Browsing through Amit's photo gallery I came upon this picture. The grace and majesty of the swan brought to my mind a poem by Rilke, read not so long ago...
This difficult living, laboring through
that which has been left undone,
is like the awkward walk of the swan.
And dying, this slipping away from the
ground upon which we stand every day,
is the anxious swan letting himself fall --
into waters, which receive him gently
and which, as though with reverence
and joy,draw back under him wave
after wave; while the swan, now infinitely
calm and self-assured, in his full majesty
allows himself to glide on.