Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Pumpkins

I love watching the life of my pumpkins. I love discovering the flower on the vine in late summer and then waiting to see if it will turn into a small pod. I get excited watching it get bigger and rounder each day. And once its size has been determined it slowly begins to change colors and I love the day that one of the kids asks if they can pick it and they celebrate finally being able to hold it in their hands. I love that moment when I decide, after watching and waiting that I will pick one. We worship our little pumpkins through the harvest when we put them up on the wall to be admired by all who pass by. They make me smile seeing their round bellies all lined up in a row keeping watch over us working and playing outside.
And then when the cold comes the less frequent visits are surprising ones because of their diminishing color and warping bodies. And when the snow falls they are buried He's so beautiful isn't he?

This year I only managed to save one and I photographed him a few times. Compare these with the 2009 pumpkins here.
They shell is thin, dry, and dotted with mold and fuzzy growths. The hole appeared this week and seems to be his way of trying to tell us something.

The view from the back looks as though he has turned and is leaning his back so as to face the sun.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Drive by Shootings and More

There is a lifetime of learning ahead with my new camera so here goes.
This is my favorite of the day mostly because it was a photo that I set out to take before leaving the house. I wanted a good sign photo to play with and edit. So, while sitting in the passenger seat of a moving car I managed to snap this one.

This is the second drive by shoot.
So, I'm hosting about 30 American and international teenagers next weekend for an annual weekend that I plan. This year I decided to add photo/scavenger hunt tasks to complete while we are exploring. Here are some pics that I found useful.

This is a prayer booth...a prayer booth? Yeah, there are even instructions on the inside...and a disclaimer that the booth doesn't guarantee results...seriously!

The ole Miss is 6 inches from flooding...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


The sun was shining on Saturday and my attention was drawn upwards to the warm source of light.
At school on Saturday morning

Later at the community college.

And finally home for a walk.
My favorite place to wander around is not too far.
The kids were excited to be outside on their scooters and bikes. That gave me time to practice using my new camera.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011