If you give a kid a camera

[editor’s note: Zoe’s school has been doing a nature photo competition all year to celebrate one of their teacher’s going to Antarctica on a research expedition. The following are some of the images she’s captured with my nice, big, expensive, fragile (any other ways to express my trepidation in handing it over to her?) digital SLR camera over the months. In all fairness, I should have included one or two of the half-dozen or so images she took that had parts of me in them, but frankly my lower half is still in the post-holiday phase of giggle and it ain’t pretty.

We dedicate this post to one of our favorite kid books, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.


If you give a kid a camera, she’ll probably be so excited, she’ll want to take a quick picture.

When she sees how her picture turned out, she’ll probably try again with one of her favorite activities as her subject.

When she likes that photo, she’ll probably look for other things that make her smile. She’ll go on a hunt for wooly bears.

After she finds a wooly bear, she’ll probably start to look for other creepy crawly things.

When she’s taking the picture of the ants, she’ll probably hear the frogs croaking in the pond. She’ll want to take a picture there, too.

The mules will get jealous and start to whinny. She’ll probably want to take a picture of them so that they don’t get mad.

When a freak snowstorm happens [a little creative license to move the story along], she’ll probably want to see what the pond looks like when it is frozen. She’ll take a picture to remember it.

After the snow melts, she’ll be so excited that she’ll want to run inside the house to tell me and step in a puddle in the driveway. She’ll probably take a picture to show me why her pants and shoes are wet.

When the sun comes back out and the air warms up, she’ll probably want to go back outside to see if the trees bloomed. She’ll want to take a picture of the bees buzzing around.

When she’s done taking pictures, she’ll probably be so excited to see the results that she’ll jump for joy.

And when she is done jumping for joy, she’ll probably want to borrow the camera to take a few more pictures.

The end.



About CountryBoyCityGirl

A city girl who fell in love with a country boy. Found bliss, along with large piles of mule droppings for her and two little girls to now try to avoid.
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2 Responses to If you give a kid a camera

  1. This is great! If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, was a favorite in my house too. An original idea, I love it. Super pictures too.

  2. Aunt Sue says:

    WOW! She has a great eye for cool images and framing a shot! She could enter a photo contest with these! Love the branches and bee, the pond, the puddle, the snow, amazing! These made my day! Love you all!

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