Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
Gallery: Animal and Insect Photo Contest Winners
Whew! Week Three of our photo contest is complete and we have two winners of Scholasticâ€™s Treasury of 20 Storybook Classics 4-DVD set.
Our animals and insects theme is inspired by Diary of a Spider, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Bear Snores On and a host of others stories in this DVD pack.
Winner #1: Meadow from Salt Lake City, Utah. Meadow assures me the mantis “jumped and [Dad] clicked at just the right moment.”
- Option A: Brush the bug away.
- Option B: Take the photo, then brush the bug away, and laugh about it later.
See, it doesn’t really matter. The kid will have a lifetime bug phobia no matter what you do. Might as have a little humor in your life.
Winner #2: Noah from Free Union, Virginia. After Meadow’s amazing-circumstance photo (Dad didn’t throw that bug, right?) I had to swing the opposite way to an image virtually every family has taken. Several Thinga-readers submitted images like Noah’s, and I can’t explain why I picked this baby-with-pet over the others… it’s just something about being outside in the grass with an animal that seems not just at peace, but in bliss at having another human who will lavish him with attention.
And now, here are the other great entries, in alphabetical order (Thinga-reader names, not the kids).
Amy M.: “I think my cat (Rocky) is plotting something evil against the baby in this picture.”Â [AJ says: That's my cat's name too! Although, Rocky is a girl, short for Rockette, because she had long legs... before tummy flab artificially shortened them.]
Dayna: [AJ says: Work at getting your family more comfortable in front of the camera. They seem... so... wooden.]
Donna: “…overcoming her fear of that big, huge spider!”
Jen: “…one-month-old with our rather standoffish dog…”
Jennifer: “We visited a local dairy farm where they let you help feed the baby cows. Except, they don’t explain anything, just hand you a bottle and let you go to town. It was hilarious.”
Jesika: [AJ says: Hey, that's totally my white-cat-with-spots, except my white-cat-with-spots is afraid of people, especially babies.]
Jessica: 2.5-year-old “with his first worm ‘caught’ while we were camping at East Harbor State Park in Ohio.”
Joanna: [AJ says: for the uninitiated, that's a banana slug. The only thing that could draw your attention away from towering redwoods during a walk in the forest is a ginormous slug doing absolutely nothing at all.]
Kelli: [AJ says: dogs can't resist that new baby smell.]
Kimberly: [AJ says: Ahh yes, true acceptance is achieved when the cat lets itself be used as furniture.]
Marianne: “…the shadow of Mom and preschool son, watching minnows swimming under the dock.”
TIffany: “…playing Romeo and Juliet in the playhouse.”
Thanks everyone for participating! Hopefully we can do this again soon.