The Leeds-Liverpool Canal where it passes Salts Mill in Saltaire. Such a peaceful scene early on a spring morning... The two swans are the surviving cygnets from a brood of eight that were hatched in Saltaire last year. They are almost fully grown now; just a few brown feathers and their pale beaks mark them out as being 'teenagers'. I haven't spotted the adult pair, their parents, yet. It would be nice to see another brood this year.
There is currently the most amazing exhibition of photographs of Saltaire's swans, in the little 'Shipley Focus'd' Photographic Gallery in Shipley's market square. Taken by local photographer Andrew McCaren last year, they document a year in the life of this family of swans. If you're in the area, I strongly recommend a visit. The photos are simply stunning and give a fascinating glimpse into the secret life of the swans. I am all the more envious because I have never yet taken a photo of a swan that I'm satisfied with. I think they're really difficult subjects - they won't 'pose' and it's difficult to get the exposure right on their white feathers.