A Long-awaited gift

For those of you who are readers of my writer’s blog, “Reflections From a Cloudy Mirror,” you may remember the story of one of the heart breaking moments of my life as a brand new photography student.  It was a lesson learned, but one that was very difficult, and one that I remain wistful about to this day.  The story of that lesson can be found here.  The gift I received today does not replace what I lost, but I am by no means ungrateful for the opportunity afforded me on this beautiful afternoon.  It has helped me to leap the hurdle of that initial disappointment, and look forward to brighter days and more successful and better quality photography.  Enjoy these photos of the swans who came to greet me today at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.