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I saw a swan .........
09-SEP-2009

I saw a swan .........

One of the many things I like about Pbase is that it makes me go places to get photographs that I otherwise wouldn't visit.
It has helped me to look at my surroundings and my home town with fresh eyes. Places which have become over familiar to me suddenly regain their beauty when I think of how they might appear to someone seeing them for the first time.
The challenge of getting a fresh picture to post every day means that I have to make an extra effort - although I can't guarantee that I will be able to meet it as the dark days of winter approach.
This morning, after I dropped my son to school, I had 15 minutes of free time before I had to be at my desk. So I drove to Ice House Hill near the centre of town. It's a beautiful park, with mature trees and a lake. It gets its name from the fact that ice used to be stored in a manmade cavern for the occupants of 'The Big House' who laid out the original parkland.
There was a pair of swans, lots of mallards, and some moorhens on the lake. Reaching the top of the hill, I saw grey figures huddling on the grass in the distance, Thinking I had come across a colony of rabbits, I was wondering how I would creep up on them, when as one, they took off and flew to the lake, revealing themselves to be ducks. Maybe I will need distance glasses as well as reading glasses sooner than I had imagined?
There was just time to grab a few shots and enjoy the fresh morning air before making my way to work. What better way to start the day and all thanks to Pbase.

Nikon D40x
1/800s f/6.3 at 145.0mm iso400 full exif

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Nicki Thurgar10-Sep-2009 19:41
I love the ripples around the swan... a lovely way to start off your day indeed!
pkocinski10-Sep-2009 13:11
This is very nicely done!
Keith O'Brien10-Sep-2009 12:05
Nice tranquil shot, swans make great subjects. V
Ali Majdfar10-Sep-2009 08:29
Lovely capture, ~V
Valene10-Sep-2009 04:44
Gorgeous photo! V
Betty Vlasiu10-Sep-2009 04:42
Beautiful pose, nicely composed. v
globalgadabout10-Sep-2009 02:23
swans have such a regal posture, and this one also has quite an impact on the lakewater....resonant tale of your quickie morning shoot, which was very successful...V
LynnH10-Sep-2009 01:45
Well spoken and true. I am so happy that you went to the park today, this is a gorgeous photo. Just wonderful! BV
January Grey10-Sep-2009 01:23
A lovely capture, Mairead. Nicely exposed & composed. V~
lou_rozensteins09-Sep-2009 23:30
Lovely shot. Well worth your effort. Well done.
Stephanie09-Sep-2009 22:44
15 well spent minutes before going to work. Your swan photo is gorgeous. Love the water dripping from its beak. V.
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