There is something about swans. They are magnificent, graceful creatures. When I see a swan, its beauty stops me in my tracks. When I see a family of swans, I feel joyful and peaceful and blessed. The other day, John, Sam and I took the dogs for a walk at Turning Point Park, just north of our house. The sun was setting and it was a gorgeous evening. We were walking along the boardwalk when we saw them – two adult swans with a cygnet.
We stopped and watched them for a while, but the dogs wanted to keep moving. At this park, there is a gorgeous long boardwalk-type bridge that meanders along out over the water. A special Rain Garden has been developed and there are all kinds of plants and birds.
I thought there were great photo opportunities, but I wasn’t finding any good shots. I was having a hard time seeing because we were facing into harsh light. Part of my visual impairment is an inability to see unless the light is perfect – too bright or too dim and I can’t adjust. Bibi (the dog I was in charge of) was not cooperating. At one point I zoomed in on a red winged blackbird, but Bibi jerked her leash and I almost dropped my camera in the river. I was afraid that I was not going to get any good shots at all.
Then, we turned around. With the sun behind us, I could see a lot more clearly. I took some photos of the plant life and hoped that they would be usable when I uploaded them. The lily pads were gorgeous with the sun reflecting off of them. They looked almost metallic.
We came upon the swans again and I took some photos of mother and cygnet swimming next to each other.
I love this picture, with the baby following its mother so closely. I like the strength of the shadow on the water. I know that the photo is a little overexposed, but I think the subject matter makes it worthwhile. I look at the photos from this walk with a critical eye and I am not altogether pleased with them. There is one exception. I am extremely pleased with the photo below. Here is my very favorite photo of this visit to the park.
I don’t know why the reflection of the swans in the water is so clear, but I am really happy with how it turned out. For me, this photo has a feeling of family, of maternal love and protection. It captures the feeling of joy I have when I see a beautiful, graceful swan.