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Monday, May 07, 2012

An Almost Life vs A Yes Life

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I almost didn't take my camera to Maui.

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Why?

It's heavy.
Really heavy.
I use a Canon 7D body and an 85 mm lens.
It's hefty...massive...cumbersome.
Did I mention it's heavy?
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I almost didn't take these pictures.

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Why?

I was nervous about taking my camera anywhere near sand.
Sand is bad for cameras.
I did the math.
Maui had a lot of beaches + Beaches are filled with sand = There is a lot of sand in Maui.

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I almost said "No," when the Agronomist asked, "Do you want to get some sunset shots?"

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Why?

It had been a long day;
it was windy;
and I was being vacation lazy.
But the girls said "Yes," and had some ideas they wanted to try.

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I almost didn't get these pictures.

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Why?

Because I forgot for a moment how much
photos help you to remember.
Even if the memory is of a certain blogger mom,
yelling at her girls to stop fooling around and to look at the @#! sun before it set : )

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I almost didn't take my good camera to Maui.
I almost didn't take these pictures.
I almost said "No."

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Almost def'n... not quite, nearly, little short of being.
Today I realized
looking back at these images
that I don't want to live an "Almost Life."

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Why?

Because if I choose to live an "Almost Life?"
I would forget the moments a "Yes" life always brings me.

xoxo,

parenting BY dummiesJenny Matlock





  


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31 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you took your camera with you - you captured some amazing images Dana! Hope you had a wonderful time.
    Alissa

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  2. I'm glad you don't live an almost kind of life, because I really enjoyed these!

    =)

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  3. These are breathtaking!!! I'm so glad you took them!!!

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  4. Oh what a shame if you had of left that at home. What beautiful photos you captured. And now I want to go there something fierce!

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  5. the photos are amazing. . .but the thoughts and words are inspired!
    Thanks for reminding me to say "yes" more!

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  6. I am so glad you took your camera and chose to capture the moments.

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  7. fantastic. thank you for the lovely images and the wisdom.

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  8. Oh man...glad you didn't make a huge mistake. These pics are gorgeous!

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  9. I love the "holding the sun in your palm" shot. So creative.

    Leaving your camera at home? Are you kidding? Oh, the sheer thought...

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  10. beautiful. and not just the pictures. the yeses of life... sweet, sweet gifts.

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  11. Awesome photos.

    But having a photographer daughter, I understand about the camera being heavy and sand being bad for cameras. Those are valid points.

    But I'm glad your other valid point won out. Cameras can be replaced but those moments are priceless! Good job.

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  12. Beautiful my friend. Beautiful. xo

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  13. Absolutely love this - and reminds me why I reluctantly opt to lug around a heavy camera. Every single shot is absolutely amazing!!


    The Cockatiel Project

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  14. I dream of knowing how to use my brand-new SLR to get pictures this good. Note to self: ALWAYS bring the camera!

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  15. Wow, those pictures are amazing!

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  16. Dana, I love this post so much and what you wrote here. I too have thought, I don't want to lug around my camera or get it dirty or risk losing it or damaging it. I was just apologizing to my mom for taking so many pictures on our recent road trip. BUT, then I realized that this is what I love, and I love the memories, and the photos just make me happy.

    I'm SO glad you took your camera to Maui. I LOVE these photos. My favorite is of your daughter "holding" the sun.

    xo.

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  17. THANK GOODNESS it made it. These pictures are amazing!

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  18. ohhhh....how I can relate. I didn't bring my camera on our last trip to Colorado. Because it was heavy. And who wants to ski with a heavy camera. So I don't have "those pictures." I have snapshots. Not photos. *sigh*

    Good on you for not falling into that trap. I applaud you!!! Gorgeous photos. Beautiful captured memories.

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  19. Lovely pictures of the girls at the beach. It was certainly worth bringing along that heavy camera.

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  20. Yes You made the most beautiful photo's. Good you took your Canon. Have a nice day

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  21. Dana. You are glorious.

    Those pictures warmed my soul.

    Your words reminded me of a few things I have forgotten a bit of late.

    Hugs and blessings to you, sweet lady.

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  22. Brilliant post ... wonderful reflections ... thank goodness you got those shots, they are beautiful .... you are going to enjoy looking back at these magical moments!

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  23. A "yes" life is riskier, but oh how many things we miss if we think on all the no's! Also, maybe invest in a small/lightweight camera too? Have a happy Mothersday!

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  24. gorgeous . simply gorgeous.

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  25. those are very fun images. Aren't you glad that you DID take your camera?!

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  26. Dana, Dana, Dana! Cameras make memories! And you made some sweet and beautiful ones!!

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  27. Fabulous photos -- thanks for sharing

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  28. wow, dana, to think that these shots almost never happened makes me shudder - funny timing, i've been going back and forth over whether to bring (lug) mine with me on a travel-heavy "trip of a lifetime" i'm taking this July with my ladybugs ... seeing your shots and reading your inspiring words has pretty much sealed the deal for me - no matter the inconvenience, the camera comes with!

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  29. I love this post Dana - it is what I need to hear at this point of my life too!

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  30. Oh.

    You made me cry Dana.

    THis is so beautiful.

    So dang beautiful.

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