Scouting for Pictures in Fall

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

For several weeks now, Adi has been observing the falling leaves and the beautiful red and yellow colors on the leaves. We both enjoy the fall beauty…but only hastly..as we rush to school and drive back and forth from activites.

Today afternoon, Adi came back from school. I surprised him by saying “The camera is all yours for 1 hour today afternoon. Look – the rain has stopped and the sun is out. Let us go photo shooting!!”.

His jaw dropped. He said “Are you serious?! Stop kidding Amma”.

We got in the car and drove around…stopping here…pausing there. We discussed how best to click a particular shot. I don’t know much about framing..but whatever I knew, I taught him.

In our part of the world (here in Northern California), Fall doesn’t bring as much beauty as in the Mid-west. However, we enjoyed the red and yellow leaves and how the vibrant colors stood out in our city.

Hope you are enjoy this Fall as much as Adi and I enjoyed scouting for Fall pictures.

Scouting for Pictures in Fall 2012 - 1 - Ambal Balakrishnan

Team Work Pays Off for the Boys

Boys: Big pumpkins.

Grandpa: No..small pumpkins.

Boys: We need BIG pumpkins.

Me: No. Only small pumpkins.

Boys run around the whole pumpkin patch. Then, they run back to Grandpa and me.

Boys: Amma. Please, please, please BIG pumpkins.

Me: Ok. (with a smirk) Here is the deal. I have a coupon. It says buy 1 pumpkin and get another pumpkin of same or lesser size FREE. Why don’t you guys work together? Pick as large a pumpkin as you can. Pick it up together. Carry it together. Put it on the check out stand together. Then, do the same with the second (FREE) pumpkin. No fighting. Everything together. Then, I’ll consider paying.

As I say this, I wink at Grandpa and give him a look that says NO WAY. Grandpa winks back with a look that says NO WAY.

Boys: OK….that is a deal.

For several minutes, the boys run around the whole pumpkin patch to pick the biggest pumpkin that they can carry together. Then, they realize that they can’t carry the REALLY big ones. Finally, they settle on a big pumpkin and strategize on how to carry it together. They carry it all the way to the check out stand.. victoriously and cheering each other on.

At this point, as you probably have guessed already, they have quite a “cheering” audience at the pumpkin patch.

Grandpa and me watch in total awe as they run back to get the second pumpkin.

I (rather sheepishly) pull out 10 bucks from my purse and Grandpa (brimming) pulls out 5 bucks from his purse.

We underestimated the boys.

What can I say? To the victor go the spoils.

I am confident that Grandpa is the proudest granddad that ever walked a pumpkin patch.

Chasing Marathoner Kumar – Primos Run in San Ramon

They say running a marathon is an experience that’s difficult to put into words.
I wouldn’t know about that. Because, I have never run.

However, I know how it feels to chase a marathoner.
I know how to meet him every few miles.
I know how much of navigating around roadblocks is required.
I know how it feels to hear thumping feet.
I know how it feels to cheer for strangers.
I know how my spirit soars as I watch the power of the human spirit from the sidelines.

I know how my heart skips a beat when I see him.
I know how tired he must be.
I know how he will always start sprinting when he sees me.
I know he will raise his hand to hi-fi my outreached hand.
I know he will be more proud of me (than I am of him) because I got there to cheer for him at almost every mile.

It is quite a experience. Chasing a marathoner is an experience that’s difficult to put into words.

The boys and I have been chasing runners at Primos Run since 7am today.