Thursday, 12 April 2012

The cygnet that hadn't yet learned....

Photo © Roy Pritchard, used with permission

The cygnet that hadn't yet learned NOT to pose for a camera....  

Taken in the vicinity of Bingley's Five Rise Locks - but I must say straight away that this isn't one of my photos.  It was taken by a good friend of mine a couple of summers ago.  I thought it was delightful and it made me laugh.  Those who've been following my blog for a while will have heard me opine that swans will never pose for my camera.  They turn their backs, plunge their heads in the water, swim in the opposite direction or lunge at the camera!  By contrast, this little cygnet swam right up and fixed her beady eye on her reflection in the lens.  No doubt mum would have had a few words of advice later!

Incidentally, what impressed me most was the sanguine way in which my friend was dangling his brand-new Nikon at arm's length over the water... a braver soul than I!

Seeing ducklings on other people's blogs in the last few days reminds me to try and get down to the canal to see if we have any yet.  I've been so busy I haven't been out for a walk for ages.  They say there are bluebells out too - which is two or three weeks earlier than usual, I think.

12 comments:

  1. That cygnet has to be a girl! -- just look at that coy expression on her face!

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  2. It's already a teenager ! soon it will become snowwhite, poses very well indeed, lol !

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  3. "Is this my best side?"

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  4. This young boy (or girl) seems quite happy being pictured, it's even smiling!:o)
    Your friend was maybe on a boat?..Holding the camera over water also frightens me!

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    1. Not on a boat - on the canal side - though it does curve round a bit at this point.

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  5. Cracking photograph, jenny. I'm sure you'll manage to get the elusive swan-shot before too much longer.

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  6. Your friend did a good job of composing this photo, jenny.

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  7. That is a super, funny picture. The swans usually do the same to me as you. How do the redecorations look???

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    1. Diane, it's so bright in my sitting room now that I need sunglasses!

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  8. He looks like a bit of a ham to me!

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