The Kid Lens

I’ve been reading great blogs by amazing women like Brittany and Melissa and Debi that have inspired me to get my kids outdoors more.  I want them to connect more with the real world and less with the screen world of TV, smart phones, and computers.

We decided to take a family hike on Saturday.  In 90+ degree heat and high humidity.  Right after lunch. I admit it may not have been my finest idea.

But somewhere after our picnic but before the complaining started (by my husband), I got the idea to give Peanut the digital camera and let her go hog wild.

Don’t get me wrong, I took some pictures of our family fun day…

We kept relatively cool by taking breaks and misting our hair with a spray bottle throughout the hike.


But when we got home, I realized that Peanut had filled my digital camera with almost 200 pictures of her own.

I was struck by the opportunity to peek at her world view.  After all, how often do we get to see the world (literally) through our kid’s eyes?


Turns out, Peanut’s attention was captured by three subjects.  First, she took some pictures of the family…

We are dirty & sweaty; a PERFECT opportunity for an extreme close up!


Her second favorite subject was…well….herself.  (She comes by the vanity honestly.)


I love the faces she makes at herself. Priceless.


Peanut was very concerned about poison ivy.  Wait, let me rephrase.  Peanut was very concerned about IDENTIFYING poison ivy.

"Is this poison ivy? Is THIS poison ivy? What about this plant right here that I’m touching…is THIS poison ivy?"


But out of the 200 pictures she took, at least 100 of them were of sunlight peeking through the trees. She was looking up, up, up.

There really is something majestic about light filtering through a forest.


I love seeing how she sees the world.  Do I think she was caught up in the beauty of the forest during our hike?  Maybe.  I think it’s more likely that she was shutter-happy from having total control over the camera.

But the sheer number of pictures that focus on the sky, the sunlight, and the trees tells me that our hike made an impression.  I can sense how small she must feel standing in that forest; how surrounded she was by the sights and sounds and smells of Summer.  And I know for sure our hike lasted far longer because we encouraged her to capture every step.

The best part? All I had to do to activate my camera’s “kid lens” was to hand the camera over.



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