Mr. LH and I have never really exchanged gifts over our 14 year relationship. Instead, we usually choose one or two large items we want to purchase, and make that our holiday or birthday gift. This year, Mr. LH turned 40. I felt he needed something special instead of the “big” gift we always pick out together. The one thing I knew I could do for him, one he wouldn’t want to take it back or exchange for the “right” one, was a collage photo frame of our years together.

GorillaPod - The Original

GorillaPod – The Original

While sorting through our photos, I had a difficult time finding photos of us together. Sure, there were plenty ofย  just me or just him in front of some monument or goofing off on some trip, but the ones of us together were few and far between. With our latest trip to the Sequoia’s scheduled, we decided to remedy this problem. For just under $25 we found a solution to our photo problem; the GorillaPod.

Okay, some of you are thinking, “Why don’t you just ask strangers to take photos for you?” We’ve done this in the past when there were people around to ask. But, sometimes strangers can’t focus the camera, or maybe we don’t want to bother others, especially if they don’t speak our language. Yet the biggest advantage of the GorillaPod is taking photos in remote areas, like when we’re hiking or camping. There may not be very many people around to help out, and taking a tripod is a bit cumbersome if I’m already carrying a day pack and water.

The GorillaPod is small enough to fit into a small pack or Mr. LH’s pocket. It’s flexible enough to wrap around a tree branch, and with three slip-resistant legs and feet you can prop it up on almost anything. The non-slip nodules help it grip around smooth surfaces. It also has a locking clasp, just like a tripod, that screws into the bottom of most camera’s, including my Canon PowerShot. On a side note, I’m not so sure I’d feel comfortable attaching my more expensive, and larger, Canon T5i to it, though.

Mr. LH was able to figure out our camera’s timer, and this trip, we ended up with lot’s of photos of us together.

Like this one - GorillaPod was on a rock

Like this one – GorillaPod was on a rock

Do you think you’d use the GorillaPod?