Viewing the world through a 4.75 years old’s Eyes

Walking Ari to school in the morning during spring makes me slow down.

He looks at this yellow ball and the bright sun.

Ari – “Amma, If I throw up this yellow ball, will it touch that yellow sun?”
Me – “We won’t know until you try. So, why don’t you try?”

He points to the snails and the rollie-pollies on the ground.

Ari – “Amma, stop! Don’t step on that rollie-pollie. He is going to school just like me.”
Me – “Ok, Ok…I will be careful.”

He points to the tulips and the roses.

Ari – “Amma, can I open up that unopened tulip? I want to help it.”
Me – “No, let us wait for it to bloom by itself.”

He points to the green rolling hills, clear blue sky and the chirping birds.

Ari – “Amma, LOOK…LOOK..there is a humming bird.”
Me – “Where? Where? Oh! I missed it.”

The joys of looking at the world through a 4.75 years old’s eyes…it never ends.

I hope you are slowing down to smell the roses and enjoying spring in its full glory.

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