The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

July 17, 2007

Many of you have written to say that you like the new DD format, that you enjoyed the captions but really like reading my stories. I'm glad, me too. I wish I had thought of this sooner and it's too bad that it took Scooter's illness but then again, it's a nice legacy that he left, isn't it? I am having a lot of fun writing the stories. It is certainly more labor intensive than coming up with a caption, but it has made the photography aspect of the DD a lot easier. For example, yesterday's story pretty much wrote itself and for the photo I told Spenser to go outside and sit, then snap, snap, snap, and there it was. In a way, the photos have become almost incidental. Now the stories tell it all.

Except on Friday: long live the caption contest! (Any fans of The New Yorker magazine out there? They now have one, too!) Now let me tell you, it's getting harder and harder to come up with caption contest photos. I'm simply running out of props. I've used all the major appliances, lawn care equipment, permutations of Diet Mt. Dew cartons and cans, you get the drift. Last Thursday I came home and had no idea what to do for the caption contest on Friday. I asked Phillip for ideas and like Niagra Falls, ideas came flowing out with impressive speed. "Done it. Done it. Done it," I told him. (Hey, I've been doing this for seven years!) Then, after dinner he said, "I have to get gas, want to bring Spenser and get a picture of him barking at the gas station attendant?" And thus a caption contest photo was born.