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, I had the most wonderful day that I’ve had in a long time (Professionally speaking. Publishing is a tough business, people). First, I got to see Hovey Clifford, a retired WHOI scientist read Flying Deep to a packed room @woodshole_ocean Science Discovery Center. What a joy this was for me! I was a little concerned when I saw a crowd of preschoolers sitting right down front. (My book is meant for slightly older kids). But Hovey is a natural reader who knows how to engage kids. Also, most of those kids are the children of WHOI employees. They know their ocean stuff! Many of them already own #FlyingDeep. At various points, they called out things related to the pages of the book such as “There’s a shark!” Or “Dumbo Octopus!” And my favorite: “They pee in a bottle!” One child even said the next line of the book before Hovey read it. This is an author’s dream come true.
You’d think my day couldn’t get any better, but you’d be wrong. After I signed books for some kids at the reading and two cases of books for the science center shop, I went to a meeting with 4 WHOI scientists/researchers to talk about a possible book project. The short summary: they told me they’re excited to work with me. (And I’m, you know, mildly excited to work with them. Haha. More like ecstatic!) So, what’s next for me? Lots of reading, researching, and likely emailing with them to nail down exactly what this book should be. I am ridiculously excited to get started. #OceanScience #STEM #STEAM #OceanResearch #ResearchLife
First fiddleheads of the season. #nature
Last night was The Old Rochester Regional School District’s “Night of Jazz,” a concert that features the Junior and High School Jazz Bands and the High School Chorus. Like every show performed by our music departments, this one was fabulous. I’m so thankful that we have a district that values and celebrates music education. Both of my children have benefitted from having outstanding music teachers from Kindergarten on up. Watch for Director Mike Barnicle’s toddler to appear in the last video. He just wanted to be with his dad. I love the way Mr. Barnicle simply scooped him up and kept on directing #parenting. (For those who don’t know, my son @dantecusolito is on the guitar). #supportschoolmusic #livemusic
#RochesterLife: Captain Bonney’s. Gorgeous weather this weekend meant our first trip for ice cream. They reopened a week and a half ago but this was our first trip. Yummy!
I don’t know why, but my parents’ chickens have been laying a lot of double-yolked eggs lately. This is the second and third one we’ve gotten today. (That’s 3 for 3). #farmfresheggs
When it’s your son’s 17th birthday and his dad makes a special trip for cannolis. 😋
Check out this lovely collection of instruments @southcoastlessons in New Bedford, MA. (Swipe for more.) If you don’t already know about all of the cool stuff they offer, you should check them out. (Private lessons, group lessons, free public monthly sessions and so much more). Find them on Facebook for details about upcoming events. #supportlivemusic #livemusic
Today’s nature break. #getoutside #nature.
The weather today was spectacular (65 F, 18C) and sunny. I walked to my favorite frog pond (read: vernal pool) with my friend @alison.noyce and soaked in nature’s orchestra. (Turn on your sound). While I was gone, my daughter cleaned out the porch and then we ate lunch in the porch. In March! The rest of the afternoon was filled with yard work- raking out beds, mulching, etc. Now I’m exhausted. #nature #getoutside
When I’m having a difficult time, getting out in nature always makes me feel better. Some days are harder than others to get myself out there. Sometimes I have to force myself. But I’m always glad when I’ve gone.
This afternoon, I walked along wooded trails, listened to wood frogs clucking in a vernal pool, sat on a bench made by my kids 3 years ago, and watched whitecaps on the lake. All of this put me in a better frame of mind to talk to a group of teachers at “Educator’s Night” at a local indie tonight. #nature #getoutside