Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

This Tundra Swan, oddly enough named “Snowflake,” sits prettily in a pile of snow at the Baraboo City Zoo in Baraboo, Wisconsin. She lives there with two large flocks of ducks — the Mallards and the wood ducks.

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  1. She looks magnificent – very self assured & proud. Wonderful detail and shadows.

    I applaud her name. At least the powers that be in Baraboo have the appropriate vision of snow. So there is a snowflake in Baraboo even in the prairie Dog Days of August.

  2. montucky says:

    She’s a beautiful creature! Your photo is complimentary to her.

  3. ladypercy says:

    I love the lighting on the swan.

    I am the cygnet to this pale faint swan,
    Who chants a doleful hymn to his own death,
    And from the organ-pipe of frailty sings
    His soul and body to their lasting rest.

    ~William Shakespeare, King John

  4. This is a brilliant shot – and need I say more?

  5. Such an amazing Swan photo and I love how you framed this shot with the s of the neck! Bravo

  6. Beautiful creature. And she has a lot of poise too.

  7. Gorgeous! I love the soft black & white of this swan photo. 🙂

  8. She’s so beautiful. Lovely capture, Barbara. 🙂

  9. Yes, Gandalf ~ if you want to see a snowflake in August, go to Baraboo.

    montucky ~ sometimes the subject makes taking the shot quite easy.

    lady ~ keep Wm. coming. I love the verse of th Bard.

    aullori ~ I think it may have been the swan who was brilliant.

    mon@rch, david ~ like she was posing, though I took 30 shots of her to get that one pose 🙂

    Anna ~ I’m trying more b/w, and some of it seems to work quite well. Thanks, Anna.

    Robin ~ I think swans are one of my very favorites, until they fight with each other. They can be pretty mean. 🙂

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