Story Photo Challenge: Happy Ending

I like happy endings. I get teased about this a lot because I will cheat and check the ending of a book before reading it. Some of you out there are probably groaning and saying to your computer screen, “What’s the fun in that?”

I will occasionally read a book with a not so happy ending, especially if the story is compelling, but it’s not my favorite form of entertainment. I prefer to read the last paragraph of a book with a big smile on my face.

In some ways, the same is true of my photographs. I don’t usually take distressing photographs. I appreciate others who do. For example, Dorothea Lange is one of my favorite photographers. I imagine it wasn’t easy to find too many happy photos in the depression.

That’s why the photograph above interests me. I’m not sure why I took it. Looking at it, you wouldn’t think a happy ending is possible. There are way too many feathers on the ground for this to be the case.

The challenge

Your challenge today is to write a happy ending for this picture. You can use any form of writing, but the limit is 50 words. Remember, you are only writing the ENDING.

To keep it simple, INCLUDE and respond to this line, “Although the picture appears to have an unhappy ending, here’s what really happened. …” This line will NOT be included in the word count. If you’re writing poetry, just add this line and continue with your poem.

BTW I realize you could just write “the story had a happy ending,” but what’s the fun in that? The idea of this challenge is to be creative and use your imagination:~)

Here’s my take on it:

Although the picture appears to have an unhappy ending, here’s what really happened…

Elfrida shed the gray feathers. They’d served their purpose. Until today, no elf from Ulthuan had used feathers to fly. She’d flow over Naggarond, home of the dangerous Dark Elves, without detection! Thanks to her, High Elves could now use feathers to escape the deadly raids by the Dark Elves.


You will have a full week to do this. Even if I put up my usual Thursday post, you are still welcome to add entries to this post. I give extra stars for those who make me laugh while reading their entry:~)

In next week’s Story Photo post, I will include links to the sites of all who dare to take on this “Happy Ending Challenge.” NOTE: You only get credit if you stay within the word count AND include the opening line, which is not included in the 50 words you have to write your happy ending.

Have fun, be creative and enjoy playing with words!

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: 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:~)