Last weekend, which was quite sunny and summery, tempted my friend Barbara and me to take our motorbikes for a spin to the Baltic Sea. And what did we find on the beach at Boltenhagen (former East Germany) but a number of swans? I never expect to see swans at the sea but a couple were actually taking a little swim in the briny: 1. 2. mirror, mirror on the... sand??? These birds were obviously quite used to humans so we could sneak up really close and get the zoom lens working. The result: some swans portraits I'm quite proud of - and who has ever taken a closer look at the underside of a swan's bill? 3. 4. last year's cygnet, I assume 5. 6. I didn't catch the right moment for the real lovey-dovey, heart-shaped shot that you'll find on postcards but here goes anyway: 7.