Well, we are finally back. Truth be told… we’ve been back for a week but somehow I could not manage the desire to post. Somehow, I still needed to dwell in the silence of summer. I guess school with the kids takes a lot out of me. To find myself having thoughts again (said with a sly smile) is something I have cherished.
We enjoyed our trip these past two weeks. We spent our time in Snowmass, Colorado and hiked each and every day, ate our meals and then returned to a path to exercise away dinner 🙂 I can’t imagine what I’d do with myself if I could do that all the time… but I guess that is why it is called a vacation. On our trip I got to use my camera all too often (I was driving my husband crazy) and my daughter even shared some awesome tips that she learned in her photography class. In essence, I learned how to handle the camera better and I look forward to learning more.
The sad thing is… as I have now “become one” with my camera… she died. I think she has shutter problems as my last few pictures had a dark shadow on them. We have not had a chance to fix her yet because school starts Monday and we’ve been rushing to get everything ready for school. The computers need to be fixed, we’ve been making last minute fix-ups to things we took apart when we installed the wood floors, and two of our computers died on us as well (one only requiring a new battery but the other requiring a new computer with installation, remembering what programs need to be installed, etc.). It can be a lot of work!
So I guess I have taken for granted that I have grown some since getting my DSLR camera. I started out using a “smartphone” as my sole camera and fortunate I have never had to use a point and shoot. So when my camera died… I was heartbroken because I had already promised the kids I would take them to the gardens before school. At first, I tried to use my old smartphone (not as a phone, but solely as a camera). I could not figure out how to make the images come out right. Again… heartbroken. The kids came to my rescue and allowed everyone to exchange camera so I could use my oldest child’s point and shoot.
Point and shoot cameras… taken with the right hands, can seriously take beautiful photographs. The photos I am sharing today were taken with that camera. Problem is… it comes at a price. I so hate the loss of control! So many pictures were imagined beautifully in my mind and it was never translated to the photograph. The camera took charge and I was lucky if they turned out all right. Of course, my daughter loves her camera and takes fabulous photos with it. It does come at a price. If the wind blows… no focus. If you want to focus on something but the camera wants to focus on something else… good luck. I still find beauty in many of the images, but I surely miss my camera. Hopefully in a week or so when things will settle down we can focus on that.
So one thing I want to say is that I have surely missed all of you. I am thankful for the time away though, as it has given me a lot of time to think, readjust priorities, and set further goals. As a homeschool mom of four, things can get rather busy, quick. So it is a good thing to take the time to plan and the rest of the way pray for the best. I guess we all need a reboot sometimes and when we actually get away from the house (while I am still busy) I actually can sneak in moments to think 🙂
I will be sharing photos from the trip, but decided to start my posts with photos of our recent trip to the gardens. They were taken with my daughter’s point and shoot camera, so you may notice some differences in the way my photos look. Either way, I just wanted to capture the beauty of the flowers they have there in the hopes that both of us may enjoy them. If I succeed in that, then I am grateful.