For the first time in years everyone in our immediate family was in one place---grandparents all the way down to the baby born in March. Rather than go through the hassle and expense of a professional family portrait, my camera was set up on a tripod, the crowd of twenty-seven was gathered on the lawn (a major achievement in itself) and the shutter was tripped by remote. After a couple of dozen shots the outcome was digitally preserved for posterity and the animals were released into the wild.
The final product will be a job for Super Photoshop. Since no one was behind the camera to direct attention there were some interesting results. Two young men had a new face for every click of the camera.
And they weren't the only ones having fun.
The whole thing was strangely familiar.
One of the reasons Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes is brilliant, is because it is so real.