Scramble Time!

It’s happened hundreds of times. I catch a glimpse of wildlife, like a young elk, and my brain sends the adrenaline pumping thru my veins. It’s scramble time! Since I’m usually in my four-wheel blind when it happens, I quickly navigate into position, open my window and start reaching for my camera in one smooth motion.

IMG_0395I usually take a few shots, check my settings and fire away. If it’s an exceptional time, I manage to get some great shots. The adrenaline makes my smile even bigger.

I didn’t realize whatever skills I had in this area were transferable. A few days ago, I was sitting in the living room of my son and daughter-in-law’s with a big smile on my face. I had just become grandpa to a fresh new little bundle they named Owen. Great little guy. We connected right away.

Of course I wanted to get a picture so my iPhone was armed and ready. The trouble was that little Owen was taking this whole business of napping to Olympic levels. Even the odd cry when he got cold was uttered without cracking an eyelid. So we amused ourselves with sleeping photos and waited.

Then it happened. Someone yelled that his eyes were open and the adrenaline rush hit. Scramble time for everyone. I jumped up, grabbed my camera tried to find his eyes. Grandma (am I really married to someone with that moniker?) kicked into high gear and stuffed him into the knitted sock she had made. I tried to find some reasonable background and fired away.

It seemed like only seconds later Owen had tired of the whole charade and closed his eyes. I looked at the photos and smiled.

Latest Comments

  1. MJF Images says:

    Congratulations Grandpa!


  2. Alison says:

    What a cute boy! I love the sock prop. Is he super tiny, or did your wife knit a huge sock especially for such an occasion. Congratulations to the whole family!


  3. dweezer19 says:

    Oh absolutely your best work to date! 😘 Congrats to the whole family! He is too adorable for his own sock!


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  5. Lavinia Ross says:

    Congratulations on new little grandson Owen, Lyle! He will be fun to photograph as he gets older, and may prove to be as elusive as his Grandpa! All the best to you and your family at this very special time.


  6. Brian says:

    Lyle, your picture makes me smile, and as always, so does your commentary.
    Thanks for sharing.


  7. westerner54 says:

    He’s gorgeous. Congratulations!


  8. Mike Powell says:

    I suspect that this will not be the only time when you find yourself scrambling to capture images of this beautiful boy, but you never forget your first time. So, have you bought him his first camera yet? Kids start awfully early with technology these days, you know. 🙂


    • Lyle Krahn says:

      There certainly is something magical about the first time. You are way ahead of me on the technology thinking. I best get on with that. Times have definitely changed.


  9. Bonnie says:

    So remember that moment! You captured it well and blogged it even better!!! I so miss that little guy!


  10. says:

    Got love being a grandparent! Really great pictures!


  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Congratulations Grandpa!


  12. Gunta says:

    This had to be the moment you practiced on all the wildlife for! Great catch Grndpa! And love Grandma’s sock… not to mention the sweet little baby boy. I suppose the parents ought to get a small share of the accolades. 🙂


  13. Dori Krahn says:

    Great blog dear.

    Dori – Sent from my iPhone


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  14. Dick Trew says:

    As is said by those who know, “It doesn’t get better than this!!!” He’s beautiful and he has a very talented Grandpa. I’m so glad you didn’t find it necessary to resume your position in the ‘four-wheel blind’ first, or the opportunity would surely have been lost. What a lovely thing that you chose to share! Congratulations to all Owen’s loved ones!


  15. Steve Gingold says:

    Sweet. Congratulations, Grandpa. Nice moniker. 🙂


  16. John says:

    Wow… Congrats Lyle… Great story and I really enjoyed it.


  17. Pam says:

    Precious! Congratulations!


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