This series of photos goes along with the story in EP 166 of the Creative Mom Podcast. The one shown here scampered ahead and was posing long before I made it to the top. After his series of poses, he laid down... dead... much to the amusement of another stair-climber passing by. I didn't have the right lens with me, but this was a walk worth taking, with or without the right lens on board!
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More than once this week, I've fallen asleep with my keyboard in my lap and the iPad propped in front of me. Such is the state of the show notes! I'm just weaving now... it feels like they've been done for a while, but they need to be woven a bit. I need to just go more ad-hoc.... just talk it out. (At least I think that's what I need!)
(The photo above was one of a number taken on a quick walk after having tea a few weeks ago.)
I was sick... and am still sick. But I did what I could in the final weeks of the year, even though I feel keenly the loss of the days, of the time, of the routines... I'm fighting all of that, even though I can't change what happened. Despite all of it, there was a level of 'joy' in him in those weeks... something you could see radiating from him. Something you could almost feel. I love this photo. (Hat by Gramma.)
When I walked up the hill to school this afternoon, I saw this wonderful groundcover of golden leaves and wished I had my camera in hand. I waited out the afternoon dodge ball and tether ball games, and we left just as it started to rain. I got my camera from the car and went back up the hill to snap a photo. It was better timing because all the cars had cleared out. But, as the raindrops came faster and faster, I gave up on the shot. As it turned out, those drops were the opening moments to a deluge that lasted hours. Those leaves will look very different tomorrow!
It was late afternoon when he got hooked on squishing soap in his hands and blowing through it to make bubbles. (It actually worked really well... bubbles that he could carry around even.) The light was low, the day gray. I can wish that this was more technically well-captured, but there's something to love here in the fact that I've been turned into a snowglobe of sorts! (And, interestingly, my reflection is upside down in one and rightside up in the other.)
Don't look too close. Early morning. Low light. A recognition that it might be the snap of the day despite the fact that it would be grainy. Part of me resists posting this. Day 3, and I feel already I've let myself down for the month. And yet... posted. Shared. Again a softness showing up that seems hard to see in front of me. Day 3, and I'm here.
Another flower. Another photo just a bit too softly focused. And yet December has started differently than even I could have predicted. There were few moments today to snap a photo, and so this one, one of three taken this morning before 8AM as we parked at school, stands for today. This flower was just a bit down from the one taken yesterday, the car just a bit farther back on the street so that when I pulled in and turned off the car, it was the backside of this pink flower I saw. Pink in December. And soft. And then the rains moved in again later in the afternoon.
It's not a great photo. But it is December 1. And as the night draws to a close, I post it to mark the first of this month. I grabbed my camera as I left the house to drop one off at school this morning, and as we parked, I saw these roses our my window alongside a house. They were tucked in and buried behind and through some taller-growing stalks, but in the morning light, they were soft--and unexpected. I could tell the story of trying to get other photos today at the top of Twin Peaks. That story involves a little one hanging off of a sky blue telescope, the wonderful turquoise blue strip of sky in between bands of clouds, a yellow and orange lollipop, a navy blue down vest, and a lot of personality. But I'm tired tonight. And those photos all look cautionary... "Don't do this with a lollipop in your mouth."
Instead, we'll leave December 1 with an image of softness and hope.
I'm having a great time in my photography class, and I'm looking forward to talking about it. But December starts this week, and I wanted to point out two December-specific classes getting ready to start.
If you're looking for a guided hand at photo-journaling your holiday, you should check these out:
- Tracey Clark's Picture the Holidays: 30 Days of Festive Photography. Tracey's the founder of the Shutter Sisters (which you should all know!). Class starts 12/1 and runs for 31 days.
- Katrina Kennedy's Capture the Holidays: Through the Lens with Katrina Kennedy. Class starts December 7; 14 days and 7 lessons.
Have fun! And if you sign up for one or the other, let me know.
I found this class listing sort of by accident... I ended up following an ad for a Copic Marker class (which I thought might be a hit here in my house). As I poked around on the site, I saw this class... and I have to say, I'm tempted. I mentioned recently that I'm feeling disenchanted with my camera a bit. I think it's part sour grapes! But I would definitely like a bit more nuts and bolts... not the vision and composition... but the technical how-to that I do a bit on instinct right now. Anyone either taken this class or interested?
Here's a free downloadable by Katrina Kennedy: http://www.debbiehodge.com/classmaterials/katrina/TTLClassPreview.pdf
And in my poking around, I saw this downloadable book: http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/supplies/product_info.php/products_id/8653
This week's episode of the Creative Mom Podcast is live... as you'll see... I tend to take comments a bit too personally, I guess! (It's true.) But... the moment... and my response to that moment... did make me think a bit... and so, in EP 68, I share it will all of you. Too often, we think we are alone... and, often, we are not!
In pulling the link for the Center Square Hat (from Knitty), I noticed the new lace pattern on the cover of the current issue. It's called "Muir" -- and isn't is beautiful? I have not made a rectangular lace project (or stole). But this one is very nice - I'm so happy to have happened by it this morning! You should go and read her intro/description, too. Very beautifully written. The lace work is so open and airy here... she refers to it as mesh... I may have just the yarn... but... first... all those holiday things to finish up. I'd really like to just dump them all and just sit... and knit lace... at this point!