Monday, July 26, 2010

It's like thunder....lightnin'

Have you ever tried to photograph lightning?

I've tried a couple of times with no success. Usually, my arm gets tired of holding the camera and my eyes hurt from looking through the view finder because I don't have one of those fancy remote trigger thingy's.

Well, earlier this evening my daughter and I were spending some quality time outside rockin' on the front porch and a storm started to roll in.  I figured it would be a good time to give it another try, so inside I ran before it could blow away.

Sure enough, there was lots of lightning around for me to try to catch, but that stuff happens fast & I was usually too late.  When you're trying to capture lightning strikes, you end up with a lot of shots that look like this:

But, if you're just patient (not easy for me to do) and  prop your arm up and wait.....
some of your photos turn out like this:

I was so excited I finally was able to capture that powerful strike with my camera.  I didn't get as many as I'd like and I would have preferred it to have been a little darker outside but it was fun trying.  If my daughter didn't have to eat dinner I would have stayed out a bit longer. 

Next time you have a storm rolling in, run and grab your camera.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Let's continue this July baseball theme

Since I've only had ONE post this month and it's already the 24th....let's just continue on the same theme as my life lately - BASEBALL.

My son (and husband) are complete baseball fanatics, so they don't mind this way of life at all.

I have to admit - I'm a big fan, as well (especially when B is playing).

And he's been playing - A the SC Dixie Youth O-Zone State Tournament (I might add).

We were real proud of our team.  They were the runners-up in the District and did really well at State.

Here are some pictures for us to remember the journey:

The supportive sisters.

This is after we beat our District rivals & sent them packing.

This is the game we lost that sent us packing.

Win or lose everybody had a great time. 
Now we're heading into travel ball season and the boys (and girls) couldn't be happier.

Just thought I'd leave you with the beautiful scenery we came home to one afternoon.
The rainbow was too big for me to fit into one shot.

Hope your July has been great - can't believe we start school in a couple of weeks - yikes!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Baseball Camp 2010

What a busy & fast summer this is becoming.

I looked at the calendar the other day and actually had to tell the kids that we only have FIVE weeks left.

FIVE?   5.    FIVE!

How can this be?

It's all too fast. Must slow down.

Ok, I've gotten control of myself - now on to one reason the summer is moving too quickly.

Every week is booked.  Last week it was baseball camp for my baseball addicted son.

He was able to go to one of the best camps around - Clemson University with coach Jack Leggett.

What a great week these boys had.  They learned a lot and it wasn't all about baseball.

Coach Leggett stresses three things: Academics, Attitude, & Athletics.

Here are a few pictures I was able to snap during all of the preparation & activities.

Four of the boys from their All-Star team went to camp. It was nice that they were all together.

B's on third where his best friend's playing. P was always telling his team members B's secrets about stealing bases.

This is how Miss G gets through most baseball activities.

Coach Leggett talking to the boys on the last day.
He had just come back from Omaha where they were one game away from going to the National Championship.

The boys really enjoyed their week away.
I think they learned a lot & are ready to head back next summer - now to put all of those new skills to work in our State tournament starting on July 17th.
Stay tuned.