Thirty Minutes in the Life {July 2014}

As each day of summer closes I feel the aching in my heart grow as I realize the end of summer is quickly approaching.  It’s an shift that I realize is inevitable, but still, I face it with dread. Like a child who collects seashells in a pail on the edge of a beach, I find myself doing anything I can to collect treasured memories to carry with me for a lifetime. 

Our most treasured memories are never big.  We don’t typically find them surrounded with bells or whistles nor do we find them with money.  They are simple, really.  Unremarkable to most, but near perfection to us.

Most often we find our best experiences out there, in nature.  Surrounded by trees and the songs of birds.  This is the place where they dig their hands into the dirt and dip their toes into the water.  No instructions are needed, they already know what to do, my only job is to let them do what comes so naturally to them.

My only job is to set them free.

On this adventure, we packed a picnic breakfast and searched out a new place to explore.  As always, our natural surrounds provided all the entertainment we need.

The only expense is time, and well,  maybe a few extra bottles of Tide.  Despite the mile long list of “to-do’s” that sit on my desk at home, the time spent ‘out there’ is something I never, ever regret. 

It’s always that simple.

Please take a moment to check out 30-Minutes in the Life of my friend and talented Warrenton, Virginia Photographer, Karen Hunt Photography. 

  • Cindy Cavanagh - these are magical…and one day I will join you on your breakfast picnic and have my own memories to keepJuly 29, 2014 – 5:00 amReplyCancel

  • Stacey - What a great place! Love the images, Summer!July 29, 2014 – 3:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Mary Slone - Oh wow. As always, Summer, these are just strikingly beautiful. Magical, indeed.July 29, 2014 – 4:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Colleen Putman - Woahhhh! Summer — these look like they were straight from a movie set, with the 3 siblings going on an adventure!!! Each photo was more gorgeous than the one before. My favorite is for sure the one with the reflection of your son's boots and your daughter's pink sweater. Wow!!July 29, 2014 – 5:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Mame Voelker - So so beautiful! I also know these are they memories your children will cherish forever.July 29, 2014 – 6:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Polina - Summer, your words touched my heart so much that I had to re-read them! These simple images are truly my favorites. Those with colorful reflections are just breathtaking!July 29, 2014 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

  • The Hilliards - Stunning Summer! your kids are such awesome little adventurers!
    kimJuly 30, 2014 – 7:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Burton - I love seeing your kids' adventures every month!! That black and white one with the sunburst stopped me for quite some time–my fav in this set. Your work has that effect–makes one stop and relish in awe at the beauty that you capture. Truly lovely Summer!July 31, 2014 – 3:07 amReplyCancel

  • Sharleen - Oh Summer – what stunning photo's. I wish I was exploring there with you as well. The photos of them wading through the water were my favorites. The reflections were just crazy beautiful. There is so much beauty in the simple things in life. Thanks for sharing.July 31, 2014 – 2:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen Hunt Photography - What a great place to be. I love all the exploring. That reflection shot in the water is so perfect! I am dreading the end of summer also. So many wonderful memories you capture for them though.August 1, 2014 – 11:51 amReplyCancel