- Ted & Debbie (Photographers)
It’s been said that when you take photographs at an event you miss the actual life experience of what is going on around you. Sometimes this is true with school plays, sporting events, and even jobs that I’m shooting. I loose track of the score, the plot and what shot we are on. My little world becomes what is going on in the viewfinder and tune whatever is around me out.
The other day while camping in Sequoia we were getting ready to eat Sam’s birthday cake around a large redwood picnic table. We called everyone who was at the campsite to gather around. Some people were out mountain biking, hiking, or soaking in a hot tub. While Debbie was putting 18 candles on the cake people were making jokes about Sam being all grown up, going off to Iowa for college and voting. I had my camera out and was setting up “the shot” of the cake and trying to find the best background. I looked over to my side and saw Sam watching the action and taking it all in. Simon walked up to Sam leaned on him and held his hand very tight. I knelt down and shot a few frames and returned to the cake. When everyone was singing and Sam was blowing out the candles that the wind didn’t already blow out I knew I had the best present I could ever want- Those few frames of my littlest boy and my young man.
As we get ready our camping gear to make our annual journey to Sequoia I just realized there wasn’t a posting from last years trip. That’s not to say the event wasn’t documented nor exciting. There was Dave’s giant fires, rolling a giant log into our campsite, ukuleles galore, birthdays, haircuts,U.B.S- unconfirmed bear sightings, paella night, 6″ of snow, a speeding ticket (me) and culminated with stitches at an emergency room in Bakersfield, that would be Ollie.
Back to packing…Thank the gods we have a paramedic with us again this year.
It takes about a week to settle down, carve out, shape what each of us want and need on our vacation. The want to do everything battles with the need to do nothing and somewhere in the middle a certain peace is found.
The 1st loaf of bread I made needed a little adjusting more salt and yeast but I’m on the right track. We’ve found ahi for $5.00 per pound so fresh fish is within our budget. There isn’t a second that goes by that one of our boys isn’t foraging for snacks in the pantry.
Word has it there’s a small swell coming. Sam just rode the bike to Tunnels to check out the break with binoculars. It’s a 1/2 mile paddle out to the the break so hopefully this old frame of mine can get it together to to make the voyage.
your package arrived and the sarong is lovely and the soap smells delicious. oh, and I also like the large (very alive) beetle that crawled out of the basket onto the table. I decided to take him outside, where he sadly died in the sun.xo