OK, so I'm getting a bit obsessive with the camera, specifically, the "shutter speed" function. I constantly make the kids perform all sorts of acrobatic acts just so I can try and snap them in action.
My son will never be confused with Evil Knievel (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree) but I actually convinced him to jump off our swings as I took his picture from numerous angles. Here's one of the better ones:
With out a chance to rest, I got out our baseball gloves and threw him ball after ball as I tried to take a photo with my free hand. It was a great test of my hand/eye coordination and I struggled a bit at first but eventually came around:
The kids ran for cover inside the house when I got distracted with all of the bird activity:
Fine, if they don't want to participate, me and my trusty camera will hang and walk around the yard on our own.
The weather was in the high 60's all weekend long and the plant growth continues to continue at a super rapid pace. Our zone 6 winter has been more like a zone 8 winter and that is fine with me.
All of the hydrangeas are beginning to leaf out:
The daffodils are weeks ahead of where they were last year:
And my precious Sedum 'Red Carpet' exploded over night:
But most of all, I am eagerly anticipating the blooms of the Winterberry 'Autumn Brilliance':
I am starting to worry that my current camera won't cut it as I learn more and more about the available advanced settings and some of the limitations. I might have to sell off some of the kids valuables to purchase a new one.
Some day they'll understand why after I become a world famous nature photographer and I leave them with a hefty trust fund.