I noticed the clouds, sun and the shadows they created yesterday while I was getting out of my truck. I went in the house, grabbed my camera and took a quick photo. Then I even drove to a nearby park to get a better view. Alas, the one I took first at home was the best. Some of the best moments are fleeting!
In the park there were kids on the playground, a group of young men kicking a soccer ball, and some families picnicking while their kids played in the nearby stream. None of them were looking at the sky, at least not that I could tell. But here I was walking around looking for better angles, with my lens pointed toward the sky. At least we all were enjoying ourselves.
The other photo is my grandson looking out the window of his front door, watching the sprinkler go back and forth. It was taken by his mother who noticed the simplicity of the scene and the emotions it brought forth. This too was a fleeting moment. Maybe not as fleeting as a changing sunset, but ask any parent with grown children and they will tell you just how fleeting it is.
As a Dad, or Mom, consciously notice the little things your children do. What this does is anchor the moment better in your brain for those memories you'll want to remember. It also gives you opportunities to praise, hug, or just say, 'I love you'! (And sometimes to correct!)
What these photos have in common is that the scenes, the moments, had be to noticed first! And there is a difference between being noticed and just being 'looked at'.