What do kids in North Florida do when it's 95F outside and there's nothing planned for the day? Some head for the woods and the creeks (while also giving me a chance to try out some black and white photos).
I still like to jump in puddles, AND dig in the dirt. This particular stream bed contains a lot of pockets of clay that's fun to dig up. It's also another good spot for finding sharks teeth. I made them wear their water shoes. Later, I was glad I had insisted. The ittle one and I each found big shards of glass - pieces of beer bottles - in separate areas of the creek.
HTMB, you really ought to put that toad picture in the Image Bank along with the one of the two of the girls standing with their backs turned on the fence gazing out. (of course in the appropriate threads...) They are real standouts IMHO. Or,in B&W, which I had forgot about until this second.
Perhaps I will, Casimira. The toad was really weird looking; all pointy. It was also very small and difficult to photograph. Smaller than the pad of my thumb. Since I was unfamiliar with it, I was trying to get a passable photo, while also trying to make sure the older child did not pick up the toad. She, who is often very tentative when around humans, is very much at home in this type of environment. I had no concerns with the little one who was too busy looking for snakes after my gentle reminder that they are active this time of year. ;-)
A wise decision as some toads will emit a toxic substance when threatened. So many of these amphibians and reptiles have become endangered it was heartening to me to see one although, unfamiliar as to it's species. The only guide I have is specific to Louisiana.
Oh cool! Please do! I have been (on an amateur level) studying and identifying the different amphibians and reptiles here both by sound and appearance. It's a fascinating subject, to me anyway.... It's also a great educational tool to have when the children in my neighborhood come over for a visit to my garden.
I once had a Southern tree frog jump onto me. It landed on my shoulder and proceeded to try and explore down the inside of my chest before I was able to pick it off. It was a creepy sensation and the base of their legs are like little suction cups.
Oh, Htmb :: I LOVE this thread. What a brilliant depiction of timeless childhood fun in the summertime. You have totally aced this not only with your black & white pictures, but with the truly artful touch of no captions. Really, perfect restraint and perfect story telling. Each and every one of the pictures is photographic perfection, besides.
Have you thought of making these into a Flickr book (or similar)? The sequence is not only artistically great, but belongs with your family treasures.
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What a great idea Bixa! (even though I am not familiar with what a flicker book is...). To chronicle them in any fashion would be such a treasure for you and the girls along with others to look back on.
I've used Shutterfly to make an occasional book and a few calendars, but never Flickr. In fact, I just received the 2014/15 wall calendar filled with a a few of my favorite Paris photographs in the mail today. It will hang in my office where I can look at a new photo each month.
These photos are absolutely beautiful and they perfectly capture a sense of adventure. What a wonderful place for a child to explore. I would have loved to grow up there. When I was a kid, I often spent the day exploring my little backyard, which wasn't nearly as interesting.
I appreciate your comments, nycgirl. There are several creeks running through my town and my kids, and now, grandkids love playing under the cool canopy of trees. It's funny, the older girl can be timid with people she doesn't know, but put her near the creek and she is completely at home.