Iowa State University is beautiful year-round, but the picture above shows the almost magical aspect of Lake Laverne and its two resident swans during the summer. Lancelot and Elaine are iconic figures of the Iowa State campus. The Lancelot and Elaine above may be one of the male/female pairs we’ve had through the years, although the current Lancelot and Elaine are both female. See some early footage of the swans via the Special Collections Department’s Flickr account. We have several other boxes of photographs of the swans in University Photographs for RS 4/8/4.
Despite what you may see in historical photographs of the swans, please do not feed them or leave trash in the area – it hurts our birds!