Monday, December 7, 2009

My World Tuesday - Swan Song of a Different Kind

Our lake is a winter home for 400+ trumpeter swans. During the summer months, the lake is a peaceful and quiet spot in the early morning hours. This time of year, the silence is interrupted by the honking of the swans.

They arrive each evening at dusk, announcing their arrival loudly. When I come home from work and get out of my car, I often see the swans flying overhead on their approach to their evening destination. If it is quiet in the house, you can occasionally hear the swans, even with the windows closed. They are a noisy flock. All through the night, the honking continues albeit at a quieter volume.

In the morning after the sun is up, the swans take flight and head to one of the many nearby fields to munch on whatever is there. On Saturday, I braved the below freezing temps to watch the sun come up over the lake and listen to their morning song.

Follow the Leader

Gracefully Gliding Across the Surface

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20 comments:

chrome3d said...

The freeze and the smoke and the many swans are an irresistible combo. Excellent stuff and I´m still surprised to see so many at the same time.

Accidentally I have a swan too, but just one!

Stine in Ontario said...

How interesting, Sally. I've only seen them in pairs so it never occurred to me that they flock together like that and that they are so noisy.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Those are healthy looking and quite nice to see. So peaceful on the water.

Snap said...

Absolutely gorgeous! WOWOWOW

Sylvia K said...

That's amazing, Sally! What terrific captures! I love seeing all the swans at once! I've seen three or four at one time on a pond near where I lived in Portland, but never this many! Wow! is right! Fabulous!

Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia

Samson said...

it must be an amazing experience to see so many swan at once... lovely captures

Samson said...

i love the first shot... its terrefic

Johnny Nutcase said...

that's so cool that the are so close to you, very neat! nice pictures, looks cold!!

Catherine said...

lovely colours in these beautiful grey shots..

storyteller said...

How lucky you are to see such sights ... and how lucky WE are that you shared these marvelous photographs with us. Thank you ;-)
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VioletSky said...

Lovely shots, with the pale greys and soft whites.

I can imagine the noise!

~Cheryl said...

Below freezing! Somehow I have always thought of swans as warm weather birds, I don't know why. But they are graceful and gorgeous even in ice water! Lovely reflections, terrific post!

Photo Cache said...

How nice to see your annual guests having a good time. You must be a gracious hosts.

Enjoy the weekend.

Rajesh said...

The snaps are really beautiful. It is a wonder of nature how this birds adopt to seasonal changes.

Bhojeshwar Temple, Bhojpur

Carolyn Ford said...

These are fabulous shots! I think I could get up in the freezing early hours to see a sight like this...beautifully captured!

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the Trumpeters Swans. They are very pretty.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent!!! MB

lizziviggi said...

I'm so glad you braved the cold for our sake! It looks like a magical scene. How lucky you are to experience it every year!

Linnea W said...

Your shots are terrific. I guess it's worth it to put up with the noise if you end up with photos like these. Lovely lighting and colors!

Evelyn Howard said...

Beautiful pics and beautiful world.