Today we walked around town with the kids from Salem, and found nature where we could. As the town is about 6 blocks square, that's not too hard to do :-) We had Karla, or Karlita as her mom sometimes called her, and Paula, her mom with us. Karla is crazy about snapping that shutter on the camera, and took about 200 photos. I posted some of her better ones here, as well as those I took of her taking pictures. She's adorable and stole Joe's heart as well as mine.
Karla at Salem before we headed around town, these 2 photos by Maria, another Salem child.
Karla and her best friend.
Paula, holding Karla's hand, is her mother. She may be 18 or 19 years old, and works at Salem helping take care of the kids. She's very capable, but in the States she would be a kid herself.
Cristian, Susana, Paula, Karla and Joe. Karla stayed close to Joe :-)
Top to bottom: Paula, Susana, Miara, Jose and Karla.
Paula took this cute one.
Photo by Karla of her mom.
She is so intent with her camera, and only 4 years old!
This is the photo she took. There were quite a few shots of Joe's middle, her view point tended to cut off a few heads :-)
By Karla as well as the next one.
When we reached the river Karla stripped to her undies and went in. Her mom joined her and they played by the waterfall! The amount of oversight by parents here in Mindo is a fraction of what we do at home, children run free and are not watched closely at all! But no one seems to get hurt and there is more freedom and less fear.
She loves her camera!
Karla started out the day much cleaner :-)
This is her special pose to take a photo :-)
Karla took these next few photographs, all on her own. I think they came out very well, she's really looking at her world.
Her Mom, Paula.
Joe, she took lots of photos of him :-)
Karla took this one and I took the next one of her taking this shot...
What a great child!