09 August 2011

blackberries and firsts.

I had my first job interview yesterday.

Honestly, it was a little scary.

Sitting and talking about mainly myself and why it would be good for the owners to have me work for them isn't necessarily my favorite thing to do. However, it went really good, and I'll hear back from them next week if I got the job.

Before the interview, I picked blackberries with Joseph and Abigail. We were a little early in the season for them, and as a result, barely filled up an inch in the bottom of a bucket.  

It was fun though, and gave us something to do. :)

He said, "I'll let you take one picture of me if I can use your camera afterwards."

I said, "Okay, but only for a minute."

I didn't get Darcy back for another twenty minutes. Without knowing it, he was shooting with the ISO set at 3200. On a sunny day. In August. Needless to say, he had the shutter speed cranked way up.

I'm pretty proud, though. I had my camera on manual, and he managed both that and my manual focus lens. In his words: "I'm an awesome photographer, you just don't let me use Darcy."

For the record, I've shared my camera twice this week, something I never do. 

So. Many. Spiders.

They were everywhere. We couldn't walk without hitting a web with our faces. At least they're photogenic.

I almost walked right into the big yellow and black one, less than an hour after Joseph warned us how bad their bites are. I shrieked, pointed at it, whipped off my lens cap and started shooting.

It's like a jungle outside. Green, growing things everywhere. Personally, I'm ready for everything to turn brown and red and orange. I've been trying to convince myself that we're creeping towards fall, but it looks as though we'll have at least a few more weeks of summer.

Incidentally, we're nearly out of the specaloos that we brought back from France. They're my favorite, and I got used to eating them all the time in France. I wish we had an endless supply or something.


  1. I love these pictures. That green is so pretty, and blackberries are, too. Spiders are kinda freaky, though. :P

  2. I have the same spiders in my backyard as well. Spiders are not fun, but fun to take pictures of.(:

  3. Great photos, Kates! Random memory about those yellow & black spiders: There would be one sitting in Granny Holiday's mailbox every day of the summer during my entire youth. I would get her mail for her with a bit of trepidation despite the fact I KNEW what was coming and never did a thing about it (i.e. killing it/them). At least you capture their "beauty." :)

  4. looks like a fun adventure, and i hope the interview went well!

  5. I love those pictures! I like spiders too... It's like being tickled by an elf or something when they climb up your leg.
    I hope you get the job!

  6. That Abigail is so cute. Great shot. Of course that Joseph is really cute, too. Some one should go after him!


  7. Re: your comment on my blog:
    Yes! I have a Goodreads. I made it like four years ago and I haven't used it in a while but I should update it when I get home. If you have one I could add you as a friend or something. :)


    Great post and great pictures as usual. Although I really do not like spiders. I really very much do not like spiders. I do not like them.

  9. I have never commented on your blog, but I just want to let you know that I so enjoy your blog. It is so refreshing and fun to read! Reading your blog posts always make my day! Love you!

    Every time I think of you I thank God for you. (Phil. 1:3)

  10. I'm glad your job interview went well. Those things are always scary the first time around. And mmm, fresh blackberries. :) Ah, and all of the photos are so great. Nature is the best subject for photography, I think. Spiderwebs are pretty photogenic, hehe, though they are horrible to walk face first into...

  11. And thanks for the comment too! ( : it's lovely to meet you!

  12. amazing pictures! and my fingers are crossed that you get the job. interviews are definately scary :/

  13. I had my first job interview just a few weeks ago as well. I definitely know what you mean...just a bit scary. I hope everything works out great for you! :)


  14. Kendall- I love the colour green so much this year. I completely agree about the spiders.

    Katie- We don't have them in our backyard very much, but they're all over in the woods.

    Jessie- that's such a fun memory! Next time, kill them :)

    Rachel- it went great, thank you!

    Libby- I'm not a fan of them climbing up my leg, but they're perfect to photograph.

    Dad- :)

    Kendall- have I added you yet? If not, I'll make that happen!

    Christopher- YES! I've been waiting and waiting for this honor :D

    Tay- thank you so very much!

    Natalie- I think you're right about nature. There's so much out there, and everybody sees it differently. :)

    Romi- of course! :)

    Shay- your finger crossing worked :)

    Katie- it's pretty terrifying, huh? :)


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