One thing I miss about 8mm cameras are those rolls of film that you happen upon years after taking the pictures. It's almost like visiting the past. I remember a few years ago during a move, I found a couple of undeveloped rolls of film in a drawer. There were pictures of my then 17 year old daughter as a 3 year old. I've found pictures of my family that I had forgotten I had ever taken. In places I don't remember visiting. But now, with our digital cameras and the ease in which we can upload pictures nearly instantly, we don't experience that surprise. If we don't download our pictures, they stay on the camera until the memory is full. And then we risk losing them all.
But.....I have a little camera and a big camera. The big camera takes better pictures but it is just that, big. I lost the cable that fits it and I haven't been able to upload my pictures. So yesterday when my daughter opened up her birthday camera, I gave her the memory card from my big camera. We found many not-so-old, but forgotten pictures.
A nice picture of our little farm on a wintry morning. A picture of baby Cookie Dough less than 15 minutes old. Pictures of a field of day lilies on one of my favorite running routes. These pictures are less than a year old, but it was still fun to look at them.
My daughter was very happy with her camera and after charging it up, off she went to take pictures and to experiment with the different settings. I found out a couple more things about that girl: she knows had to take good pictures and she loves trees and animals. Just like her grampa.