Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Eyeballs with Wheels

Martin’s mom got Iris a very pink ride-on toy with enormous eyeballs.

It requires an adult to push it, sort-of like a stroller.

Iris likes anything with wheels, so it’s a hit.

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Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Iris Eats from a Big Spoon.

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I love to take photos of Iris eating.

It combines many of my favorite things:

family, cooking, feeding people, eating, and photography.


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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

It’s Not About the Bike

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Shelburne Farms

We go to Shelburne Farms again.

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Iris drives a John Deere tricycle.

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Teressa is there with her children. Opal drives a really big tractor.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Ernie Digs Doris’ Grave

I passed them in the cemetery. The stone had Doris & Larry Arnell’s names on it. Ernie was digging.

But I didn’t take out my camera. I wanted to, but I didn’t take out my camera.

“Sad about Doris,”  said Ernie.

“I just kept waiting to see her sitting on her porch, to say hi,” I said.

“It was real quick in the end. She went real quick.”

But I hadn’t known she was sick again. Her body was all full of cancer.

I hardly see Ernie anymore, since his wife had a stroke. I asked about her.

“She’s in rehab, still paralyzed,” he said.

He says he’s up there at the hospital all the time when he isn’t in the cemetery working

or at home working on the house, making it so she can come home in a wheelchair.

But I didn’t take out my camera. I didn’t ask how many friends he’s buried, either.

I was polite.


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Iris learns the joys of picking tomatoes. She hides them in the grass so Martin doesn’t have to eat them.

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We went up to Shelburne Farms for a little bit.

Happy couples go up there to watch their happy children happily playing in the Children’s Farm Yard.

There are lots of toys.

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013


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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

There are Carrots in the Garden

I enjoy learning to take pictures again.

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I have some excellent subject material.

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I enjoy the moodiness of black and white.

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But like the tale of the poor fisherman who caught the magic fish who gave him wishes,

each wish granted leaves me wanting more. This camera is delightful, but now I want—

The sun! The moon! The stars!

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But only for a moment. I will be happy with what I have. 

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What I have is beautiful. 

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Common Farm Animals of Vermont

Today Iris and I went for a bike ride. There was some scenery with clouds and cows.

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We stopped at New Village Farm.

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Iris wanted to take a close look at some animals.

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She gathered popped ballons in a basket.

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We had a lot of fun.

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Friday, July 19th, 2013

Button Bay State Park

Iris and Joshua play on the swings.


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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Hot Day

Martin tries to cheer Iris up by taking her for a swim.

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