Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Doesn't Get Much Better Than This..................

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Two activities high on my list of "fun things to do" are spend time with my children and take photographs. Can you imagine the joy I felt on Monday when I got to do both?

My son took the train home for the weekend in case he got called for jury duty on Monday. While he did not have to go in that day, he is still technically “on call” (he has to check back Thursday night). He needed to go to work on Tuesday so I drove him back to San Francisco on Monday.

Wanting to extend that trip as much as possible, I suggested we take some back roads and go on a “photo scavenger hunt”.

We started out looking for wildflowers east of Dixon at the Jepson Prairie Preserve. Not only were we underwhelmed, but it became dark and rainy while we were there. We decided to head west toward the hills of Vacaville and Fairfield.

For most of the year these hills are a California gold, but come spring, after a healthy dose of rain like we had this winter, they turn a most vibrant and delicious shade of green. Add some clouds and trees and I am in photography heaven!

As we drove, we were so close but still so far away. We took a couple of frontage roads and pulled over one or two times when we found turnouts, but fences and wild turkeys prevented us from really getting to the best vantage point.

We soon found ourselves in a neighborhood in Fairfield and following my son’s instructions (even though he had no idea where we were), turned and followed the suburban road up the hill until it ended. And there it was! A gate that opened up to a trail and acres of open space with wildflowers, trees and just like I ordered – clouds!

Here I was, surrounded by majestic views, the wind whipping around me, feeling such peace and joy that I wish I could have bottled it for later.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

My son is not really a landscape photographer and I think he started out the journey willing to humor me a bit, but he told me later that he had a great time.

He has earned a well deserved reputation as the “go to” guy for skateboard photography. He usually gets paid with merchandise, but his resume sports a pretty extensive list of small publications where his images have been featured.

When I have days like this, I usually don’t care if I get any photographs worthy of printing. It’s truly a case of it being about "the journey and not the destination”. As it turned out, I was happy with a few of them and may do my “coloring” thing on one or two later, but I really wanted to just share some of the happiness I felt that day.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

A day spent taking pictures with my son - doesn’t get much better than that……………..


  1. Beautifully written, my friend. I was right beside you on this little trip. And then when I saw the photos, I had to pause and be still. Thanks so much for what you see so that we can see it too. I realize b/w photography is your thing and I don't know if it was you or your son who captured the green colors but I felt like I could just walk into them. I loved the one with the fence down the middle.

  2. Glad you had a great time. I love the ride myself. Love the pictures too.

  3. Dear Dianne,

    This moments are indeed very precious and I personally cannot wait for the moment that I can share with my children certain spots along the coast that I have been exploring when ever I drop off my daughter in Santa Cruz.

    Having these special moments with ones child are priceless and best of all, your son will remember it many years from now.

    Warmest regards,

  4. What a beautiful day and memory.

  5. Thanks everyone! I am still playing around with the pictures and have some ideas...........

  6. Hello Dianne, I came upon your site while visiting Egmont of Four Seasons and so happy to have done so. I love your photographs and thinking of the joy of being with my son(s). Diana

  7. Dianne, so nice to find your blog! I'll definitely be watching and reading it. Wonderful photos and sounds like you had a great day taking photos with your son.