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.
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.
That was sweet! I suddenly miss my grandma.
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Thanks Jhanis. It was a great day!
Your adventure resulted in a beautiful photo! The light, airy colors give an instant sense of calm.
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Thanks Katie! I am still a newbie when it comes to my DSLR. I was hoping that I had the ISO up high enough!
I really am a total beginner, I can’t wait to see what else my camera can do!
I think ghost hunting sounds like an excellent activity for a 4 year old! The thought of trying to get my son to sit quietly through a lunch like that makes me a little twitchy. My MIL is really big on “no one leaves the table til everyone is done” (and she likes to sit and visit)…and it’s always a challenge when we visit. I feel like we need to follow her rules when we’re there, but seriously — if he eats a good lunch, why do I care if he gets up and plays independently while the grownups sit and visit?
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It ended up being a lot of fun. My nephew, who is also 4, was there so they entertained each other for quite a bit. But there came a point when they were both just loud and picking on each other. That is when I knew it was time for us to find an adventure.
A two hour car ride AND a two hour lunch is a lot for a little guy. But…WHAT A GREAT THING TO DO FOR GRAMMIE! How sweet! Love the photo!! –Lisa
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It was a lot, but he’s still talking about the limo ride. He wants to go on another one!
I love the photo and the story it tells. But oh how I wish you had posted photos of the limo ride! That sounds wonderful!
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I didn’t take a ton in the limo, just a few shots with my iPhone. My lens didn’t work well because of the focal point.
I love this whole thing! I have so many memories on the Cape – we vacationed there every year from when I was about 4 until a few years ago. The Orleans Inn is where I tasted my very first lobster and had many, many dinners there surrounded by family. So happy to hear you celebrated “Grammie’s” birthday there too and were able to search for ghosts!! I know my boys will love to do that someday too…
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I had no idea you vacationed on the Cape.
My MIL lives there, along with a lot of Mike’s family. The Cape in the winter time is beautiful.
I love that the Orleans Inn holds so many great memories for you. It was the first time that I had ever been there!
2 hours is a long time to be in any car!
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Great photo and story. We celebrated my grandmother’s 101st birthday before she passed. It’s important to celebrate your loved ones and take as many photos as possible.
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