Story Photo: Walled Garden

Fun Garden

This is a picture of a wall in a garden I regularly visit. This garden is fun because it has lots of different interesting places to see, including a few walled gardens that seem hidden from view until you find your way inside.

Today, we’re going to explore what’s behind this garden surrounded by a brick wall. Look closely and consider what you might find there.

The Challenge

Here are some questions to consider. Remember, you don’t have to answer all of them, but do pick at least two to answer in the comment box.

  • What plants live behind this wall?
  • What would you have to do to get past the wall?
  • Who created this walled garden and why?
  • What secrets are on the other side of the wall?
  • Who is waiting for you beyond the bricks and why?

The Special Challenge

For this challenge, I want you to imagine you’ve found your way inside this walled garden. As you look around, use the comment box to describe what you see. You can use the questions above to help you with this challenge or wing it on your own. Provide as much detail as you can. Make me, and the other readers, see what you see!

I will randomly pick two of the special challenge entries to feature in the next story photo post, including links. To participate, you must include the words, SPECIAL CHALLENGE, in your comment and your description must be 100 words or less.

No Time?

For those of you in a rush, here’s a couple of quick and easy questions?

What’s your favorite garden to visit?

What garden flower do you like best?

As always, have fun and be creative:~)

Story Photo: Say What?

Meet Josephine, she’s a distant relative of Joe and Tallulah, two squirrels that live in my yard. Josephine lives in the neighborhood. We surprised each other one day when I was taking a walk.

The Challenge

I snapped this photo of Josephine just as she was about to say something. Your challenge is to share what you think she said to me via the comment box.

That’s it. Have fun and enjoy!

Last week’s challenge: Old Picture

To answer all the “inquiring minds” out there, this picture is of my grandmother and was taken in the late 1800’s. She grew up in North Carolina and so I’m guessing that’s where the picture was taken. She is sitting in a wheelbarrow in her family’s garden.

While I didn’t know her well, my grandmother loved gardening and grew the most beautiful roses! She quickly learned that I was never meant to be gardener. So, she taught me the skill of using a peppermint stick as a straw to drink tea, cold and very sweet tea. Hey, I’m from the South. What do you expect?

In this picture, I was told that she is feeding two baby mockingbirds that had fallen from their nest. I was also told she is holding an eyedropper, but now that I’ve looked closer with a magnifying glass, I’m not so sure. It does look a bit like a needle as Alien Ghost questioned!!!

However, I’m sticking with the eyedropper. The idea that my grandmother might be smiling as she put baby birds out of their misery, instead of feeding them, doesn’t bode well for my family tree:~)

Special Challenge Daring Do’ers

This was tough. You didn’t make it easy on me and I wasn’t as specific as I usually am:~) Therefore, I’m including a few of you who didn’t do a “conversation,” but who did talk about what the birds might be saying. Here are the links to those who dared to take on last week’s “Special Challenge.”

Arts Web Show
Ellis/desk49 (note: Ellis is taking a blog break, but I recommend you look at his archives. He’s a great storyteller and poet.)
Ginny, Special Moments in Time
Hilary, Positive Letters…Inspirational Stories
Jean Sampson (I give Jean credit for participating, but I have no link for her)
Linda, From Roses to Rainbows
Patricia, Patricia’s Wisdom
Suzen, Today’s Path for a Healthier Tomorrow
Talon, Talon—barely scratching the surface

Thank you all for participating in this Story Photo Special Challenge:~)

Blog Update

New Schedule

I am adjusting my blog schedule.

Starting this Friday, March 18, 2011, my new schedule of posting will be Tuesdays and Fridays.

On Tuesdays, I will be continuing my Story Photo series. This means next week, the Story Photo post will be on Tuesday, March 22. I will unveil on the details about the picture of the girl with the birds. Is she feeding them or giving them the needle, as some who left comments wondered? I will also have links to those who did the Special Challenge.

Writing Challenges

On Fridays, I will be doing some creative writing posts and some of my usual “Thinking Thursdays” posts, except they obviously will not be called “Thinking Thursday.” I haven’t come up with a good, safe “F” word to accompany the Friday series yet. I welcome any ideas you might have.

Moving my schedule allows me to take advantage of some of the wonderful online writing challenges. They are making me stretch my writing skills, especially The Red Dress Club, for which most posts are limited to no more than 600 words.

Those of you who know me might laugh at this challenge; I’m not known to be short on words. It’s usually DIFFICULT for me to write anything in less than 900 words, but that’s the challenge:~) Can I do it or not?

The Complaint Department

I hope you will adjust to this new schedule. If not, send your complaints to the Complaint Department.

Be warned, however, that this page is under permanent construction as the employees keep going on strike.

I brought in a consultant to assist with these employee complaints. He has some very interesting tactics which he shares in this video. Keep your tongue in your cheek as you watch it:~)

Hopefully, I will see you tomorrow.

Happy day to all:~)

Story Photo: Old Picture

Old family picture

This is an old family picture that I’ve always liked. I see so much in the sepia images of this old picture, but I have to look closely. Can you see the two baby birds on her arm?

I’ve found that some pictures, more than others, take me beyond what I initially see in the picture. They make me curious and want to know more them. I think this picture is one of those.

I know the story of this picture and who the little girl is in it, but I’m curious about your take on it. So, take a closer look at this picture. What do you see? Does it make you curious? I hope so because that’s your challenge today.

The Challenge

I’ve given you a list of questions, which are meant to get the wheels of your imagination moving. Your challenge is to answer as many of these questions as you want and with as much detail as you want to share.

  1. What’s the name of this little girl and why is she so named?
  2. What’s she doing with the baby birds on her arm?
  3. Where do you suppose she is, given what you can see in the picture?
  4. What time period would you guess this picture was taken — 1700’s, 1800’s, 1900’s, or earlier?
  5. What’s a question I didn’t ask that you want to answer?

The Special Challenge

As always, I want to give you the chance to go a step further. Your special challenge today is to write a brief conversation between the girl in the picture and the birds on her arms. What’s she saying to the birds and what are they saying back to her?

NOTE: Those of you who try this Special Challenge will be acknowledged in my next Story Photo challenge along with a link to your site.

I will also share the history of this picture at the next Story Photo post.

Have fun with this. Let your imagination dance with your creativity:~)