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Filename: aa064278.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4350 (6.7MB)

Date: 13th October 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Swan and cygnets a064278

A swan and young cygnets on the water at Kew Gardens. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: January 1962 - May 1964

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Media ID 1289930

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In this photograph captured by John Gay, we are transported to the serene waters of Kew Gardens during a period spanning from January 1962 to May 1964. The image beautifully showcases a graceful swan accompanied by its young cygnets gliding effortlessly across the water's surface. The composition is strikingly simple yet exudes an undeniable sense of tranquility and natural beauty. The elegant swan, with its long neck gracefully arched, leads the way as it guides its adorable offspring through their aquatic journey. The cygnets, still in their early stages of development, follow closely behind their protective parent. Gay's keen eye for detail allows us to appreciate the intricate patterns created by ripples on the water's surface as they gently lap against the birds' feathers. This interplay between light and shadow adds depth and texture to an already enchanting scene. This timeless snapshot serves as a gentle reminder of nature's wonders that can be found even within urban landscapes such as Kew Gardens. It invites us to pause for a moment amidst our busy lives and appreciate the delicate balance between wildlife and human existence. Through this evocative photo print, John Gay captures not only a fleeting moment in time but also conveys a profound connection between these majestic creatures and their surroundings – reminding us all of our shared responsibility towards preserving such precious ecosystems for generations to come.

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