Did someone say tulips?
I love all sorts of flowers, but tulips hold a special place in my heart because they were my mother’s favorites. But take me to a flower field of any kind and I just have to take pictures galore.
Which is why I have a way of annoying my friends and family. Give me a camera and I’ll annoy you, too. After all, can I help it if I’m obsessed with taking photos, especially photos of flowers?
I’m an amateur when it comes to taking pictures and I have great admiration for the professionals who manage to turn an ordinary picture into a work of art. But photography is in my blood, just the same.
You see, long before my father moved to the U.S. and became a life insurance salesman, he was a cartographer. As part of his job, he’d fly the skies of Venezuela, taking photographs of the landscape for use in making maps. Later, when we were kids, he’d force us to stand perfectly still and pose while he used eight-foot standing lamps to take endless pictures with his twin lens camera, circa 1950-something. It would take hours and it would drive us crazy.
Sometimes I wonder, what if he were alive today and had access to the camera in an iPhone 6? He’d probably love it as much as I do and together we could take long walks snapping pictures of everything in sight. Come to think of it, we wouldn’t get much walking done at all.
The camera is probably the feature I most use on my iPhone. Everyday I find something I want to capture for posterity. Which is why I annoy the heck out of those around me.
I’m constantly stopping to take a picture, slowing everyone down, interrupting the conversation for a shot of a bird on its perch, or in order to capture the sunset at just the right moment. And one photo of a subject won’t do. I take several because you’ve got to take lots to find a gem. Not that I ever find a gem among my pix, but every once in a while, I surprise myself by taking a shot that is pleasing to the eye.
Well, all the aggravation and headache I give my pals on an ordinary day, is nothing compared to the pest I made of myself during a recent trip to Seattle. My friend, Pam, her daughter and I journeyed to the Skagit Valley for the Tulip Festival which was in its full splendor.
And I was in heaven!!
I’d love to share with you the, ahem, 500 or so photos I took that day, but I worry that you’ll never speak to me again. So, here’s a teeny-tiny sampling:
Next week, I’ll share with you some photos I took while strolling through one of my favorite Seattle neighborhoods.
How about you? What’s your favorite pastime?