break through

This shot is one I took three months ago but had not processed until this week, after I put together the images for my portfolio project.  I'm thinking this one might bump one of the others out.  I mentioned before that this is the first project I have attempted.  One thing I have learned about the benefits of a sustained project - my skills are different now, I was able to process this shot much differently (and much more effectively) than I would have three months ago.  That is a good thing in two ways - one, that my skills and knowledge have developed, and two, that I'm reminded that my skills and knowledge are developing.  Sometimes, recognizing our own growth and progress is difficult.  And I am certain this is not helped by being something of a perfectionist!