Infancy of Yard Work

As a young boy I remember helping my dad with yard work. I hated it. I would get stuck pulling weeds, moving rock, and raking leaves to name a few. I also remember helping my friends finish their yard work so we could go play baseball. Needless to say kids all too often get stuck helping their parents with yard work, and my oldest son is no different.

In contrast to "forced labor", Timmy asked if he could help clean up the palm trimmings and he actually enjoyed it. Before starting however, he asked for pair of gloves, but all I had was a small pair that were way too big for his little hands. Regardless the size, after he put them on he had a ball picking up the palm pieces and throwing them into the green bin.

His enthusiasm lasted for about 20 minutes, and then decided he was finished and ran back to the garage yelling, "I'm done!"  I couldn't complain about him quitting as I didn't expect him to help in the first place. At three and half years old Timmy did a great job.

Yard work is not the scope of this post, however.  Rather, this post is a metaphor about the future. His age, the current state of the yard, and the size of the palm are changes we will notice when we look back 20 years from now.  This picture will show the obvious transformation of Timmy from a young boy to the man I am raising him to become while the oversized gloves project his maturity.

I'm hopeful the current drought conditions will yield rain while the palm may or may not grow larger. I think it's some type of pygmy.  My plan is to landscape this part of the yard with a French drain and native plants and grasses. In the coming years the yard will certainly look different, and so will Timmy. All things start in infancy and grow over time including yard work. 

I never enjoyed it, and I still don't. I want to create a landscape that requires little maintenance or water, but will look groomed with native flora. With a little luck I won't be doing much yard work, and me and my boys can spend our time playing baseball rather than pulling weeds, moving rock, or raking leaves.

Gear and Settings

I shot this photograph with an all manual 24mm f/2.5 Tamron lens that I bought about 20 years ago. It's an Adaptal 2 style lens, which means you buy the lens without a mount and add an adapter that is based on your camera's specific mount. It's a great little lens and gives an effective focal length of 36mm on my Nikon D7200.

My camera was set to ISO100 at f/5.6 with a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second. I shot it at f/5.6 for a deeper depth of field to capture both the trash can and palm in focus. After looking at this image I should have shot it at f/4 or lower to blur the guy walking in the background.

In spite of that I still enjoy this picture, and it is one we will cherish in the years to come.