Parental Realization by Briar Richard

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We fear for our young kids so much, that every time they stray a little too far from us, we tell them emphatically to “Come back, or else!”. At least I do. Looking at this photo made me realize that children aren’t just exercising thier curiosity to discover the world when they run toward something new and exciting. More importantly, they’re discovering thier freedom to exist within the world, and where its boundaries and allowances lay. The rub of parenthood is keeping them safe from a world that they’re inclined to discover for the purpose of survival. Sure, no problem!

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 50mm
ISO 100
1/400 sec
Aperture Priority
Taken in my Mother’s backyard


kids, parenthood, discovery, freedom, boundaries, humility, realization, briar richard photography

The observable Universe sprang into existence 13.7 billion years ago, and has evolved to observe itself. In my opinion, there’s no greater event to consider. I enjoy astronomy, photography, and time with my wife and little boy. While capturing and editing photos, I jam to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Air Supply, LMFAO, The Foo Fighters, REM, Barry Manilow, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Duran Duran, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, U2, Boyz to Men, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Color Me Badd, and The Beach Boys.

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  • jules572
    jules572almost 2 years ago

    There is no course that truly prepares us for parenthood. Love the story captured in this image…Jules

  • Thanks for your kind words, Jules!

    – Briar Richard

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryalmost 2 years ago

    Briar, you are a true philosopher! Deep thoughts and a beautiful image to go with it!

  • Thanks, Mrs. Bonnie! Most of my day-to-day thoughts go something like, “Mmmmm, food!” or “Ahhh, so sleepy!”, so maybe this very rare bird of a though will offset the average cave-man grumblings.

    – Briar Richard

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