Sunday, January 11, 2015

A few Swans here in the Chesapeake & in the paintings of Australian Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny 1864–1947

Mute Swans on Maryland's Eastern Shore

The birds are thinking about migrating, & a few mute swans have reached the Eastern Shore, where they gather to feed & rest before any further migration to the warmer South.  The stars of this avian show, however, have to be the flocks of Tundra Swans that fill many farmers’ fields & grassy, shallow water coves of the Chesapeake Bay & its tributaries. The swans are big & beautiful.  Their high-pitched whooping calls announce their elegant presence.

Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny (Australian artist, 1864–1947) Summer Morning 1897

Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny (Australian artist, 1864–1947) Endormies

Tundra Swans with the Bay Bridge at Annapolis, Maryland in the background.

Edward Lear watercolor of a swan, ca 1831-36