Photo Monday – The Old Backyard

Or what I really wanted to name this post: *&%$@*# mosquitoes!

So, umm, yeah. M ran the half marathon in Ottawa on May 28. My sister and father ran it too and I herded the kids as best I could (and that was actually pretty good because we saw each runner once, I found a playground, and my not quite 3 year old nephew had no accidents).

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The day before, I went to the backyard all the way down into the wooded area and the stream. I loved it there as a child. I felt like there were stories waiting there and so much exploration! I never followed the stream as far as I wanted. I was afraid of getting completely lost. That, and I was technically trespassing.

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I’d just heard the day before that Lyme disease has been found in the Ottawa region and I know there are deer in the woods so a pretty good possibility of deer ticks. I borrowed some socks from my sister, wore skinny jeans, and closed shoes. And a long sleeved cardigan. I debated using bug spray and didn’t because that stuff is vile. Not bright. I had to know this. I’d noticed the incredible number of mosquitoes in the sunlight, half a dozen coming indoors each time you open the door. I had to know that the woods and the stream would be horrific. I grew up there, I had to know! And yet, I thought my jeans and my thin cardigan would be enough. Living in the city must have addled my mosquito instincts.

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They buzzed in my ears, around my head. They tried to get me through my jeans (the couldn’t). I found a spot of blood where I squooshed one against my blouse (it came out in the wash). And they tried to get me through my cardigan. I felt them and smacked them. Unbelievably, I escaped unscathed.

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But not my pictures. As long as I kept moving, I did okay. Taking pictures requires standing still, crouching down to get the best angle. After a minute or two, I would become a target. Maybe I’m just not sufficiently dedicated to the art of photography to suffer through mosquito harassment. I chose to move even though I hadn’t gotten exactly what I wanted.

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I’ll freeze for a good picture. I’ll be rained on, snowed on, I’ll stand in sweltering heat. Whatever the weather throws at me, I will take. But not mosquitoes.

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Oh, and no ticks.

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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2 comments on “Photo Monday – The Old Backyard
  1. Charity says:

    Ooh, I hate mosquitoes! But they adore me. =/ I think these photos are lovely though. I love the close-up of the water and the trillium!

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