The Swans Came Back
by Ellen DuBois on 02/24/21
Every morning I am blessed to look out onto the beautiful pond in our back yard. Opening the large, light sage drapes always brings with it a sense of wonder. It's like opening the curtains to a grand stage. What will I see today? Ducks? The owl I only got to see once? Blue Heron? Will the pond be frozen? Is the ice starting to melt? Are there deer across the way enjoying a quiet breakfast?
This small act has become part of my morning ritual and I love it. Everything I see both amazes and calms me. Being closer to nature makes me feel closer to God. I think it's because I see the beauty in His creations- from the tiniest hummingbird to a family of deer and beyond.
Swans seem almost magical to me. They're so beautiful...magnificant. Seeing them creates a feeling that reaches right into my soul. I don't see them every year, but every year I hope to.
They are back. Although the pictures I took didn't get in quite close enough, I am happy to have gotten any pictures at all. They are from above the pond, off the bedroom balcony. I had to run upstairs to get my camera and figured I'd take some pictures before they found another place to grace. It was a cloudy, cold morning and the brilliant white feathers of the swans stood out against the gray, icy backdrop. Next time, I'll go outside and hopefully get some better pictures.
I love that swans mate for life. That really speaks to me.
How about you?
I took these pictures with my NikonD5200, 300 mm lense. I dream of getting a 600 mm lense someday. I'll be able to get in so close!
Have a blessed day. Stay safe and I hope my pictures somehow add something positive to your day.
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I'm the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Jackie's Heart. Since 2006 I've been hosting MiscarriageHelp.com, a support site for women and their families who have miscarried.
I'm published with Blue Mountain Arts, and am a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (a Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns.
I'm also known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond. Music is another passion of mine and I'm blessed to share the gift of music. I'm also a shudder bug like my mother was. I love taking pictures.
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