I’ve been busy (I love to be busy) and not posted in some time. I’m having enjoyable experiences and taking lots of fun pictures. Cappy, second oldest of my five excellent nieces, was in town yesterday and we got to spend a nice part of the day together. I am a person who takes pictures; Cappy is a photographer. There’s a big difference. A few pictures she took will be on this post.
I work one on one with people. Two of the people I work with were out of town this week. I was fortunate that coincided with the week of Cappy’s visit. I worked with one friend yesterday morning from 7:00 to 9:00. Then had the rest of the day to spend with Cappy! Perfect timing!
We met in the morning at Starbucks (where else) and took the dogs across the river for a pleasant hike at Pony Pasture. Dropped the dogs off at the house and headed to Lavenders Cafe, 119 E Main St., Richmond. Our lunch was superb – the food and the experience are always superb at Lavenders – plus lavender lemonade. Indescribably delicious.
It’s difficult to top Lavenders, but we took a chance and went to Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream for dessert. Fortunately, they still had basil ice cream. The only food that can possibly follow lavender lemonade. I mentioned basil ice cream in an earlier blog post, but I just wrote about it. I’ve been back a number of times since. When I went with a friend earlier this week, we were outside eating and there was a basil ice-cream colored Schwinn parked outside! I wonder if they plan it that way… Anyway, ice cream and matching Schwinn:
When Cappy and I went to Crossroads yesterday, she took this picture of me enjoying (can you tell?) more basil ice cream:
I’ve had lots of great hikes at the river since my last post. It’s warming up a lot and the dogs are swimming regularly. Since Max is all muscle he’s not very buoyant and stays near the edge. But boy he has such a cheerful smile. And he’s always eager, always wanting to see what comes next. Look at this handsome boy:
Before we left Pony Pasture yesterday morning, I leashed the dogs up. I wanted to get them (Max, mainly) back in the car in a reasonable amount of time. My hands were full of leashes and Cappy offered to carry my camera. I didn’t even know she’d taken the lens cap off. When I got home and downloaded the pictures, I found this image:
I didn’t retouch that or crop it or anything – she just took the picture and it came out that way. All her pictures have the most beautiful light, wherever she takes them. She’s a natural. And she understands composition so well. As is evident in this image.
See what I mean about the difference between a person who takes pictures (me) and a photographer (Cappy)? It would never occur to me to take a picture like that. I’d never have a vision in my mind’s eye of just how accessible and expressive it would turn out. I think I “work” a lot at taking pictures (although you may never know it) but I think for Cappy it’s automatic. My photography is formulaic where hers is intuitive. I get some pretty pictures because I see lots of pretty things. But Cappy has a knack for people and animals and light that I miss.
The shirt I wore yesterday is an old favorite, given to me by a perceptive friend years ago. This is the back:
PS I wanted to put pictures of Cappy in this post. But she told me she likes it better behind the camera. I like both sides.