Sunday, April 11, 2010

101. Saturday in the park with Pa


High pitched squeals resounded through the gardens well before the small bodies scuttled across the clearing to disappear among the bushes. Chloe lent back against Pa’s knees as he sat to catch his breath on the bench beside the footpath. She giggled as she followed the hive of activity unfold before her. First James, and then Angus would run toward her, hand out ready for a high five, before pivoting and dashing back the opposite way. The laughter reached a crescendo as the boys passed in the clearing. Pa shook his head at the joyousness of it all.

He reached over into his backpack and slid out the thermos of tea that Shelia had packed for him. She knew he would need a cuppa mid-morning. She hadn’t lived with him for forty years without knowing that he frequently bit off more than he could chew, especially with this lively lot.

7 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You totally bring this picture to life.

Joan Elizabeth said...

The photo and story makes me smile at the energy of young children. Very easy to exhaust Pa (or Ma).

diane said...

I could hear the laughter and see Pa's satisfaction.

Mary Ann said...

This picture, the strange focus/blur is like a memory.

Julie said...

The focus is strange, I agree. More often than not, I work with a very open aperture (F4) especially here where I wanted to freeze the boys. This is the last of about 4 shots, the others being just of one of them each time, until I managed to get them crossing. Because I know my panning skills are still not good, I did not want to experiment here, so I focussed on the background vegetation. What I should have done is closed down the aperture and maybe taken the ISO to 400. We can all be wise after the event.

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amazing photo,
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