That rare feeling of knowing you are in one place, but simultaneously being pummeled with the feeling of being in another. Fog like the fog we felt that Monday a few weeks ago is England: thick, dense, gloomy, damp. And beautiful. I am grateful to have been blessed with a day of my England just by stepping out of my door in California.
You can find my first state fair post with photos from the first week HERE, and a full photo album from the entire fair HERE. I can't pretend that we managed to see everything but we did get to see and experience a lot, even though the temperatures soared way over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the last weekend! If I had been alone it wouldn't have been too much of an issue, but with two small children we had to work our way around the hottest times and places and find shade whenever we could. All in all we really enjoyed the fair and I can't wait to go back next year! Here are my main highlights from the 17 day event:
The Petting Zoo: We went there nearly every day. I only wish that it were a little bigger because it could get a little crowded at times, especially where there were too many adults inside. Luna absolutely adored being with all of the animals, especially the baby goats and pigs. I loved how sweet all of the animals were, even the deer who try to eat your clothes, and how happy the children (and adults) were inside.
The horse racing: This was my favourite! The anticipation, that short moment when the horses fly by, the roar of the crowd when the winner crosses the line. It was so much fun to photograph too, trying to get them all in the frame before they are gone. I do wish that the races had been earlier in the day though, mainly due to the heat!
The fairgrounds: I'm not a big fairground ride person, I usually feel like I'm going to die and that takes away any fun for me. However, I LOVE walking around, the lights, the smells, the happiness and watching all of the rides in motion. Cesar tried the newest ride, this insane spider-like contraption that holds you upside down high in the air before whipping you down to the ground and back up again... He loved it. Luna screamed at it and I took photos of him high in the air, arms and legs spread out in glee and a look of pure happiness on his face.
The pony rides: Mainly because Luna loved it SO MUCH. I think she has developed a pure love for horses thanks to the pony ride and won't stop going on about it! Trigger was her favourite little pony, he was sweet and made funny faces. We are now going to look for a place where she can start taking lessons.
The FOOD: SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. Even for a vegetarian there was loads. My only regret is that I didn't get any funnel cake or churros!
The exhibitions: I really enjoyed walking around all of the different art and photography exhibitions/competitions. It was wonderful to see all of the amazing work that children and teenagers had produced. So many talented artists! I may enter the amateur photography contest next year for fun.
Special mentions: the incredible motocross guys, the adorable lamas and sheep and goats, the music, and the skilift.
All in all we had huge amounts of fun and next year I will be making to-do lists so that I can do much, much more!
I’ve mentioned in a few posts lately that I have been meaning to get back into photography again. I’ve recently been looking through all my albums full of scanned film prints, all of the street art and street photography I have done over the years. Those feelings that you get when you capture that perfect image came flooding back, the same type of feelings that I get when I write something that makes my heart sing. I want to feel those emotions with photography again, and it really is as easy as making sure I take my camera with me wherever I go, which is what I always used to do.
Back in 2012 I saw that FujiFilm were releasing a new line of camera, the X line, and the whole concept appealed to me immediately. My favourite camera is still my completely manual SLR, a Canon AE-1 from 1978, and while I love how perfect and real a digital camera can render a photo, I also love the imperfections of film. Anyway, FujiFilm’s X line is basically a line of cameras that look like old-school SLRs with all the advanced digital technologies. They also have a film simulation option in several choices (colour or monochrome) so that your digital images look like film prints. Perfect for me, right? They aren’t cheap, hovering around the $1,000-1,500 mark, but I saved up and bought it in early 2013. And used it about 4 times. Granted, I had a lot going on, but I guess it was all for a reason as I recently pulled it out of my camera bag and started using it again, and to my delight it’s as good as I imagined it to be.
I’m so in love with this camera. Here is an album of shots taken over the past week. I need a lot more time and practice with it, but it’s already got its own little spot in the stroller and comes out with us wherever we go. I have some wonderful models too, although Luna tends to shy away from the camera these days, mainly because it makes her laugh. I suppose it makes for more interesting shots at times anyway. I’ve posted some of my favourites below, but you can check out the album on Flickr here. Our neighbourhood, our home, our friends, our life and things that catch my eyes while out and about.