Saturday, August 18, 2012

Splash!

A few weeks ago, I was walking Benny along the path which follows the creek near Frank's place

It was a very hot day, and a couple of kids were cooling off in the creek by splashing each other while their mom watched nearby. I had a zoomy lens with me so I was able to snap a few candid photos of the children from a distance.



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They splashed and laughed, and I snapped and smiled at their joy.




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I had forgotten how much fun it was to play in water with wild abandon.




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I had forgotten how sweet the faces of children are while engaged in this fun summer activity.

Nah, I'm messing with you. I hadn't forgotten either of those things. But I had forgotten how Benny gets when he sees water in motion. And that he was off leash. I'll let you see for yourself how that turned out.



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Always the clown, Benny doesn't hesitate to get into the midst of some water fun.




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At first, the little girl was a bit reluctant to include Benny in their game. Notice the 'do-something!" glance she threw over toward her mother.




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Did Benny care? No, not one bit. The little boy quickly fell victim to Benny's charisma.




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Before long, a third kid came along to join the party.




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By then, the little girl decided that including Benny in their play could be fun, after all.




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The first two kidlets soon tired of the water but the third got quite a kick out of our dear little four-legged friend.




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A little kid and a dog - what a perfect combination. All you need to add is water.




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Am I wrong?




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Often - but not this time.




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The end!

71 comments:

joeh said...

Your camera tells great stories

Frank Baron said...

Often wrong - correct.

Not this time - also correct. ;)

Great pics, dear. :)

Kerri said...

The Story of Summer Fun told here :)

Love it!

Birdie said...

These pictures make me happy and Benny always make me laugh! I mean look at his face on pictures 5 and 6! So much joy!

Nadezda said...

Who gets more fun? Benny! He's very kind with children, very cute.
Great photos, Hilary!

Hilary said...

OMG, Benny is just good medicine.

Brian Miller said...

haha benny looks like he is having a blast...lol....and they as well...

thecrazysheeplady said...

Great shots!

DJan said...

Oh, Benny pictures! He's such a great dog, how could anybody, kid or adult, resist him? Love these shots!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh to be a kid again and play like that. Looks like everyone had fun and cooled off as well.

Linda said...

Lots of smiles in this post, including those on the faces of your readers. "The end"...too cute.

TexWisGirl said...

awesome shots! made me smile all throughout!

Tabor said...

Oh dear! No I want a dog, a kid and some water!!

Roan said...

What a fun post this is! Love Bennie's antics. There's nothing better to brighten a day than watching children at play.

Meri said...

My heart danced, just reading this and resonating with its pure joy.

yaya said...

Oh my gosh this was funny! I just love the look on that dog's face! I'm glad the kiddos didn't stop playing and everyone enjoyed the day!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Yep that's the perfect combo. Thanks for this delightful, completely summer funtastic post. Oma Linda

ellen abbott said...

Oh Hilary, what a fun set of pictures! that Benny is something else.

ladyfi said...

Oh, what fun! I do love kids, a dog and water...

June said...

Big, big smile here!
I love happy dogs and happy kids. Perhaps the former more than the latter...

rosaria williams said...

Joy all around!

messymimi said...

Makes me want to go play!

Country Girl said...

Oh, how fun. Love that little dog.

annbumbly said...

What fun!

Mage said...

Never have I seen such joy. Flat out, unencumbered joy.

Barb said...

Oh my gosh - the innocence and unselfconsciousness of both the children and Benny! Your action shots bring me smiles Hilary! Love the dance Benny can do in water!

Scott said...

I count five that had a wonderful time that day, and with the kids' mom it may have been six. Cool post Hillary.

Stephen Hayes said...

Your pictures are the very essence of joy, youth and summer. Wonderful.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH Hillary, indeed, just as you said, gosh, BENNY! Wow, living life fully, chasing the bits of water, having the best possible time. If you could win a Pulitzer for blog photography it should be yours!
BTW, I don't want to seem rude or pushy but I wrote this post the other day and thought "I have made POTW with Smitten Image before, but this is by FAR the most funny post I have ever done, I hope she sees it" http://garysthirdpotteryblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/me-nekkid-in-room-with-2-pretty-women.html Thanks H!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Awesome post! I was happy just watching the children play in the water, but Benny added to the mix was an extra special treat. He really is such a ham! Great post. :)

Red said...

And the Jack Russel performs again. Good series of shots to illustrate your story.

cloudia charters said...

Benny has made me laugh
until I am crying.

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SandyCarlson said...

Benny is a party unto himself. That dog has angel's wings.

louciao said...

Sheer joy and abandon all wrapped up in one crazy little dog, inspiring others to indulge in the same. Refreshing.

She Writes said...

Oh my gosh, I love that dog like a star I've never met :). Benny looks like he's doing water ballet in the first one. I think I've watched him over here as long as you have followed me and my Jane between my 2 blogs :)! This post made me smile.

Bob Bushell said...

What a pleasure for Benny, splashing with his new friends.

Leah J. Utas said...

You've really captured the joy.

Dianne said...

Benny!!
what a star he is

I love the reluctant little girl, what a look she gave

and I adore the last kid
such a grand dog choreographer

ds said...

Kids + water+Benny= hilarious fun. Thanks for spreading the joy!

Shammickite said...

The girl in the pink got her pretty dress all wet! Everyone looks like they are having fun, Benny most of all. I bet he slept well that night, probably tired out after all that jumping and splashing.

Unknown Mami said...

Kids and water play are a match made in heaven.

chariskalee said...

These pictures just made me so happy. What a fun day captured! Thanks for sharing!

cheshire wife said...

Great photos! The dog is just another kid.

CiCi said...

Joyous photos. Truly magical moments.

Anvilcloud said...

What fun photos!!

lime said...

just add water indeed! so much fun and so joyfully captured. this whole post just makes me smile.

snowwhite said...

What an enjoyable splash!! I had forgotten the fun of splashing in water for a long time. I wish I could join them.
keiko

Tammie Lee said...

the joy of life
such a beautiful gift
thank you for capturing it all

Joy said...

Wow! So beautiful. You truly captured the moment and gave it life.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful.. a real joy!

Slamdunk said...

Go Air Benny! We take our kids to a swimming creek so these great pictures are right at home with me. It is fun to see lots of people activity and usually a tennis ball flying with a furry friend in close pursuit.

Mental P Mama said...

I could look at pictures of Benny all day long! What a cutie!

Sharon Wagner said...

You really captured the frolic! He is a dancing, prancing water eater.

Daryl said...

fabulous .. he is really loving those kids and the water .. go Benny!

Indrani said...

Fantastic fun sequence framed.

Rob-bear said...

Oh, to be able to play like that, again!

Karen said...

A dog, water and kids. A perfect combination. Great action shots, and made me smile!

Kerry said...

You better watch out. I'm going to drive clear over there and dog-nap Benny. I could use another dog around here.

Barbara said...

Love it! Benny makes me smile - you can see the joy on his face and it's contagious!!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

My SnakeMaster would enjoy playing with Benny. SM just completed a week of walking and playing with his aunt's golden retriever. Daisy was happy and tired after every single visit.

Friko said...

Happiness!

photowannabe said...

Delightful!!!
Here I sit with a big grin on my face.
You have captured pure joy and Benny is total abandonment.
Love this series Hilary.

Grayquill said...

A different median for Hilary...she did a great job.
Fun Post. Youth is a delightful state.

sage said...

Great kids, a neat dog and summer fun!

MaggieGem said...

What a great summer afternoon respite from all thing serious! Water, kids and a dog... nothing like that for a great day.

Fabulous fotos Hilary!

Cricket said...

Very summery - funny... Benny seems quite a bit smaller than I had imagined, just as energetic, though.

And, I don't know... should I be all obvious and stuff and pick Take Me To The River? Yeah, I should... summer is all about simple, right?

None of my usual heavy non-fiction on the beach, thank you. I'll take a good mystery, please.

Reb said...

looks like great fun was had by all!

Gillian Olson said...

Great series, I think you are right kids + dog(s) + water = hilarious fun.

Jo said...

This was a really fun romp, thanks Hilary! The perfect day.

Benny is a crazy dog, I think I love him.

Linda said...

A great pastime for a hot afternoon, and Benny is looking as adorable as always. I'd like to have a creek like that for the hot summer days.

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

oh my goodness these are all so much fun to view. Love them all.
I love to photograph children at play. I just found that out. :) They really grab my heart.