Wednesday, December 29, 2010

(Day 363) Winter fun !

All good things must come to an end, and so today we said goodbye to family with whom we'd spent the Christmas holidays. We had a wonderful time, and as is always the case the time went too quickly. But before we packed things to prepare for our drive home, there was still time to go sledding with our granddaughters. We walked to a nearby hill which was fairly steep - they didn't seem that steep when I was a kid, though. Some dare-devil youngsters had fashioned a ramp out of snow, which was to be my wife's undoing - on her first run downhill, having thrown caution to the wind, she and one of our granddaughters literally flew through the air after being launched off the ramp, and came to a rather abrupt halt. We're sure her bruises will heal over the next week - my granddaughter had none as she made a 'softer' landing on top of my wife.

After that experience, the following runs were made from just above the ramp, with much better, although less spectacular, results.

(18-55mm  f22  1/100 sec  ISO800)

(50mm  f2  1/4000 sec  ISO200)


(50mm  f16  1/200 sec  ISO800)

(50mm  f2  1/3200 sec  ISO200)

an unidentified brave person fully utilizing the ramp


Soraia said...

They are so cute! :D
And the photos are great! :D

Carolyn Ford said...

OMG! What great action shots! Pure fun!

Dawn said...

Hahhaha...oh my goodness! I have to laugh at the expressions! I can feel myself go over these hills...(and I cringe cause I know what comes next;)

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Those are expressive! I love the dog chasing along with Hailey and her look of determination!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Great shots! One can tell by the looks on their faces that they had loads of fun!

Ruth said...

This looks like fun——to watch,at least on my part.LOL

Farmchick said...

Great photos. I love the last one.

darlin said...

What fun! I love your shots Rick, you captured the children magnificently in mid air, you've captured heavenly bliss! Wishing you all a very Happy and blessed New Year!

Riet said...

Wat een leuke foto's Rick. Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

Tricia said...

Oh my, I'm so sorry about your wife, but those kids are having sooo much fun!!! =) Great 'FLIGHT' shots!

teca said...

Ah... Childhood is a unique moment! Special!
Lovely shots, honey!

I wish you and yours a wonderful 2011!
Health and happiness.
Beijos with love and warm hugs to all.

Rick said...

Thank you Soraia !

They had an absolute blast ! Thanks Carolyn.

LOL Dawn - my wife found out what comes next ! ;-) Thanks.

Thanks Cat ! That dog was in most of the photos I made - but only in this one that I posted. The dog had a blast too !

Scott said...

These are super. I love the dog chasing the saucer. Great shots.

Rick said...

Thanks Karin - yes, a great time was had by all, especially the photographer ;-)

It WAS fun Ruth. to watch ! Thank you.

Farmchick - thank you !

Thank you so much Darlene; I don't 'shoot' people much - that's an area I want to explore next year; this was a lot of fun to watch and shoot.

Rick said...

Bedankt Riet ! Thank you for your visits and comments. En ook een Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar !

Ha ha - thanks Tricia ! She was feeling a 'bit' sore today, but we all had some good memories ;-)

Teca - yes, childhood is and should be a time of many, many happy memories ! Thank you for your visits and comments Teca - I always appreciate them ! And I return the warm hugs and many beijos ! Have a wonderful New Year !!

Rick said...

Thank you Scott ! One of my goals for next year will be 'people shots' I appreciate all your visits and encouraging comments this year !

becky said...

Ah, what great photos & looks like such fun! They are really catching air!!
The one of Hailey has got to be entered in some sort of photo contest~ it's a winner!

Rick said...

Thank you Becky ! They sure had a lot of fun and didn't hesitate to go over the ramp. And I had a lot of fun ! Have a great New Years !

Katherine said...

Wow that looks like sensational fun! I reckon your grand daughters be a lot like there grand dad .. very adventurous. They're actually taking flight & they're so little.... looks like such great fun!