June 12, 2014

Warm and Fuzzy

Photograph by John Halvorson, National Geographic Your Shot

A cygnet peers out from its mother's wing at a local pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Your Shot member John Halvorson, the adult swans arrived in February, during an unusually bad winter. "I followed them daily through the mating cycle and the nest building," he says. "When we had a brutal series of ice storms and there was little for them to eat I took them cracked corn. I became a trusted friend, so when the chicks hatched I was allowed to sit close by and photograph the adults and the newly hatched chicks. I stop by frequently to check on them. Of six eggs, four hatched, and today only two survive. They are beautiful birds."

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62 comments
erbPIX™
erbPIX™

Your excellent photo nicely summarizes the story behind it reflects to me that survival must never be taken for granted.

Parmita Srivastava
Parmita Srivastava

Nothing better than when wild animals in their own habitat start to trust you...

Viveca Skyles
Viveca Skyles

beautiful and warm shot. "mothers knows best"

Prasad Prsamy
Prasad Prsamy

the beat capture.perfect compositions and tone.

sajal dutta
sajal dutta

beautiful and humanitarian act well mr. john

Alex Hyeon
Alex Hyeon

This work warmed my heart for the first time in a long time.

The world is warm enough to live,

Thank you. You made me feel this long forgotten truth of life.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Both the Picture and the Story feels "Warm and Fuzzy" :) 

Lovely shot !!!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Wonderful shot and thank you John, even nature needs a little help now and then.            Such precious innocence in the cygnet baby.       

Marcia Womack
Marcia Womack

Such a sweet photograph and your story makes it even more meaningful, John.  I was delighted to see you fed your "friends" when the going got tough. It reminded me of trekking out in our frigid, icy winter weather here in Chicago this year carrying buckets of seeds and vegetables and fruits and nuts for the ducks and geese at Lincoln Park. This is a treasure of a story and a photograph to go with it. So glad you were picked for the Photo of the Day!

Barbara Stec
Barbara Stec

FABULOUS, MAGNIFICENT SNAPSHOT. AWESOME !!!!!!! Love it

Rachel Tucker
Rachel Tucker

How beautiful! It must have taken some patience to get this shot so right.

mark smalarz
mark smalarz

Good work in capturing a wonderful moment.

Qamrul Khanson
Qamrul Khanson

Who could deny the warmth of motherhood from pregnancy to infancy and from infancy to youthfulness and from there to the last. Let us continually appreciate such a cuddling and warmth by taking care of parents especially older parents when they need us most. This is an excellent picture to get inspired.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Your story is  touching, and an amazing one John, thank you for it.  What a beautiful picture of a secure 'lil cygnet, and all your efforts to keep it that way. A good way to start my day, and to continue it,hopefully. j.e.s........

Cheri Tory
Cheri Tory

Who says there is no such thing as Heaven !

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