Kids’ POV: Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

Last night we went to nearby Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park for a “kids have WAY to much energy before bed time” hike.

I brought Little Blue to keep the kids distracted from the fact that we were making them hike before we let them hit the playground.

The hike did exactly what we needed it to do. The kids burned off excess energy and they had room to spread out so there wasn’t any bickering or fighting. And the bonus of all that was Tim and I got to have a few peaceful moments together as we walked behind our running/skipping/climbing children. It worked. Hiking is the best. And just as I had hoped, the camera kept them distracted long enough for them to each take a turn taking photos. They all love taking photos. So here it is, the next instalment of the semi-regular series; Kids’ POV (Point of View).

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Photo by Patrick

Some of the photos are exactly what you would expect them to be. Canned smiles or blurry faces.

Photo by Patrick

But some photos that are snapped perfectly capture a sweet moment from a lower and unexpected angle.

Photo by Patrick

The distraction of taking photos worked so well that Patrick didn’t realize he had to go to the bathroom until we were about a mile away from the bathrooms. The first half of the hike was slow but as soon as Patrick announced his dire need to go #2 Tim and the boys backtracked quite quickly.

Photo by Michael

Photo by Michael

As you can see from the above photo. Patrick took the lead on the way back. Michael snapped that last photo and then handed off the camera to Elise.  Elise, Lucy and I watched the boys race back while us girls took our time. Literally stopping to smell e v e r y wild flower.

Elise actually took a couple great photos. Pretty good composition for a 4 (almost 5-year-old) who was juggling Little Blue and a fist full of flowers/weeds.

Photo by Elise

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Photo by Elise

Out of the dozen or so photos that she took the two above were the best. The one below took a solid third place.

Photo by Elise

Not all the photos are good. In fact most of them you can’t tell what they are photos of but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that for 2 seconds they slow down, find something that piques their interest and they snap a photo.

 

 

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