After weeding through many photos tonight waiting for one to catch my eye, I realized that no particular one is saying much of anything to me. But then I saw this series of photos of Kate that I took last year. I don’t know about you, but I am experiencing a deep longing for summer. I just want to feel the grass under my shoeless feet. This series was taken on a beautiful day as the sun sank below the tree line. We all have photos that stand out as personal favorites, but this group of shots helps me realize why I love photographing children. Children are believable. Kate so perfectly portrays a young pioneer girl in these photos, because at that moment she truly felt like one. In these photos she somehow brings me back to the way it might have been over 100 years ago. Making that dress almost killed me, but there were no regrets when she slipped it on and started spinning through the summer garden. Thanks to Mr. Moriarty and Mrs. Swanson for keeping this era at the forefront of our imaginations for 4 years now. Maybe she will love the subject of history like I do. As we freeze our tootsies off in this ancient home, I know that the grass is out there somewhere, just not in my yard at the moment. Soon my little girl will be out in the green grass day dreaming and spinning once again. But for know, I’ll settle on revisiting these photos to bring me warmth.
As sweet as a pioneer girl may be, she still must protect her what's hers.