4.02.2007

To be a Kid...

The Monkey Bars...
March 2007

What I am Listening To: The River (Acoustic Version) by Good Charlotte

After the post from yesterday, it seems that many of you (just like me) enjoy being reminded of your childhood. Today we are taking another visit there...

I couldn't resist in sharing a few more of the shots I got at the park with the boys. As an adult, I see the world differently than I did when I was young. For one, everything is so much smaller now. For instance, being able to do the monkey bars with your feet on the ground...that is no fun anymore! What a letdown. :)

I like these two shots because I was trying to get a more abstract view of the common playground equipment. The top image is the monkey bar rings. Of course, a kid wouldn't see this view because they aren't tall enough. My Sam was actually wondering what the heck I was looking at as I snapped this photo. So I had to lift him up and show him. And that was hard...he is growing boy! His response? "That's cool mom..."

Cute.

The pic below is the swing that Jack was on from the post yesterday. I took it just after he got off to run and play somewhere else. There is nothing overtly amazing about this which is probably why I like it so much. I like the light, the coloring...the simplicity of it. It puts a smile on my face.

Take care.


The Swings...

26 comments:

Katherine said...

Love the monkey bar picture! I was just thinking about seeing things through kids' eyes today. Easter is coming up, and I was remembering how wonderful it was to be a kid and find hidden eggs filled with candy and coins. And the easter baskets! Full of chocolate! Could there be any more joy in a day? I so wish I could be with my nephews in FL to see them experience it.

talj said...

Wonderful shots, both of them! I love your editing too! Really nice :o)

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

i have been thinking a lot lately of what it means to be like a child again....both you and 'the father' have posted about that tonight. My thoughts are gathering pace, will blog very soon

love that picture of the swing - fantastic!

Mike said...

Hi Anna,

Sorry for being absent without leave... my day job took over for a couple of weeks. No time for anything but work :(. Still back to normal now so I'll be around regularly again.

I like the picture of the swing also.

Karen said...

Lovely perspective in both shots! Thanks for visiting my blog, I'll put you on my bloglines list.

kenju said...

I like them both, but the swing pic is very nice. I like the blurred background and the rust on the chains.

Elaine said...

I like these a lot. There is something fascinating about playground equipment!

Andrea said...

oh, I like that you lifted your boy up and showed him what you were looking at. Gives him a fresh perspective. :)

I love old playgrounds. 'specially ones I used to haunt as a kid.

Mike said...

Hey that is a neat shot! I don't know if I have ever seen any rings like this on monkey bars but maybe I am having a major memory issue! I wonder how big these rings are and if any kids ever get stuck in them.

I really like the swing picture too, it does have a neat light on it.

Take care, hope John is feeling better.

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

All of the photos from yesterday and today are typical of your wonderful vision when looking at the most ordinary things.

I am so glad that John is home and hope he is feeling much better. I am sure that just being home is helping him too.

(((HUGS)))

Lori

bluemountainmama said...

those are soooo great, anna! i'm amazed again at your talent and knack for seeing things differently from the rest of us...... wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Great series of photos Anna. As a kid, yes we too had swings. For us guys the only thing more exhilerating than swinging was the bailout. Possibly skydiving in its infancy?

Love, Dad

photowannabe said...

Yup Sister, I love your point of view so much. You need to frame these and have a showing. Your style is so creative.

John Roberts said...

Interesting close-ups! this soft focus look has kind a become your trademark, hasn't it? Your is subtle, not overdone.

I didn't get to comment on yesterday's photo, but I think it's one of your best.

Helibear said...

wow! you photos are amazing!

Bob-kat said...

I love the simplicity of the swing shot too :-) And you're right - monkey bars are no fun if your feet touch the ground!

RC said...

what a great shot.

the otherday my wife and i saw a playground and realized the monkey barrs had been taken down, probably as a safety/liability concern.

it was sort of sad.

utenzi said...

We never had rings on our monkey bars back when I was in school. Damn.

I really like the picture of the swing, Anna. Great still life.

CG said...

Incredible work as usual! I am just getting caught up after my short absence. I'm glad John is doing ok!!

photo-effe said...

very nice graohic effect

srp said...

I remember going through a phase in college where my roommate and I along with two or three guy friends would go to the local grade school playground at night and swing on the tall swings, then play hopscotch on their blacktop. These are fond memories of a much calmer time of life.

Jennifer said...

hey... i love this. the crispness of the photo in focus around the rings and then not in the upper right hand corner. it's really interesting to look at and gives me a great feeling. I could keep looking at it! I am. wow. like the swing too... hope all is well at your house!!

JAM said...

I really like both of these. The monkey bar photo looks dream-like, but the swing photo has immediate impact. Not many people can see a picture of a swing without being transported back in time.

The swing photo is dreamy too. Did you use the gaussian blur on that? I've experimented with doing that some and it looks sharp and blurry at the same time. I like it a lot.

Sarch said...

Ahhhhh....recess. Fun and play. I think we should have playgrounds at work for adults :)

Yes Sir, I'll get that report to you right after recess!

Chad Oneil said...

Great shots!

Kendra said...

You have a wonderful eye, Anna. These pictures definately capture the joyful simplicity of visiting the playground.