Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Few Macro Minutes Outside

Thursday morning, I was running out the back door to my car because I was late for work, when I stopped dead in my tracks - are those raindrops on the budding bush?  I went back inside, grabbed my macro lens and then was 30 minutes late for work.

I'm so thankful that my job has a flexible schedule.  I just couldn't resist spending some time with my camera, the bush in my backyard and the amazing drops of water covering the buds.

I love that my macro lens allows me to see things that I struggle to see with my own eyes.  I also love that it forces me to take pictures differently and know my camera better.

It was very dark that morning - that sun hadn't quite come up yet and it was very cloudy, but I knew if I wanted to take photos that droplets would be gone by the time I got home.

Look at the way water just hangs on.  It's simply amazing.

It was totally worth working a later than normal to have 15 minutes to capture a small piece of God's creation.

This one is my favorite.  I love the detail.  Isn't it amazing to see those perfectly round droplets of water?  I mean, c'mon. How cool is that?  I think I may need to frame this one.

Let the Grilling Begin!

Last weekend was our first Saturday of absolutely wonderful weather - beautiful sunshine and temps around 60 degrees.  Charlie and I took full advantage of the weather and took a walk.

I brought along my camera in hopes of finding something beautiful in the dead, brownness around us.  I'm sure there's someone out there that could make this brown world look amazing, but it's not me.

There are photos that I've taken that I am very proud of, that make my passion for photography stronger.  And then there's this - this brown, dead flower.  The photos that I love are of things that I am passionate about - Charlie, my family, color.

I think the reason I can't find beauty in this time of year is because I'm not passionate about it.  I love winter for the snow and I love spring for the color.  This in between time has none of that.

I may not have gotten any nice photos, but Charlie and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk (in between avoiding big dogs).

The best part about that beautiful Saturday was having a family dinner.  We grilled.  People, we grilled.  Nothing says spring like a burger hot off the grill.  It was so good.

Est and I stopped at Goodwill on the way to dinner and we hit the jackpot.  Est go an awesome set of horseshoes, I got the PERFECT mirror for my bathroom (for $7 I might add), we got Cam a bunch of tattoos and a little musical instrument for Han.  Seriously, JACKPOT!  Oh, and cups for Char.

For some reason, Dad always has the coldest hands and he likes to make everyone feel how cold they are.

This four year old is a shy guy.

Once the food was out the camera was put away and we all enjoyed a freshly grilled burger.

I love this weather.