Three for 3

Number three in the countdown of top ten photos from 2014 is this trio of trumpeter swans. Panning to capture something in motion is often a combination of technique and luck, These three were traveling just above the pines which added enough interest to make the shot work . . . at least for me. 🙂
3 trumpeters

Fowl Ice

I thought I would insert a brief interlude in the 2014 countdown (#5 will be revealed on Friday). Yesterday morning Pat and I braved the low 20’s temperatures to visit one of my favorite bird sanctuaries. The low temperatures had caused ice to form near the shores, except where the sanctuary had underwater bubblers to help keep some open water available to the swans and other fowl. The ice provided some great photos and some occasional comedy. None of the fowl were stuck in the ice. I think the pictures and captions tell the story.

Now What?

Now What?


Duck on Ice

Duck on Ice


Walking on Water

Walking on Water


Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances


Slippery Landing

Slippery Landing


Cold Trio Walking

Cold Trio Walking


Open Water

Open Water

Swan Lake

No, the photos are not of a ballet. They are swan shots taken at a lake. The enchanting beauty of swans begged me to keep shooting. I did and was able to catch some rather unusual swan moments. Enjoy the “ballet”.

The Fly-in

The Fly-in


Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows


Morning Stretch

Morning Stretch


Calming Down

Calming Down


Encore! Encore!

Encore! Encore!

Morning Outing

I was able to step out into a mild and sunny day yesterday morning. I went to one of my favorite locations to focus on some morning reflections. Swain Lake is the start of the Falling Waters Trail that runs some ten miles from Concord into Jackson, Michigan where it connects with a three plus miles city trail. Walkers and bicyclists use the trail as well as the occasional fisherman. This dock caught my eye because of its clear reflection in the water, as did the trees.

Dock

Dock


Trees Here and There

Trees Here and There


Even a feeding swan had a rippling reflection.
Swan

Swan


Farther down the trail, I was fortunate to get a picture of an oriole in the morning sun.
Oriole

Oriole


The horse vane and archer images came from some later-in-the-morning gravel road wandering. I think the archer is reminding all of us to aim high.
Horse Vane (and lightening rod?)

Horse Vane (and lightening rod?)


Aiming High

Aiming High

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