I've been getting more and more into taking photos of nature- especially close-ups of flowers and insects. To help me in my quest for great photos, my husband recently got me a fancy new camera with a zoom lens. The next day, I set out in our yard to try it out.
Here are some of my photos:
Fiddleheads (ferns as they emerge from the ground)
Our "non-lawn" with our house in the background
One benefit I hadn't considered was how a new camera might impact my kids. When I picked up my new camera, my daughter asked if she could use our old camera to take pictures (a digitial "point and shoot" model). I had previously let her take a photo here or there, but I confess I hadn't really encouraged her to go out on a photo shoot of her own. Usually I was the one with the camera in hand trying to get that great shot.
Here she is working:
The fun thing about this is that her interests are different from mine, so she took different kinds of photos. Sure, she shadowed me a bit and took some photos similar to mine, like this one:
But, not surprisingly, she also took lots of photos of little things, or things on the ground that I might ignore. (She is a lot closer to it than I am, after all).
Hosta in my garden
Weed in my garden- I think it's beautful in her photo.
Violet in my garden
And here's something adults would almost never photograph-- her shadow in the grass. Yet, kids her age are fascinated by their shadows.
And the final one I'll share. Any guesses as to what this is?
Ok, that was a bit of a trick question because it's not a nature photo. It's my car's headlight. I never would have photographed any part of my car, yet I find this photo very appealing. How about you?
Have you ever given your child control of the camera? What were the results? If you've never tried this, will you? What benefits can you see from an activity like this?
Today is a pretty spectacular fall day. #NoFilter
Want to learn to play guitar, ukulele or bass? With the changes in season come changes in schedule. My son @dantecusolito has new openings available for lessons. All lesson happen @southcoastlessons @hatchstreetstudios in New Bedford, MA. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Please spread the word.
My last “fresh sauce” of the season. Everything in the sauce was grown within 5 miles of here. Onions and garlic from Cervelli Farm. Tomatoes, eggplant, basil, oregano, and fennel seed from our garden. We still have loads of tomatoes in the garden, but they’re all green, and I don’t think many more will ripen. Not enough for a whole sauce, anyway. I used the last scrappy bits of basil tonight, too. It’s the official end of the gardening season here. #RuralLife #gardening
Maybe I shouldn’t have added that deep purple carrot to my chicken, veggie, tortellini soup. It looks kinda weird, though it tastes the same as always.
@kimberlygriffithpsyd maybe you’d like some?
So... I harvested a “few” peppers today. 😳 I’m not sure how my family of 4 will manage to eat all of them. #naturesbounty #gardening
I just learned that this beautiful kinetic installation in Custom House Park, New Bedford will be coming down on Tuesday. #silvercurrent by #patrickshearn
Local friends, you really should check it out if you haven’t. If you go downtown today, you can attend the Bow to Stern Festival, too.
Image by @karenromanoyoung. Shared with permission.
On this day of #schoolstrike4climate
I stand with students and #kidlit4climate Thank you to everyone who’s out marching. I’m not marching. Instead, I’m contributing by putting my writing skills to work writing a time-sensitive proposal for a book project that will highlight cutting edge science being done by @woodshole_ocean. WHOI’s expansive, dynamic, 6 year research project will expand our knowledge of the ocean twilight zone. One key focus of the research: the role of the twilight zone and its inhabitants on the global carbon cycle. #globalclimatechange #globalclimatestrike #climatechangeisreal
More pics from the Massachusetts Book Awards today at the Massachusetts State House. Thank you @masscenterforbook for a lovely day. The weather was gorgeous, so my walk from South Station and back was perfect. The last image is my final stop on the Greenway where I sat for a while and fleshed out more ideas for my WIP. (Yep. Of course I had my notebook in my bag. You never know when a great idea will strike). Tagging @jyolen @heidieys
One of my favorite pics from the @masscenterforbook awards at the Massachusetts State House today. (My other pics are vertical photos so they’ll require a second post). I was honored to have #FlyingDeep recognized and glad to spend some time with #KidLit friends. #literacy
@skortch @heatherlangbooks @jemorrisbooks