First of all, I don’t EVEN want to know why your heart fluttered when you read the post title, because all I am going to talk about is the new camera I bought over the weekend: a Nikon D80 digital SLR.

And I am in love with this animate object!

I was originally going to say ‘inanimate’, but I referred to my trusty dictionary/thesaurus resource here — because I can’t think of big words like that on my own and I freely admit it — and when I read the definition, it said:

1. not animate; lifeless.
2. spiritless; sluggish; dull.

But oh, how the opposite is true! And I remember from grammar school that another word for opposite is antonym and the antonym of ‘inanimate’ is ‘animate’, so I looked it up and read this:

–verb (used with object)
1. to give life to; make alive
2. to make lively, vivacious, or vigorous; give zest or spirit to

3. to move or stir to action; motivate
4. to give motion to
5. to prepare or produce as an animated cartoon

And THAT, my friends, is what I think pictures do (AND music, but that is a whole ‘nuther post)–give life to a split moment in time, move us and stir us to emotional or physical action, all of which in turn enriches the zest of life.

I spent some of a gorgeous Sunday afternoon outside on the landing, reading my user manual and practicing various combinations of apertures and shutter speeds on the suspicious, but generally patient subjects–our dogz.

I hope to get in a lot more practice and playtime with my newest gadget. But in all the pictures I’ll take, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to capture off the reflection of the subjects of my family and friends, the burning glow of love I have for them.

My Backyard
Posing: Molly (foreground) & Maggie (background). April 15, 2007.