Monday, September 26, 2005

The Pout

By all rights, this should be an award-winning (or at least money-making) photograph. People in advertising would kill for this kind of expression on a baby. You know, in the kind of ad where they want to show you what happens when a baby eats Beechnut strained goo instead of Gerber strained goo. How could any mother look at that face and continue to feed their babies Beechnut strained goo?

I am happy to say that Luke rarely makes this face at the ripe old age of 3 years. (He was about 7 months old in this picture.) In the old days, you could see this face coming a mile away. It would start with a pout. Then, his face would turn red (starting with his eyebrows, of course). Then, the all-out bawling would begin. Nowadays, he doesn't cry quite so frequently (he is actually a very happy kid), but when he does, he usually skips the preliminaries and goes straight to the bawling part.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Eagle Eye

The biggest thing that bothers me about this picture is the chain-link fence behind the bird. It doesn't bother me that there is a chain-link fence, just that it is in the picture. I am not exactly a nature lover. I have never been camping (and don't want to go), I would probably lose my mind if a raccoon decided to take up residence in my garage, and I have reluctantly accepted the role of spider dispatcher only because there is nobody else in my house who will do it. I have no desire to go on a safari or a bird-watching expedition. I would undoubtedly get better pictures on one of those outings, but it's not worth the mental trauma.

I have no problem with zoos and cages and fences. I just wish they wouldn't show up in my photos.

Camera: Nikon D1H
Location: Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, Florida

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Lite Brite

Remember the jingle from the old Lite Brite TV commercials? I'll sing it for you now (just read the words and imagine that there is catchy tune accompanying them):

Lite Brite, makin' things with light.
Outtasite, makin' things with Lite Brite

I guess any that "outtasite" reference pretty much pegs it as an early-seventies ad campaign. Brilliant lyricists they had, rhyming "Brite" with both "Light" and "Lite". But I digress...

The above is a misshapen heart drawn by Michael with a sparkler leftover from July 4th. I think this somewhat typifies my son's artistic ability at the moment (which I am proud to say he received from his dear old dad). Maybe we'll stick with reading and math, and not worry so much about art class.

Camera: Nikon D70