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Welcome to week 17 of Project 52! This week’s theme is “facial features.” For this prompt, I decided to pull out a few of the most expressive shots I got from the Boston Marathon. For those who didn’t follow this year’s Boston Marathon, and let’s be honest–most people don’t, it was an extremely hot day. The weather was an unseasonably 87 degrees, which makes for difficult marathon running. We live near the marathon route at mile 16/17 in the hills of Newton and had a front row seat to the action. It was a spectacular thing to see these athletes competing.
This particular girl was literally fighting for every single inch. The focus in her eyes reveals her fight. She was not about to give up.
I love the look on this woman’s face. She was near the front of the women’s pack and was working it. Like I said, it was hot. Summer sunshine beating down hot. She represents, to me, the determination expressed by all of the runners. They all showed a never give up attitude.
This is one of my favorite pictures from the day. This guy smiled the entire time I could see him. He just looked genuinely happy to be there and to be running. I love the juxtaposition of the girls cutting across the track and his expressed joy.
Now head on over to check out the talented Melinda Meredith HERE. Join us next week when we tackle “temptation.”
Ok–I admit it……..I’m a little late with this week’s Project 52! So late, that I’m not part of the circle this week. But, we had such a rare opportunity this weekend, that I just had to share and catch up on my posts and share something that would make most “green with envy”! Truly, we had the Luck of the Irish on our side on Sunday.
On Sunday, we went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. We drove in to MIT and then took the “T” in to the starting area of the parade. As we got off the “T” station and headed up on to the street, a guy came up to us and asked us how old our boys are. It threw me off at first, but then we realized the person asking was a firefighter. He explained that they needed a boy to ride on their old hose carriage during the parade. I knew that one of our guys would immediately say yes while the other would say no, so coming up with just one boy would be easy. After checking it out and finding out that we would be in a car right behind him, we agreed. Well, there was supposed to be a little girl in the carriage with him; however, she never showed back up. So, they asked if both boys wanted to take a ride. Reluctantly, the other little guy agreed. How crazy! Both boys wound up being IN the parade (and so did me and my husband by default).
The parade travels over a four mile stretch of South Boston and was televised on local tv. It is billed as the second largest parade in the United States.
So, I need to add to the boys bucket list–”Be in the second largest parade in the United States.”
Seriously, we could not have planned a moment like this if we had tried! There were a ton of true South Boston folks who were green with envy that two little guys got to be in the parade! Thank goodness they had on their Boston Red Socks hats and not some other team. For my Hawaii friends, see how many “shakas” you can find. It was so funny to watch the crowd respond to the boys’ little shakas.
Check back on Friday when our word is “pastel.” I’ll be back in the group this week–promise!
Overall, the winter this year has been a tad bit on the disappointing side. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been cold for these Hawaii folks. However, the snow has been very sporadic. We had some in Oct., some in Jan., and some the past two days. Other than that, it’s been a “mild” New England winter. Knowing that today would most likely be our last day to get out in the snow and play–supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow–we headed out for some fun. I pulled out the Lensbaby to play around as well. I figure the only way I’m ever going to get the hang of that thing is to use it use it use it! Overall, I’m pretty happy with how these turned out. And, while the winter weather has been fun, I sure am looking forward to getting back to somewhere warmer!
Today I had the opportunity to take photos of this sweet five day old little man. I always feel so honored when I get to do newborn photos. Those first few days home with a new little one are simply some of the sweetest days a family can have, and this little guy is no exception. I was amazed at how alert he was. He literally kept checking me out and sizing up the situation and was especially interested in the lights. He’s clearly going to be a little thinker. After a lot of coaxing, the secret to finally getting him to sleep was moving the space heater so it was blowing on him and making a little cocoon out of the bean bag. Once he snuggled in, he didn’t want to leave!
This week we visited the New England Aquarium. The boys had a fabulous time seeing all of the sea animals, which they miss from Hawaii. My favorite was the jellyfish exhibit for two reasons: (1) most people aren’t that interested in jellyfish, so the exhibit was pretty empty, and (2) watching them was just very peaceful. While I know they are dangerous, there is something beautiful in the fluidity of their movement. It was just very relaxing to watch them float around. And, I really did feel that most of them would turn toward my camera when I was taking pictures. These were all taken with my camera right up to the glass of their tanks. The darkness of the room combined with the tank lighting made it a bit of a challenge, but I’m happy with how these turned out. So, without further ado, I present the dance of the jellyfish.
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