Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Show and Tell

 Lindy - Decatur, GA
Picture worthy!
To me, this is not only picture worthy, it makes my heart soar. This innocent photograph of Pasqual (the lizard) Teddy (the bear), and Mooey (the cow) was taken by my three and a half year old daughter. Okay, so that might not mean a lot to you, but as a creative spirit I see this as the beginning of a lifetime love of the art of photography.

Now, let me take this wonderment a step're probably reading this post thinking, "Heck, they make those toddler cameras now. What's the big deal?" Well folks, my daughter does have one of those little girlie-pink toddler cameras, but she chooses to use my camera setup instead. This was taken with a Nikon D50 with a 18-200 lens. This was the picture that touched my heart because she posed her favorite friends (note that Teddy is being propped up by a ball behind his back) and took their photograph.

The other pictures, and there are probably fifty, not only captivated me but illustrated a love of taking THE perfect picture. I am one proud mom (and amateur photographer)!

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Pam - Dacula, Georgia
Plestiodon fasciatus

 Earlier this week, when my 15-year old son moved our recycling bin in preparation for lawn mowing, he discovered a brooding lizard. According to Wikipedia, this beautiful creature will guard her eggs and take care of her young hatchlings for the first day or two of their lives, at which time they will leave the nest.

And we will resume recycling.

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Megan - Roswell, Georgia

This is a picture of my favorite wall in my house. It’s in my dining room, and the photos of my two children take up pretty much the entire north wall. One might say that such a display could be considered narcissistic in that it seems to indicate that I think my kids’ images are more appealing – to me – than any other work of art. (I say narcissistic because your kids are, in essence, a part of you, right?)

Well, to be completely honest, that’s exactly how I feel. I believe my children are incredible and beautiful works of art. In fact, it’s my belief that children in general are relatively miraculous. Their curiosity. Their imaginations. Their tiny, compact selves. Their potential. Their ability to learn and adapt.

But these photos on my wall don’t just serve to remind me of my own little ones. They help me keep in mind that everyone is, in essence, both childlike and miraculous. The miracle doesn’t end in childhood. We just learn to tuck it away. But every man and woman – from the kind mailman to the confident CEO to the grumpy neighbor –started as an infant. Someone’s son or daughter. A miracle. And somewhere deep inside, that person still has remnants of that miracle, whether or not they choose to show it.

Remember the miracle, my friends. Particularly when someone’s behaving so badly you just want to smack him or her upside the head.

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WritersLiPP said...

I love Friday Show and Tell. - Lindy

Dorene said...

What a feel-good blog, ladies! As a fellow mom, I totally related, except to the mother lizard whose babies leave the nest after a day or two. Guess it's okay for lizards, but I love having my kids around!

Pam Asberry said...

I love having my kids around too, Dorene, but as a mom I bet you can also relate to the experience of the kid finding the lizard/running to you in excitement and sharing his find/grabbing the camera and taking a picture. It was a great moment! Thank you for visiting our blog, and hope you come back often!

Megan said...

Thanks, Dorene!
Lindy - What a great, budding artist you have, all around! That girl is so creative.
Pam - I love that your son was so excited and took that picture. Nature rules.
As for missing the kids... mine just left for their 5 or 6 days away with my husband to visit his family. They've been gone 15 minutes and my heart hurts.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Great show and tell, ladies! Enjoyed the photos and the stories behind them. :)

Pam Asberry said...

Thank you, Carol! Friday Show and Tell makes me feel like a kid again! ;-)

WritersLiPP said...

Thanks Dorene and Carol for your support and comments! Happy 4th weekend! - Lindy

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Right back at ya. Y'all have fun, but stay safe. :)

Julee J. Adams said...

Love it--thanks for sharing some amazing things, ladies. I'll wear my shirt and earrings this weekend and get a picture, promise! Have a super 4th all!

Pam Asberry said...

Thank you, Julee; we'll look forward to that picture! You have a great weekend, too!

Tami Brothers said...

Very cute! Love both pictures. My son is working on a photography badge in Boy Scouts and I am amazed at how many wonderful pictures he takes. Your daugter did an amazing job. Can totally see the talent there.

That's a neat picture with the lizard eggs. Glad it finished the job after the initial move of the recylce bin...grin... LOVE how you guys were able to get that shot.

Thanks for sharing ladies!


Pam Asberry said...

Thanks, Tami. With digital cameras it's so much easier to get great shots - something our kids take for granted. You'll have to post some of your son's photography. Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!