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Magnifique oiseau !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't he? I love how they hold their wings out like this...
A wonderful image, Elizabeth.

It always shocks me a bit when I see a White Swan, as Australian Swans are Black.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Ray!
Is that right? I'm always stunned to see a black one! smile
lovely shot. THe start contrasts are great.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Than you very much, Rob!
Super shot Ell', look at those feathers...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! I love when they hold their wings out like this!
  • Harry
  • USA
  • 15 Dec 2018, 04:58
A handsome bird. You did a fine job of maintaining detai; in the all-white feathers.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: thank you very much, Harry!
Toujours très photogenique ...belle prise de vue
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Claudine!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Dec 2018, 06:52
They look very impressive when displaying like this. Boy, can they shift through the water, too, if they feel their family is threatened by another swan.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are pretty amazing creatures! Thank you, Alan!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Dec 2018, 06:55
Mr Swan thinks he's gorgeous, and so he is..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - he's correct!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Dec 2018, 07:18
Oh, what an elegance! The blue of the water looks magical.

“The Swan”
by Rainer Maria Rilke

translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows

This laboring of ours with all that remains undone,
as if still bound to it,
is like the lumbering gait of the swan.

And then our dying—releasing ourselves
from the very ground on which we stood—
is like the way he hesitantly lowers himself

into the water. It gently receives him,
and, gladly yielding, flows back beneath him,
as wave follows wave,
while he, now wholly serene and sure,
with regal composure,
allows himself to glide.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Philine!
What a lovely poem!
You have done well to get detail in the featherage
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Bill - I'm not sure how I did that...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Dec 2018, 09:26
I knew of a swan once which took over a gander's family, and kept him at bay. Next year the gander drowned the swan
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh my!
  • Anne
  • France
  • 15 Dec 2018, 10:38
Nice shot!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Anne!
They look at their best when they hold their wings like this, good timing on your part.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They do - so proud! Thank you, Brian!
HOw beautiful against that deep blue water. I love how elegant the wings look.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ruthie! He was displaying so beautifully!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 15 Dec 2018, 16:15
A great standout against the foliage with its masts and riggings!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Nicely put, Steven! Than you!
all fluffed up beautiful image love the shades of blue....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He's single and lookin' to mingle... smile Thanks, Peter!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Dec 2018, 02:34
impeccable timing to capture the wings in motion
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Sherri! I couldn't take my eyes off him, actually! smile
This is a stunning shot! REally! ONe of the best ever!💯‼️

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