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The Presence of Wonder

"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." - E. B. White



The sky was overcast and the snowfall had just begun to slow. Driving south through Yellowstone National Park we were only minutes past our brief, but unforgettable, encounter with a Great Gray Owl. To our left we spotted a small group of Trumpeter Swans. Immediately we pulled over and I climbed down the hillside to crouch on the beach while watching and photographing these beautiful birds from across the river. They dabbled for food beneath the water's surface, preened, bathed and flapped their wings. Amid the bustle of activity I noticed this one pair immersed in courtship and unconcerned about any of the activity that surrounded them. It was beautiful to witness their graceful, synchronized dance. Even on the heels of an awesome experience with the Owl, nature continued to to surprise and delight me. Don't ever stop looking because you never know what might be right around the next bend. October 2015

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Uploaded on November 9, 2015