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    March 18, 2008

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    Is this not a fabulous photo? I wish I had taken it.

    It was taken by my friend, Olivia.  I interviewed her recently and here’s what she had to say:

    AM:  How old are you Olivia?

    Olivia:  I am ten.  I was still nine when I took the picture.

    AM:  This is really an amazing picture that you took of your sister.  Did you realize that when you were capturing the image?

    Olivia:  Thank you! No, I didn’t realize it would be so great.

    AM:  Did you plan this photograph or was it one of those happy accidents that all artists enjoy every once in a while?

    Olivia:  It was sort of both.  I planned out what she would be holding and where she would sit, but everything else just kind of fell into place, like the light shined on her face the right way, and the wind was perfect for the picure. That was a happy accident!

    AM:  What are your favorite things to photograph?

    Olivia:  Hmmm…. Anything!  If I see something funny or if I just want to remember the moment, I take a picture of it. I carry my camera everywhere!

    AM: Carry your camera everywhere! That’s great advice.  Thank you Olivia for sharing your beautiful photograph with my readers!

    * * * *

    So then dear readers, what shall we name Olivia’s fabulous photo?

    Leave your suggestion in comments through noon tomorrow (3/19) and we’ll pick the one that we think best captures the essence of the image.

    I’ll send the winner a copy of Joel Sartore’s new book Photographing Your Family — And All The Kids And Friends And Animals Who Wander Through Too.  

    Sartore, a National Geographic photographer for more than 14 years, has put together a wonderful book on how ordinary people can take extraordinary photos.  Even if you are not into photography, it is just a beautiful book to browse through.  What I loved about this book is that it is more about how to capture images and moments rather than how to operate a camera.  In fact, I liked the book so much that after I reviewed it, I asked the good people at National Geographic to send me one for you too and they graciously obliged.

    So then, put your thinking caps on and let’s name that fabulous photo!


    1. Lesley says:

      As you wish . . .

      Anyone remember Princess Bride?

      March 19th, 2008 at 9:23 am

    2. Overwhelmed With Joy! says:

      For some reason “Summer breeze” comes to mind when I look at this picture.

      Beautiful work!

      March 19th, 2008 at 9:32 am

    3. Mary B says:

      scattering innocence

      March 19th, 2008 at 10:19 am

    4. Melissa says:


      March 19th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    5. Everyday Mommy says:

      “She Leaves Me Breathless…”

      March 19th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    6. NoMasNinos says:

      Blown Away
      Fleeting Dreams

      March 19th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    7. Betty G. says:

      My husband wants to enter it, too:

      “Breath of Life”

      (the breath is blowing the seeds out to drift to other places to take on new life)


      “Beauty and the Breath”

      from Ed G. of Oklahoma
      (Ed is an amateur photographer himself)

      March 19th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    8. Diamond Girl says:

      “Seeds of childrens bouquets”
      I’m remembering all the times I’ve been presented these dandy lions and smiling faces and little hands.
      How about that “DANDY LIONS”

      Seeds of childrens flowers”

      March 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    9. LeeAnn says:

      Whenever we see dandelion seeds blowing in the breeze, we call them ‘fairies’… So my title is “Fairy Wishes”

      March 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    10. Diamond Girl says:

      I had a computer problem so I’ll try again I’d like to enter the photo naming contest with Olivia’s name
      I’m sure I’ve seen these puffs in that season!!My other entries are on the post above this one.

      March 19th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    11. Reshmi says:


      March 19th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    12. Heather says:

      “A Wish to Build a Dream On”

      March 19th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    13. jenne says:

      Sweet Spring Breeze

      March 19th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    14. Jen says:

      The Timelessness of Evanescence

      March 19th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    15. SG says:

      I kknow I e-mailed these to you earlier but now that I can I thought I would repost them here.

      Wishes in the wind
      Weeds or wishes?
      Fairy flutters
      On a whim and a whisper
      Dandelion kisses
      Casting kisses
      Daydreams set drifting
      Angel lips

      I also like this quote…
      “You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions.” Henery Ward Beecher

      I also just thoought of…

      Childhood dandes

      March 19th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    16. Barb says:



      “A Breath of Spring”


      “Summer Innocence”

      March 19th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    17. Cindy says:

      Wonderful Stuff, Dandelion Fluff!

      March 19th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    18. Michele says:

      Puff Dreams

      March 20th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    19. Pam says:

      Beginning and Ending

      March 23rd, 2008 at 12:22 am

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