Capturing the scene

March 17, 2014

Now POD’s three she’ll often tell you what she’s doing and what she’s about to do. Unless you ask her what she did at nursery and her response will always be “nothing”.

POD loves to be outdoors and this woodland walk should have been no different. But it was. Perhaps it was that renewed sense of freedom.

Gone was the coat, the hat and the wellies, replaced with a dress that blew behind her as she ran. Her beloved muddy puddles had gone but there were sticks aplenty. For a time it was just us, wandering along the grass lined paths with the blue sky above and the sun beaming down.

When we reached a wide open space POD stopped on a bench surrounded by knobbly trees. She said she had a stone in her shoe.

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Once back together, POD ran to another bench shouting “come on”, waving her arm as she went. She was convinced she was too far away to be photographed. But she wasn’t and a thoughtful looking POD was captured in the process.

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She probably wasn’t thinking much but she looks like she’s pondering something. Unless she was just taking in her surroundings and enjoying the glorious sunshine.

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It wasn’t long before she was off again, running round in circles, only stopping to watch the occasional butterfly. When she climbed onto another bench for an impromptu lie down, she didn’t notice I was there with my camera.

What a truly wonderful scene to capture.

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Linking up with #LivingArrows at I Heart Snapping, #MagicMoments at The Oliver’s Madhouse and #AllTheSmallThings at Mummy Never Sleeps.

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  • ninja Cat March 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

    WOW there has a fairytale quality about tit , utterly beautiful

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      That’s a lovely thing to say Claire, thank you 🙂

  • Franki - Little Luca & Me March 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    These photos are utterly gorgeous. It’s like you have creeped up on a little fairy playing in her garden, they are stunning, especially the black and white one of POD laying on the bench. Beautiful.

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much Franki – that’s lovely. She did look a bit like a fairy 🙂

  • Michelle March 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

    So very pretty! I love the black & white one of her looking down at her shoes x

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you very much Michelle 🙂

  • Kara March 17, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Stunning photographs that really tell the story of the day. I can’t wait for the summer dresses to come out, it’s been lovely here although cooler on the coast!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you Kara. Such a change not seeing her in wellies!

  • Anna-Marie March 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Gorgeous photos xx


    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Anna-Marie 🙂

  • oana79 March 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Such beautiful pictures, she will treasure all these memories when she grows up!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      I do hope so, thank you 🙂

  • Maddy@writingbubble March 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Such gorgeous photos! A perfect record of what sounds like a perfect woodland walk. #magicmoments

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you Maddy, was a lovely walk 🙂

  • Kate Thompson March 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Oh my the last two are simply beautiful! Lovely photos 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you Kate – I love that last one especially 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT March 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Gorgeous photos. I love the one with her checking her shoe for that pesky stone!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you Laura – I do love that one too. Such a beautiful sight with all those trees!

  • MumLee March 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Wow!! Wonderful captures and a little cute angel..:)


    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂

  • Honest Mum March 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Stunningly beautiful stills, wow x

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      You too kind but thank you lovely. I do adore these 🙂

  • Louisa March 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Wonderful photos as always. I wish I could get Fran into a pretty dress like Pod’s.

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Funnily enough POD has recently decided that jeggings are for boys and she wants to wear dresses. She has very few that fit now she’s had a growth spurt but this one was new 🙂

  • Vikki Holness March 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Charly, these photos are breathtakingly beautiful, not that i’d expect anything less from you. They have a real woodland fairytale feel to them and POD looks so pretty in her dress xxx

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      That’s such a lovely thing to say Vikki, thank you. It’s so funny seeing POD running about her her white dress, she loved it!

  • Jen aka The Mad House March 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    What a lovely story and POD is a beautiful girl. On the “nothing” response from nursery, I have some advice. We started to have a news round thing at dinnertime, with actions, songs and I would get the boys to pretend to be reporters and tell me their news from school and I would do the same (yes I am a loon)!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you Jen. That is such a great idea, I may well try that one 🙂

  • Sonya Cisco March 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos, like you I wonder what she was thinking about.

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      It’s funny isn’t it. Her reply would have been nothing if I asked her LOL! Thank you 🙂

  • laura redburn March 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    lovely photos, and i love your accompanying thoughts! i wonder what she was thinking about!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you very much Laura. She loved it out there in her dress, no idea what she was thinking about. If anything 🙂

  • Notmyyearoff March 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Ahh such contemplative photos – they definitely love not being restricted don’t they? I love her purple shoes and the white dress…and the background …and pretty much all those photos! 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you, they really are contemplative aren’t they! I’m sure that’s what it was, she was loaded with clothing! I’m sure those crocs won’t be fitting for much longer, she had them last summer. Useful for water play though 🙂

  • Jenny March 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This is an absolutely stunning location for pictures. Lucky you to have found it and hopefully it’s a place you can go time and time again. I love these pictures. Your lil one is gorgeous too. These are just so stunning I am in awe of each and everyone of them. Fantastic livingarrows post!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Funnily enough we were going somewhere else but the traffic was so bad we went on a detour. This woodland is not known by many but it’s fabulous – my husband used to go as a child. Thank you for your lovely words 🙂

  • Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins March 17, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    All of the pictures are just beautiful, but the black and white ones are simply stunning! x

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you very much Kirsty, I do love those 🙂

  • anna March 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    These are such beautiful photos! I love her dress 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you Anna. Dress was a birthday present from relatives (it was on Christmas Day)

  • Mammasaurus March 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Such pretty photos – she looks so lovely in that dress. It seems odd seeing her without her wellies!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Annie. It’s lovely seeing her in a dress – so many clothes recently. She must have loved being without her wellies 🙂

  • Iona@Redpeffer March 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Such a beautiful collection of images that tells the story perfectly. Wonderful. Oh and my eldest still tells me very little even at aged 7, whereas my 3 year old tells me everything in absolute detail! So funny how different they are.

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you Iona. Isn’t it funny the different between sharing and not! At the moment she thinks it’s really funny to say nothing but I do hope that changes. We do get to know what she’s doing but it’s always better to hear it from her 🙂

  • Keri-Anne March 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    These are such beautiful photographs! She is such a sweetie 🙂 x

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you very much Keri-Anne 🙂

  • Sam March 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I love the scene with the knobbly trees – it really is magical and your pictures are adorable.

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you very much Sam 🙂

  • March 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    She looks so beautiful, stretched out on that gorgeous bench! This is definitely a shot to treasure. Funnily enough, when I ask Austin what he’s been doing at pre-school, his response is very similar to POD’s!

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      It’s good to hear it’s not just POD saying she does nothing! I love that last photo, it was just so random lying on a bench like that. A wonderful capture though 🙂

  • YouBabyMeMummy March 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Oh Charly I love this post. These pictures are so beautiful and such lovely words x

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you very much, so lovely to see her outdoors in the sunshine. She’s had many welly walks, must make a nice change!

  • Bek March 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Beautiful photographs. My son also does ‘nothing’ when he is at school and he never did anything at Nursery either! ha ha! I love the photos of her laid down on the bench. I’m not sure why but it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. Lovely.

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you Bek. It’s funny how they say they do nothing isn’t it. Maybe they just don’t want us to know what they’re up to LOL 🙂

  • Emmys Mummy March 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Stunning photos.

    It’s been so wonderful letting the kids run around contently outside in the warm sunshine again. I can’t wait to crack out the summer dress again

    • Charly Dove March 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you. POD loves the outdoors but she’s really loved having a proper play in the garden. Must have been great running round in a dress 😉

  • Emma TheMiniMesAndMe March 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Such beautiful photography. I love the first (and last) in particular. Like she is totally unaware and just enjoying the surroundings. Very natural x

  • Little Likely Lads March 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Aww magical photo, she’s like a little fairy out in the woods x

  • Cass@frugalfamily March 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Such beautiful photographs – definitely need to be printed x x

  • older mum in a muddle March 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    OMG….. Such gorgeous portraits; she looks like a fairy princess – utterly magical. X

  • Verily Victoria Vocalises March 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    As beautiful as ever 🙂 She is growing so fast. Thank you for linking to Magic Moments x

  • agatapokutycka March 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Beautiful pictures.
    At least we know that your little one can sit still for a little while 🙂

  • Mummy of Two March 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Oh how beautiful and I love her dress! We get the standard ‘nothing’ reply when we ask our son what he has done at school!

  • Funky Wellies March 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    A beautiful little princess in the forest…
    So much more interesting that the nursery where you do nothing… 😉 xx

  • Charlotte March 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

    The black and white pictures look fabulous with her gorgeous hair and that light dress. Just beautiful x

  • Sarah March 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    These photos are beautiful. And such a lovely day to take them on too.

  • Emily March 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Huge Congrats on your well deserved finalist spot!!
    Your pictures are always so stunning and Pod really is a beautiful subject! xx

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