Stretching

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Captured one morning along the River Avon, this beautiful swan was cleaning itself before stretching its wings in a classic pose. The early morning sun rays add to the surreal image as they burn away the river mist.

Reblogged from National Geographic

Floating

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While standing on the shore in Orahovac, Montenegro, this sunrise scene appeared before photographer and Your Shot member Aleksandra Bošković: a single swan, floating through the mist on the Bay of Kotor while perfectly illuminated by the morning sun.

Reblogged from National Geographic

Swan feather

On an autumn day in Moscow, Veronika K. Ko waited beside a lake for swans to swim close enough to photograph—but they never did. She had decided to leave when she spotted some feathers floating toward her. “It was obviously the swans’ gift for my patience,” she says. Noticing the water’s movement and the autumn trees reflected on its surface, she prepared a 200mm lens and waited for the biggest feather to approach.

Ko emphasizes the importance of taking advantage of the unexpected, in this case to create a unique shot and share the beauty of simple things. “To me it’s not just a feather; it’s a beautiful part of our life, of our surroundings, something that could bring us smiles and happiness just by watching it.”

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Image credit: Veronica Ko on National Geographic