A fresh snowfall in the late winter when the water begins to open up, brings great contrast to the landscape. Birds are returning to northern breeding grounds, and trumpeter swans are some of the most beautiful among them. Large and bright white, they glow in the evening sunlight, matching the snow-covered rocks in this stream. I loved the contrast and similarity of colour in this painting as evening light is my favourite kind of light. Though I've only had a few sightings of these magnificent birds, each has been something special. And hearing their call, it's apparent why they have their name.