How can summer be half over already?! I find myself trying to capture every color, breeze, smell, taste and memory in hopes of preserving it. I’m stockpiling them, like jars of strawberry jam and ripe red tomatoes, to be reopened and remembered during the fall days that are already lurking in the shadows of the shortening days and cooler nights.
For some reason, live firework shows make me grin like a little kid! I love the smell of the fireworks, feeling the boom and “oohing” and “ahhhing” with the crowd. Happy 4th and happy summer – enjoy the show!
My quest for a black lab puppy continues. This week, I drove hours to meet this adorable little guy… unfortunately, he wasn’t “my dog”. I grew up with black labs – lots of them. I never guessed finding one of my own would be such a challenge. It’s heartbreaking and discouraging. (Although I thoroughly enjoyed all the puppy kisses! It’s been a long time since I’ve had any of those.)
I’ve never been good at giving up and I’m determined to find my black lab puppy. Any references/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
I see a tree, looking at me!
Earlier this week, I met two friends for lunch that I haven’t seen in way too long. Afterwards, I had about 20 minutes before my next appointment, so I wandered around the grounds, played with my camera and discovered this tree (and many other things).
Prior to “A Month of Sundays” and my weekly camera lessons, I wouldn’t have had my camera with me. And I wouldn’t have thought 20 minutes could possibly be enough time to use my camera. But it was. Working on my photography regularly has changed me in many (wonderful!) ways. One of the changes is that now I see pictures everywhere, every day — little defining moments and quirky people and weird signs and trees that look at me. Every time it happens, I instinctively reach for my camera – but it often isn’t there.
And that is my next challenge – figuring out how to keep my camera with me all the time, in a way that doesn’t scream “CAMERA BAG – STEAL ME!” “WARNING! PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE LOOSE – HIDE WHILE YOU CAN!” I want something unnoticeable, that also has room for my every day stuff so I’m not hauling multiple bags like a pack mule. (Because pack mules are noticeable.)
So I’m wondering what solutions you guys recommend? What do you do to keep your camera gear with you?