I guess the Eric Carmen song was the inspiration for this title. Some lunatic illegally shot one of the pair of Mute Swans that have nested and bred on our local lake at Ainsdale and it’s sad to see the remaining one on his own. I can’t imagine how lonely he must feel and so I have put him into a background that I think looks the part. Maybe one day another swan will fly in to keep him company, I hope so.
Edited in CS3 and Topaz, with an Orton layer added to help the toning.The textures are all mine.
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  • Margi
    Margialmost 3 years ago

    pity we cant shoot the lunatics, very poignant and lovely Brian :))

  • I couldn’t agree more Margi, unfortunately they haven’t caught anyone yet, many thanks, Brian

    – Tarrby

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchalmost 3 years ago

    such beautiful work and such a sad tale. Beggars belief how some humans behave :(

  • Thank you Lissy, Whoever did this is obviously a moron, I hope they cath him (or her).

    – Tarrby

  • karina73020
    karina73020almost 3 years ago

    Very romantic and so magic one too!! :))

  • Very kind of you karina, thanks.

    – Tarrby

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 3 years ago

    I agree with Margi. What a beautiful and very moving work, Brian

  • Thanks Mike, you can’t believe people can be so cruel can you, these swans were so tame they would eat from your hand, talk about “sitting ducks”!!!! Brian

    – Tarrby

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    That is very sad…. is it not illegal to shot swans there? I’m sure that swan is definitely in mourning and, of course, they mate for life so I hope, as you say, another one comes along…. very, very sad…. Your photo is excellent and I immediately thought of that song also although I couldn’t remember who sang it…. lovely processing and your tone sets the somber mood….beautiful work Brian but such a sad story… I can’t image anyone shooting a swan…

  • Hi Kat, yes it is illegal to shoot swans in The UK, they actually all belong to The Queen. Unfortunately they don’t know who shot her. Thanks for your kind comment, Brian x

    – Tarrby

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning work! How could someone shoot a swam. sigh


  • Thank you Debra, I don’t know, but there are some bad people around, Brian

    – Tarrby

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!!!!

  • Thanks for including me in this lovely selection Monica.

    – Tarrby

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago


    I love your work Tarrby!

  • Thank you so much Darlene and thanks for your special 5 C’s banner, Brian

    – Tarrby

  • Kim Slater
    Kim Slateralmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks for including me in this great feature Kim, much appreciated.

    – Tarrby

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely image! 11/06/2011

  • Thank you Deborah, delighted that you have featured this in The Group.

    – Tarrby

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