My New Hobby – Photography

Pardon me while I step away from my usual topic – autism – and share with you a new hobby of mine. In September I purchased a new camera, my first dSLR, before we took a family vacation to Disneyland. I didn’t realize it at the time but photography would quickly become my new hobby. I not only enjoy learning about cameras, photography and post-camera processing I also find that I enjoy the peacefulness that comes with doing something that I love.

Other parents of children with special needs can relate. It has been more than five years since my daughter’s diagnosis and my journey as the mother of one child with autism morphed into the mother of two with autism. Then there’s my son’s epilepsy diagnosis. Needless to say life can get a bit chaotic and I know that those of you reading this blog can understand that chaos. So I am happy to know that I can find a little calm in all that chaos. It brings me a bit of peace and I hope that others in my shoes find that little bit of something that brings them peace as well.

Thank you for letting me stray off topic for a minute. I promise to get back to my regular posting schedule now that I’ve had some calm time in my life to rejuvenate. In closing, here’s a picture I snapped this weekend. I lucked into it, really, and managed to get five pictures before the bee flew away.

About Melissa

Melissa is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum and strives to provide information about all aspects of autism through her blog, The Autism Education Site. Follow Melissa on Twitter. Like me on Facebook.

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  1. I did the same thing years ago – in order to move away from some of the tough stuff and give myself a healthy creative outlet to pursue that had very little to do with parenting and everything to do with recovering the creative side of myself I started my photographic journey. My photographic joy started in 1983 with a Nikon x700 Film camera, now I have a great Nikon D3100! You can find some of my work on my Sweet Escapes page of my website – Enjoy.