i challenged myself to take pictures while on an everyday hike and to make them interesting. let me know if they are. i think most of us only bring our big, dslr cameras for preschool graduations (can you believe they do thos now? they celebrate everything), halloween parties, the last soccer game of the season (yes that was me), and maybe, if we're lucky vacation. now with a camera in your back pocket the size of a pin, no one travels with their big, bulky, precious camera anymore, but you should.
try to turn an ordinary hike into something you will remember. turn a small trip to the playground into a real moment. ok quick segway....i know we all "watch" our kids, but really watch them, pay attention to how they play, its really cool just to see through their eyes for a bit, especially in nature. our parents took us to playgrounds and took us to nature centers and hikes on the potomac and they enjoyed it. they didn't have that distraction in their back pocket. they soaked it in and i'm hoping to do the same. i'm trying to capture my children at their most curious. soon they won't want to go on family hikes, they might have earplugs in half the day, they will ask for their own distraction, i mean phone. i'm going to promise to see them as they play because in the end, as a child you play all day, seriously, they play from the moment they get up to the moment they go to sleep. anything and everything is a game, all soft or hard objects have the potential to fly through the air and if you dare, get a group of them together you might have several fairytale ninja turtle heros or a bandit of pirates protecting their ship.
why as adults do you just stop playing? how boring. my son said, mom i don't want to grow up and i said why, he said because all adults do is drink coffee and talk about the weather.
so in the spirit of that, i will play. i will play soccer. i will surf. i will not run a half marathon.
i'm going to capture these times because as you know as a parent anyone remotely older than you, will tell you, no matter where you are, the grocery store, the post office, target, school or the beach - enjoy it, it goes by so fast. yes we knowwwwwwww!!!
make the mundane special to you.