Sunday, April 27, 2008

Me, Playing




Max and I are passing an octopus to a fellow tide pool enthusiast. Careful to keep our hands wet, and to return her to her rocky shelter in the pool, we marveled at the experience of holding this slippery and strong creature. She changed her colors and patterns as she moved over new surfaces.

Out of curiosity, I followed a link in "Sallad Says..." to a photography contest at "Are We There Yet Mom." The contest has no theme, although the prize inspired me to find a photograph that is a close-up. I think the octopus and hands make an interesting example of close-up photography. It was a bit of a balancing act, as I am helping Max and taking the picture! I like the cooperation and patience between the three people, and their interest and concern for the octopus. I remember our hushed voices and exhilarated emotions. The tide was exceptionally low that day and all up and down the beach people were exclaiming at the many discoveries. We were strangers sharing wonder. I took a lot of favorite pictures that day in January.

There is still time to enter April's contest, and I hope you have a chance to go see the other entries. It's fun and inspiring to see people's best shots. There are so many things in the world to exhilarates us, to fill us with wonder.

7 comments:

  1. I love this photograph and the story, and I remember your pictures and other stories from that day! Entering work into contests is a wonderful way to reach, to see what others are up to, to get feedback -- all good stuff.

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  2. Wow, that's a very cool shot! I've never held an octopus before.

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  3. nice shot..touching an octopus.. sounds like fun..

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  4. Cool shot! I don't know if I've ever seen an octopus up that close before.

    Thank you for sharing your interesting photo. Good Luck!

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  5. I remember when you posted that photo back in January. Great photo and it's really cool that you got to hold it.

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  6. Oh I LOVE this photo so much! The octopus has long been my very favorite creature! How I would love to hold a living one or swim with one. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. I'm sorry I wasn't able to vote for you, but I do think it's a great shot! And your experience at the beach is inspiring.

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