Today, I have a special surprise for you. I have a guest writer and photographer for this Story Photo Challenge post:~) Let’s see if you can figure out who this person is.
- She’s a fantastic photographer. Her photos are so real that you feel as if you could almost touch what’s in the picture.
- She’s a very gifted writer who can create a character or capture an emotion so that the reader feels the life in her words.
- She’s had her poetry and short stories published, but her real love is writing novels and she’s currently working on getting a novel published!
- When I’m visiting other sites and find one of her comments, I know that she takes time to really read a person’s post and there’s always gentleness in the words she leaves behind.
- For me, she is a kindred spirit. I feel as if I’ve known her for ages and yet, we’ve never met. I think of her whenever I look up in the sky and see a hawk gliding through the air.
If you haven’t already guessed,my very special guest is Talon. I think you will enjoy her Story Photo post and challenges.
First, I have to thank Sara—one of the sweetest, most generous souls it’s been my pleasure to meet through the magic of the internet—for asking me to guest post. Sara’s heartfelt writing and her view of the world around her is always inspiring to me—as is her infectiously warm spirit. This guest post is a first for me and it’s exciting. I took this particular photo at the beginning of June and realized that while it might not be a photo everyone would appreciate upon first glance (or maybe the hundredth), it would be the perfect photograph to inspire me for a Story Photo Challenge.
Appearances can be deceptive. We’ve all heard those old sayings: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Appearances can be deceptive”. At first glance, this photo appears to be a spider making its way through the green world underworld of my garden/his home. Okay, I’m not positive he is really a “he” at all, but I think he is and I think his name is Harvey.
Harvey isn’t at all what he appears to be. If you find spiders ugly or scary, then you don’t really have to feel that way about Harvey because Harvey isn’t a spider. While he does belong to the same class as spiders (which include mites, ticks, and scorpions and, yes, those are all a bit scary, I’ll agree), Harvey is actually an animal that goes by the common name of Daddy Longlegs.
He’s actually a pretty cool animal to have around your garden. He isn’t poisonous and he’s not a deadly killer. He’s fascinating to watch as he manoeuvres about on his long legs (two of which are extra long and equipped with special sensors that let him know what’s up ahead. I wish we had those types of sensor, too!).
He does eat the eggs of small critters and creatures that enjoy feasting on garden plants and cleans up the dead bodies of those unfortunates who meet their demise there…so he’s a good guy who happens to look like a spider. Poor Harvey is often maligned and feared and, really, he’s not at all what you think he is upon first glance.
I think we’ve all been guilty of jumping to conclusions based on appearances. How could we not? We live in a society that prides itself more upon how we look than who we are.
For this Story Photo Challenge, I would love if you would share a time when you totally misjudged someone or something based on appearance. Some questions that come to mind:
- Did you feel badly afterward? Did it make you hesitate the next time you wanted to jump to conclusions?
- Was there ever a time when your first impression was right?
- If so, was the impression a negative one or a positive one? Did that make you jump to conclusions more or less in the future?
The Special Challenge
As a Special Challenge because Sara has such creative and clever commenters (alliteration works well sometimes, doesn’t it?) I would love if you would tell me exactly where Harvey was headed and what he was up to.
Thank you so much, Sara. This has been so fun! Taking photos is something I really enjoy—it’s one activity that brings me complete relaxation—and your Story Photo Challenge posts have made me appreciate even more the story (real or imagined) behind a simple photograph.
Photo Credit: Talon