Ballet of the swan

Another case of art imitating life…

Note excellent extension of leg and wing in this graceful execution...

Note excellent extension of leg and wing in this graceful execution…

Trumpeter Swan

And how about this position?

From:

From:  http://thedailyballet.tumblr.com/post/3084901502

Note swan on tip-toes -- if only they had ballet shoes

Note swan on tip-toes — if only they had ballet shoes

Swan watching must be mandatory for ballet performances of Swan Lake.

With all the mid-day stretching and preening going on, it was easy to capture a variety of poses, including one swan’s exhibition of all of its under-wing feathers.  These birds are really well insulated.

There are exactly...

There are exactly…25,001 feathers on my glorious body.

31 thoughts on “Ballet of the swan

    • You’re right — you’ll see the ballerina in them, and their balance is simply wonderful. Even I might be able to stand on one leg and stretch my arms and other leg outward if I could stand on a big flat foot like the swan has!

    • Yes, indeed, to match the black beak! I might never have seen this, if not for the convenient shelf of ice where they could stand next to the water and preen their feathers.

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