I spent several hours waiting to get a few unique shots of these cygnets flocking around Mom. When one climbed up on her back, my thoughts turned to "now, if only she would turn just a little more sidways. Fortunately, I managed to get a few shots like this one while the light was right because she continued swimming further away without ever turning much. The nature of wildlife photography often necessitates that you take the best you can get.

I had originally posted this under the title “Free Ride”, but when my daughter saw Free Ride, she said it reminded her of herself with her clan. She has three boys and one girl (the youngest who she fondly refers to as her princess). They have a summer home up in Northern Wisconsin and are very much into nature, hiking, and boating. She asked if I could blow it up and frame it for her wall up in the summer home with the title “Family Outing”.


  • mompaq
    mompaqover 6 years ago

    Terrific image!

  • Thanks Mompaq!

    – John Absher

  • Steve Arkleton
    Steve Arkletonover 6 years ago

    Shots like these need time and effort. Your patience definitely paid off John! It’s terrific. =o)

  • Thank you very much for your kind words John!!

    – John Absher

  • Romo
    Romoover 6 years ago

    So Cute:)

  • John Absher
    John Absherover 6 years ago

    Thank you for the kind words Romo!

  • Wildwings
    Wildwingsover 6 years ago

    This is a magnificent shot. Love the colors and the sharp details. I really enjoyed looking through your gallery.

  • Wildwings
    Wildwingsover 6 years ago
    I forgot to mention that it’s the most beautiful capture of swans and cygnets that I have encountered so far. :)
  • Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words Wildwings. Very glad you enjoyed the rest of my gallery as well. I am flattered, especially after taking a quick look through your gallery. Looks like you’ve been having sales too … good for you and congrats. Looking forward to looking more closely through your gallery, but on our way out the door for a weeks vacation in Windsor, Canada. Love the Daschund shot … very nice PS work!!

    – John Absher

  • Wildwings
    Wildwingsover 6 years ago

    Have agreat holiday. Looking forward to more wonderful captures.

  • Thank you very much Wildwings and you have a great holiday as well!

    – John Absher

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesover 6 years ago

    this one’s a pip, john! well worth the wait! also like the very interesting background info.

  • As always, thank you very much for you kind words Victoria.

    – John Absher

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardover 6 years ago

    Beautiful clarity and details,superb capture.

  • Thank you very much micmac. Your feedback is very much appreciated!!

    – John Absher

  • Jennifer Potter
    Jennifer Potterover 6 years ago

    This is a really really terrific shot!! Beautiful capture of a mother’s bond with her little ones. Bravo! – Dawn

  • Thank you very much for your ind words and feedback Dawn!

    – John Absher

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