Posts Tagged ‘Playing’
“Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.”—John Betjeman
In the narrow Isthmus of Panama, the rainy season extends from mid April to mid December. It is expected that you will need an umbrella when you go out, or you’ll return soaking wet. This doesn’t mean that it rains day and night. During the mornings the sun is out and it gets pretty warm. From ten o’clock to midday, some days can be hot, blistering, sizzling, stifling, sweltering, torrid, warm or caliente. You get my point. Even though we might be enjoying a rainy season, the sun can sometimes become absolutely excessive.
It was during one of these warm and sticky mornings, when the youngest Twister came home for a brief visit. She was sweating all over when she crossed the doorway. My wife came up with the idea of lowering the temperature and raising the child’s spirits by giving her an outdoors bath in a red bathtub.
It was a bright idea, as bright as the sun upstairs. While Paola was clowning in her liquid throne; making all kinds of noises, faces, and gestures, I dashed to my home office and fetched my Birthday Camera, a.k.a. Canon PowerShot A720 IS. As Paola performed her act, I took the following shots. Nothing was artificial or posed. All pictures are authentic, instantaneously captured by the magic eye of the camera obscura. Here we go.
During my photo walk over at MetroMall about a month ago, I had the pleasant opportunity to bump into a playground full of young kids hard at play. Yesterday I published several pictures in black and white depicting these playful scenes.
Today I will switch to color pictures and the subject is a little blonde girl who looked like an angel. She had blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin and floated around the playground like an angel. She was the center of attention of the site. I couldn’t take her image off my camera lens. Yep, there’s no doubt that children are angels sent by God to crush the boredom out of our lives.
Below are several pictures of the little blonde at a playground in Panama City, Panama. Here we go.
Yesterday I penned a blog post about how my wife and The Twisters enjoyed ice cream cones one lazy hot January afternoon. Their ice cream frenzy was really funny. It was an experience that we would like to duplicate again and again. That’s what family values are all about.
After licking their ice cream cones, The Twister wanted to stretch their legs and arms playing near a playground for young kids. When we got there, the place was saturated with kids seriously involved in what they do best—play. I sat on a corner of the playground and concentrated on their movements and faces. Then I started randomly shooting what I thought best captured the innocent play of children. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Children are the best examples of angels here on earth sent by God to make our lives joyful.
Take a look at a playground in Panama City, Panama full of youthful activity. Here we go.
Now that I’m retired, I have more time to look at the world around me. That’s why I decided to learn the ropes of photography. A photographer is a person who has developed the skills to look at reality in a different way. He’s always looking for colors, patterns, textures, and shapes of things, the expression of faces, the twinkle of an eye, the movement of ants, floating clouds, a drop of water, and a zillion other things which make up what we call Creation.
Since we couldn’t have children, I never really understood them. It was a world totally different to me. I considered them to be too rowdy, too noisy, too undisciplined, too sloppy, and sometimes just too difficult to be around them. My grown-up world was more quiet, organized, and mature. After studying children more, I’ve learned to love them and better understand what they do. It started with “The Twisters” and spread out to other children as well. They are nothing less than little angels here on earth. The intensity and concentration when they play is fascinating.
While visiting a children’s playground in a local mall, I watched The Twisters play and whole bunch of other kids of different ages. One small boy with a cute hood, captured my attention. He was the typical little boy doing his thing—playing with his peers. I concentrated on him, and followed him around with my camera in an effort to capture his play and child’s behavior. This is what I came up with my Canon PowerShot A720 IS. Here we go.
Before I close this blog post, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a cute little poem that depicts the uniqueness power of a smile. Here it goes.
“A smile is quite a funny thing,
It wrinkles up your face;
And when it’s gone, you cannot find
Its secret hiding place.
But far more wonderful it is
To see what smiles can do.
You smile at one,
He smiles at you,
And so one smile makes two.
He smiles at someone,
Since you smiled,
And then that one smiles back;
And that one smiles until in truth
You fail in keeping track.
And since a smile can do great good
By cheering hearts of care,
Let’s smile and smile, and not forget
That smiles go everywhere!”
Go out and enjoy the rest of this wonderful day with a smile on your face. Yep, be happy. Smiles are the kisses of the soul. Good Day.