Monday, February 16, 2009

Mute Swan

Mute swans are fairly easy to find here in Gloucester. Usually there are found around Rocky Neck and Niles Pond. This one was swimming by near sunset making it easier to shoot. The low sun angle and the fairly calm waters made it a fun subject to photograph.

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Like all swans, these are big birds. This one was just lazily paddling by with his big black feet. He stopped to graze on seaweed growing on this lobster buoy.

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Craig Glenn said...

Beautiful shots!

I know that may sound a bit of an overstatement sometimes, but this is a perfect example of how we see things as common place and mundane, while people from other parts of the would are facinated.

This was a big lesson for me in my blogging experience. I would not post stuff because I thought who would care about this brown anole, there are 200 more on the sidewalk in any direction I look. Yet, when I did post it I got tons of comments because they have never seen one.

Not only have I never seen that swan, I love the the water reflections. The blue sky contrasted with that brown stone wall. It's an awesome site of something I have never seen.

Sorry for the long comment!


Jenny said...

Particularly like the second photo Steve. The orange/red bill and buoy makes we wonder if it was making up to that buoy rather than eating the seaweed! (-:

Kallen305 said...

Beautiful photos Steve. I love the second one. Such gorgeous birds.

Michele said...

Such elegant birds. I love the stature of these feathered creatures!
Beautiful photos!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness...I love that first shot! ...the orange in the wall, with the orange in his bill paired with the blue. Spectacular...

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Craig is right, we do tend to take such a lot for granted because we see it every day and is therefore common to us. I once posted an article on how pineapples grow on another forum and was amazed at the respons and feedback on it. People just did not know where they came from.

I love the swans Steve. For some reason, I always think of them as a sad but beautiful bird.

Vita Stunder said...

Such beautiful shots of the swan with the great reflections in the water!

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