I took this photo a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t sure what to do with it. I didn’t think it was blog-worthy as I wasn’t sure there was much artistic merit – just a kid throwing chips to seagulls. But that one seagull there at the back and his comical pose had me coming back to it so as I make up a few days as this project draws to an end I decided I really wanted to keep it in.
It’s amazing the little places you find when you just look around. Oscar begged to run down this little path near our local Harbour. He ran up and down ecstatically between the two walls, and attempted to scale them, as the occasional splash of water from the waves leapt over the top. The textures of the two walls were different but both beautiful and interesting from a photographic perspective.
As the year rolls on I’m finding my photo-obsessive tendencies getting worse and one does not go to the beach and just snap one photo – one must take MANY! So since I’ve spent quite a while processing these images I’m going to split the series over two posts. The beach is one of my favourite places and in Winter they are the most quiet and peaceful places in Australia. We spent an afternoon at a favourite spots and I took some of my favourite images because the kids were so emersed in sand throwing, shell collecting, water paddling – they were just overjoyed to be in nature.
We’ve had some incredibly windy, blustering days lately and by the coast the force of the wind seems even stronger. Nevertheless we brave the elements (which happen to make for perfect kite flying weather) to get out and let the kids run off some steam. Nothing like the feeling of being almost blown off a hillside to know you’re alive.
If there’s one place Tim and Oscar like to be it’s in the garden. Oscar even has his own Oscar-sized tools so he can help build our new vegie garden. Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, measuring, constructing, hammering, digging, filling and planting – hopefully these vegetable beds will grow us an abundance of Spring vegies.
There are two sides to this little child of mine – the reserved, focussed little bookworm and the complete wild child who struggles to keep all of his limbs in check. Walking past his bedroom the other day I grabbed my camera as he looked so sweet reading his Nemo book all alone. Within a few of minutes of watching this angelic scene his untamed, free-spirited alter-ego emerged and began bounding off the bed with great enthusiasm.
On Mother’s Day I decided it would be the perfect day to take a non-traditional self portrait to remember the day. A photographer friend had mentioned that she had planned to take one every year on Mother’s Day and I thought that was a great idea. I wanted to take it while doing an activity that was typical of this time in our lives so playing with dinosaurs on the front porch in the afternoon sun seemed like an appropriate choice for a dino-obsessed three year old. There were plenty of (somewhat amusing) outtakes which I’ve included to demonstrate how tricky these kinds of shots can be – a hiding child, a runaway baby and a surprise feline appearance made for some interesting and funny moments!
I love watching this pair interact and play now that Lola is at an age where she can join in the games. Peekaboo has long been a favourite of Lola’s and she regularly hides behind the curtains periodically peeking out from behind to see if anyone has noticed her. I caught a few pictures of their morning antics the other day.