Tuesday, May 19, 2009

defining moments

I realized, over the weekend, just how much viewing the world from a behind a camera begins to change how you see the events and the people that surround you in life. How there are moments that mark the essence of something...and that those are what you want to capture through your lens. So rather than shoot a group of people, sitting around a table smiling for the camera...which could be any group of people, at any cottage on any rain-filled weekend, I sought out our moments...the little things that I felt defined the weekend...and I found:

A Border Collie, reunited with her lake, enjoying her first swim of year...



A wondrous sky after a dark storm...



Raindrops nestled in the beauty of late spring....






A little boy's adventures told through his smile...






Dazzling sunshine in the smallest of fragile places...



And, the thread of family, woven tight and strong.







These are the moments that I will carry with me...always.

27 comments:

Pete said...

Our crazy dog also had his first swim of the year. He is still trying to get the life back into his rudder tail.

The OP Pack said...

Oh, such beautiful pictures and even more beautiful thoughts.

Woos, the OP Pack

The Write Girl said...

Wonderful photos and a fabulous story...your posts always convey peace and tranquility.

Joanne said...

I feel the same way about seeing life through a camera lens. It gives me a such a deeper perspective. Beautiful photos here; it is so effective to focus in close on detail, moments.

Holly said...

though it was not the first swim of the year for Meggie, we went to the gamelands again on Sunday. I think I enjoy watching the dogs enjoy themselves. However, a milestone was reached...Conner finally screwed his courage to the sticking point and swam after Miss Megg

Kitties @ Our family cat-a-blog... said...

You're completely right. What you see through that lens to convey to others through your soul is remarkable.

Carolynn said...

You really have a wonderful gift, Andrea. Thank you for sharing your vision here with us.

Sharon said...

Beautiful:)

Shana said...

Exactly!!
Beautiful pictures!!

Neas Nuttiness said...

These are some of your best pictures!

Hilary said...

I love how the camera has given me newfound perspective. Your photos sure do reflect yours. :)

Robynn's Ravings said...

Sophie and your last one - with the little outstretched hand and the loving, indulgent expression as she gazes back - have to be my favorites but all are beautiful. There just seems to be such abiding stories in my favs.

septembermom said...

I feel reflective after viewing your photos! You have a wonderful gift of expression.

Emma Rose said...

Sophie is just as beautiful wet as she is dry!

Hugs,
Emma Rose

Far Side of Fifty said...

It looks like you had a great weekend even in the rain! Your photographs are very in the moment...expressive...as are your words.
I think that photography is a great hobby, I find it cathartic to just gaze through the lens.. and see what I see.
The small child is adorable! Oh yes and I could practically smell a wet Sophie..Chance got his pool out the other day..he has been wet ever since! :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Andrea, I forgot to tell you that I could not get to your blog with Explorer (error on page, cannot display) I finally gave up and got here through Firefox..it was strange. Possibly just me, but just in case someone else has a problem??:(

Sherri said...

I used IE. No problem.

Great pics, Andrea. So glad your weekend was wonderful.

When I started painting, I discovered that I looked a lot more at color and shape -- trying to keep it in my memory for using later. And that's what a lot of my photography has also become - photos for my painting reference library.

You're right, it changes how you see everything...and what is really important for us to remeber and hold tight in our hearts.

Lovely post.

wollreflections said...

WoW! Well said Andrea! Especially the one with the spider web!
:D Great shots too!

Barry said...

That's one fine camera you have. It has a great eye for the world and sees things with such amazing clarity.

T said...

Your pictures are always beautiful, as is this post, very thoughtful words.

Gennasus said...

Wonderful photos, loved them all but especially the raindrops and the baby in the chair. Looks like you had a good weekend.

Neil Bytes said...

The pictures are beautiful.

I love that dog.

Neil Bytes said...

The pictures are beautiful.

I love that dog.

Jan said...

Looks like you had a good time. Beautiful shots.

Annie said...

The pictures convey the story so elegantly. Sometimes it's the things with no words that become the most memorable.

gigi said...

Little Ben eats crackers the way I do. My girls are always asking me how I do that.
He is adorable, Andrea



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Pouty Lips said...

This is a beautiful post.