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A.J.'s First Easter

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 25 April 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

FIRST, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL COMMENTS WHILE I WAS OUT OF TOUCH THIS PAST WEEKEND - I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR KINDNESS...I WILL BE CATCHING UP ON EVERYONE'S BLOGS TODAY. MY THANKS TO YOU ALL!

I cannot take credit for this image - it was captured by our son David using his Olympus E-600.
David's natural instinct and talent for photography totally kicks my butt across the country and back again! :-)

The Image I had originally planned for today has been preempted until tomorrow due to by this late Sunday evening arrival' courtesy of our son, David and daughter-in-law, Lyndsy. Here is our Granddaughter, Aurora Jean Jump, enjoying her very first Easter along with the family cat "Yoda,"

Aurora (or "A.J." as Grandma Barbara calls her) is having a great time with her first Easter, complete with wooden rabbit (in her hands) stuffed toy, and bunny ears on her head along with her headband with the pink fluff and the Easter Dress!... By the way, she is now 8 months old...time flies with these little ones. I hope you enjoy.

Tomorrow, I will start a short series of images from the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - these will be images I have not previoulsy shown.
Have a great week

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Priceless and beautiful Denny. Good to have you back!

25 Apr 2011 6:45am

@Richard: Hi Richard - Thank you so very much =- I posted a comment on your image for today--thanks so very much for your kind remarks!

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful portrait. She is so adorable!

25 Apr 2011 11:48am

@Elaine Hancock: Hi Elaine - Thanks very much -David took the shot actually - I just amended my notes...I was so tired last night when I got this and posted it - I hope you have a great week!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

so, so cute!!!
I hope she (and all of you) had a fantastic Easter

25 Apr 2011 1:07pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon - Thank you - David actually took this shot - I just now re-edited my notes above,...but it is cute isn't it? Thank you....

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What a cute shot - very nice Denny!

25 Apr 2011 1:21pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks Jason - unfortumnately I cannot take credit for the shot - I just edited my notes above - our son David captured this one but it is a sweet shot ;-) Thanks very much - I hope you had a nice Easter!

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

The cat is eyeing that Easter basket as if it knows something. Cute picture, Denny.

25 Apr 2011 2:23pm

@Kenny: I owe it all to David who grabbed the shot! Yoda the Cat is nobody's fool as you can tell by the look ;-) Thanks Kenny!

Melissa from Deep South Texas, United States

Very cute.

25 Apr 2011 3:22pm

@Melissa: Thank you Melissa ;-)

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, how fun this shot is. Wonderful with the cat in the basket, probably kneeding up and down, eh? I love this soft focus on AJ, with the Easter toys and clothes. Wonderful.

25 Apr 2011 4:53pm

@LauraS: Thanks Laura...she is a cutey. David took this shot and sent it to me...I had to put it "up." Have a good week ;-)

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The girl is simply delightful to watch. Very nice and original the doble portrait with the cat.

25 Apr 2011 5:34pm

@Francisco Romero: Hi Francisco..Thank you so much ;-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a cutie Denny! Hard to believe she is already 8 months old.....it just seemed like yesterday she was born! ;-)

25 Apr 2011 5:55pm

@Eric Cousineau: That is so true, Eric - Thank you so much! Have a great week.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Cute, cute, cute!!

25 Apr 2011 6:20pm

@B. Thomas: Hi Barbara - Thank you very much...I have to agree with you ;-) ALl the best.

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

What's it all about Bunny? Maybe the cat knows. Wonderful Denny, just wonderful.

25 Apr 2011 6:55pm

@Williams: Hi Paul - Thanks very much - my son took this shot...she is a cutey I cannot argue..good luck back in port, er, I mean San Diego!

franz from Baden, Austria

what a cutie and beauty! i can feel your happiness with the little princess when i look at this picture, denny!

25 Apr 2011 7:15pm

@franz: Thank you Franz....it won;t be long for you ;-) The surprise is the best part ;-) I am really excited for you ;-)

Phil Morris from Canada

Beautiful Aurora has brought in a new "dawn" for your wonderful family tree.
A most endearing photo capturing the essence and magic of the moment.
Even the silly hat looks more like a princesses crown when she wears it so
well, surrounded by her toys and adorable cat.

25 Apr 2011 8:16pm

@Phil Morris: Hi Phil - Thank you so much - we love her so ;-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

OK, this is painfully cute! And the cat is a great addition, too. A lovely family. Your grandbaby is just one month older than my daughter, so we both have so much to look forward to. Please post more photos as you are able.

25 Apr 2011 9:25pm

@GJC: Thank you so very much sir. Lets make a date in San Francisco at David and Lyndsy's place to get these two together one day....your daughter is so sweet and calm lookiing...is she?? So cute she is!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A.J. is cute and Yoda seems a wise old cat who has seen all this kind of fuss before.

25 Apr 2011 11:06pm

@Steve Rice: A fair read ;-) Yoda is not old in years but way old in "wisery" a sly and stealth one she is...like her naamesake. And thank you VERY much for the note on AJ...I must proudly admit that she is , as GK=JC says, "painfully" cute ;-) Thanks Steve! I am loving the Joshua Tree images...take me home!!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

what a charmer

26 Apr 2011 12:15am

@john4jack: Thanks Jack - Love your Bandon images already!!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An adorable capture of your granddaughter with such beautiful eyes. I must say the ears add that special touch. Even Yoda is looking quite content as if Yoda received her own basket filled with lots of catnip. :-)

26 Apr 2011 12:35am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

She probably did - Yoda is quite a character...and AJ is really a happy little clam despite the rather serious look here...Thanks very much, Steven!

26 Apr 2011 1:44am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very cute - lovely set of eyes - on the cat as well!

26 Apr 2011 12:03pm

k@ from Paris, France

Oh that cat's stare ! super with baby in the dof !

27 Apr 2011 2:56pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Aww, that is so darn cute!!!

27 Apr 2011 3:28pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

So cute! It looks like Yoda is in the Easter basket.

28 Apr 2011 1:46am