“When it rains, you might catch more frogs.”
      — Silas, age 4

      His mother told me a while ago that Silas plays outside every day, rain or shine. I thought of him yesterday as I looked out the window at the cold rain that seemed to be spoiling a perfect fall foliage day. I asked her if Silas would be willing to show me how to have fun outside in that kind of weather. In a steady rain shower, this adventurous 4-year-old led the way.

      Silas is one of the kids I am featuring in a year-long photo series about the joys of outdoor play. These young people are showing me how to discover nature in a typical suburban community, in the hopes of inspiring other kids to step away from their screens and explore their world.

      Child with umbrella in the rain

      Reston, Northern Virginia in the fall

      Boy with umbrella and fall leaves in the rain

      Boy playing in a stream

      Boy with umbrella playing in a stream

      Boy with umbrella playing in the rain

      Boy playing in the rain at a stream


      If you know a nature lover aged 2-17 in the Reston, Virginia area who would be a good choice for this project, please CONTACT ME. I’d love to hear about your little explorer.


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      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.