What’s cuter than a baby in a field of wildflowers? Not very much, in my opinion. Last week, Shepherd and I went to my parents’ home in Texas to celebrate my sister’s Aggie Ring Day and spent about a week there. We were in town just as the Texas bluebonnets were blooming, and I took Shepherd to a field in the middle of the country to experience this rite of passage.
Tyler and East Texas are known for their roses, but also for the spring Azalea Trails. Homeowners in historic downtown and in the azalea district plant and prune immaculate, lush landscapes of many colors and variations of azaleas, along with other flowers. After our walk through the wildflowers, we went downtown to see if we could find any azaleas left. The unusual weather ended the blooms earlier than usual, but we did manage to find a home with a few bushes left.
I got only a few pictures before Shepherd, who had been awesome all morning, began to get silly, climbing the curbs and eating sticks.
We went home and I decided to finish out the roll of film by taking a few pictures in front of the azaleas in my mom and dad’s backyard. The white plant was the only one left in the entire yard, and it looked like snowfall. I was pleasantly surprised that Shepherd loved sitting in the little white chair. He rarely sits down, but he sat for almost five minutes, happily holding on to the arm rails as I snapped away. The first few shocked me when I saw them; Shepherd looks so grown up. I know he is growing, and that’s a good thing, but as he grows in to a little boy, I am struck with how quickly he is changing. He looks so mischievous in these pictures, I think.
I was so eager to get the film developed, even though I had no idea if I’d get any good images. That is the fun of using film: you get what you get! It’s sad that film use and developing is rapidly nearing extinction. I am thankful my little partner was so well-behaved for the entire time I dragged him along. I think we’ll cherish these photos for a long time!