Edie learned to shoot a rifle at summer camp. Not only is it one of her favorite camp activities, she has been commended on it in the closing ceremonies several times. The girls don’t shoot skeet like the boys camp does though – only stationary targets. Of course, this made her very interested in shooting skeet, because as we all know, anything boys can do, girls can do better.
I recently ran into our friend Paul and while I’m not at all sure how the subject came up, I managed to walk away from the exchange with an invitation to bring my girl out to his farm to shoot skeet.
It is, as my girl learned, a little different than shooting a stationary target. There’s bigger guns that have kickback. And the whole, moving vs. non-moving thing. It’s a bit challenging. But at least she can now say she’s done it (and perhaps now has a greater understanding as to why her girls camp doesn’t offer that activity).
Paul had her start out on a .22 with a stationary target before trying out the bigger rifles. Shooting skeet may be a challenge, but she clearly does okay with this stationary thing.
It was a gorgeous fall day, so I was glad I’d brought my camera as I wandered around the property. Paul’s farm in Nelson county includes a splendid old house, built over the years, that has been in the family for generations. I’ve been a bit lax in using my camera as of late – my phone is much easier to lug around than my DSLR and I’ve admittedly been in a bit of creative rut lately. These things happen, one just has to ride them out. But looking back through my pictures, I realize I need to carry my camera with me more.
Because while life doesn’t always afford me to the time to sit down and sew or write as much as I’d like, it turns out shooting pictures is always a good way to get some creative juices going.