Sage the Aspiring Photographer

Sage the Aspiring Photographer and his faithful hound Court

Sage the Aspiring Photographer and his faithful hound Court

Sage has recently developed a passion for photography. It might prove to be almost as transient as his other passions; after all, his bedroom is littered with toys that were his intensely loved “best friends” for fewer than 48 hours. But since he’s been so engaged (and adorable) during his forays into photography, I figured I should document them on the off-chance that he will indeed turn pro.

I took the following pictures when Sage, Paul, Court, and I went for a Family Walk a week or so ago:

Sage tries to get a close up of a wildflower.

Sage tries to get a close up of a wildflower.

Sage continues his efforts at close up plant photography, almost tipping over in the process.

Sage continues his efforts at close up plant photography, almost tipping over in the process.

Fortunately, he didn't capsize, so he was able to examine the image on his camera screen in peace.

Fortunately, he didn’t capsize, so he was able to examine the image on his camera screen in peace.

Sage attempted to photograph a bemused pony at an Amish farm. (Of course, he was under strict orders NOT to take pictures of any Amish humans, but the pony didn't seem to mind.)

Sage photographed a pony at an Amish farm. (Of course, he was under strict orders NOT to take pictures of any Amish humans, but the pony didn’t seem to mind.)

The neighbor cows were bemused but patient as Sage continued his efforts.

The neighbor cows were bemused but patient as Sage continued his efforts.

He also captured some horses grazing in a nearby field when (for an exciting change of pace) he briefly commandeered my phone.

He also captured some horses grazing in a nearby field when (for an exciting change of pace) he briefly commandeered my phone.

As we neared home, Sage paused to nibble a sprig of wild spearmint we found growing by the side of the road.

As we neared home, Sage paused to nibble a sprig of wild spearmint we found growing by the side of the road.

In a testament to the surprising longevity of his new avocation, Sage was still pursuing the perfect photo during our recent camping trip.

Sage dressed up his stuffed fox (logically named "Foxy") in a T-shirt and baseball cap, positioned Foxy in a camp chair, and tried to find the perfect angle for capturing his fuzzy model.

Sage dressed up his stuffed fox (logically named “Foxy”) in a T-shirt and baseball cap, positioned Foxy in a camp chair, and tried to find the perfect angle for capturing his fuzzy model.

He also carefully arranged the mud-and-stick sculptures he'd made before taking a picture to preserve their memory. (Paul and I pointed out that the local chipmunks would enjoy Sage's  work, so it should really be left for them. Of course, the steady stream of dried mud bits flaking off them had NOTHING to do with our advice....)

He also carefully arranged the mud-and-stick sculptures he’d made before taking a picture to preserve their memory. (Paul and I pointed out that the local chipmunks would enjoy Sage’s work, so it should really be left for them. Of course, the steady stream of dried mud bits flaking off them had NOTHING to do with our advice….)

Sage took the final photo of his masterpieces before bidding them adieu.

Sage took a final photo of his masterpieces before bidding them adieu.

So there you have it: Either a brief but happy interlude in a little boy’s life, or the beginning of a stellar career in photography. Only time will tell. Thanks to Sage’s new favorite medium, though, the memories of his adorable intensity will endure no matter where life ends up taking him.

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2 comments

  1. I had a Sage once named Joel. He loved photography and now teaches art to middle schoolers. He also keeps bees, and I almost always forward your “bee” blog posts to him.

    Very charming post, heart-warming too, Rebecca. You have almost a dozen shots here to record these moments in your family history.

  2. My youngest son is very fond of photography and takes some good pictures unfortunately it hasn’t made him a millionaire yet though.

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