Wordless Wednesday – Kole’s Day at the Beach

I took a few snapshots at Wrightsville Beach the other day, while I was waiting for my daughter-in-law and grandson to show up.

I think the seagulls were just sitting around waiting for him, too.

The shells were just lying around, waiting to be discovered.

Then……They’re here!!

Kole, surveying his kingdom…

“I see birds!”

“I can make them fly!”

Rolled up little blue jeans? Be still, my heart!

Seeing the beach through his eyes?

Pure joy, y’all!

There’s a lot of folks posting for Wordless Wednesday!

Check out:

Nanahood

Mom Caboodle

Life Is A Sandcastle

My Organized Chaos

Ramblings of An Empty Mind

If you know of any that I haven’t listed here, leave me a comment and I’ll add them to the list!

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I Heart Faces – Best of March

This is a photo I took last month of my grandson, Kole, at the beach. We had an unseasonably warm day and it seemed like the perfect chance to let Kole run off some energy. We’re teaching him early on what it means to be a Wilmington, North Carolina baby. Important things – like how to walk barefoot in the sand.

I love this image of him stuffing a Nab in his mouth. Eating Nabs on Wrightsville Beach, while squishing your toes in the cool March sand? A quintessential, coastal North Carolina experience, y’all!

And if you are wondering what a “Nab” is…. then I reckon you ain’t from around here. Come on down to the beach and we’ll share some with ya!

This week’s photo challenge on I Heart Faces is “Best Face Photo from March, 2011.” It is a People’s choice award this week, so please go over there and vote for me!

 

I Heart Faces is a photography sharing forum that focuses on the art of capturing faces and their various emotions. Each week, people from across the world enter their favorite face photos.

Click on the picture for a better view and click the button to check out lots of other faces, or to enter a photo of your own!

 

Last Night’s Full Moon

Last night we went outside to take pictures of the huge “Super Moon.” My husband set up the tripod for me and I took about a dozen shots before it had gotten so far up into the sky that it was no longer “huge.”

This photo was the first one I took, and this is “straight out of the camera”. I took it before he had the tripod set up for me, and this was the automatic setting with a flash, which I was sure would not turn out.

Funny thing is, it’s the best shot I got. I guess I still have a lot to learn about photography. And that’s why it’s such a challenge, so engrossing and so much fun, y’all!

You Capture Emotions in B&W

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme. This week it was “Emotions in Black & White.”

Hey y’all! I’ve been missing for the last ten days. I guess I sort of fell off the blogging train and got left behind for a while.

Life is funny, ain’t it? I mean, you start out blogging because you want to capture bits of your life, either in words or in photos, or both. Then, you get so wrapped up in blogging that sometimes you don’t have time to live. Or, you get so busy living that you don’t have time to blog.

Sigh.

That’s what happened to me this past week. Both of my sons came home for a visit. My son, Ryan, who moved to Michigan a year and a half ago, was here to attend a wedding (and catch up on some much deserved R&R, not to mention family time.) My son, Klinton, was on spring break. He pretty much came home to see his brother, Ryan, and provide him with a free taxi-cab service, I think.

Myself, I was nothing but a huge mass of raw menopausal emotions walking around on two legs. It was bitter-sweet for me to have all of my sons together again. It has been over a year since I had them all sit down to my table to eat. I couldn’t figure out whether to cry tears of happiness or tears of sadness, because the week flew by so quickly, and they both had to go back to where they live now.

Notice I didn’t say they had to go home? Silly me, I still think they are home when they are with me. Darn those old Empty Nest Syndrome emotions!

One of the nicest things that happened this past week was Ryan finally got to meet his nephew, Kole.

I grabbed the camera when they were outside feeding the ducks in our back yard. Ryan was tenderly showing Kole how to feed tiny pieces of bread to them, but Kole was a little terrified at first. After all, the ducks are almost as big as he is, and they have big scary looking mouths.

Ryan gave Kole a little piece of bread, thinking he would like to throw it to the feathered friends.

Kole had his own idea. He promptly stuck it into his own mouth!

After that, Ryan picked him up and they ran around the yard like maniacs, chasing the ducks back into the pond. Kole was a lot happier when the ducks were running away from him, instead of running towards him!

My step daughter, Danielle, who lives in New York wanted to be a part of the family reunion, so we skyped her after dinner. While all three of my “boys” were gathered around my netbook talking to her, Kole just couldn’t figure out how that pretty girl inside the computer could be talking to him!

Now that everyone has gone home, and things are starting to get back to normal around my house, I find myself itching to get back onto the blogging train. Thanks to You Capture, I had a good excuse to post some of my photos from my week of being an emotional wreck living.

Next week’s You Capture topic is Youth! Grab your cameras, y’all, and join in the fun!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall dwell under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust : his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day. Psalm 91: 1 – 6

Katie Lloyd Photography has a weekly photo challenge  that begins on Sunday,  Scripture & a Snapshot. And his week’s photo challenge on WordPress is “Shadow.”

This photo was taken at the highest point east of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell, near Asheville, North Carolina. The elevation is over 5000 feet. The day this photo was taken was a pleasant summer day. But when we drove up to the top of Mt. Mitchell and walked to the summit on foot, the air was cold and thin and the gathering storm clouds were ominous. It was as though we had entered another world.

The silence, the majesty, the imposing view took my breath away. I felt like we had stumbled into God’s “secret place” and I was definitely aware of being in the presence of  something much bigger than me. The rest of the world seems to melt away when you are on the top of a mountain. You are humbled at the creation of  a mighty God.

When I am afraid, or feeling lost, I like to imagine myself back on the top of this mountain. Like other “mountain top” experiences in my life, it brings me back to a feeling of being centered.

It calms me to imagine being under the “shadow” of the wings of God, and to believe that God is in control. Not only of my circumstances, but  of all our lives, all of our decisions and even of the disturbing events out there in our big world.

 

When You (Don’t Want To) Can’t Say No….

This week’s theme on You Capture was Technology. At first, I didn’t think I had anything to post about this, and wasn’t interested in photographing “things” so I didn’t.

A few days ago the topic on The Daily Post was “what you can’t say no to.”

My answer? My grandson, Kole, of course. Could you say “No” to this face, y’all? I didn’t thinks so.

And I got to thinking, the first moment I laid eyes on him, he was a “preemie” in the NICU and hooked up to all kinds of technology. Due on New Year’s, but born by C-section on Thanksgiving Day, he weighed in at  just barely five pounds.  But he looked up at me, with adult-like serenity and a calmness that seemed to say, “It’s OK, grandma, I’m alright,”  and I was – right then and there – forever hooked.

He was hooked up,  temporarily, to some pretty fancy technology, but we became permanently hooked, with the strongest tie there is on earth… the immediate rush of a grandparent’s love when those little fingers wrap around yours with grip stronger than you thought possible.

And now? A big boy of 15 months, he’s learned to say “Gigi” (for Grandma Ginger, of course!) Sort of. When he’s up, and I hear his sweet, little plaintive voice, calling, “Gee-Gee! Gee-Gee!”  from his crib in the next room…

Of course I get up, and of course I give him whatever he wants a hug, in the middle of the night first thing in the morning.  I’m wrapped right around those little fingers of his, now, and he knows it!

So even though these pictures weren’t all taken this week, and even though I’m late joining in, I’m posting this for this week’s You Capture. Because, as it turns out, I do have a reason to be posting about technology. Without the new advances in neonatal intensive care units, usually shortened to NICU (sometimes pronounced “Nickyou”) and also called a newborn intensive care unit, my grandson Kole might not be as happy and as healthy as he is today!

Since all of the above photos were not “technically” taken by me, here is my entry for this week’s You Capture theme, technology.

I’ve been participating in a photo forum on Thursdays. Brought to us by Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry (me too, by the way), it’s called You Capture. Every week there is a new theme.

Beth, at I Should Be Folding Laundry!, has come a long way with her photography in the past year. She has some gorgeous shots on her blog (her photos of newborns are heart-stopping!) and a lot of good advice. Are you interested in photography, like I am?  Click on the link and go check her out.