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Mother Son Swamp Trek


I got an itch to wander through the Great Swamp today with my camera, and Aidan decided to come with me. Having lost his beloved flip video camera on Friday night, I suggested he borrow my old Canon S3 – it doesn’t zoom anymore, but everything else about it works, including the video functions.

We took our time, walking, chatting, photographing.  As much as I sometimes wish there were still toddlers and preschoolers in this house, there are times like this when I am so happy to have older children.   With an older child, you can play grown-up games, and I have to admit, I would much rather play “take pretty pictures” than Candy Land…

I showed Aidan the super macro setting on the camera, and he and I got down low on the ground and captured curled up leaves and other harbingers of Autumn through our lenses.

Two hours went by before we even realized it.  During our walk, Aidan asked if he could be a guest blogger here and post the pictures he took.  I think it’s a great idea! I’ve set him up a userid now, and I hope that he’ll log on here today to share his thoughts and his photos.

First, though, he’s exploring the use of color-swap mode in movie-making.  Nothing like a curious 10-year-old to make camera feature documentation completely unnecessary…

More swampy stuff later from Aidan, I hope!

In the meantime, if you happen to find a flip video camera with an “I <3 Aliens” sticker on it, please send it back our way.  It is missed.


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9 thoughts on “Mother Son Swamp Trek

  1. oh, this is magic!!

    1. Thank you, Tracey, I just love taking my camera to the swamp, and it was exciting to have somebody to share it with.

  2. First of all, the camera is not here.

    Now, seriously, you have a great son. What 10 year old will hang with his mom for 2 hours these days? I bet you are a cool mom. I also sometimes miss my toddlers. My daughters are now 20 and 21. But is great to have them as friends. And very good ones.

    Great pictures. The first one is my favorite.

    1. Aw, thanks, Norma! I know I definitely felt lucky to have his company yesterday! It must be nice for you to be so close with your daughters.

  3. just found you through picture fall — your photos from the swamp trek are lovely!

    1. Thank you! Glad you dropped by 🙂

  4. RT @lclarke522: @traceyclark #picturefall inspired me and my 10yo today:

  5. Coming from the perspective of the back side of children living at home, I’m finding that I love being with them more and more as they become adults, get married, and create their own worlds. It’s a huge reward when your adult kids WANT to hang out with you.

    And it sounds like you’re building a great foundation for Aidan’s adult years, by hanging out with you at ‘da swump’. Keep on building great memories with him like this, and when he’s all growed up, he’ll likely call you up and say, “Hey, what are you and dad doing tonight?”

    1. Oh, I hope so! While we were there, an older woman and young man walked by, and I couldn’t help thinking that could be us in fifteen years, if we played our cards right 🙂

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