Sunday, September 28, 2008

Amateur Photography and Hiking

We're enjoying another gorgeous weekend. This time of year is my favorite, but it's bittersweet. October generally brings cold, sometimes dreary weather to Iowa, so I always want to savor these last few warm September days. I'd freeze time on a day like yesterday if I had the powers to do so.

I'm not a photographer and I have a crappy camera, but I took the kids to a really cool park about half an hour away from us to take some pictures. We hiked one of the trails along the way. It was about a 40 minute hike up some pretty steep steps, a good workout! I was worried that Bumblebee wouldn't be able to keep up, but boy was I wrong. She took off running up the trail ahead of us:


The Boy found a good walking stick and used that along the trail. He took it home with him (I hope it's not against some law to take a stick home from a state park...)


Hollywood brought her own camera and was taking pictures of everything! She's got a good eye for perspective, color, and photography in general. Here she is risking her life by leaning down over a huge dropoff to get a shot of a hollowed out log:

Here are a few of the pictures she took. (I told you she was good! And her camera's even crappier than mine!)


I must have taken a hundred pictures, it was the perfect setting out there! I settled on a few and ordered the following prints to put on my living room wall. I made them black and white because I love black and white nature shots:




Not bad for an amateur, huh?

Well, I'm off to an afternoon of softball games. It's cooler today than yesterday, but still a nice fall day. Happy Sunday!

16 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

You have some really good shots there, but Hollywood might have you beat just a might with the ones she snapped.

Little Miss Sunshine State said...

The black and white shots of the kids are great.
I LOVED Hollywood's picture of the leaf.
When my daughter was a senior in high school she took photography. They only shot black and white and developed their own film. She took some of her best pictures to college and has them on her wall.

Jenster said...

Looks like a fun day! And Hollywood's pictures are great!

Mom In Scrubs said...

Ledges?

Love the Pics - we took lots today, too, at the pumpkin farm. Never know if you're going to get any more of these nice days!

Hollywood definitely has an eye for photography...is there anything that kid can't do?

WebGal said...

Great pictures (by both of you)!

duchessjane.com said...

Not bad? These are GREAT! What a fun day!

Never Settle said...

It's great to have such wonderful pictures, because 5, 10, 20 years from now they will be there to remind you of the amazing day you spent with your children in such a lovely park. It's the little things in life (like your day out) that mean the most in the end. :o)

Barb said...

I love all the pics ~ especially the 3 b&w's. One can never have too many pics. It's the slide show of your life!

Tiffany said...

I love the picture of Bumblebee and the stairs! That should be hung up in a mudd room!

What type of camera are you using?

Monnik said...

Tiffany, I'm using just a sony digital camera. It sucks. Half of the pictures come out fuzzy. Makes me nuts.

Someday I'll have a nice camera.

Mom in scrubs, yep, it was at Ledges.

Swishy said...

I love those pictures!! They will look fantastic in your house!!

Kristen DeDeyn Kirk said...

Great pictures!! I especially love the leaf one, the wall and water one and your daughter walking up the stairs.

Debbielou said...

Beautiful photos of your beautiful kids as always x

SUV Mama said...

Great shots, although I do agree- Hollywood deserves a DSLR for Christmas, Mom.

lyzzydee said...

Beautiful shots!!

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