I call this digital image "Pure Joy." I'm not even sure who it is anymore. At one of the car forums I used to read, one of the other contributors posted this photo of himself at the age of 2 or so, behind the wheel of the family car, obviously in his element. There is just something about little boys and cars that's a natural. I cleaned up the photo and added a filter or two to show the speed he was probably going in his head at the time! I posted it at that forum back then, so he has it; I just can't remember who it was.
The joy of a puppy on my Dad's destroyer during WW2. I've posted other versions of this particular afternoon aboard ship on my blog in the past. I have photos with 3, 4, 5, and 6 sailors present, and some with my Dad in the group—though he must have been taking this photo. I bet all these young guys loved that puppy to pieces, being so far from home and their loved ones. This image is from a color slide, not as well-preserved as most of the ones I have. I have no idea who any of my Dad's fellow sailors were.
Three friends of mine from college. We were hanging out in a part of the campus called Sunset Hill, overlooking a small lake. The lake is usually the backdrop for graduations, and Sunset Hill behind it is usually in full bloom of cherry and apple trees if graduation is early enough in May. I graduated on my 22nd birthday, and have no idea if the trees were out or not, lol. I love this photo not only because we were all such good friends, and still are albeit by email now, but each one of them has an expression on their faces that is the way I remember each person. This was a joyful day for sure.