Fall is always such a busy time of year for us as a family, with the four of us running in up to six directions at once. It had been several weeks since we’d all been home together long enough to even eat dinner, so when my boys were out of school for a day, I took a day off work. We started with our favorite sushi restaurant, followed that with a bit of shopping, had some gelato and then headed to a local state park, where I snapped a few photos of my youngest walking through the colorful foliage.
My favorite thing about family portraits is watching the kids grow and change from one session to the next! I couldn’t believe how tall these girls had gotten since I saw them last – and even more lovely. We met at a local state park and had some fun in the just-chilly air, with the fall colors just starting to emerge.
After two dry summers in a row, we may be finding ourselves on the upswing towards ending our drought.
Here are a few panoramic shots I took with my phone this morning in Wichita, Kansas.
My oldest nephew came for a visit last week and convinced me to take a late night fishing trip at our local reservoir. I’d caught a few small fish with my new fishing rig earlier that afternoon, but couldn’t quite find the fish I was looking for. It was a warm night without a breath of wind, so we waded out into the dark water as far as we dared, casting into the stillness.
No fish found our lures, but as we headed back to the shoreline, we noticed a small animal with a long fluffy tail near the water’s edge. After a lot of whispering, it was decided that we needed a flashlight and a camera – and quick!
I’d read an article recently about nighttime flash photography of wildlife, but wasn’t quite prepared to try it myself. Nonetheless, we worked out a plan where he’d locate the fox with the flashlight, and I’d quickly focus and snap a photo before the fox got scared.
Soon, we noticed not one, but two foxes exploring the rocks and beach around us! Both seemed unfazed in their hunting by the light and flash, and allowed us to take some decent photographs.
One of the things I am most grateful for is that I work outdoors. I frequently discover some amazing aspects of the prairie landscape, completely by accident. Many of these times, I’m waiting – and I spend those two or ten minutes catching up on emails on my phone or looking through a lens. Here are a few of the things I’d have missed this week, if I hadn’t been waiting.