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February 7, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Tundra Swans

Swans Feb 6

I didn’t see any snow geese at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge today, but I did see tundra swans.

Swans Feb 6

My internal thesaurus was cataloguing synonyms for “elegant” when I noticed a commotion.

Swans Feb 6

The swans were bathing! So graceful and majestic and…

Swans Feb 6

… playful? They both paused after this undignified flail, as if to make certain no one was watching.

Swans Feb 6


Swans Feb 6

I couldn’t help laughing out loud as they splashed and rolled. A few minutes later, they shook out their feathers, folded their wings, and resumed their stately tour of bay.

Swans Feb 6

I was captivated by the swans’ antics, and tonight my internal thesaurus has started compiling synonyms for “joyful”.


  1. viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 7 2013 1:34 PM

    Great birds and a great place to live and photograph. Thanks also for dropping by my blog and following. Much appreciated.

  2. Sharon Poch / Feb 7 2013 2:18 PM

    Joyful works!

  3. Gillian / Feb 7 2013 8:39 PM

    The photos of the swan with his feet in the air made me smile! 🙂

  4. Sara Lier / Feb 7 2013 9:39 PM

    Reminds me of Trumpet of the Swan, one of my favorite books when I was a kid.

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 7 2013 10:11 PM

      I haven’t read that one! Adding Trumpet of the Swan to my list…

  5. Jeanette Gallagher / Feb 7 2013 11:08 PM

    Great photographs!!! I’m joyful for having watched. Thanks, Rae.

  6. bardessdmdenton / Feb 8 2013 4:23 PM

    Even the most dignified must have some fun. What a joyful sharing! Thanks, Rae, and hope you are well. XO

  7. Random Acts of Writing / Feb 11 2013 12:36 PM

    JOYFUL is the perfect word!

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