Go Fly a Kite…

Family Flying Kites

All the kids, and my lovely wife in a single shot! Mom works to get a kite in the air for the kids.

This is not a shot I normally take, but boy am I glad I snapped it! Forever the die hard candid portrait seeker, I often forgo the attempt at a shot like this in trade for getting up in the face of my photogenic victims in order to catch the mischievous grins, the twinkle in their eye, or the smiles of joy. But of all of the shots I fired this day, this one wins.

This one doesn’t win because of it’s perfect lighting, a great framing, or because it’s perfectly in focus (the only thing in focus here is the sarcasm about it’s quality). It wins because it is what’s still at home of the entire family! I managed, in a single shot, to catch every one of them, and if you know anything about our busy body children, that is amazing. While I am not included directly in the image, I’m the one firing. Three cheers for family fun!

Some friends were over, and they had brought some kites. A friend of theirs knew they were coming and that we had the kids and thought they might enjoy getting out to fly a kite. “Go fly a kite…” The jokes started as we started gathering up the kids.

After wrestling up socks and shoes for everyone we headed out to the field near the house to see if there was enough wind. It didn’t take the queen long to get the first kite air-born, and the kids were digging it. After one of the kites (we had three) had a string break, Mike went to chase it down, and I decided to see if I could still get these things up in the air. I am pretty sure I haven’t flown a kite since I was Josh’s age.

Dad and Josh Flying KiteAs I launched the thing, and got it going Josh kept going, “Wow” as it climbed and climbed. The area makes it hard to keep them in the air until you hit about 50 feet, then they are nearing the tree tops and the updrafts are epic for keeping them up there. With just a few periods of gentle gliding, I was able to rocket it up there pretty quick… Then the darn string snapped and we were chasing another one.

We probably will have to pick a better place to do this next time, and likely get some better string. At the end of the day we had snapped two strings, and had to chase both kites across the highway to get them back (not good), and the third kite we left in a tree. But for $9.00 worth of kites, it was stellar family fun!

Below are a few more pictures.


Here Mike starts his first hike across the highway to fetch the first kite that broke a string.

Here Mike starts his first hike across the highway to fetch the first kite that broke a string.

 

Amanda is giving Elizabeth a chance to fly her first kite ever!

Amanda is giving Elizabeth a chance to fly her first kite ever!

 

In order to get the kite in the air, I'd had to move to the back edge of the area we were in. Here I am taking advantage of some strong gusts of wind to move back up the field.

In order to get the kite in the air, I’d had to move to the back edge of the area we were in. Here I am taking advantage of some strong gusts of wind to move back up the field.

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