Monday, April 30, 2012

Seven Super Shots (A Photo Essay...Sort of...)

My awesome blogger friend, Pam of Writewrds has graciously issued a lovely photograph-challenge to her fellow bloggers, as per this challenge from Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots. It pretty much rocks socks and I am delighted to take part.

The challenge:

1. Choose 7 of your own photos, one for each of the following categories:

  • A photo that…takes my breath away
  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
  • A photo that…makes me dream
  • A photo that…makes me think
  • A photo that…makes my mouth water
  • A photo that…tells a story
  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

2. Write a short description for each image.
3. Write somewhere in your blog post: ‘I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots.
4. Tell us you have participated and tweet the hashtag #7SuperShots
5. Nominate 5 other bloggers by including a link to their blog in your post.

We will be retweeting and sharing the best posts from participating bloggers

A photo that takes my breath away:

Meeting Luke, my second son and my very soul. Before he was born, I worried that I wouldn't love him (or her, I didn't know "who" I was growing in my belly, but secretly hoped for another boy) as much as his brother. And then, I held him for the first time here and all those worries simply melted away. To him, I whispered, "Hello, Luke. I've been waiting to love you my whole life."

I dunno if this counts, actually, since I didn't take the photo.

Hmmm...well, here's another one that I DID take:

Fearless boy - he marched right up and gently, oh-so-gently reached out. My heart was in my throat watching him, but seeing the joy that lit his face throughout...oh, my.

A photo that makes me laugh or smile:

This is Luke, in his glory. That devilish grin shows who is he is, most of the time and the messier things get, the happier he is. He is all about the mess, this kid. God, I love him.

A photo that makes me dream:

Both boys sleep like this, relaxed and chilled. When Matthew was a baby, I would sit for hours, watching him and dreaming of who he might become. Six years later, I sometimes sneak into their room and watch them still...

A photo that makes me think:

The world is a brighter place, because of him. For him, I want the whole of it. To it, I say, "I offer you my very heart. His name is Matthew. You're welcome."

A photo that makes my mouth water:

Summer evenings, cicadas singing, friends and family gathered, heart content, belly full.

A photo that tells a story:

The original Elizabeth McLennan (my husband's grandma) and Poppa, shortly before he passed away. Theirs was a quiet love, grown more tender as the years passed. This, dear readers, is what love truly looks like.

A photo that I am most proud of:

This is my favourite spot in my house - the front hallway. Light fills this space with warmth and welcome and unlike the other rooms, where chaos, peace hovers.

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Ok, bloggers! Now it's your turn! Get in on the action - here are my five picks, all five of whom are local Belleville/Quinte bloggers and all five of whom I've recently met (and adore) in real life:

Jenn from "Cleverly Disguised as Cake" (On Twitter: @mindthecompany)
Mandie from "Voices in My Head" (On Twitter: @mandieh03)
Jennifer from "Thinking Christian" (On Twitter: @jennifer4tc)
Christina  from "Life With The Drama Queens" (On Twitter: cdavies1975)
Sara from "They Call It Gumption" (On Twitter: @SaraHamil)

Bring it, Bellevillians!


  1. Beautiful. What a feast for the senses and the imagination! From mommy's arms to the stable to the puddle to the hallway to the deathbed -- wow!

  2. Thanks, darling Pam! It was hard to narrow it down, actually, but these photos...speak to me. So glad you tagged me in the challenge. It has been lovely, seeing everyone's interpretations!

  3. Beautiful photos!! Your boys are adorable!!

    1. Thank you so much, Nicki! I sorta dig 'em, too. Most of my photos are of them - most of my best moments are, too.

  4. Oh Liz.. Your words are so beautiful; you make my stomach come in my throat and my eyes fill up. I wish I knew how to use my word like that.

  5. Such a lovely compliment, Leigh-Ann - thank you! I wish I had your patience and your calm...these too, are wonderful gifts, my friend!

  6. That photo of Mark's grandparents...lovely.
    Again, my friend, you have a way with words that I can only dream of having.

    1. Isn't it, though? I loved him, so much. Love that she shared her name with me, so graciously!

      You have a way with yourself, Lisa - your voice is different than mine, that is all. Let it out, Mama! Let. it. out!

  7. Liz, It was so nice to find your blog through this seven shots challenge. Your photos, and the words with them, are touching. I simply love the photo of the elderly couple in the final stages of life together. That is love in all its messy glory. And the photo of you with your babe took me back to the first moments of meeting my two. Such breathtaking emotion indeed. Thanks for sharing all of these images and memories.

    1. Wow, thank you so much, TweepWife! I love the photo of the elder McLennan's - they are/were such lovely people. I like to think that I was their favourite grandchild, even though I married in! LOL!

      I really enjoyed the challenge, though it did take quite some time to narrow the field. So glad to "see" you here!

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  9. LOVE!!! The photo of your husband's grandma and poppa took my breath away.

  10. LOVE!!! The photo of your husband's grandma and poppa took my breath away.

    1. It does mine sometimes, too. Thanks for popping over, Sara - great to "see" you here! :)

  11. NICE! Belleville brings it!! Goooo, bloggers!!

  12. Ahhhhh that was awesome. Heather.

  13. Awww make me smile!! As does your super 7 shots!

  14. Nice shots. Here are my 7 photos