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Spoutin’ Off

Playing with the cold water filling the pool is fun.

My younger son made a startling discovery last week: The spout that adds water to our swimming pool is an amusing toy!

Hand up!

I’m glad, because I’m all about cheap fun.

Chest bumping the water

The two of us were enjoying some quality pool time together . . . well, us and the Olympus Stylus Tough waterproof camera. Water + good Nikon = sad photographer.

The kid and the spout were the stars of this unique water show. A jolly time was had by all!

My younger son enjoys the spray, while the Mister reads on the back patio.

Not that everyone actually noticed what was going on!

Splashing Away the End of Summer

My older son flies down the Texas Freefall.

The Mister and I made a supreme sacrifice yesterday: We took our two sons and our “third son,” Chase, to SplashTown, a local water park.

Chase and my #2 son surround my #1 son on the lazy river.

We had promised our sons a water park trip before the end of summer and were almost running out of time—our older boy returns to UTSA this weekend, while high school starts for the younger one Monday. Unfortunately, they figured out our apparently ineffective stall tactics, so off to SplashTown we traveled.

Even though it’s been around since before our sons were born, we’d never been to SplashTown. We ended up being very impressed with the park—although not nearly as big as the better-known Schlitterbahn, it was clean, and there weren’t as many people with too-many tattoos and too-little bathing suits on too-big bodies.

My guys slowly travel along the lazy river.

Although it was nice being surrounded by cool water, there was no masking the fact that it was 104 degrees in Houston. Too few clouds in the sky added to our misery when we were out of the water. Oh, how the Mister and I were longing for air conditioning after an hour or so!

The Mister shows off his floating prowess.

While the three boys went on every ride, which included the Stingray Racer (a six-lane octopus racer), Tornado, and Big Spin, the Mister and I enjoyed the lazy river (which was too slow-moving even for a big chicken like me), the wave pool, and the blue lagoon activity pool . . . which was for little kids. Just my speed! It was fun watching the tykes splashing about while we sat on submerged benches with water spraying over our heads.

Water spews out over the blue lagoon.

I brought my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 waterproof camera to document our memories. When I look at the photos, I’ll always be reminded of how much fun the boys had. On the way home, they blah-blah-blathered on and on about the rides. It sounded like almost everything they tried, they liked.

Somehow, though, they managed to avoid the blue lagoon and being embarrassed by their parents among the toddlers.

Photographically Bankrupt from Am Worlds

Shoe is a bad disc golf photo! (snapped by the #2 son)

When I made the decision not to attend last week’s Amateur Worlds Disc Golf Championships in Rochester, New York, opting instead to “chill” with my older son (as long as we’re indoors!), I knew what I was giving up.

Not being able to watch my younger son play and experience what was a memorable event for him was painful for me. I love cheering him on!

But even worse? Although I optimistically sent along the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 point and shoot camera, I figured I wouldn’t get many photos so I could relive the event with both the Mister and our baby boy. Now I don’t expect the Mister to snap pics like I do, just like he doesn’t expect me to be able to build a custom box like he can. We have different strengths . . . and weaknesses.

I was merely hoping for 20 or 25 shots that would tell the tale of the five-day tournament. Those would have to be enough deposits in the Am Worlds photography bank to sustain me.

But to return to house and home with a skimpy 13 photos, nine of which are of boys who are not my beautiful green-eyed son? That’s just plain sad. Here are some of the pics that were taken by the pair (which includes that “wonderful” first photo of our boy’s shoe):

Eric is a blur.

I kinda like this pic of our good friend Eric teeing off. The blurry motion is pretty cool.

Our boy talks as Justin practices his putting.

Finally an action shot! Yay!! But it’s not our son who’s throwing the disc. Boo!

The final four (from left): Winner Kaj, Justin, my boy, and Andrew

When the Mister told me he had taken no photos during the six rounds preceding the finals, I begged him to at least snap one of our son with his three competitors, all of whom were in the finals.

Sidebar: Yep, my little big guy made the finals in the 16 and under division! He finished fourth out of 15 competitors; the three guys who beat him all were higher-rated. I’d be busting my buttons . . . if I wasn’t wearing the t-shirt he brought me back.

As you can see, the Mister obliged . . . not that our son deigned to actually look at the camera (He claims all the parents were taking photos, so he didn’t know where to look. Somehow I’ve failed him.).

My son putts during the finals.

As far as action shots are concerned, all that I have to cherish are several snapped by Eric with his Android phone. I’m thankful that he was there to add to the Mister’s meager collection.

If my younger son decides to compete in next year’s Am Worlds in North Carolina, I’m sure I’ll be there clicking away with my Nikon digital SLR. You can bank on it!

A Better Angle

My older son in mid-air as he flips into our swimming pool.

I thought I had gotten a pretty good photo of my #1 son flipping off the spa into our swimming pool, considering I was using my Nikon 105mm lens instead of something that would’ve given me a wider view.

And then I saw the shot my younger son took with the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 point and shoot camera.

Gotta love that wide view afforded by the Olympus!

Wow! The kid put my superior equipment to shame, thanks to the better angle from in the pool. This is a great pic!

Younger shows older the photo.

Looks like his brother thinks so, too!

Underwater Photography

My younger son snaps a photo of his brother . . . underwater.

When my #2 son asked to use my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 in our swimming pool, I did two things: First, I handed over the waterproof point and shoot. Then I grabbed my Nikon digital SLR and followed him outside.

The watery result (taken by the Olympus and #2)

Using the Olympus underwater is a great way for my sons to remember the fun they’ve had in the pool this summer. And, for a change, it wasn’t dangerous!

Gotta check that LCD to make sure he got the shot.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed mimicking my younger son but in a more dry fashion, of course. I especially like the dreamy quality of the photos of him submerged. They could be something an impressionist would’ve painted.

Time to come up for air!

Want to change up how your photos look? Just add water!

Plenty More to See On My Photo Walk

Is it a double bridge or a reflection?

I don’t just have water on the brain—there was much more than just sprinklers to snap during last Sunday’s photo walk with my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000.

Seeing double . . . and quadruple!

Like reflections.

Love these lake reflections!

And more reflections.

An egret rests at the top of a tree.

And wildlife.

Ferns frame the lake.

And flora.

Purple daisies cheer up the landscape.

And more flora (using the Olympus’ macro mode).

A butterfly hangs out.

An occasional butterfly.

A big bee enjoys the purple flowers near the lake.

And, of course, bees.

A bee captures pollen.

The Olympus seemed to be as drawn to the big buzzers as they were to the purple flowers.

A bee carrying pollen hovers over a yellow flower.

The tough point-and-shoot even was up to the task of capturing a bee in the air as it honed in on a flower! That was totally unexpected.

In the future I might do more photo snapping than speed walking in our neighboring community. Fewer calories are expended but getting surprising pix more than makes up for that!

Wet and Wild

Multiple sprinklers make for an interesting photographic setup.

Sunday morning when I took my usual long walk through our neighboring community I decided to change things up. Instead of trying to speed through three or four miles, I opted for a more-casual pace with a photographic spin. But which camera to use?

Knowing my heavy sweat factor (it’s beastly hot here in the Houston area) plus figuring that the sprinklers would be on, I chose my Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 point-and-shoot camera. The photo quality is nowhere near that of my digital SLRs; however, it is waterproof.

The sprinklers water flowers near the lake.

Which came in very handy that morning.

The water seems to hang in the air.

When you’ve got a camera like the Stylus Tough, you can’t help but seek out situations that it’s made for. Like water. In fact, it almost seemed to be drawn to moisture!

A couple sprinklers cross paths.

Which was a good thing, because a lot of sprinklers were on along the path. And, given my natural photographic curiosity, I wondered what it would be like to take pics while walking through those sprayers.

I'm going in!

So that’s what I did! Some of the water flows were like a light shower, while others soaked me to the skin and left me gasping due to their sudden coldness. I’ve got to admit that I loved every minute of it!

Inside the sprinkler was like being in an impressionist painting.

Taking sprinkler photos was wet, wild, and refreshing!