1. Great photos. The carefree child in photo two and the pensive child in the last photo. You capture the spirit of what you see so well.


    1. Thank you, Alex. The first half of our visit, he was running around carefree and bubbling with happiness, until, unfortunately, we came across a dead bird (towhee) in the middle of a trail. He was very upset and cried, and, in response, became more reserved for the rest of the visit. He talked about the bird for days. 😦


      1. In hindsight “whoops” is not a good word to describe what I mean, rather it is to say it is unfortunate that your son came across the death and was so upset. Though it is a learning curve about nature that it is a birth-life-death cycle.


        1. Actually, “whoops” was accurate. My son has been hyper aware and concerned about death for quite a while now. Sometimes he cries, wishing he could stay 5-years-old forever and never have to grow up and die. I can’t hide death from him, but I have been trying to limit his exposure until we get through this period.


          1. I am relieved, I metaphorically kicked myself as soon as I hit “enter” sending that “whoops” post out, as it sounded rather cold hearted in the circumstances.

            Nature is a good teacher, it introduces to children the hard reality of life. Better he dealt with the death of a bird than say a school friend.

            As a child I had the same fear as he did of death, and growing up. One strategy I adopted was to stop eating marmite which at the time had some advertising tag of helping children grow up. The strategy obviously failed.


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