This week’s photo hike is very special… I have a guest photographer. My daughter and I finally got out on the bayou for some kayaking, and I actually left my camera in the car – on purpose!

The day started out fair, but after only 30 minutes on the water, a storm blew in. While it didn’t rain, the thunder and lightning were fierce. We found a sandy landing and waited out the worst of it, counting the seconds between the flashes and rumbles. We never got past “one.”

Once the skies cleared, I spent the rest of the morning drifting along with my daughter, enjoying her company and the scenery. She took all the photos for a change, and graciously shared them with me. With permission, here is our day on the bayou.

You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and/or iPhone4)

Unknown Mami

Submitted to Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City

*Photo venue: Fred Gannon/Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, FL

  1. This is a treat. Yay, for your daughter.



  2. two amazing photographers in the family HARDLY seems FAIR!! (winking****)

    your daughter captured such an incredible day for both of you, love the pictures and love the smiles MORE.



    1. I’ll tell her… thanks! She did get some great shots.



  3. Great shots. I have yet to take my girls out on the lake… we gotta make it out before school starts! Thanks for sharing!



  4. I love kayaking! I wasn’t so lucky with the thunderstorm but at least I wasn’t out on the water either! Glad you stayed dry!!



    1. We can rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boards at the state park near us. I go as often as I can. We may try paddle boards next time.



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