There’s a driving route that I often take along the shore of Lake Ontario during my lunch hour. It was just warming up after a bitter cold spell and I knew that the warmer temperatures would bring some dramatic low fog over the frozen lake and ponds.
I happened to see a lone mute swan walking on the fog-shrouded ice, which was unique in that I usually find them in pairs. I managed to pull over to the curb, put the vehicle in park (very important!) and crossed the road to the shoreline to get as low of a perspective as possible.
I’m sure there were some strange looks from people passing-by as I squatted down by the water’s edge, but I managed to spend five minutes with this beautiful bird while it struck pose, after pose, for me.
The fog and ice definitely gives it a dream-like character, with the hint of soft trees in the distant background. It all culminated with this particular shot, which is perfectly suited for monochrome.
Elephant, Amboseli, Kenya
by Boone Thomson from the United States
Nikon D850, Nikon 80-200 f2.8
f/2.8, 1/500sec, ISO 280
Vulture, Doñana National Park, Spain
By Déa Starlling from Germany
Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon EF 100-400 mm/4.5-5.6
f/8.1, 1/400sec, ISO 400
Nilgiri tahr, Eravikulam National Park, India
By Jeshurun Roshan from India
Nikon D3300, 18-55 mm lens
f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO 400