Monday, March 26, 2007

Owl in the Playground

This owl had mistaken a tree in our sparsely landscaped, urban playground as a good place to nap. About 50 school kids, having been couped up all day with no recess, formed a mob at the base of the tree trunk. The owl looked down at them with no apparent concern as the kids jumped up and down and screamed with excitement.

I, too, was impressed by his visit. He so calmly observed us as the children came and went, came and went again before finally, they became bored of the special visitor. Perhaps he was waiting to see if the group would leave one frail, feeble creature behind for his lunch. No such luck.

I returned to photograph him. He looked at me and took flight, crashing into a nearby reflective window before disappearing from sight.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Snaggle Tooth

Six-year-olds have the funniest smiles with their mouths a mix of little teeth, big teeth and big ole gaping holes.

What's even more funny is visiting a best friend who has almost the identical smile.

Oh what fun we had in the snow today.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Another Name For...

On a recent homework assignment, Chloe had to draw body parts that came in pairs. For kicks, I drew two dots with an arc and made her guess what it was.

"Oo, oo, oo. I know it, I know it" she claimed as she jumped up and down with excitement. "I just can't think of it... um, um, um... SNARKLES!"


"Snarkles, you know, the holes in your nose."