Behind the Scenery: Austria’s Swan Lake

William Carr Gallery

It’s interesting to note to what degree I’ll go to find the ideal image. For this particular image, my lovely wife Victoria and I traveled to this specific European location on three separate occasions just to get the perfect shot.

Austria’s Swan Lake

 

Lake Hallstattersee, high in the Austrian Alps approximately one hour from Salzburg, I spied this extraordinary picturesque fairy tale-like tableau; a calm, gentle lake, a steepled row of quaint cottages casting shimmering, color-specked reflection off the dark water, and a majestic backdrop of fertile mountains reaching towards the heavens.

 

Only one thing seemed missing from this amazing landscape, keeping it from attaining absolute and utter perfection all on its own; an elegant, white swan that I noticed gliding across the water nearby.

 

If only…

 

A bird’s sense of sight is known to be extremely keen. I was hoping that this particular swan might be more moved by its overwhelming sense of hope.

 

My instincts took over; I grabbed a handful of white blossoms strewn across the ground and threw them in the water. The swan, dutifully deceived into believing the blossoms might be food, began to slowly swim into frame, ultimately adding the perfect final touch of magic and whimsy to this image.

 

By the end of this shoot, I was clearly the happier between the two of us.

 


Original music by William Carr

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