Posts Tagged ‘baby’

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to provide a photo of something new.

Photos of a baby are the prototypical answer to any request for a representation of “new.” My family has been fortunate enough to have several children born recently and not surprisingly I have been taking more than a few pictures of them. I initially resisted using a photo of a baby for this challenge for fear of being trite. However, in thinking about a photo of mine that demonstrates “Possibility. Opportunity. Potential.” (as mentioned in the challenge), I realized that one of my pictures did that in a way that wasn’t just the typical cute baby photo. This photo is of my recently passed father-in-law and one of his great-grandchildren. As my father-in-law holds his great-grandchild’s hand and looks intently at his happy face, I see him looking into the past and future. His loving 91-year-old eyes and small smile show that he is content both with his life and with the promise of the child and of potential he embodies.

The Great Grandhild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Word A Week Challenge – Old II

Of course one of the questions that comes to mind when the word “old” is just tossed out of the dictionary to stand or fall as the case may be “on its own” (okay with a very nice supporting cast of photos, which at this moment is not helping my narrative much so I am setting them aside) is old as compared to what. For example, a mayfly – a favorite of many a trout fisherman – has a lifespan of anywhere between 30 minutes and 24 hours. Dragonflies, a favorite photo subject of mine have quite a party if they make it until their 4th month (okay, I’m not actually sure about that). On the other side of the longevity line there are tortoises alive today who were enjoying the beginning of their second half century of life when Charles Darwin was born. Bowhead whales can live for 200+ years. It is even arguable that mitochondria and a variety of other things (there is no need to go into detail) live more or less forever, which puts even the Egyptians and Incas pretty much to shame. My father-in-law, pictured here, who is still sharp as a tack, just enjoyed his 90th birthday and you could think of him as old although I can’t say I do. At least not until I have a useful reference. Here the touchstone is his youngest great-granddaughter. So is he old enough for the Word a Week Photo Challenge? It is hard to say. It is, like so many things, happily thought-provoking if you can stand a little good-natured rambling.