Monday, June 10, 2013

"Eternal"





I call this one "Eternal" these are Mute Swans, these swans are the largest swans, slightly larger than Trumpeter Swans, Mute swans were brought here from Europe and placed in parks, and private ponds because they are so beautiful, these are the swans that you see with their necks in the classic curve, and wings up like sails.

Problem is these swans are not afraid of anything, I have seen them chase off large predators, and they are beginning to displace the swans that are native to the US.

I think they are beautiful birds, and I was lucky to catch these two.

These are feral swans now, returning to a wild state, and were photographed in the whet lands near Midway Utah, we call this location "The river bottoms".
I hope you enjoy them!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Heaven Born"




Earlier this year my wife and I took a trip to Wyoming to a place near the Salt River where I knew Trumpeter swans liked to congregate.

We stopped on our way to the motel, but the sun was high and the light was bad, it looked promising so the next morning we got up early and headed out, we arrived before the sun was up, and that gave me time to get set up, and ready, then the waiting, there were swans already there on the water, but I wanted swans in flight, after a while I thought they weren't going to show up, then way off in the distance you could hear the distinctive call of the Trumpeter, then one came in, then another, but all singles, after a wile there were more and more swans on the water, all of a sudden they all started calling, thundering loud, then off again in the distance you could hear trumpeting, and here came this pair flying around above me, they were being called in by the swans that were on the water, once they landed they did a little "triumph ceremony" and then got quiet again, just honking once in a wile, we sat and watched them for about an hour, then my wife informed me she was hungry so off to McDonalds for breakfast, I love being out there with God's creations!!

I think these are some of the most graceful, and beautiful birds on the planet, I just love to watch them.
I call this one "Heaven Born" I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks
T.L.Mair
www.tlmair.com

Welcome to my blog!


Since this is my first post on this blog I guess I should introduce myself.
My name is T. L. "Terry" Mair, I was born in a small rural community in Utah named Heber City, when I was 5 my family moved to the small farming community of Midway, Utah, just three miles from Heber. I have lived in Midway ever since.
I learned to hunt and fish here in this little valley, and that introduced me to wildlife, and the beauty of the natural world.
In 1985 I started a portrait/wedding photography business, but am slowly moving into photographing the beauty around me.
My web site where I display and sell my images is: www.tlmair.com if you have a chance take a look.
I am planning on posting images from my photographic travels and telling a little about each of them.
Thank you for your time.
T. L. Mair