The joy of youth

“I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg” – James M Barrie.

I was going through my photos last night as I tried to get my albums from this year in some sort of order and I realised that one of my favourite shots from this year was not up on this blog.

It is a photo of my niece Gianna enjoying the sea on Duncannon beach back in February as her big brother Kaleb keeps a watchful eye on her. I hadn’t planned on taking any photos that evening, but then, as I have mentioned before, that’s the great thing about phones these days, being able to capture moments like this:

Gianna, at the tender age of two, is already a great character – smart as a whip and fiercely independent. She also has that innate ability to tap into unbridled joy in the simple pleasures that seems to get harder for us all to access as the years go by.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy,” Rumi said. Which brings me neatly to one of my other favourite photos from this year, once again featuring Gianna, the youngest of my sister Amy and her husband John’s wonderful children:

Posted on August 17, 2012, in Family, Inspiration, Life, Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. nepaliyouthleaders

    Enjoyed reading this:) love the quote!

  2. Love the pictures – especially the shore reflections! I know just what you mean about the phone: I remembered my cell is a camera and a blog was born. Amazing…and GREAT fun! 😉

  3. wonderful shot on the beach!

  4. Yeah, I’ve got a step-grand daughter just like Gianna. Always smiling and laughing and joyful. Let’s hope they can retain that love of life when they get as old as us. Or at least as old as you!

  5. Fantastic shot. I love images that capture such emotions without even being able to see a face.

  6. Love the children and the photos to bits…Nana!!!!

  7. Love the jump photo! We all need to be living her life! It’s adventurous, fun, and effortless.

  8. so much to learn from Gianna. I’m gonna smear breakfast all over my face tomorrow and maybe click a pic then…. Lovely pics!!

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