And Have You Changed Your Life?

And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

The Swan (excerpt)
Swan: Poems and Prose Poems
Mary Oliver

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Two Mute Swans Aloft


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Two Mute Swans change their course, their life.


This week’s photo challenge is cover art. We were challenged to offer a photo to be used as the cover for a book. The two photos in this post could be used as the front and back covers for Mary Oliver’s exquisite Swan poetry. Her line “and have you changed your life” is shown in the course change of the two swans between the first and second photos. Perhaps they are taking a road less traveled in the second frame? The proposed book cover intentionally has no title or text on either front or back, they would display only on the book’s spine. Thanks to Pete R and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks also to Leanne Cole and Laura Mackey for hosting the Monochrome Madness challenge. These photos are actually in color, they have not been manipulated to simulate black & white. I love it when nature presents us her monochrome palette – there is something evocative about layered grey skies.

A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Mute Swan, Kayaking

Posted on October 27, 2014, in Art, Audubon, Birds, Feathers, Fine art, Kayaking, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Mute Swan, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

    • Thanks so much, I’m glad you like this one. That day, I was out in my kayak heading in at the end of a long day’s paddle. The light was changing, clouds had moved in, and from behind me on the water there came enormous, loud retorts – whomp, whomp, whomp – that could signal only one thing: a swan lifting off. I sat transfixed as the pair of Mute Swans overtook my kayak, flying directly overhead before circling the lake. With each passing circle they gained altitude until finally they seemed free of gravity and soared out of sight.

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