Photo a Week – The Great Outdoors

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week: A Photo a Week Challenge – The Great Outdoors

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF NATURE.

 
For twenty years my young family and I packed up the station wagon to travel 90 minutes north for our annual week-long summer vacation…

…to the Great Outdoors.
A conference center/family camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. A fairly rustic setup, we roomed together in a small bedroom (until we outgrew it & also needed the room across the hall), ate together at a communal dining hall and spent the better part of every day playing together. The 2 of us. Then the 3 of us. Then the 4 of us.

No television. No phones. Long before the internet and cellular phones. No distractions.
And no cooking. No cleaning. No dishes to wash.

It was eat, sit, talk, explore, swim, dig in the sand, play cards, games, read, sing, sleep.
Repeat.

Lots of walking…especially through the woods surrounding us. Sometimes via the walking trails or sometimes blazing our own…collecting “natures” as in…leaves, acorns, pine cones, twigs, pebbles….

Several times each day we made the trek down the path to the lake…our feet crunching over the layer of finely crushed gravel. Breathing in the damp mossy air. Spotting little critters dashing through the brush on the forest floor. Looking up, squinting in the bright sun, trees standing high above our heads…branches spread as if protecting us, little and big alike. Slapping a few buzzing mosquitoes.

Eerily quiet. Peaceful.

When our children were small, the walking time depended on the amount of equipment we needed to bring with us. And how fast little feet could walk. Or needed to stop and rest from the weight of pails, shovels and sand toys. But it didn’t matter. We were in no hurry.

With just one 3 year old…it was only a swimming tube, towel and a chair for mom & dad.
A ten minute walk.

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Let’s go to the lake, oh daddy, let’s go to the lake

(35mm film)

Photo a Week – On the Horizon

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week: A Photo a Week Challenge – On the Horizon

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF HORIZONS (PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, OR OTHERWISE).

Walking along the boardwalk one day in late October.
Late morning. Sun is shining. The beach is deserted.
Found a seat on an empty bench.

What a sight.
Banks of fluffy white clouds cushioning the horizon…
…where ocean meets the sky.

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Photo a Week – New

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week: A Photo a Week Challenge – New

2016 was special for many reasons…
New home. New friends. New life in a new town.

But the most important “new” that year was the birth of our grandson in June.
He is the bright light in our family’s future.

When he was a newborn, he held still for my incessant picture taking.
(now, at 2 ½, not so still…)

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Gotcha Grampa!

 

Photo a Week – Eyes

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Eyes

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF SOME OF THE EYES IN YOUR LIFE.

My daughter was born with the bluest of eyes…which opened and stared into mine within minutes of her arrival. Her curiosity for life already beginning.

Those eyes…she would hold your gaze – even as an infant – without changing expression, as if seriously contemplating the words to follow. Before she knew how to say a thing.

Her right eyebrow arching ever so slightly…posing a silent question we couldn’t possibly know the answer to…

 

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Photo a Week – Things That Matter Most

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – The Things that Matter Most

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS THAT MEAN THE MOST TO YOU.

The things that matter most are not things. At least not to me.

I have heard it said that when you are on your deathbed, you don’t wish you had spent more time at work. More often it is…I wish I had spent more time with my family.
My friends.
My kids.
My grandparents.

The “things” that matter most to me are the family and friends I love and care about.
And who love and care about me.

What else matters?
That I am fortunate enough to have a roof over my head and enough food to eat…

Family

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Family…the Beginning

 

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Family…the next generation


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Food

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Photo a Week – Lit from Within

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Lit from Within

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF THINGS LIT FROM WITHIN.

One of my favorite Christmas decorations/ornaments is a “lit from within” glass globe featuring an angel inside. A special gift from a special friend a few years ago.

It can either be hung from a tree branch or placed on a flat surface. In our case, this year the flat surface is perfect…since we are not putting up a tree for the first time in over 40 years. Empty nesters that we are, we are flying from the nest to celebrate with our hosting-for-the-holiday adult children.

In the meantime…this Angel will rest on our mantel and continuously spread Christmas cheer with a flick of a switch.

from gold…

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to blue…

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to green…

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Repeat!

Photo a Week – Things with Wings

Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The theme this week:

A Photo a Week Challenge – Things with Wings

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT FEATURES THINGS WITH WINGS.

While taking a walk on a bright, sunny day in late September, I was distracted by a very large swarm of butterflies. Stopping me in my tracks.
They were accompanied by a few bees – all flying in and amongst wild asters growing next to the walking path. I had never seen so many Monarch butterflies at one time. Busy, busy, busy!

Fortunately they didn’t seem to mind my presence as I snapped multiple photos trying my best not to interrupt their important work.

A few in the group perched still enough for this photo!

 

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Monarch butterflies on the move