Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Picture Summer So Far

My motivation for signing up for Picture Summer was simple.

Since June was spent putting the last minute touches on, then hosting evo ’10, I thought it would be a great way to kick off July (we now return to our regularly scheduled summer, already in progress) and do a little something to enrich one of my long dormant past times.

Now, let me be honest. When I say “long-dormant”, I mean that the last time I picked up a camera with the intention of capturing anything more artistic or thoughtful than a vacation snapshot or smiling baby was in college.

As part of Picture Summer, I’m greeted each morning by a prompt from Tracey Clark —a little push to pick up the camera and capture life in an interesting way or notice a quintessential feature of summer that I might have other wised missed.

I haven’t been able to meet every one of the daily prompt goals, but I have picked up my camera every single day and snapped a photo that I brings me joy. I wanted to share a few of my favorites from this first week. These are the photos that, for me, capture summer.

We head outside first thing in the morning. Jammies and all. No wonder our neighbors keep their blinds closed.

Tree climbing. Tangled hair.

This old girl gets hosed down every morning.

July 4th = water balloons.

Homemade popsicles in the shade. In her shades.

Something refreshing for me. (Summer = keens, a pale ale, and sitting on the deck.)

Until I started snapping photos, I didn’t realize how old Duke was looking.

Checking out the baby ducks at the Aviary.

Oh, look! Flowers I’ve managed not to kill!

More flowers that have survived in my care! See. Miracles DO happen.

Have a very wonderful weekend.

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  2. Marci 07/12/2010 at 4:21 pm

    Very nice photos – how nice of you to share. Love that baby and how she is growing up. It is nice that you are cataloging for the future.

  3. Tracey 07/10/2010 at 12:59 am

    awesomeness! so glad you loving it! : )

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  5. erica_f 07/09/2010 at 9:01 am

    I like the balloon bucket pic & the popsicle one. I was about to ask about a self portrait and then realized the pic of Keens and pale ale says it all 🙂

  6. Rachael 07/09/2010 at 7:49 am

    This is fabulous! Such great pics – I love the one with the popsicle. And look at your fancy pants rounded corners! PRO