I had such a lovely evening.
At one point in recent history, I promised my friend Kate that I'd enter the next Pioneer Woman photography contest with her. And then it was a macro assignment and I don't have a macro lens.
So I told Kate I'd enter the next one. The next one was landscapes. Sadly, I have no landscapes photos in my collection and I was deeply entangled in my photography class final. So I didn't do that one either.
I started to feel like a pretty bad friend.
However, I told Kate that as soon as my class was done, I'd take a landscape photo. Just for her. Just in an attempt to prove that I'm sort of a thoughtful person. Sometimes.
My class was finished yesterday.
So today, I packed up the fam and made them accompany me to a local nature preserve, hoping to hunt down a nice landscape shot.
The humidity of the last couple of days has dissipated somewhat, a soft breeze was blowing and the sun was going down. Birds everywhere were calling and yes, even alligators were grunting at each other from both sides of the path we were treading.
Chris decided that maybe he would look into a concealed weapons permit for next time. He didn't say, but I'm pretty sure he implied that I seem to be bent on dragging my family into dangerous situations to take pictures. I can't be sure, but I'm suspicious.
My family waited patiently as I set up my tripod.
I framed and re-framed and snapped my shutter and some wonderful gentleman, carrying a tripod and a camera bag himself, smiled at my husband and said, "Artist at work, huh?" I smiled and let him pass in front of my lens, my dress swirling around my ankles in the breeze, hair gone all wild and a ridiculously happy grin spreading across my face.
I'm not going to say that I took brilliant pictures. I need to edit them and try some fun stuff and I'll show them to you, I'm sure. Here's one little shot, just to prove I was there:
We left, the deafening shrill of thousands of cicadas following us to the car. Evening flowers were opening and their sweetness seemed to be drifting our way from deep in the woods.
And I was happy.