On January 17, the temperature had promised to dip down into the low single digits and I decided to head to Fort Beach at dawn to capture sea smoke.  I arrived to find calm water, clear sky and not even a hint of smoke rising from the water.  As a consolation, I found three swans swimming in the waters of Fort Beach.  They seemed to be looking for food and were moving along the length of the relatively short beach at high tide.  I realized I might be able to catch them with Marblehead Light in the background and set about chasing the birds as they swam.

I’ve shared one image from this morning of a single swan in the water but had skipped over this version with three swans caught together in the warm glow of dawn. As swan are known for being social creatures, the image of three swans at dawn in Marblehead Harbor seemed a more appropriate one.