Ephemeral – In the sky and on the ground

Yep, I’m addicted. Damn photo challenges! This past Friday’s photo challenge was to capture something ephemeral. I think with photography you are always trying to capture the ephemeral – snapping a moment that you’re afraid your aging brain might forget. Or, a moment so beautiful that you know no matter how good the picture is, it will never ever live up to the real thing.

Ephemeral is the fleeting, the rare, the impermanent.

Like the moment the bird photo-bombed my sunset picture…


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It made it better though didn’t it?

…or the moment the little monkey buried herself in a ball pit.  At one time, this was a terrifying act for her, literally. The pleasure in her face spoke of her confidence. I know that will come again, but as a parent you never know when that will be or if you’ll be there to witness it. I’m so glad I was there to take the picture.

Little girl in a ball pit
Happy monkey


By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. Oh I definitely think the bird enhanced the photo but the sunset is magnificent. I love ball pits ~ I often take my grandson to one and he loves it as long as there is no-one else diving in.
    I agree with your philosophy on photography ~ it’s the same with writing ~ I often have to jot down a phrase, word or speech before I forget it.

    1. That’s true about writing – and my daughter is the same …she’d prefer that play spaces were all to herself! Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  2. I share your addiction for photo challenges. I haven’t had time to do as many lately and it’s been bugging me. I want to do more!!

    Those are great pictures! I’m still working on catching “ephemeral” photos. 🙂

      1. Oh gosh, I do the same thing! My family thinks I’m crazy because I’m taking pictures of everything! 🙂

      2. We took another walk tonight and it got to be a little ridiculous, because I was stopping every 5 seconds, but the flowers…they were soo soo pretty!

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