Friday, 3 February 2012

Sleeping Beauty.....................................................................................

Last weekends walk was full of surprises... the reflections on the water and the lovely sunset were wonderful to see. I also saw some lovely birds during my wander... I have already shared the Long-tailed Tits but I also saw Bullfinches, Goldfinches and plenty of Redwings... and a lovely bird floating gently on the canal.

 This lovely Mute Swan was having a snooze.

 It was so calm and peaceful....

 ...until some idiot started clicking away with his camera.... Oops!

I have a free weekend...  It's freezing (-7c this morning)  and we are getting weather warnings for tomorrow.
I have promised my Mum (80) I will help my brother tidy up her garden after the high winds a fortnight ago brought down her fence which has been replaced but the lovely wisteria growing up against it had to cut right back... and we have to shift the debris.

28 comments:

Rohrerbot said...

Lovely shots!!!

JM said...

Now, that's white! Wonderful captures of this beautiful swan.

Carole M. said...

always look forward to your bird and scenery photographs Andrew. My this swan, how lucky it was resting up and you could move on it while it was so still; the photographs are so pristine (with a pristine swan!). When I started reading, "until some idiot started ...." my heart was in my mouth. Glad it was just you clicking your camera! Sounds like a perfect days outing. Keep warm! I admire you guys getting out with your cameras in the cold air; that's pretty tough going by the sounds of it.

TexWisGirl said...

really a gorgeous bird. laughed at the 'some idiot' remark. good luck with the gardening! brr!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

well fancy waking Mr.Swan from his slumber. these are super crisp images Andrew, really nice captures.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful pictures swan is super beautiful and pure white.
I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Beautiful shots!

From one idiot to another...If it makes you feel any better, I love taking photos of sleeping birds also!! ;)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

White swans always look so elegant. This mute swan sleeping a delightful, wonderful photos. Hope the work at your mum's goes well, guess you'll warm up a bit once you start.

Beth said...

what a beautiful bird. i want to reach out through the computer & pet the bird. shhh ... be very quiet. the bird is sleeping. i'm leaving ever so quietly. (:

grammie g said...

HI Andrew...Real beautiful images of the peaceful sleeping Swan ...I wonder who the idiot was that spook the poor thing ; } lol
Oh you poor Mom must be unsetting to her..that's sweet that you and your brother are there for her!
Dress warm//
Gracexx

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A sleeping beauty indeed. Small wonder why Tchaikovsky chose to write a ballet after this lovely bird.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

really beautifull, very nice capture

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous photos, Andrew! The water drop on its bill in the first shot is awesome!

Bob Bushell said...

A brilliant Swan, fantastic way of putting it.

Denise said...

Oh my, I do so love the swan. Marvelous photos Andrew, what a gorgeous bird.

MoiCLouLou said...

Really nice pictures! Love the short story :)
Have a nice weekend,
Louise

Gillian Olson said...

Thw swan is gorgeous, what great pictures you took.
Sounds a bit cold for gardening, good luck.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Graceful, indeed. The royalty of water. Out of water, not so much. You and your brother are good guys to help your mom.

ADRIAN said...

Always a good subject. These are beautiful.

John said...

Lovely shots of the Mute Swan Andrew! So serene and peaceful!
J
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Magia da Inês said...

Ave dormindo, momento certo para esse belo click.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

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Susan Scheid said...

Always a conundrum, writing as someone with a camera who's experienced the same unintended consequence. How many times, too, have I stepped, I thought quietly, from out behind a bush to get a better shot, and off flies the bird, or off runs the fox!

Carolina said...

What a wonderful pictures! I love this swan. All swans.

Hilke Breder said...

Beautiful shot, Andrew. So tranquil. Read Europe is in a deep freeze. I hope you are staying warm. A little work in the garden however will help. Have a great weekend!

Sandra said...

so a working week end for you, and that is probably payback for waking up that gorgeous sleeping swan. i love the closed eyes and the way they opened in the next shot.

Barb said...

My goodness - that is one beautiful swan - nice capture!

Chatty Crone said...

I LOVE THOSE PICTURES. AWESOME. sandie

Ruby said...

Indeed a very beautiful sleeping beauty!