My camera has become my teacher. This camera who is rich with wisdom and knowledge and lots of mysterious buttons. For the last two years, I have been unwraping it.  Patience is key, as I’ve lost my manual. I know. So I’m learning my camera through clicking and peeking and setting and unsetting and lots of online articles.


I’ve started to bring it with me outside nearly every time the kids want to play. Traditionally, they are my subjects. Lately, I am challenging myself to take more photos of other things. I found these thin, empty branches of a Japanese Maple in my yard with life bursting forth in the background in the form of a sweet, white flowering bush. Turns out there is a name for that blurry background. It’s called bokeh and it helps me tell my stories. I think I’m in love with it.