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Andrew Bodrov

Dam Square in Amsterdam

Robert Bilsland

The Swans are Taking Over the City

South Quay, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, UK

March 31, 2024, 6:40 UTC (7:40 local time)

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Worcester has suffered a number of floods already in 2024. With the catchment area of the River Severn being deep within Wales, given a few days of heavy rain and the river levels are rising. Worcester is also home to a large number of swans who normally keep themselves to the river, well unless water levels rise.

Once this happens and their world gets much larger, and they don't just stop where the water stops. If you look up the grass bank, you can see more up there too. Just here, below the water, is a fountain that during the summer children run through and in the distance you can see the seats that surround the fountain just poking out of the water where their parents would sit.

Luckily this situation doesn't usually last for too long and the swans return back to the normal confides of the river. The final task is the cleanup of the riverside paths before everything is returned to normal.


Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panorama head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. Shots taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down, and another shot taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in darktable v3.8.1 before being stitched together using PTGui 10.0.19 Pro and converted using Pano2VR 6.1.15 pro.

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