Keswick Vineyards, Keswick Virginia

A pair of swans in the lake at Keswick Vineyards, in Keswick, Virginia
Matched Pair

Keswick Vineyards is different from the vast majority of Virginia wineries; they have swans. We saw the pond (and the swans) when we entered the property. There were two pairs of swans: one black and one white. I approached the pond on foot and settled into a crouch by the bank. The swans serenely approached and hung around near me for a while. They were probably hoping to be fed. (Sorry, gang, you’re out of luck: Nothing but camera-clicky noises from me!)

Nancy and I are now up over 110 Virginia wineries in our “150 Wineries in 150 Days” tour. Keswick is the second winery we’ve visited that has swans living on the property. (The other we’ve found is Lexington Valley Vineyards, just outside of Lexington Virginia.) If you’re counting, that means so far 1/55 of Virginia wineries have swans on premises.

A black swan approaches the photographer, in the lake at Keswick Vineyards, in Keswick, Virginia

(Top image [“Matched Pair”]: Nikon D700 with Nikkor 28-300mm zoom; 122mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/13.)

(Bottom [“Lookin'”]: Same camera and lens; 300mm, ISO 200, 1/80 sec. at f/13.)