My friend Alison who writes at Writing Wishing and her friend Greta from GFunkified are a quest to improve their photography skills this year.

I am on a quest to not be so terrified of my big girl camera.

It’s funny, isn’t it? When I first started blogging, I thought all I had to do was show up and write. More on that next week.

This week’s photography prompt for Through The Lens Thursday is flower.

Through The Lens Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel SX. 50mm, 1/4000, f /1.8, ISO 1600.

Over the weekend, my crew headed to Cape Cod to celebrate Mike’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. Mike’s brother, his wife, and our nephew came Philadelphia too. She had no idea any of us were coming.

Michael’s aunt arranged the entire event. Grammie didn’t want a fuss or a party. She’s not that type. She hates having her picture taken and being the center of attention. BUT she loves her family and sharing her life stories with us.

We surprised her with a limo ride. When the limo pulled up to her door, she had no idea we were inside. The limo cruised around Cape Cod for two hours and drove to all of the houses that hold her memories to play this is your life. We stopped for lunch at her favorite spot, The Orleans Inn. We had a fancy lunch for a lady who deserved a fancy day.

But Malone? He enjoyed the limo ride for a little while. But even two hour ride made me a little antsy. And then a two hour fancy lunch? HE.WAS.DONE.

It wasn’t that he was misbehaving. It’s that he is four and a half years old. He needed a break from sitting. I needed a break from trying to keep him entertained at the table. So I asked him if he’d like to go on an adventure.

The Orleans Inn was built in the 1800’s and is rumored to be haunted. We went looking for ghosts, in the middle of the day.

We crept around the property with the inn keeper’s permission. We didn’t find any ghosts, but we did find a tea party for four on the widow’s walk. We stayed up their for quite a bit, looking out into the water.

I snapped this photo on the way back down to lunch.