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It was early. The day had broken gray and overcast, with a fine mist on the water. The light was pearl-soft, transforming everything it touched. The swans — mere apparitions — sailed silently south in the still water. I pulled on some clothes and rushed down to the water’s edge — too late. One of the pair had already vanished behind a neighbor’s hedge. I took what photos I could.

Then, my attention was diverted by a fine, developing sunrise, one that ultimately betrayed its early promise. By the time I turned back to the swans, they had sailed silently past me again, retracing their course towards the north.

The date was August 10, 2012, shortly after 6:00 am

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