Simple Things.

At times a photographer forgets to take shots of the every day things.  To help us remember these important shots of real life, a group of photographers that I am involved with have decided to start a little blog series called "The Simple Things."  Every month we will photograph one of those simple moments in our lives.  (My last two posts were Curious George Reads a Book and Paczki Day.)  At the end of the month we each will make a blog post and share our stories.  At the bottom of each blog post will be a link to another photographer in the group so you can share her story, forming a complete circle of stories.  I hope you will enjoy these posts of "The Simple Things."



"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
-Mark Twain

This is the simple story of two heroes awaiting the arrival of the Fair Lady Spring.

The story begins in darkness, at the castle door.  Someone is waiting.

And wishing.

And longing.

Another is waiting, too.

And then -

"O, wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful!  and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!"
-William Shakespeare

Slowly, the long and delicate fingers of Spring reach from beyond the horizon, and unlatch the door to Winter's cage.  Our heroes are released from the dungeon of darkness and into the warm glow of April.

"in Just-
spring       when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles       far       and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
when the world is puddle-wonderful..."
-e.e. cummings

It is time for the slaying of dragons and for the final, triumphant blow, delivered to (and from) the Winter Wind.

"A little Madness in the Spring 
Is wholesome even for the King." 
- Emily Dickinson

And with that, Spring is here; she is welcomed.  The trumpet fanfare sounds.

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory..."
2 Corinthians 4:6

Happy, wonderful spring.

For more Simple Things, click over to the fabulous  Anita Martin Photography in Sacramento, CA.  Keep on going through the whole circle until you end up back here!


Reena said...

Love your story telling with the pictures...beautiful!!

Anita Martin said...

I adore your tale of spring in this post. This is a beautiful way to show off photos of your boys, I love the first black and white shots (they are so beautiful) but the images of them fighting the dragons are just precious. The bow and arrow...sigh, just perfect. That last shot is adorable too <3 thank you so much for sharing these with us!

Emily said...

Queen of quotes! I love your story, and your photos really are done justice by them!

Jessica Krueger said...

What a fitting tale for this past season of trickery! I adore the shot of your boys at the end. Even more so, I adore the "dragon slaying" scene. My boys are so much into their sticks and I hope I can be as masterful at capturing that essence as you have.

Amber Aileen Erickson said...

Leslie, these are gorgeous pics. Love how you tell the story!

Jackie said...

Your boys are darling and these are all wonderful shots! I adore the lighting in the first series as a I am a sucker for dramatic bw's and that last one is just pure sweetness!

Shannon Stroubakis said...

Your images always move me Leslie!

Sonia Trocchio said...

Leslie, you have the best photos of your boys! The last one is perfection! I hope you print it BIG!!!

Helen Savage said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, I love how you always tell a beautiful story with your blog posts.

Kristina said...

Dang Leslie. Can I just crawl inside your head and reside there forever? Lovely blog post, lovely pictures!

Leslie Crane said...

Kristina - Actually, could we trade heads? I would LOVE that. (And thank you!)

Leslie Crane said...

Thank you EVERYONE!

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