"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Okay Can You See?

We’re celebrating the Fourth of July in Virginia.  I’m grateful for another birthday.

When I was Maura’s age I used to think all the fireworks were just for me on my birthday.  Ha!

Not sure if there will be fireworks to celebrate the fourth as there’s rain and more rain.

My granddaughter Maura (4) sings the Star Spangled Banner with a slight alteration of the opening lyrics.

“Okay, can you see?” or more like  “O-O-O-Okay can you see”

The title for this post could also be  How to Photograph Four Kids at a Time.  I’ve had a lot of practice.  It’s not impossible but to get ALL four with their best expression is not an easy task.               Add the new puppy Henry to the effort.

I’ve used the -get ’em in action method- quite a few times.  On the playground, the backyard, the hula hoop, the swing, the bicycle.  Anything so they aren’t conscious of Grandma’s lens.

The sitting around all in a row or even staggered grouping and looking at my lens with the old CHEEEEESE doesn’t work for me.  Or them  Not that I haven’t tried.    Canon 70-200mm L series lens   ISO 100  f/2.8  1/125   I’m up on the front porch.


On Your Mark

On Your Mark-

And they're off

And they’re off-

all the way down to the tree


headed back to the finish



uh oh I see his derriere

Uh oh not that view of Henry.  Henry, turn around.



Oh Henry, turn around.   Nah, too posed looking.   ACTION!



running towards home


Maura, Anna, Michael and Jack and Henry



watch the puppy


Here they come.

Anna calls to Henry to join them.





He’s getting it now







A moment of childhood captured.



Maura doesn’t like coming in last.  Henry is watching the cows in the field next door.

Henry and Maura watch the cows

27 responses

  1. Happy Birthday Ruth and enjoy the 4th of July celebrations too 🙂


    July 4, 2013 at 12:29 am

    • Thanks Lorraine. I enjoyed the photos of you and your dad and he ocean looks grand. I would like to smell eucalyptus wood burning too.


      July 4, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Maura in her 4th of July national dress made me really smile!
    With this sporty series you made a fine birthday gift to yourself 🙂
    Happy July fourth to you and all of your family!


    July 4, 2013 at 1:55 am

  3. Precious photos Ruth 🙂 Happy Birthday!


    July 4, 2013 at 2:58 am

  4. Sonel

    Gorgeous action photo’s Ruth. They are all so adorable! 😀


    July 4, 2013 at 4:59 am

  5. robbard

    Happy Birthday Ruth. Enjoy the day, keep the camera ready (as always) and have a piece of birthday cake (PIE?) for me. Love ya,


    July 4, 2013 at 5:05 am

  6. Toni

    Wonderful family, 4th of July, Happy Birthday photos!! All the best on this special day!!!


    July 4, 2013 at 6:01 am

  7. Gail

    Happy Birthday to my longest and dearest friend. Your family and your photos bring so much joy. I love you


    July 4, 2013 at 6:22 am

  8. Kristin

    Happy Birthday to you! Love the photos!


    July 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

  9. Ellen

    O-O-O-Okay, I can see that you’ll have another beautiful birthday. Enjoy every moment with the most precious gift of all. As always, the photos tell the story perfectly. Love.


    July 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

  10. Sue Reinfeld

    I love the pictures. Anna, Michael, Jack and Maura actually seem to love each other. I think that’s great! Happy Birthday Ruth E


    July 4, 2013 at 7:21 am

  11. Happy Birthday to you Ruth! Enjoy all of those fireworks – they are just for you, you know. 🙂

    Great action shots of the kids – and cute new puppy. He looks like a mini Murray.


    July 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

  12. *Murphy. (Oops.)


    July 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

  13. Vincie

    Happy Birthday, Ruth!


    July 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

  14. These shots of your grandchildren are wonderful. Such beautiful memories.


    July 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

  15. Donna D'Abruzzo

    What wonderful family pictures of the grandkids. Hope you enjoy them & have a very Happy Birthday! Love ya, Donna


    July 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

  16. Amy

    On July 4th, how cool! Happy birthday, Ruth! Love these photos 🙂


    July 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

  17. Happy Birthday, Ruth ! Enjoy the day with your beautiful family members (including a new dog, too)!


    July 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

  18. Sally

    Happy Birthday to YOU, Ruth! Love all the photos of the grandkids in action. Know this will be a very special day for all of you. Happy 4th and again, Happy Birthday!


    July 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

  19. Wonderful pics, Ruth. Happy Birthday to you. How wonderful to be spending it with your four gorgeous grandchildren. Two celebrations on one day; how cool is that? 🙂


    July 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

  20. Happy Birthday Ruth and what gorgeous shots from the front porch! Hope the weather clears for your fireworks!


    July 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  21. Cj

    Happy Birthday Ruthie! The fireworks ARE always for you!


    July 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

  22. Mary Ann

    Who needs fire works when you have those fire crackers! Love!


    July 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  23. Poor Maura. With that stance in the starting block and her shorter legs, she never stood a chance. She’ll catch up, soon enough.
    A great set of photos, Ruth. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.


    July 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    • Thanks John – a lovely birthday indeed!


      July 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm




    July 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

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