Fishing Five Year Olds~ Mercer Island

I helped my son and daughter-in-law out recently by staying at their house for a couple of days to take care of the kiddos while mom was attending her sister’s wedding in Hawaii and my son worked.  My job was to get the kids to the bus and to pre-school and home again.  On the last day my grandson had two field trips to go on and I was to accompany him on one of them. Great photo op –for sure.

And the fishing trip begins–we drove to a location near the beach–but still had to walk a block or two to get to the water. I have to say that the teachers were very creative in making the fishing poles with safety in mind for the kids.  The poles were a thin reed–bamboo maybe.  There was a length of fishing line attached to one end of the pole and to that like there was a bolt tied on as a weight and a bobber.  The “hooks” were swivels which unhooked on one end–or some other safe gizmo.  The lines were tapes to the poles, to be un-taped on location.  Some never made it that far–they un-taped

their lines on the way there.Off we go to the beach to “fish”.

Cole getting his line untangled and ready for bait.  I saturated the images pretty much and then unsaturated their faces, hair (if blonde) and hands.

Cole is getting “salmon eggs” attached to his “hook”.  Cole is a seasoned fisherkid and he knows that it isn’t a “real” hook–but he goes just hopes he can catch a fish anyhow.

Cole chooses a small jetty of rocks to climb out on to put his line in the water.


Some bobbers already in the water.  Notice that the water is quite choppy.

Cole is all settled at the end of the jetty to catch his fish.

This is Cole’s little sister, Cate.  She found an abandoned pole, so she is trying her hand at casting.  You can tell why the children had dummy hooks on their lines–saved alot of injuries from happening. Success!  Oddly enough some of the kids felt tugs on their lines–they were sure they got a bite.

“Now where did that bobber go?”  Cate just turned three.

Casting like a pro!  Look at that perfect form.

Enough fishing–exploring a stream dumping into the lake–if you throw a rock up the pipe it comes back to you.

Maybe there is some fish in this puddle.

Mom will never know!  If rocks get in your shoes–just take them off.

Fishing makes a person hungry.

Going in after the fish.

It was so fun just to see kids play and to play with them.  I did wade a little myself–can’t resist getting wet.  As I said earlier–I saturated  the color then back it off of the skin by unstaurating it.  I used LightRoom to process the images.

Thanks for stopping by.

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About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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One Response to Fishing Five Year Olds~ Mercer Island

  1. Sharon says:

    Looks like a fun fishing trip and a beautiful day for it.

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