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Friday, August 27, 2010

Have Camera, Will Travel

My daughter and I had an hour of bonding time yesterday—meaning we went out to breakfast. Don’t tell her dad, because this involved moola we are not supposed to be spending, but as the days tick away, I can’t over estimate the value of across-the-table time spent with my high school senior, so eggs, bacon and cornbread it was.

Most times I bring the camera with me when off alone but I am less inclined to do so when on a jaunt with my daughter or my husband, since eye-rolling often occurs when I pause for what they call an “artsy shot.” Though I acquiesce to their desires on many occasions, our girl pays a steep price for that, since she spends more time in the car with me than anyone and has arrived at the point where she'd love to throttle me every time she hears me mutter: “Why didn’t I bring the camera?” Yesterday though, it was a foregone conclusion that after we ate in our favorite breakfast spot, a trip by the scenic beach in that town would be in order, so in spite of her grumbling I plunked the camera behind the driver’s seat.

At this point, I could, I suppose, include a picture of the pummeling surf hitting the beach wall after the three-day record-breaking rain storm we just endured, because I took about 20 shots after we ate, but I’ve taken a million of them over the years; you've seen more than enough here at Middle Passages, I'm sure.

Instead, I’ll tell you about this. The “scenic” route home travels down a stone-lined straight-a-way with long grass fields flowing on either side, leading to two gray antique farm houses sitting close to the road across from each other. As we came upon these fields, we noticed a lump in the middle of one. When the car took us closer, I slowed down to investigate and at the same moment, my daughter and I began babbling: “Is it a fox? Yes, no, yes, no! No, it’s a coyote!” By this point, I had pulled over and we stared at the mangy juvenile, who sat in the middle of the sunny field at 11:00 a.m. with his ears perked and his head cocked as he gazed back at us. Then I cried: “OMG. For once I have the camera.”

Maybe it’s an age thing, because that coyote looked like a teenager, and as my daughter took off the lens cap, you could almost see the animal thinking the same way she does every time I try to take her picture— “Camera? Nope. I’m out of here” and with that, he got up and jogged away. Nonetheless, the seventeen-year-old got a few shots off before he disappeared completely.  And, yea, okay, just for fun, I'll offer a few ocean photos too.










15 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's one skinny coyote!

Purple Cow said...

Yeah, looks like quite a runner, that coyote. Nice photos and story to go with them. All us snapp-happy people can relate.

Lydia Kang said...

OMG that coyote looks like a small version of the werewolf from Harry Potter. It's so...wiry.
Great post! And glad you had some lovely one-on-one time with your daughter.

Mary said...

Maybe you daughter likes the camera more than she admits. Those are some sweet shots.

jen said...

I just found you from 40 and over. New follower. Love your photography and I can't agree more about the way the cash was spent. My oldest daughter is almost 20, and my oldest son just left for college as well. The time is so short. Enjoy it!
Come on over for a visit!
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jbchicoine said...

I need to bring my camera with me more often! Nothing like being at the right place at the right time...

Helen Ginger said...

You take gorgeous pictures.

In the second picture of the coyote, he looks almost like a kangaroo!

Elana Johnson said...

I'm so with you on the bonding over breakfast. I'm so glad you did it.

Robin said...

Your daughter managed to take some sweet shots. Maybe she likes the camera more than she admits. Or maybe it is just genetic. Who knows? Personally, I am just glad that you got some one on one time with her. You will get that in the future, but it will be different. It will be one adult talking to another and, just for right now, you are enjoying the last vestiges of her childhood. Soak it up.

Anne @ The Frump Factor said...

Beautiful photos. I'm a new follower from the over 40 group, and also a lover of the Massachusetts shoreline. I will be back to read and view more!
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arlee bird said...

I can't agree with you more about savoring these times with your daughter. My oldest ones have moved quite far so we only see them once or twice a year. I still have my youngest daughter who lives nearby, but I only see her every 1 or 2 weeks. It would be so nice to have more time with the kids now that they are grown up.
Sounds like you and your daughter had a nice day together.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Sherrie said...

Found you from Friend Friday. I was looking at your about me section. It is so inspiring how many bloggers found an opportunity to follow their dreams after the financial crisis. Congratulations on challenging yours!

Catherine A. Winn said...

Great pictures! I keep telling myself to carry mine at all times but when something like that happens to me--the camera is in the drawer at home.

Terry said...

Very nice pictures. I had to laugh at the eye rolling....I used to get that also.

I am a new follower from Friday Follow over 40. Would appreciate it if you could stop over and follow me back. Terry

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Jody Hedlund said...

See! It totally pays to have your camera with you wherever you go!! Very cool, Liza! Thanks for sharing the pictures!