There’s a brief story behind this image. I was making photos at Fairy Stone State Park last weekend near where we live in SW Virginia, and I spotted a pair of shoes (with socks) sitting as you see them here. At first I thought the owner had simply forgotten them the day prior, and went home barefooted. Then, I saw behind me along the small creek where I was standing, that a family of five was having fun “exploring nature” by looking under rocks for crawdads in the shallow creek, and generally having a great time. There was, however, one little girl who seemed to be having the most fun because she was the only one actually “in” the water. And then I saw who the owner of the shoes was.