I love #SilentSunday. It’s the only regular Meme in which I participate. That’s mostly because it’s easy (one photo, no words), but also because Jay who hosts it is so passionate about both it and her photography. It’s infectious.
There are different ways to interpret #SilentSunday – as a way of sharing a special photo, as a way of pushing your photography skills, or simply as a way to join in with a community activity. The way I do it is to try to find a picture that sums up my week in some way. Quite often I only have one picture that’s ever in the running, however this week was rather unusual in that I had several that I wanted to share. So I’d like to share the ones that didn’t make the cut with you today instead.
We were sent the “High Tea shape matching set” by John Crane, and both kids have enjoyed playing with it. It actually held the geekson’s interest a lot longer than the geekdaughter’s, and that made me laugh, as the set is sold for ages 3 and up, and although I try to avoid any toy stereotyping you could say it was aimed more at girls than boys. I tried for a long time to capture a picture of my little boy pushing the boundaries with the toy, and this is my favourite:
We finally had some nice July weather, and the geekdaughter and I had great fun playing in the garden whilst the geekson napped. She proved that you don’t need expensive toys to keep kids entertained, by playing for a long time with a bucket of water and some stones from around our pond. First she washed them all, and then she practised her throwing skills by trying to throw the stones into the bucket from varying distances away. I was trying to catch the “splash” of the stone landing in the bucket, so took a large number of pictures. I didn’t catch the splash, but I did get this rather amazing capture of a stone mid flight. I love the way she is biting her tongue with concentration.
This next picture is my attempt at an “arty” shot. Being married to a professional photographer I usually leave that kind of thing to him, but I like to think I have a good “eye” and can spot a good photographic opportunity. Seeing the geekdaughter sitting by the pond was a moment I wanted to capture, and I’m pleased with the way this shot came out.
This shot was taken after i’d published my #SilentSunday post – we went to a shopping centre, and the geekdaughter wanted to ride on the Noddy car. I took several pictures trying to get her to smile, and she was moving around all over the place so it was hard to get a good shot. Even though she’s not smiling in this one, it still captures a moment and brings memories back to me.
This next photo was again taken after I’d published my #SilentSunday post for this week, and if I’d taken it earlier it would have been a serious contender! It’s getting more and more tricky to undertake domestic tasks with the geekson around, as he is just into EVERYHING, and tries so hard to “help”. I think this shot speaks for itself:
And finally, we were very fortunate this week, and our next door neighbours passed their old garden trampoline over to us. They were planning to sell it on eBay, but were grateful to us for saving them the hassle. They were even good enough to come over and help the geekdaddy erect it. It has a been a big hit with the geekdaughter, and even I had a quick bounce on it yesterday too! I wanted to take a picture to show friends and family what it looks like, and this is the best I’ve managed so far. I like the contrast of the big trampoline next to the little one, but it’s not a brilliant photo as it was taken out of the geekson’s bedroom window. I intend to go back and see if I can crop out some of that roof!, and I’ll keep trying for a better picture of the trampoline.
So that’s my “also-rans” for this week. You can see the picture I chose for my #SilentSunday here, and for those that asked the geekdaddy’s photos taken at the same time are here (now you can see why I leave that stuff to him!!). I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the other photos I took last week – this may become a semi-regular feature if I feel I have more pictures to share, or If I want to add some explanation behind my choice of #SilentSunday picture.
I’d love to hear your comments. Do you like learning more about my thoughts behind my photos, and why I chose the one I did? Do you agree with my choice of #SilentSunday picture this week?