The Beauty of Nature

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swan with Cygnets

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”  –John Muir, naturalist and author

Trumpeter Swans at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets

Little white fluff balls of cuteness bring cheer to the soul.  Trumpeter Swans lead their cygnets in a swim on a warm Sunday afternoon.

Trumpeter Swans and Black Tern at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swans and Black Tern

No one was concerned about the hovering Black Tern.  Thankfully, cygnets are not a part of his diet.

Female Redhead with Chicks at the Horicon Marsh

Female Redhead with Chicks

A female Redhead and her chicks raced through the water in a close-knit pack.  It is amazing how fast their tiny webbed feet can paddle. The mother’s gray bill with black tip helped to identify them.

Double-crested Cormorant at the Horicon Marsh

Double-crested Cormorant

Speaking of feet, notice how this Cormorant grips the post with his entire webbed feet. He also has brilliant blue eyes.  If you are looking for the beauty of nature, you will find it at the Horicon Marsh.

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