But I first have to say, since my youngest is home from her fun trip that included swimming with dolphins, she was finally able to check the chicken coop for eggs and my twenty-year old darling found one brown gem.
|Stefie is holding a golf ball in one hand, saying" I can't|
be fooled about that, I read about it on the blog already."
THEN, she spied a REAL chicken egg in a nest.
|Stefie has the egg!|
|Shaye runs out to greet her cousin, "You found an egg?"|
|Shaye is always thrilled to help find an egg in the|
chicken coop. I don't think she'll ever feel the same
about buying eggs at the grocery store. Not nearly as much fun.
Of course, I always have my camera ready and I am prepared to take some opportune shots. However, you really don't have to do anything special to get unique shots when you have a four year old running around. A four year old lives in a perpetual photogenic moment.
Shaye has no fear of chickens. This is wonderful. Of course, our chickens are a friendly, docile breed and she's helped raise them since they were chicks. She came up to me and in her precious little voice, she asked, "Aunt Lana, may I pick up one of the chickens?"
I said, "Sure, just be careful with their wings."
She decided to pick up Miss Speckles, which wasn't difficult because this chicken is very approachable and friendly.
After Shaye picked up Miss Speckles, she walked around the backyard with her, but just not in the manner I expected.
After this moment of me hardly being able to hold the camera steady, Shaye put the chicken down and asked, "May I have the camera and take pictures by all by myself?"
I looked down at my beloved camera, took a good long look at all the menacing concrete scattered throughout the backyard and I relented, "Yep, here it is, just keep the strap on your wrist."
She took the camera and with a short lesson she proceeded to spend another hour in the backyard taking over 160 pictures. She became my Photographer-Buddy.
Needless to say, later in the day, as I transferred her photos to the computer, I sat in awe as I scanned each photo...I was quite impressed while going through her pictures. To be frank, I actually had a few tears in my eyes because the photos she took gave me an inside view into the way her little mind operates. I felt honored and touched by her perspective of the world and by the things that she found worthy of a photograph.
She had very few throw-away photos. It made selecting photos for the below slide-show a difficult task. To make the ordeal more fascinating to me, I weighed the fact that her daddy is actually a highly skilled photographer...not a hobby photographer like myself; her daddy works with the space program at NASA and is a published photographer in all kinds of media. He is awesome, to say the least. I think she inherited her daddy's ability or she is possibly taking detailed collegiate notes on his photography skills when he's not looking.
Here are some of her shots...
|Shaye Shot. My water sprinkler.|
|Shaye Shot. Howdy trying to not move in the Texas heat.|
|Shaye Shot. She could not resist|
capturing her shadow. Isn't this the beautiful
side of a four-year old? I REALLY don't like my shadow,
especially since she's 30 pounds heavier than the real me.
|Shaye Shot. Howdy and Miss Speckles having|
a little, friendly chat.
|Shaye Shot. Close up of our hay.|
|Shaye Shot. Miss Speckles in the coop.|
What a great four-year old perspective!
And, this is the BEST picture ever of Miss Speckles!
|Shaye Shot. A close up of Miss Speckles.|
Shaye is an in-your-face kind of photographer. Awesome.
|Shaye Shot. Such an adorable expression!|