Saturday, 17 February 2007

February 17 ~ Bewick's Swan

This is a slumbering Bewick's Swan. They're similar to Whooper Swans, but smaller. This is one of a pair of swans living at Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, where I'm a member. Since it was raining at sunrise, that was a no-go photographically speaking, so I waited around the house to see if it would clear up. Sure enough, around 9am the sun peeked through the clouds, so I decided to go photograph some wildfowl. It's been a couple of months since I made the 10 minute drive to the reserve, so it was a refreshing change.

This is my favourite shot from the morning; I was watching the swans for ages before taking a single photo. The sun illuminated the water, making it look like molten gold in parts, and the swan drifted peacefully across the pond.

I seem to have shared my germs with Chris, so he's laid up with the same bug I had. I'm just going to spend the day with him, watching the FA Cup on telly and whatever else catches our eye! Maybe there'll be a few episodes of Scrubs on - we LOVE that show!

Have a wonderful Saturday everyone! {{HUGS}}

16 comments:

talj said...

(((HUGS))) for Chris, hope he feels much better soon! Lovely image today Anna, well worth the wait!! :o) Enjoy your saturday :o)

Faye Pekas said...

Hi Anna

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

I love the swan sleeping so peacefully. The sun on the water is beautiful. Well done.

CG said...

What a beautiful, tranquil image - I love the reflection. I hope Chris feels better soon and that you enjoyed a relaxing time together x

Annie said...

Hi AB, it's nice to meet you and to see your photos.

The golden water and white swan makes for a wonderful memento of your moments at the reserve.

I'm glad you're well enough now to become a nurse to the one you care for.

Best to you, Annie

CG said...

Anna, Phil was saying today that he remembers the first shots you ever posted on the Cafe (of ducks)- you have come so far since those days. you improved so much faster than any other photographer we ever came across (he has a Nikon D80 now!)

Carmi said...

The emotion of this moment practically oozes out of the shot. Gorgeous only BEGINS to describe it. I gasped when it first loaded on my screen. Delightful, like so much of your other work.

Anna said...

What a beautiful pic Anna....

eurorebs said...

Ooo - I love it!

I don't even own a digital camera yet (WAY behind, what can I say), so I don't post any pics...which is quite a shame cos I love being able to share a snapshot of my day :)

thanks for finding me and stopping by! You're bookmarked now :)

dot said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I"m certainly no photographer and mostly use other folks pictures but I love blogging about Georgia.

I really like the pictures you have on here! The swan is beautiful and you have alot of imagination in all of your photos.

RUTH said...

What beautiful reflections. Hope Chris gets better quickly...lots of TLC.

Ash said...

Lovely shot!

Kaycee said...

What a peacefull photo with fine details, Anna. It was well worth the wait! I hope that Chris is feeling better soon.

Libbys Blog said...

That is a stunning photo!! Glad to hear your feeling better!
You and talj mentioned 'cat blogging friday' I don't know anything about it? I just happened to put my cat on yesterday, wasn't planned!!!

Anonymous said...

Stunning image as usuall Anna, brings back happy but cold memories ;)
Hope chris feels better soon.
Toot...........

Olivier said...

tres belle photo, le reflet est magnifique.


very beautiful photograph, the reflection is splendid.

Pat said...

Lovely tranquil image, Anna.

And I agree so heartily what CG says about your progress as a photographer.

{{{{HUGS}}}} to both of you.