Today I was challenged to be on the lookout for "layers" for the photo prompt at Create a Connection http://www.bealivebelievebeyou.com/create/2007/04/thursday_photo__3.html Layers . . . . where would I find something to photograph that reflected layers? Since I was already scheduled to go on a field trip to the museum of nature and science with my daughter, I thought, "What better place to find something fascinating to photograph!"
So, off we went, in all the chaos, noise, clutter, and general pandemonium associated with a group of 30 kindergarteners. But, then when we arrived at the museum, I discovered that there were almost 3,000 elementary school children in the museum today! Yikes! I'm more the mellow, peaceful, quiet, and contemplative sort, so all the confusion required a great deal of effort on my part not to run and hide behind the dinosaur display!
Anyway, there were so many interesting things to see and do, but it wasn't until after lunch when we outside sitting in the grass and the girls were playing tag, and rolling down the grassy hillside that I found what I love to photograph the most . . . . my gorgeous daughter. So, there they were, running and giggling, tumbling and rolling, and I just had to get a picture of her. My beautiful angel, my China doll, my precious Gracie! From the other side of the world, from a little rural village in northern China, in the shadow of the Great Wall, my Gracie is a bundle of energetic curiosity, brightly shining in her innocence and purity, and somehow always touches my soul and renews my spirit.
But then we returned for one last peek around, and the girls discovered the crystals! Oh, the joy of those glittering gemstones, quartz, amethyst, topaz, and gold! This was their favorite part of the whole museum, they all declared. "Look at THIS one, mama!" and "OOOH, look at THIS one!" and "THIS one is for sure my favorite!" So, I took pictures of the crystals . . . . and there I found lots of layers! Amazing how the world looks so fresh and new through the eyes of a child.