Here a few photos of our little excursion for you to enjoy:
SR-71, aka Jetfire from Transformers!!
Enola Gay- the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima
Later in the day I headed up to Pipeline and Sunset with the chillons to see the surf. The break was quite a ways from shore so I didn't get many good photos- just a few pics of some surfers on the beach, who just looked so Hawaii-esque!
The front entrance is my new favorite part of the temple, though I do love the painting of Waimea Falls in the lobby and the gold trim on the outside is a charming addition.
In reality I often get frustrated with the inability of my camera to capture exactly what I do see in real life. For example, the Washington D.C. temple looked a million times better in person than it did in any of my photos. And the grandeur of the Lincoln Memorial is so impossible to capture that I didn’t even share my paltry photos with anyone.
Still, I love photography for what it does capture. In fact, sometimes a photo can make a thing seem more beautiful or powerful than it may have been in real life. I love keeping up with news from all over the world and have found that in many instances a news story doesn’t resonate with me while the corresponding photo really affects me.
For example, I have felt a genuine concern for the people in Haiti who have suffered in the wake of an earthquake, cholera outbreak and now a hurricane, but the photo below affected me more than any news report, so much so that since first seeing it I have pictured it in my mind and thought about this little boy countless times wishing I could do more to help.
(Photo courtesy of The Big Picture)
The same goes for photos I’ve seen of the recent quake, tsunami and volcano eruption in Indonesia, the riots in France, and the rescue of the Chilean minors. In these instances the emotions frozen on film proves the old phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
However, there is still something to be said about just being there in the moment and actually seeing what you’re looking at without the barrier of a camera lens.
Tyler and Brent went out for some famous burgers Saturday nite while Aubrey and I chatted. The boys joined us later and we stayed up till nearly one in the morning (very late for us old, married folk) talking about everything from parenting styles to sports. It is so nice to have good friends that you can just sit and talk with for hours. I loved it!!
Sunday we slept in (we love daylight savings) and then woke up to some yummy chocolate chip pancakes. After church we headed over to Purdue and took a nice walk around campus. Of course, we also smiled and made plenty of funny “goo-goo-ga-ga” sounds at Colton. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any photos of the adults, but I did get these cute ones of Colton.
Before we headed down to Purdue on Saturday, Tyler and I visited the Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago. I loved the beluga whales and sharks, but my favorites were the tiny little seahorses. I want one!!