I was looking through my WordPress Reader today (avoiding the evil housework that doesn’t seem to go away) and came across The Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour. “The golden hour” is that first magical hour of sun in the morning and the last hour in the evening. After sifting through many images and procrastinating even more about the housework, I’ve decided to only submit one image. The photo I’m offering is not the best I’ve ever taken, but it holds a very special place in my heart.
In June 2008, my youngest son, Ace, was six years old and played on a co-ed Tee ball team. His team was invited to meet the players of the Barnstormers, Lancaster’s minor league baseball team. The kids chose their own field positions; Ace picked outfield because his favorite player at the time, Aaron Rowand, played centerfield. The kids walked onto the field with the Barnstormer team and stayed with them for the National Anthem.
The golden hour here has nothing to do with the angle or quality of the light (although it was taken as the sun set). What truly makes it golden is the joy my little baseball fanatic experienced standing on a real baseball field with real baseball players, singing the national anthem and giving everyone high fives.
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Reblogged this on azbaseball411 and commented:
If there was any doubt whether men playing baseball are role models, I think this photo settles it.
Thanks for the reblog!
Well, I don’t know how you value your photographic work but, after taking a quick look to your photography posts, I would say that, actually, this one is your best photo. I find a lot of cultural content and feelings, national pride and values, teachings, patriotism, courage, and much, much more within it. No doubts, a great, great picture!
I had no idea this photo contained so much meaning. Thanks for helping me to see it more objectively and for taking the time to comment.
Great shot Stephany…
A wonderfully proud moment !
It was! I still get teary-eyed when I think about how happy Ace was to be down there on the field with the big boys.
Such a wonderful picture, that you will only cherish all the more as time pass by. Ace looks fantastic and, yes, so proud next to the “real” baseball players.
Thanks, Munchow. Believe it or not, Ace is taller than I am now and he is still just as passionate about the gane as he was then. Thanks for your lovely comment.