Photography Blog

Lady Love

28 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

There are days where your love story is difficult to remember.

You know the days I’m talking about; Under the weight of picking up and dropping off kids, a bulging social calendar, and the steady decay of my brain, it can be tricky to recall that there was a time that all I thought about was the girl that is my wife. It isn’t that I don’t see my wife enough on these days, or that we don’t talk, for we are often crawling in the trenches of parenthood together. It is that the whirlwind of life relentlessly tosses distractions that keep us pursuing everything but each other.

These two days in Oregon were nothing like that. (more…)

Smartphone Saturday: Selfie at Trail’s End

22 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Saturday is full of things other than blogging for me. Nevertheless, I carve out a bit of time to post a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone for a glimpse into my life.

I hear the kids these days calling them “selfies”. Why, in my day, we called them “self-portraits”! A more dignified title, don’t you think? And we were content with natural smiles. No need for these duck faces. Selfie? Bah.

All jokes aside, this selfie comes from the south end of the Sacramento River Parkway trail. With every day that passes, my children get a bit larger and weigh down the bike trailer that much more. My wife and braved the growing girth and took our bikes out for a ride along this trail that we had never before seen. Turns out, it’s a fun one — especially when you ride it with the right people.

Shoeshine

21 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

For most folks, a camping trip leaves a thin layer of dust over just about everything you take along. The same is true for the Oswald family, only we come home from the campsite with a second and third layer of dirt.

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Hunter-Gatherer

18 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

One of the most delightful things about kids is the sense of purpose that they bring to their play. While adults are busy with their boring and grown-up concerns, kids can afford to pour all of their being into, well, every single thing they do. Just watch a kid pumping on the swings, or dancing when nobody is watching, or re-enacting their favorite cartoon with friends. The look on their faces shows that these things aren’t just play. This stuff is life itself!

I saw that look on this little girl’s face as she dragged her prey across the sand. (more…)

Smartphone Saturday: Homeland

15 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Nope. No 500-word post for you today. No photo taken by my hefty Nikon DSLR. Just a simple unedited photo from my smartphone that shows you a tiny slice of my life.

Most summers, my wife and I visit my homeland of Oregon to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This means driving for a few hours through a beautiful patch of the country to reach the town of Ashland where I was born.  This year, we spotted a fancy-schmancy sign at the border letting us know that we were welcome in Oregon. I looked over to the other side of the highway after taking a picture to see how the California sign compared:

“NOW ENTERING CALIFORNIA.”

We’ve got to work on our Californian hospitality.