Swans into the air

I was excited to find tundra swans on a small pond west of Mossleigh last weekend.  The bird migrations north are underway and these are among the most elegant of the travelers.  As sunset approached, small bevies of swans took flight so I had several opportunities to photograph their takeoffs where they run along the water as they gather speed before lifting into the air.  On one of these launches, I dropped the shutter speed to 1/20th of a second and panned with a pair in order to blur the background and their wings.  I find swans in motion to be beautiful and I always think of ballet choreography when I watch them.

 

14 responses

  1. The most beauty-full geese

    March 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  2. Kenny

    such beautiful pics

    March 27, 2017 at 6:07 am

  3. Beautiful photos.

    March 24, 2017 at 8:36 am

  4. Love the second one with the two swans! Beautiful.

    March 24, 2017 at 5:51 am

  5. The second shot especially is spectacular!
    Alison

    March 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

  6. Beautiful, amazing photos!

    March 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  7. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    March 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm

  8. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    March 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

  9. chrisinvalhalla

    Nice water to sky transitinon.

    March 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

  10. taikunping

    so very beautiful, a dream like angelic feeling to your photographs

    March 23, 2017 at 8:46 am

  11. bkcitta

    Great work at getting these great photos!!

    March 23, 2017 at 7:27 am

  12. Sweeet captures!

    March 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

  13. The photos are beautiful. You might enjoy this recent post about swan lore. It seems that peoples of every time and place are equally intrigued by the birds — at least, those who are lucky enough to have the experience of seeing them.

    March 23, 2017 at 7:11 am

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