The top picture is from my tiny camera, pointed toward the Elks Club from the island. Mike Kenny, the Rochester Sentinel's intrepid photographer was able to get a lot closer--so I included his photo as well. Mike is one of the community's great resources. Constantly on the prowl with his camera, he has bagged a beautiful assortment of nature photographs over the years. Take a look at http://www.rochsent.com/.
The brown swans are the young ones. They will be snow white next season. The swans are frequent visitors to Lake Manitou. I've had them pass overhead within twenty feet of my kayak. Quite a sight--and sound, as they kind of wheeze as they flap their wings.