan who just moved in a new lake-park hotel area on one of the Hawaiian islands - and was more than happy to find a new friend.
The artist, Ruth Rread, had a camera with her. At the time, taking photos was not one of the primary means of her artistic endeavors. The swan was posing and performing for her, telling her stories and showing her around.
For Ruth, all that brought a new meaning to the tool she used in place of her usual paint brush. Something as commonly used as a photo camera suddenly became the way to capture infinite natural wonders and colorful moments - and create a beautiful photo story for anyone who takes time to 'smell the roses.'
NOTE: All the photos and story below are copyright of Ruth Read