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We turned Simone & Garrett’s San Antonio wedding into an excuse for a little family mini-vacation. My folks came with us, and did touristy stuff with the kiddos while Mack and I worked on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the whole fam went to Sea World! There are no pictures from Sunday, because we didn’t feel like lugging around our cameras, but we did get fun pictures from Saturday morning.

Before the wedding, we drove a few miles and visited the Natural Bridge Caverns. Having been to Carlsbad Caverns, I knew what to expect, but the most fun was watching how Jack reacted to everything. He had a blast! Dottie, of course, mostly slept. 😉

This was also the first time Mack and I busted out a few new toys… a fish-eye lens, and a super wide angle. Both will be fun for use in wedding receptions! We were determined to go flash-less, so the low-lighting in the caverns made for some pretty tricky pictures. But I think we got enough that it’s worth a little mid-week bloggage. 😉

Before we ever got into the caves, I was starting to get a little antsy, because of the size of the bugs. The walking sticks and locusts were flippin’ PREHISTORIC in size. I don’t do well with bugs. Spiders, snakes… I got that. But other insects (particularly crickets) make me go faint pretty quickly.

Check out the size of this guy!:

And, yes, careful observers will notice that the lens fogged up. It was just that humid.

Jack on the trek down to the cavern entrance:

Jack, Mom, Dot & I getting the pre-tour speech. See the cool carrier thing Mom’s holding Dot in? She made it! Super comfy way to lug a baby around. 😉

Now, for a few fun cave pictures. I’m not even going to try and remember what all these things were… but they’re neat looking!

Ooooh, goofy portraits. A family tradition:

That’s a wrap!

Be sure and come back tomorrow morning for a blog post chock full of Simone & Garrett wedding loveliness.

See you then!

  1. Amber Burris

    June 23rd, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Yay!! Looks like you guys had fun and the fish eye lens…that’s so cool…Clay and I have been wanting one for our camera..would really help with Real Estate..neat to see a pic done like that!

  2. Liesa

    June 23rd, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    What fun! I bet it was a treat to sight-see and play with new toys all at the same time. Loved the new lens techniques! I wanna to go a cave now!

  3. Jess

    June 23rd, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my my! I’m glad you posted pics so I could see what this cavern business was all about! I most definitely would have never survived the caves! Between the lack of day light and thoose creepy looking spiky stalagti-whatevers, I’d been a goner. And if I had seen one of those huge creeper crawlers in person, I would have run away crying and screaming. Really. It is cool-looking though…as long as it’s just pictures!

  4. Amanda Williams

    June 23rd, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    That looks like fun! I havent ever been in a cave,Im worried I would feel trapped. The fish eye lense made for some really neat photos 🙂

  5. Aunt Ambo

    June 24th, 2010 at 4:17 am

    You guys are too cute!!!! Beautiful shots, all of my favorite family : )!!!!

  6. Misty

    June 24th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Ooh ooh, fish-eye lens FOR THE WIN!!!! Verrrrry cool!
    And that hands-free baby carrier your mom made? Brilliant!
    Glad y’all got to have some family fun 🙂

  7. Meagan

    June 24th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Stalactites and stalagmites! I loved a good cave back in the day. Also, the fish eye lens is bad ass. Just saying.

  8. annie

    June 28th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    These turned out so good! The new lens is awesome!!

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