The Wild Swans of Binder


This week we spotted a pair of swans basking in the morning sun of a quiet cove of Binder Lake. The lake is just a few minutes west of Jefferson City and hosts migrating ducks and other waterfowl at this time of year. The elegant beauty of swans has inspired countless painters and poets. The famous Irish poet William Butler Years opened his poem The Wild Swans of Coole with this memorable stanza:
The trees are in their autumn beauty
The woodland paths are dry
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming waters, among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.
The swans in the photo are not the more famous trumpeter swan but the mute swan, which can be more aggressive than other waterfowl and may not have been the swans that inspired Mr. Yeats; ah well, they sure look peaceful in this video filmed in the Netherlands.

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