Personalities Plus…

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at one of our local parks with three of the greatest kids – each with their very own different personality! One is quite, one is bubbly, and one is curious. Can you figure out which is which?

Ferris Wheels and Carnival Lights…

I love carnivals and fairs…the Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and carnival rides – especially at night. I know it’s not for everyone, but for me – I love it…the bright lights, the mixed array of sounds, the yummy food smells. I guess maybe because it brings back great memories of younger days when Cotton Carnival was held downtown on the river. Then after my kids came along I got to share the excitement with them at the Mid-South Fair. Unfortunately, my carnival ride days are over, but I can still enjoy all the fun through the lens of my camera.

 

Sparks in the sky…

I absolutely l-o-v-e fireworks…the bright colors against a dark background, the surprise of the shape when it explodes, the oohs and aahs, even the loud booms. This year I was able to get to see two firework events and would have tried for more if I could. I am amazed at how they can pack the shells in such a way that when they explode they make a specific design. A couple of years ago I saw fireworks that exploded into a smiley face!

The master of fireworks display has to be Disney! Oh, my gosh, they are awesome! We were there for Halloween several years ago and the fireworks were beyond words. You could recognize the face of Mickey and even the wicked witch – all done with sparks in the sky!

Here are some of my favorite fireworks photos that I took this year.

Thanks for making it all the way through!
Let me know if you like fireworks as much as I do.

For those interested in how I got that last shot, I’ll tell you. I set my camera (Nikon D90) on manual with manual focus, manual shutter speed at 4.2 seconds (I used the bulb feature which means that I counted how long to leave the shutter open), ISO 200, and aperture at f11. After I clicked the remote to start taking the shot I turned the lens in and out of focus and then clicked the remote again to stop the shot. I am now in love with this technique for fireworks. I can’t wait until the next 4th of July to try it again!

Away From Home…Alone

My granddaughter and I took a trip to visit family who lives about three hours away. My granddaughter was so excited to spend the night with her Nashville cousins, but when the time came to leave she and my great-niece had been plotting. They had decided that my great-niece would go back with us and spend the week. We packed her bag and were about ready to leave when she left the room to get her toothbrush and immediately ran back in crying. She had instantly decided that she would get too homesick and she just couldn’t leave. Her little brother, who had been standing there watching all the preparations, very calmly said, “I’ll go.” So off we went to pack his bag.

This little five year old had never spent the night away from home, except at his grandma’s. I told him that his mommy wasn’t going to be there, his daddy wasn’t going to be there, his sister and little brother were not going to be there, it would just be him…alone. He confidently replied, “Okay.” My granddaughter was disappointed that his sister wasn’t coming, but quickly accepted this new traveler.

We just knew that after we got back to Memphis and bedtime came, this brave little traveler would want to go home. Not this boy! He stayed for five days and had so much fun–swimming and playing during the day, Vacation Bible School at night…way too busy to get homesick!

I wanted to photograph him while he was here, but what was his story? Every photograph has a story behind it, but what could convey his? Then it hit me (I’m a little slow at times)… travel! This little guy traveled to Memphis without his family! Of course he traveled by car, but how fun would it have been if he had traveled by train! Use your imagination as you look through these photos and join him on his journey!

Yea, you’ve made it all the way through to the end! Thank you for looking and joining this little boy on his journey.

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