A Grand Gathering
This shot has a bigger scale... If one were to look to the right beyond this photo's boarder, there were even more Swans gathered in groupings this size. On the Wisconsin side between La Crosse and Stoddard many more flocks of Swan have gathered...... It is indeed a grand gathering.
Degrees of Interest
While two have an intense moment, two others watch, while a third takes a break, and the fourth, thinks, well..... I'm outa here, too embarrassing, and besides it's none of my business. ;)
These three are practicing synchronized landings. The judge gives them 9.5 out of 10
Swan Lake Hoot'nannie
This shot captures a section of the scale of the migratory rest stop and feeding grounds.
Keep Your Spacing Boys.
Visiting Brownsville Mn lookout to see the Swan migration rest stop... They annually stop by for a hoot'nannie. I only have a 200 mm zoom so this was the best shot I managed after cropping it down... There are countless numbers of Swans gathered there.
Over the shrubs, and under the branch,
A view to study that moves one to a trance.
Such rich colors! even on a dull day,
leaves me speechless without much to say.
Regal and True
Exiting the wildlife refuge we spotted this fellow in the branches along the bank. It isn't the greatest quality of shot compared to what I have seen on this site and Capture Wisconsin, but for a tiny point and shoot camera, it is the best I could do. Majestic bird no matter how good the shot is. That is for sure.
Exit Stage Right
We eventually got too close for comfort for this flock of ducks and en-mass as if the leader said, "Time to go fellows!" they all took off in a unison of commotion.
The Literal "Ducks on a Pond" Photo
Shooting this shot was like..... well you know.
A Many Moment Pause
Just before embarking on our Upper Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Refuge excursion I stood on the dock and absorbed this view. I thought to my self, "this is going to be an interesting photo journey."
Since I live in La Crosse, Wis. Minnesota is just a quick drive away. Two summer trips to the Rockies and several hiking adventures in the mountains spurred my interest in photography. I was struck anew at the natural beauty in Colorado Rockies. That first trip west in 2009 primed my interest. So now I seek beauty here where I live. Most of my shots of beauty are landscapes , but I am reaching out to closer views, and other subject matter too. I still consider myself a novice, but compared to where I was in 2009, I like to think I have learned a lot since then. But that opinion is relative as I witness so much talent on this webpage and Capture Wisconsin. Looking at others photography can only help hone one's own composition skills and technical savvy. I don't need to win awards, they are nice but satisfaction with a shot is it's own reward. Being internally motivated will keep the interest going but a bit of encouragement along the way is good too. I hope to be an encourager with my observations. Thanks for your shots and taking a look at mine. Maybe we will cross paths someday in the real world!