Saturday, September 15, 2007

perpetual movement

I came home last night, around 9:00, exhausted. I kid you not. My body was so tired that my brain didn't function either. I sat down to my computer (laptop) and just stared at the screen. Stared... stared... stared... hoping some kind of inspiration would come to me and I could post something worth reading. It didn't work. My eyes finally closed and I woke up an hour or so later with the same blank screen staring back at me.

I had left the house at 3:00 to head over to the other side of town for a cross country meet. Not just any cross country meet, but one of the grand-daddys of xc meets here in the Denver area. It's the Liberty Bell, just in case you were wondering (and I'm sure you were!). Over 70 schools from in and out of state come to this prestigious meet.

It's one of Don's and my favorite meets. There are kids everywhere, and they are always in motion. Before you race, you warm up - a light jog for 5-10 minutes. Then there's the race. With that many schools, there were 16 races for the different genders, school divisions, and athletic levels. And then after a runner races, he or she does a cool down - again, 5-10 minutes of light jogging. Everywhere you look, there is perpetual movement.

Since I love taking pictures, I've volunteered to photograph Jake's team's runners during the races and the meets. That meant that I photographed the beginning of each race, ran over to another spot on the course to snap away there, and then scurry to the finish line (no where near the start line) to capture the thrill of victory and sting of defeat. I did this for 9 different races. Is it any wonder that I flopped down on the couch and fell asleep with a computer on my lap?

I uploaded 185 pictures this morning. Sometime today I need to go through them, pick out the best ones, crop if needed, resize, and upload to the school's site. It may be a lot of work but I really do enjoy it. Every runner or parent loves to have a picture taken during a race. Here are a few...

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~Ginger said...

Great photos! Can you just post all 185? Those of us who love pictures would enjoy them all :)

Short Stop said...

You take some of the most amazing pictures. You just capture the moment so well, and the colors are just incredible! I'm with Ginger...I could have looked at all 185!!

Hope you got some good rest! :)

Ruth said...

I love those photos, especially the first one. You've got a great eye for capturing great pictures.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow Diana! You take amazing photos.

I just returned from vacation and am "catching up" with you.

I bet the parents are thrilled to have them.

Lori said...

Great pictures. You are a very talented photographer.

Pam in Colorado said...

Love the pictures. They are look so young, supple, energetic, athletic, capable... ah, there were some good things about being young!!!

I am a runner in my head, but my body just does not do well. I used to be a sprinter, cross country would have killed me. A mile is the longest I have ever consecutively run. Now, my asthma would not permit a 100 yard dash. It's the elevation, but not sure what I could accomplish at sea level any more, either.

Melissa said...

What great shots! I never was a runner. My toes point outward just a tad... I run like a duck. :)