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Lois Bryan

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Weatherford, TX - United States

Such a dynamic and peaceful image. Just wonderful.

Southport, Me - United Kingdom

Really beautiful Lois L/F

Central District, ne - Hong Kong

Very nice image and the I could hear it because of the title. L/F

Fennville, MI - United States

OMG . . . I don't do birds,but if I did . . . Spectacular work Lois! fv

Sussex, WI - United States

A beauty of a work, pleasing to view, very well done;) v

Ottawa, ON - Canada

Your work always stands out! :o)

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Nina!!

South San Francisco, CA - United States

Absolutely stunning capture and work! F/V

Lois Bryan replied:

thank you, Jim!!

Reno, NV - United States

I love this capture! You have quite a marvelous flair! V/F

Lois Bryan replied:

Thanks so much, Phyllis!!

Long Beach, CA - United States

Congratulations on your sale of this beautiful work, Lois! f/v

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Heidi

Burnaby, BC - Canada

Congratulations on your well deserved sales. This is stunning. Excellent clarity, colour and composition. Really top shelf work. v

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Lisa!!

Rancho Mirage, CA - United States

Oh My Goodness, Lois, this is simply so so beautiful my friend, Congrats on your sale also, well deserved and sure they will love it sitting in there home , love it Lois!!!! fv sherri

Lois Bryan replied:

thank you, Sherri ... I wish everyone in the whole world could look up and hear and see (and FEEL) one of these incredible creatures flying over!!! it was AWESOME!!!

Brookeville, MD - United States

Ruth, thank you for the feature in "A Place For All"!!

Gettysburg, PA - United States

Fabulous image and title! Congrats on your features! Such a stand out comp and processing! fv

Lois Bryan replied:

Thanks so much, Angie!!

Wesley, ME - United States

Beautiful artwork! v/f

Lois Bryan replied:

Hi Susan!! Thank you!!!

Grand Forks, BC - Canada

Congratulations your submission has been FEATURED in MOUSE!! Thank you for your great participations! Cheers, Barbara F/V

Lois Bryan replied:

Thanks so much for this wonderful honor, Barbara ... my apologies for not responding sooner!!

Tomelilla, Sk - Sweden

Like a painting .... Lovley

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Rikard ... that's the best compliment I could get!!

Spring Hill, Te - United States

Beautiful!!! v/f

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Amy

Hermann, MO - United States

Lois, another amazing image. It reminds me of one of my personal favorites, Maxfield Parrish. Well done! voted/fave

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you so much, William!!!! What an honor to be compared to Maxfield Parrish!!!!!!!

Concho - Snowflake, AZ - United States

This is absolutely gorgeous, Lois!!! F & V !!!

Lois Bryan replied:

Peri, thank you so much!!

Vila Nova De MIlfontes - Portugal

Perfect !!! F/V

Lois Bryan replied:

Paula, thank you!!!

Newcastle, WY - United States


Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Barbara!!!

Peņaflor - Chile

CONGRATULATIONS!! Featured on Female Artists - Creative Women!!! Absolutely fabulous artwork!Very well done!!!! Voted

Lois Bryan replied:

Madalena, thank you so much for your lovely note and for the feature ... I adore your group!!!!!

Azuga, PH - Romania

Very beautiful work !!!

Lois Bryan replied:

Sorin, thank you!!!

Brookeville, MD - United States

Darren, thank you so so much for the features in Greeting Cards and in Photography and Textures ... So happy you enjoyed this particular image!!!!

Los Angeles, CA - United States

Wonderful. voted and featured in Animal and Bird Species Group

Lois Bryan replied:

Lyn, thank you!!!! I love your group "Animal and Bird Species" ... this is a wonderful honor!!!

Brookeville, MD - United States

Cory, thank you so much for the feature in your beautiful group "Joy"!!!!

Maui, Ha - United States

Featured: :: Dimensions :: . . 10 June 2012 . . it is beautiful Lois :))

Lois Bryan replied:

thank you so much, Sharon!!! I'm honored!!! I'm so glad you suggested these groups!!!! thank you again!!!

Lewes, Ea - United Kingdom

Amazing - what a picture!

Lois Bryan replied:

thank you so much, Rohan!!

Glendale, AZ - United States

a very striking and beautiful visual. voted

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Diana!!!

Wynnewood, PA - United States


Lois Bryan replied:

Hi Byron!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

Toronto, ON - Canada

Wow what a gorgeous shot!

Lois Bryan replied:

thank you!!!!

Auburn, ME - United States

As enchanting as "Lady In Waiting"

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you very much, Bob!!!

Lovejoy, GA - United States

This is amazing. Really, I have no words.

Lois Bryan replied:

A very late thank you, Ginette!!!!

Long Valley, NJ - United States

Hi Lois, love the warm light,clouds and texture. Skillfully done!

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you so much, Dave ... this one represents so much joy ... from the taking of the picture to the fun of the post work. Honored that you enjoyed it!!!

Dawson City, YT - Canada

this is simply beautiful!

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you again, sweetie!!!

Brookeville, MD - United States

thank you, Viv and Odd and Donna .. they are an incredible creature!!!!!! Can't say enough good about them!!!!!!!

Forsyth, Ga - United States


Vildbjerg - Denmark

A song full of grace.

Sydney, NS - Australia

Wow, my friend...what a capture, what an image all up....makes me sing too.xV

Tokyo, to - Japan

Beautifully done, Lois!

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, Irina!!!

Toronto, ON - Canada

just gorgeous !

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you, sweetheart!!!!! One of my own faves!!!!

WICHITA, KS - United States

what a wonderful title...and what a magnificent image...excellent work, Lois!

Lois Bryan replied:

Tyler, thank you!!

Little Rock, AR - United States

This is magical!!!! It is so very beautiful, Lois! Love it! You have the most beautiful collection of photography!

Lois Bryan replied:

Kathy, you've got me blushing ... thank you so much!!!!!

Yuma, AZ - United States


Lois Bryan replied:

Hi Martina, honey ... a VERY late thank you!!!!

Denver, CO - United States

Simply gorgeous & I can't even imagine how you captured this image. Thank you for your wonderful comments on my sale!

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you so very much, Colleen ... this is actually a compilation of two of my images!! The actual fly over was one of those moments I'll never forget!!!!!

Valladolid - Spain

Really beatiful

Livonia, Mi - United States

Fantastic, Lois. Beautiful work!

Dearborn, MI - United States

Simply beautiful, Lois!

Pueblo, CO - United States

Lois, your artwork is just that, ART, and is so incredibly beautiful and lyrical. I love whatever you do in the field. This is a fav & recommend.

Yakima, WA - United States

The Wild Swans is an old fairy tale of how a sister saves her brothers from an evil queen who turned them into swans each night. This sure brings that story back to me. I love your work. This is beautiful.

Lois Bryan replied:

Bernie, thank you ... what a wonderful story about the swans ... they are such magical, romantic creatures ... i love hearing stories about them!!!!!

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Splendid image... Ana

Lois Bryan replied:

Thank you so much, Ana ... you found one of my own favorites!!!!

Bhopal, Ma - India

this is even better then the bear.......

Brookeville, MD - United States

thank you!!!!

Burlington, WI - United States

Truly Magical ...I'm a believer

Hobart, IN - United States

wonderfully nice!!!

Colorado Springs, CO - United States

So WOW !!!!!!! ( exclamation points to make you feel more comphy :- )

Abilene, TX - United States

So many wonderful images, Lois! Excellent work!

Cape Town - South Africa

Your work is incredible, Lois. This one is lyrical. Congratulations!

Saunderstown, RI - United States

Beautiful Lois!!

Saunderstown, RI - United States

Beautiful Lois!!

Mesa, AZ - United States

Absolutely wonderful!

Tampa, FL - United States

Oh, Lois, this is sheer magical photography. Not just a great capture, I love the feel you have created - truly beautiful.

Holland, MI - United States

Such a cool piece!

Fairhope, AL - United States

Your photography art is very beautiful! I especially love this one. Thanks for your kind comments on my work!

Bhilai, C. - India

vow.what a picture is this.

Piracicaba, Sa - Brazil

So calm and peaceful.

Palatine, IL - United States

Excellent !!!

Lemoore, CA - United States

Beautiful images Lois! Thank you for visiting my gallery, it's a pleasure to be featured on the FAA homepage.

Selah, Wa - United States

Fantastic capture

Cape Coral, FL - United States

Stunning work Lois, so pretty with nice texture.

Melbourne, Vi - Australia

Stunning image Lois, so very beautiful

Filey, No - United Kingdom

Beautiful capture Lois and pp too:)

London, En - United Kingdom

Very nice - very painterly

Waupaca, WI - United States

Such a beautiful piece you have created Lois.

Glenview, IL - United States

Wonderful image Lois.

Burlington, ON - Canada

this song is worth listening to !!!

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�The phrase �swan song� is a reference to an ancient belief that the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is completely mute during its lifetime until the moment just before it dies, when it sings one beautiful song.
Mute Swans are not actually mute during life � they produce snorts, shrill noises, grunts, and hisses � and they do not sing as they die. Peterson et al. note that Cygnus olor is �not mute but lacks bugling call, merely honking, grunting, and hissing on occasion.� This folktale has been contested ever since antiquity. In 77 A.D. Pliny the Elder refuted it in Natural History (book 10, chapter xxxii: olorum morte narratur flebilis cantus, falso, ut arbitror, aliquot experimentis), stating: �observation shows that the story that the dying swan sings is false.�
Nevertheless, the folktale has remained so appealing that over the centuries it has continued to appear in various artistic works. Aesop�s fable of �The Swan Mistaken for a Goose� alludes to it: �The swan, who had been caught by mistake instead of the goose, began to sing as a prelude to its own demise. His voice was recognized and the song saved his life.� Ovid mentions it in �The Story of Picus and Canens�: �There, she poured out her words of grief, tearfully, in faint tones, in harmony with sadness, just as the swan sings once, in dying, its own funeral song.�
The well-known Orlando Gibbons madrigal (The Silver Swan) states the legend thus:

The silver Swan, who living had no Note,
when Death approached, unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
thus sang her first and last, and sang no more:
�Farewell, all joys! O Death, come close mine eyes!
�More Geese than Swans now live, more Fools than Wise.�

Chaucer wrote of �The Ialous swan, ayens his deth that singeth.� In Shakespeare�s The Merchant of Venice, Portia exclaims "Let music sound while he doth make his choice; Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, Fading in music.

Tennyson�s poem �The Dying Swan� is a poetic evocation of the beauty of the supposed song and so full of detail as to imply that he had actually heard it:
� The wild swan�s death-hymn took the soul
Of that waste place with joy
Hidden in sorrow: at first to the ear
The warble was low, and full and clear; �
But anon her awful jubilant voice,
With a music strange and manifold,
Flow�d forth on a carol free and bold;
As when a mighty people rejoice
With shawms, and with cymbals, and harps of gold� "

my thanks for the above interesting info to Wikipedia

This image is a compilation of two of my own images, plus several textures from FloraBella. I can�t describe the excitement we felt as this magnificent creature flew over us � the swan may or may not �sing� � but the music made by its wings will never, ever be forgotten!!!

The swan�s image was taken in the beautiful Presqui�le Provincial Park in Brighton, Ontario Canada in April of 2010 with the Nikon D300 and the 150-500mm OS Sigma lens at 500mm focal distance; the cloud background was taken from my backyard in Maryland with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm vr Nikon lens. All combined in Photoshop CS4.


July 27th, 2010


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