I was sorting through my
photographs last night and found this one which seemed perfect for the season. I have no idea where I took this picture. I tend to keep my camera in my hand and when I see something interesting I shout at my husband to stop the car.
Most of the time he is happy to oblige. Most of the time he will even back up or sit and wait while I go get a closer shot. There have been times when he calmly tells me there is no way in hell that he is stopping. Not when the car is going 65 miles an hour on the freeway or he's "lost" and his main objective is to get back to known territory.
Those times are frustrating especially when I saw something that I really wanted to capture on film. My trip to Peru was a lot like that. I wasn't in control of the driving so I was unable to get many pictures that I really wanted to take.
I forgot to take my camera with me this morning and I scolded myself when I went past a snow covered field, in just the right light and the blown snow making "waves" on the field. Or when I slowly drove by the farm and the only cow outside was this wonderful old thing that had icicles hanging from her belly. The temperature outside was -6 and a runner going by me was covered in a cloud of breath exhalation. All three certainly worthy of being photographed but now they are just in my memory bank.
I love my digital camera. I love the freedom it gives me to take endless pictures and delete the ones that were experimental, sloppy, bad, etc. I love how I can store them in my computer, use free programs to share them and even copy them to something like a Publishing program that allows me to create calendars or books.
I saw a wonderful thing, on TV, that a woman had done in New York City.
She was a hobby photographer and she volunteered to take a family picture for the current residents of a local homeless shelter for women and children. For some this was the first time they ever had a family picture taken. A lot might not be going right in their lives right now but the photograph allowed them to see that they were a family. That they had each other.
Enjoy this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by.