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Discovery

GG, checking out a sea star at Agate Beach last week. A quintessential summer photo.

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I’m proud of the whale hat I made for my daughter. It took months. I’m fairly new at stranded colorwork, having only a pair of Totoro mittens in my repertoire. We went out to Arcadia beach and she kindly modeled it and let me take lots of pictures.

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We took a trip to Oakland to round out the year, visiting my sister and my niece. Welcoming my niece to our family was a wonderful part of 2012, and we look forward to watching her adventures in 2013.

I do love the California sunshine.

That’s Jack London’s cabin, fetched from the Yukon to rest in his home town.

We took turns posing with the baby. She’s so darn cute.

Our flight back to Portland landed just in time to celebrate the new year at home. Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is kind to us all.

 

For GG’s birthday, this:

I feel so lucky to be her mother. My feelings are beyond anything I can communicate with words, photos, music, hugs, or anything else I know. I just have to believe she understands.

for everything

a day to treasure

a hearty Saturday walk

I was all prepared to spend 14 hours judging a high school speech and debate tournament today, but as luck would have it, there was an excess of volunteers. I find it touching how many people volunteer their time for these tournaments. Students who have graduated even come back to volunteer alongside parents and coaches. GG’s coach has been giving his Saturdays to the cause for somewhere around 26 years.
For me today, the generosity of a group of graduates means a Saturday to myself, to work on gifts, snuggle with the pets, and walk the dog in the pouring rain. Aah, nice.

I’m still so new to blogging that I become easily mystified. How is it that sometimes my photographs are grouped in galleries and other times not? I wish I could say I was controlling the process, but alas, I think my blogging is rather like a fill-in-the-blank project right now, and likely more resembling a Mad Lib than an ace exam.

I’ve been taking long walks in the park, and all around the neighborhood, soaking up Vitamin D for winter, knowing our moderately dry days are numbered. Soon enough we’ll be slogging through everlasting rain, and the pup will start giving me his “You’ve got to be kidding me” look when I open the front door for a walk.
We’ve been Costume brainstorming and browsing, but no decisions yet. Something involving these petticoats, maybe?

Girl Genius wants to be an architect. She’s also interested in photography, at the moment, which makes my heart sing because photography has been a passion for me since I was her age. I’ve always preferred to have a camera in my hands when I’m exploring, because it helps me see the world around me in different, more careful and beautiful, and lasting ways.

We’ve had some fun outings exploring with cameras in hand. My first instinct is usually to point my camera at her. I consider my largest physical gift to her the library of photographs in which I’ve catalogued her childhood. When not aimed at my daughter, my camera is generally pointed at other people I love, or at things I consider part of our natural environment. Ocean, cliffs, forest, horizon lines, and the small details of water, flowers, animals and trees. But GG notices architectural details, human-made forms. I’m learning to pay more attention to these things too. That’s what our trip through the Pearl District was about for me.

GG is using our 35 mm film camera with black and white film, which she’ll be developing in the school darkroom, just like I did in my own first year of high school. I’m using the super-simple (inexpensive) and shockproof digital Olympus I bought to tolerate hard adventure use on kayak trips and sandy beaches. It’s the kind of camera you can drop in the water without cringing, very good for me.

I can’t wait to see how GG’s prints from our Pearl day turn out. I love to see what we saw differently.