Caught Reading

Nicholas is reading Tom Clancy's The Bear and the Dragon.


I was taking Nicholas' photo and kept commenting about the "crumbs on his face" that shows up in the camera. I leaned closer to his to wipe the offending crumb, but then started to laugh as I realized that it was his mustache. So, I continued taking photos. And then I did it again, because many of the photos I had been taking were being ruined by the presence of a crumb around his lips. Each time, it was just his mustache.


By the sixth time, he just glared at me.

  • bootpainter 8y

    It might be overstepping boundaries to lean across, and shave his moustache off.....?!!!
  • Jayel Aheram 8y

    He actually shaved it off with a knife after I showed him the photographs (he was going "Ow. That hurt. Ow. Ow.") :) He agrees that it is not him, it is just we hardly have the time to ourselves nowadays so he cannot be bothered to be always shaving it off. Very hectic schedules.
  • Patrick Lentz 8y

    Wow...great shot !
  • Jayel Aheram 8y

  • bootpainter 8y

    Nicholas has nicely-shaped lips.(Hey, I'm a woman, and a mother. I'm allowed to say that, without being accused of being lewd and libidinous.)
  • Tracey Nolan 8y

    Men everywhere read Clancy on and off the battlefield. I find that amusing and comforting somehow!
  • Jayel Aheram 8y

    Mrs. B: Hahaha! When I first started taking photos of him, that was the first thing I told him. "Wow, you have nice pouty lips." He told me, "Thanks. I know." And I was not being lewd!

    Miss Tracey: Indeed. It helps that his work is pure escapism at its best.
  • athenasmum 8y

    Do any of your fellow soldiers or yourself need any new books sent to you. I was in the military and did a tour in Riyadh and was sick of all the old books I had already read. Let me know and I'll send you whatever you'd like.....Peace!
  • Jayel Aheram 8y

    Not me or my fellow marines as we are going home soon. But other marines who are currently serving out here do need books. I am going to see if I can get you their address out here. I am sure they will appreciate it.
  • athenasmum 8y

    Thanks! I will check back here or better yet you can email me at my email address under my profile on flickr or flickr mail. Any requests will be honored as I have a great connection for books (and yes, I can send Pokemon cards too...hee hee). Congrats on going home soon - Peace and Safety to you all!
  • ADayOfAccusations 8y

    Aw, he's cute, crumbs and all! Nice to know you all get to read since ya cannot do any damned pull ups. :o)
  • kristinpics123 8y

    A man reading a book. I love this picture. Your photo's are beautiful as are you. I am a mother of 3 little ones and I can't ever imagine them being so far away from me in such unsafe lands. I pray for you all everyday to stay strong, stay safe and come home soon.
    Peace & Love
  • Christina Crowe 6y

    Great photo! I have it displayed on my article How to Check Out a Library Book and it's linking back to this page.

  • thresholds.chichester 4y

    Hi, Just to let you know that we used your image here

    Thanks so much for allowing Thresholds to use the image!
  • Lois Eiler 3y

    Thank you for this, we used the image as part of our celebration of Banned Books Week, an industry wide celebration of our freedom to read.
  • moneysoldiers 2y

    I used this photo in my finance blog, Money Soldiers
  • Z Egloff 2y

    Howdy Jayel!

    Thanks for posting your photographs on flickr Creative Commons. I loved this picture, and I used it in a blog post entitled "How I Shut My Mouth and Found My Soul."

    The link to the post with your photo is here:

    Thanks again. I really appreciate you sharing your work!

    Cheers, Z Egloff
  • mark lora 1y

    Great pic, thanks for sharing on CC access. We used this on our website:
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