Wednesday, September 13, 2006



Blogger micki said...

Yesterday wingnut
asked if you could chill toads, you can and I have. If you look back at the archives for June, I posted three toad images where I had chilled the little fellow for about 40 minutes to get him to slow down just enough to not jump quite so high. You cannot chill spiders, I have learned, for even a few minutes.

Not the shot I wanted when we were at Busch Gardens a couple of weeks ago, but better in a way. I had wanted to get all of my kids, or at least the girls, in the grape stomping barrels. But angsty #2 would have nothing to do with that. For some reason, #3 decided to take on the attitude of her older sister. My older son was about to break, having to stay close to me the entire day, he was getting very stir crazy. So I told my two daughters who wouldn’t pose for me to watch their brother while my youngest and oldest posed. While we waited our turn, another mother was trying to get a shot of her reluctant teen (who looked to be about 15, my oldest’s age.) When it was our turn, my little guy couldn’t accept that it was OK for him to get in the barrel. And this is where what I love about this shot comes in. My oldest and youngest are 11 years apart. She is like a second mother to him. As she tenderly and patiently got him into the barrel, the look of love and trust he has for her shows on his face. This is one of the benefits of having a larger family that I wanted. (Meanwhile, off to the side, my other daughters were having a heck of a time with their brother and I was trying to keep him from running off while I grabbed this shot and one other so the next family could have their turn.)

Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Kodak Max ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/350
Aperture Setting - f-8 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

9:38 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

Awww...what a sweet shot!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Brett Admire said...

awe this is cool!

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Micki, the look on your son's face is priceless. He has such a look of adoration for his sister. Priceless. As usual, I love the story, too. :-)

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Lovely shot - great expressions.

11:51 AM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

shooo shweeettt......8/10

12:08 PM  
Blogger Robin Freeman said...

Even better once you read the narration. Really nice.
The unplanned pix usually have something that the planned pix just can't top.


12:38 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

The love sure does show on his face!!!!! A wonderful capture!

I am guessing the eel was a juvenile. from my research they reach about a foot in length and this guy I'm guessing was around 7 inches.

1:04 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I've jut done my sums here, do you really have 5 children? And you have time to take photos, go running, write a blog....amazing! Lovely photo, and thanks very much for visiting my blog

1:26 PM  
Anonymous outdoorexposure said...

really cute shot:-)) the boy expression is timeless...great capture:-))

2:00 PM  
Blogger Don said...

It is a marvelous expression that says so much! An excellent capture in what sounds like a jolly family outing! There is absolutely nothing like kids to stir up one's life and keep things interesting.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Cute shot Micki! You have a great looking family.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Micki, you're very fast to comment my shot. At once i posted it, you wrote.
So, i'm here now . Your shot is a long story. I always love your comment about all of your shots.
Thanks for sharig your family life.
Have a good day.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...

Micki. A great story and a sensational photo taken under duress. What a look from your son! And, it's a great photo of your eldest! This will be one to put on the wall I reckon! Cheers... Chris

7:31 PM  
Blogger Fraser said...

What a story!! I really like this shot and the evident affection between these two (at this moment, at least.)

8:40 PM  
Blogger Wingnut said...

Hey thanks Micki, I will try that, I had to laugh at the spider, maybe I will chill them all then :) NOw I am finding myself looking forward to the cold of winter, lol.

I LOVE this shot, very cool esp with the story. Your son's face is priceless, I was able to have only one child, wanted more, but fate wouldn't have it and I am greatful, but I so enjoy the thought of having 5, what fun!

9:06 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Sweet ! Good shot, Micki.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This is a very lovely moment you have captured here.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Ahhh....I love this shot. He is looking at her with love in his eyes. I would love to see a shot with all your children one day. It might have to involve bribery or trickery:)

12:13 AM  
Blogger ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Splendid Micki.
The connection of siblings is not always a straight forward thing but, usually a pair bond in an inseperable way from other siblings, even if all bond in some way or another. I glad your son can read the love in his sisters face. Sometimes that act of love is never spoken but, it is always felt and shown.

2:37 AM  
Anonymous garyx said...

They look good together. With a large family myself, I know how frustrating it can be sometimes to get everyone organised - but I wouldn't have it any other way.

3:10 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

That reminded me, i should really try to take more pictures of my parents after i get back. Even if they might not look as stunning as what gets published, family pictures are what mean the most to us...

4:33 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

The capture of a priceless moment. One for the family album for sure . . although, in the case of your household plus aquarium-dwellers, that will likely need a full-scale Library over acres!

5:48 AM  
Anonymous david said...

a fond memory for the future no doubt. great stuff!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely kids, this image is Priceless!!

2:01 PM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Lovely shot Micki....I like the colour very much has an old feel to me....sweet shot though. Phil

10:26 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

I've been smiling about this one going on a week now :-) You've captured a beautiful moment here, Micki. Your youngest still looks a bit unconvinced that they're allowed to be in the barrel, but his loving trust shines on.

6:17 AM  

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