Story Photo: Nature Art

copyright Liz Lawson

Today, I have a special guest. Liz, from, is doing the Story Photo post. The picture above is one of hers. In addition to blogging, she’s a very good photographer. In her bio, there’s a link to her photos, if you want to take a look (and I recommend you do!)

I’ve been following Liz for some time. She writes about a variety of things. A few of my favorite posts are:  My Views on Bullies and Bullying, Strength, and The Art of Communication. One of the things I enjoy about Liz is that she’s always redecorating her site. It’s fun to visit because there’s always something new:~) Without further chatter from me, here’s Liz’s Story Photo post.

Big Lot

Commonly referred to as “the big lot”, this old thing is standing in the big pasture. It has gone from a steel awning with three walls to a mere structure that has been destroyed with high winds and human interference.

The old structure has been on my grandmother’s farm since she moved in over ten years ago, and it will be there undisturbed until it is made into stables for horses, but that discussion has been going on for a while.

I don’t think I want anything else to disturb it, though. I like things that are destroyed naturally sometimes – unless it affects someone or something else in a harmful way. I think this is because I feel like I’m a part of history, even if it’s only in the family. It’s just beautiful to me.

In the event that anything else does happen to it, I will always have more than a mental picture of what this structure once looked like. I love nature-made art.

The Photo Challenge

Here are a few questions I’d love to know your answer(s) to! You don’t have to answer all of them if you don’t want to!

  1. Do you live near anything you think of as a piece of history or nature-made art?
  2. If you could ask nature to turn anything into art, what would it be and why?
  3. If you could be nature for a day, what would you change in the world, and why would you change it?

I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this picture. Leave your answers in the comment box. Both Sara and I will reply!

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About Me

I’m a twenty year old Christian Texan. I live on my grandmother’s 55-acre farm and am a big sister to four siblings.

I don’t always fit in with others my age and tend to get along more with adults and guys. I also have a soft spot for animals and am willing to get dirty to help them out.

I started my current blog 2010.  Because of blogging, I recently changed my major from education to web design. If you visit my site, you’ll see I change the “look” frequently because I like to try new things.

Another hobby of mine is photography. I take pictures of things around the farm – mostly of trees, as they inspire me. You can check out some of my pictures by going here. I enjoy playing with and creating patterns called tessellations because I get a different outcome every time! I love it when I find a tessellation in nature on a tree, in the grass or even on an animal. I often use them on my website, too.

Story Photo: The Headless Parrot

The green parrot

Don’t worry. I’m not going gruesome on you. This green parrot is very much alive. I discovered him in Sandestin, Florida. The man who owns him takes pictures of people with his parrots.

It’s amazing what people will do on vacation:~) I saw both men and women, happily smiling, with parrots draped all over their heads, arms and shoulders.

Sometimes, it became a comedy act, especially when the parrots got stuck in someone hair and, of course, there was the OTHER danger of spooked birds.

The adults were more likely to get their picture taken, than the kids. This might be due to a smart photographer. He always set up his business near the pool bar:~) and usually business was very good!

I asked if I could take some pictures of the birds and the man readily agreed. When I got to this one, however, there was no head!!!

Your challenge

This leads me to your challenges today. Let me set the scene for you…

I am trying to convince this little guy to let me take his picture, head and all. He, on the other hand, doesn’t want me to take his picture.

See, we have the makings of a good story; there’s both conflict and tension in this challenge!

Option 1: For those in a rush…

Answer one or more of these questions in the comment box. Be sure to indicate which number or numbers you selected.

1) Why doesn’t he want his picture taken?
2) What would YOU do to get him to show himself?
3) Do you have any fond memories of parrots you’d like to share?

Option 2:  Let your creativity dance…

Write a brief dialogue between me and the bird. What do I say to convince him to let me take his picture? What does he say to me about why he doesn’t want his picture taken? Who wins? Keep this to 55 words or less.

NOTE:  You have a full week to play with this option. You can stop by, say hello, and come back when you’ve written the dialogue. Come on. I double-dare you:~) Prove to me the summer hasn’t dried up all those creative juices!

As always, have fun, be creative and enjoy!!!

Story Photo: Find the Quote

This is a picture taken in Switzerland of a pool in a park located in the center of a very big and active city. I sat at this park for quite awhile enjoying the peacefulness of this place.

I could hear the water tumbling over the rocks and falling into the pool below. As I sat watching and listening, the noisy sounds of the city began to fade. I became absorbed in this quiet scene.

Later when I returned home and saw this picture again, I remembered how I felt. I wrote the following quote to go with this picture. “Even when life is noisy, quiet moments can call to us like whispers. It’s up to us to listen for them.”

The Challenge

Head over to The Quote Garden, or your favorite site for finding quotes and pick a quote you think matches this picture.

Special Challenge

If you pick this challenge, be sure to put SPECIAL CHALLENGE with your comment, along with the number of which option you chose. BTW you are welcome to do both:~)

1) What quote would you write for this picture?

2) What poem would you like to share about this picture? Keep it under 55 words.

Quickie Challenges

Got a busy day and don’t have time to do the challenges?  You can still participate. Just answer one or more of the following questions about this picture. Be sure to include the question with your reply in the comment box.

  1. How does this picture make you feel?
  2. Is there a place where you live that you visit to be calm and peaceful? Describe it.
  3. When life is feeling very hectic for you, what brings you peacefulness?

Have fun, be creative and enjoy:~)