An older brother told me that as a birthday present, all of my siblings and my mother had contributed to buy me a Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens for my new, used camera. I couldn’t believe it and am a bit ashamed to say that I broke down in tears. No, I sobbed.
A dream of mine, to be better equipped to explore nature photography, is coming true. I enjoy birding, for example, and although I’m not fanatical about it, I’ve always wanted to be able to take decent photos of the birds I spot. This lens, which cost several hundred dollars and which I could not afford, will allow me to do that.
So, there is more to come in terms of photographs. In the meantime, here’s one of the first ones taken with the old zoom lens I bought over the weekend via Craigslist. It’s not anything special and it’ll take me a while to learn and be comfortable with getting the right manual settings that using it requires.
I’m reminded that God is the giver of all good things (James 1:17), yet I’m also stunned by the generosity of family and the love behind it.