In South Carolina, spring and fall often feel like summer. Winter often feels like spring and/or fall. Summer never feels like anything but summer.
So it is that when temperatures cool into the high seventies to low eighties range, and the killer humidity for which the South is known begins to sound retreat, we venture out for photo shoots.
If it's portrait shooting I'm craving, my only readily-accessible grandchild is the usual subject.
Yesterday was such a time. Because, News Flash: I love training a lens -- any lens -- on Dagny's face.
Yesterday, doubly inspired by the acquisition of a new piece of camera equipment -- for which I'd longed throughout several summers, winters, springs, and falls -- I asked Audrey if we could take baby to the park.
Naturally my daughter said yes, not just because she's a great mom -- which she is -- but because she knows how much her fifteen-month-old loves to be outside.
You will no doubt notice that Dagny is rarely separated from her snack cup of Cheerios. She noshes more or less constantly during waking hours.
We think she may be addicted to what we call Chee-Ohs (dubbed same by my three-year-old grandson Andrew), but we are not alarmed.
It would be un-American not to love Cheerios. Am I right? Catnip for babies.
And she doesn't get the sugared honey nut kind. Well, at least not all the time.
Dagny's mama pays attention to the sugar content of everything that goes into Dagny's mouth. As it should be.
We are fortunate that Daggy is an eager eater. She is fascinated by food and will try just about anything.
For example, I think it's hysterically funny that she scarfs sweet potatoes. When my children -- all four of them -- were young, they became agitated at the sight of sweet potatoes.
We have had many a scene -- some involving actual vomiting -- at holiday tables when the kids were required to take a spoonful of sweet potatoes and their father insisted they eat it.
But Dagny? You ain't gonna skeer that young'un with a yam. Nosirree bobtail.
At any rate she enjoyed the park yesterday, wheeled around as she was in her umbrella stroller by her mommy, getting out to pose amongst golden leaves and on low steps and on inviting benches and swings. And that loving lap.
Alas, Dag's good mood didn't last all that long -- outside scenery notwithstanding -- because she needed a nap, but owing to my snap-happiness and the fact that I shoot at a fast clip, we got the job done in record time.
And now our impromptu but fruitful photo opportunity is in the books. Another sweet stage of Dagny's life is documented.
With that we wish a blessed and beautiful autumn harvest season to everyone.
This session was shot using a Nikon D7000 paired with
Nikon's fabulous AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom lens
in blissfully natural light.