I have been so busy lately that I have to admit I haven't been spending much real quality time with the kids. This past week, they mostly play while I work. So Friday after school, before the kids went to their dad's place, it was a welcome change to spend some time outside in the yard. It was a beautiful day, and I had a great time watching them discover all the new things that Spring has delivered. Kids are so in awe of the world around them--so fascinated and so full of questions about every little thing. It really makes you appreciate the simple things a lot more :)
I brought my camera out and had some adventures in extremely shallow DOF with my Canon 50 1.4 and a cheap set of macro tubes. Here's our afternoon - in extreme close-up!
The girls love watering the plants. We try not to waste water around here by watering the lawn, but I let them water the flower beds... probably too much.
Old Maple Tree and New Maple Tree
Random gardeny goodness.
I'm actually not a huge fan of the smell of flowers except for tulips. Tulips are my favourite flowers. I wish they grew all year.
One of the great joys of Spring for mommies is Dandelion Bouquets. The kids pick me a fresh one almost every day!
On an unrelated note, I wanted to let all the photographers (pros and enthusiasts alike) who also love to travel know that my friend* Bobby Earle officially opened up the Raddest Photo Trip Ever for bookings today. This is a trip to Southeast Asia guided by Bobby and his wife, who have travelled there extensively (and I think even lived in parts of Asia) and are also stellar photographers. So you get a guided tour from someone who knows what he's doing, and lots of along-the-way photography tips from... well, someone who knows what he's doing.
*Yes, by friend, I mean person I know from online who I've never met in real life. But I'm pretty sure he's a real person.