To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. – Barbara Bush
It was a beautiful day at the duck pond and I loved having the opportunity to photograph this family again. Watching kids grow up is such a blessing, especially when they are this darn cute. We fed the ducks, chased one butterfly and pulled the kids in their wagon, so pretty much a perfect afternoon. I got to show the kids were the Osprey builds their nest each year, and told them how they migrate to South America each fall and manage to come back, to that exact nest each year. With eyes as wide as saucers they listened and asked some really thoughtful questions. Our future are these kids and others who question and laugh and dance and sing. Life really is a beautiful experience. Thank you Hayes Family for letting me be part of yours.
The location we choose for the shoot is Frances Short Pond. Located along the FUTS trail, the pond provides community fishing (note: a state fishing license is required). Arizona Game & Fish hosts free clinics at the pond, and local schools bring children for outdoor education. Interpretive signs encourage visitors to watch wildlife intentionally and regularly to see how this restored pond and riparian habitat are used by numerous birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Walking trails surround the pond, where you’ll find native vegetation and abundant bird life. Frances Short is just a short walk to Thorpe Park’s ball fields, dog park, and community center.