Trumpeter Swan on a foggy morning. Loads of atmosphere with the remains of late fall color. Trumpeter Swans did not exist in Iowa for nearly 100 years. Wetland drainage and hunting did them in. Restoration of the species began in 1998 bringing the numbers up to 1823 in the DNR annual count in January of 2017.

For this piece I had in mind the typical neoclassical portrait of royalty with their kingdom as a backdrop. The combination of the antique ceramic piece with the dried sprig of marsh plant represents the precarious line between destroyer and restorer of nature that our species maintains.