Last year we set aside an afternoon for our family. We walked in the woods and took photos. We used the photos for our holiday cards. This year, the kids declared that a tradition. So we set out on a trail built for accessibility (I've been feeling stronger these days). The trail is aptly named the Independence Trail. Nice and flat and wide :)
Another adventure :)
The trail led us to a little creek with an amazing bridge. The kids kept asking, Is this the bridge? Is this the bridge? No, you will know the bridge :)
Since I knew that we hoped for holiday card images, I took portraits whenever the light shone golden or soft. In a way, it doesn't matter where we are, since I focus on their faces. But, in another way, getting out in nature inspires a light in their eyes. The fun of exploring. Discovering, seeing the sky and the changing leaves and our mighty world.
Pretty stuff. We were so busy with catching sunshine that we arrived at the creek after the sun had dipped behind the canyon wall. The water made for chilly air. But we loved the creek. And I played with the flash that was my birthday gift. We took one and only family photo. Using a tripod and a self-timer.
I was cold and the bridge was farther than I remembered and it was just getting shadier so we called it good. I appreciate that we got one of us together :)
Giovanni may have more that I can share, too, soon. Here he is on the switchbacks that lead to the creek. This trail is wonderful!
Ian used his stick on the way back to help keep the trail clear.
The hike was longer than I remembered. And colder than I expected. But worth all the effort. I get to visit my favorite holiday card site and try and pick a few of these to put on cards. I know everyone gets to see them here and on the gallery that I'll post soon (link forthcoming). But something about that envelope in the mail, getting to put photos in a collection of my friends and family... I love cards. I love the 'realness' of a card in the mail.
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Now... how do I choose just a couple of these photos for a card?
Wishing you a lovely day!