Original Painting by Artist Gail Niebrugge
Original Painting “Trumpeters with Young”
acrylic on rag board 10″ x 12″, matted and framed under glass
Original painting SOLD, available as a mini print
After hours of hiding in the brush watching Trumpeter Swan on Chitina Town Lake, and crawling on her belly with tripod and camera, Alaska artist Gail Niebrugge finally got a few shots of the swans and their young before they hastily swam to the opposite shore. “Then,” she says, “I’d sneak quietly around the shoreline to the other side and start all over again. I repeated this routine for hours. It was uncanny how the swans knew what I was trying to do, as soon as I’d ease my camera into position they moved out of range. Of course, it I were a professional photographer I would have had much bigger lenses and this would not have been a problem, but with my little 75-210mm zoom it was a challenge. To make matters worse the temperatures hovered near freezing and below, my feet and hands ached from the cold. I’d periodically return to my vehicle and run the heater to thaw out.” Through the years Niebrugge’s efforts rewarded her with some wonderful research for future paintings. Patience pays.