Young Trumpeter Swan Glowing Brightly On Dark Waters In Montana

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Young Trumpeter Swan glowing brightly on dark watersYoung Trumpeter Swan glowing brightly on dark waters – Nikon D810, f9, 1/2000, ISO 400, -1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

One of my fondest memories for photographing Trumpeter Swans happened on an evening of September of 2015 in southwestern Montana. There was a family of Trumpeter Swans on Elk Lake and I was able to take many photos of them as they fed, floated around, rested and preened.

Evenings in Montana’s Centennial Valley are always rather special to me and that evening was made even more spectacular by the family of swans. The young swans, or cygnets, came in close a few times and the adults kept a watchful eye on them as they paddled past.

The lake looked dark blue in some areas and almost black in sections that were shaded but with the angle of light it lit the swans up and at times they positively seemed to glow.

Every moment spent photographing the family of Trumpeter Swans that evening still feels like a precious gift to me.

Life is good.



  1. Elephants Child August 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    My father’s words leap to mind. ‘Glowing like a good deed in a naughty world’.

  2. Pepe Forte August 31, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Mia, for me your work is extraordinary in every artistic respect. You have given me many WOW moments. But this one…this one…is the stuff of a beautiful dream; the kind that captures a deeper part of you and does not let go. It is profound, compelling and altogether wonderful. It is the kind of image that sustains you when everything else is going to hell. Thank you.

  3. Laura Culley August 31, 2017 at 7:31 am

    What Liz said! GORGEOUS! What a special moment in time!

  4. Liz Cormack August 31, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Oh, wow!!! Gorgeous photo.

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