I took a little trip to the Jersey shore to visit family I hadn't seen in over 40 years. It was wonderful to experience a part of my roots I didn't realize were still so dear to me. As usual, I took my camera and had some fun shooting in between catching up with my relatives. I went back to the same lake several times to shoot a beautiful flock of swans. I returned home to photograph a sunflower field, then water lilies and lotus over the next two mornings. Fortunately the weather was 80 degrees and beautiful on those days. During the sunflower shoot I accidentally dropped my new zoom lens. I thought for sure it broke but the noise I began to hear was just the image stabilization. Funny how I never heard it before. One must become clumsy when not used to waking up at 6:00 am to photograph before the sun is too bright and the bugs get buggy. Below are some of the swan photos I so enjoyed shooting. I'm still editing the sunflower, water lily and lotus photos. I will post some of those soon too.