Our family’s Solvang trip this past summer holds a very special place in my memories for many reasons. I feel like something changed when summer ended. Perhaps it’s because my oldest child is a senior in high school and is now looking toward finding a job and attending a college.

For whatever reasons, my memories of this past summer, and especially of our family’s short trips to Solvang and Lake Casitas, seem like small moments of tranquility before crossing a significant threshold in our lives. They were brief periods of time when the cares and responsibilities that pull each of us in different directions were left at home and so we could leisurely enjoy each other.

Many of the images that I brought home from Solvang evoke these feelings and remind me of the transience of my current role as father. I have only a very brief time with my children before they move onto the next phases of their lives. I’m filled with such love for them. I already miss who they were and know that I will really miss them when they move on to the next steps of their journey.

And as much as I would love to freeze life, I know that trying to hold onto them is like trying to clutch the clouds to my chest. It simply cannot be done. I can only watch in wonder as they pass by, thankful that I had the chance to be part of that moment.

Photo taken with a Nikon D40x in Solvang, CA. Post in Capture NX2.


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