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My 52nd birthday was in many ways very similar to my 51st – a day spent with a mocha at In House Chocolates; a picnic out at Carrick Beach; an ice cream at Cream o' Galloway, and Maggie making me a wonderful chocolate & peanut butter cheesecake type of thing.

It's not that dissimilar to what we've done on Maggie's birthdays the past few years either, come to think of it.

There might be some years where we do something really different – like the big gathering of my 50th or my 42nd, but in the absence of that, this is a wonderful sort of default with an emphasis on family and chocolate.

It really doesn't get much better.

And I have to say, for all the criticism of selfies, I really do love the ability of the camera phones for the immediacy of the snapshot.

I could never do a photo like this with my big professional DSLR – for one, it would be difficult to be in the shot as well as taking it, but more than that, I would feel the need for it to be well lit and properly composed. Despite being an almost impossible task, it would also lose that real sense of the moment.

It doesn't matter that the light is poor, that it's not really in focus, and that the compositional balance is a mess – this photo captures the mood of a bloke at home with his family on his birthday about to enjoy a slice of cake.

It won't win any prizes, but it becomes a treasured gateway to the memories of the day


viji suresh said...

Happy birthday 🎉🎂😊

Kim Ayres said...

Many thanks, Viji :)

daisyfae said...

Happy belated birthday! i'm just coming up for air out here! Your choice of celebration style is similar to mine - the little things are really the big things when you think about it!

Kim Ayres said...

Daisyfae - I think the older we get the more we tend to re-balance our priorities, and some of the things we might previously have overlooked now carry far more weight :)

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