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:~)

Story Photo: The Walk

Instead of figuring out The Challenge or writing to the prompt of The Special Challenge, let’s doing something different today.

Let’s go for a walk.

It’s a lovely day. You are feeling very happy and relaxed on this walk. It’s nice to stretch your legs. As you move through this walk, click on the pictures to enlarge them. Use the back arrow to return to your walk.

You look up and see the beautiful trees branches reaching out to hold hands as you walk under them. They make you safe.

Along the way, you see that the plants are awakening from winter’s dark slumber. They make you smile.

Wow, look ahead of you! The white clouds are playing like sea nymphs in an ocean of blue sky. They make you laugh.

At the corner of the road, a tree stands. Its naked limbs curve in a frozen rhythmic dance that only they know. They make you sigh.

As you walk, you see winter’s leaves staining the sky like bold red lipstick on an old woman’s face. They make you stare.

Up ahead a group of giant oak trees with mossy beards whisper to each other as they stand guard. They make you curious.

Now, here’s the door.

I hope that your soul is soothed by this visual meditation of nature. I hope you’ve forgotten all the things you need to do and all the things you didn’t do. This is just NOW. Take a deep calming breath and enjoy the rest of your day:~)

Want to share?

What’s your preference — walking, running, biking or napping on the couch?

Where’s your favorite place to walk?

If you could take a walk any place in the world, where would you want to go?

Footprints in the sand

Happy New Year.

Wow. I can’t believe it’s already 2011. It’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it? I hope each of you will have a very happy and creative New Year!

For the first Story Photo post of this new year, I’m using a picture I took at the beach. I liked how these footprints were passing each other in the sand; like the proverbial “ships passing in the night.”

It made me wonder who made these footprints. I mean it’s obvious that one is human and the other a bird, but who were they and where were they going?

The Challenge

Using your imagination, what would say about these footprints?

As usual, I’m giving you some  questions to consider. You don’t have to answer all of them; they’re just to get the wheels of your imagination moving:

Who made the human’s footprint?

Who made the bird’s footprint?

Why were they going in opposite directions?

Where do you think each of them was going and why?

The Special Challenge

Imagine that the bird and the human stopped at one point and saw each other. Each can only say five words to the other. What would they say to each other?

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.

Quickie Challenges

What do you notice that’s different about the human footprint?

What do you notice about the bird’s footprint?

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

Story Photo: The Story of a Girl

A Frame

This is a frame I got for a present one year. It came with this picture inside it. I liked the picture so much that I’ve never taken it out of the frame:~)

Every time, I clean the table that holds this frame, I hesitate for a few minutes and look at the picture. It always captured my imagination. Over the years, I’ve thought of many different stories about the girl in the picture.

Your turn

Now, it’s your turn. This picture is the subject of the challenges today. I’m hoping your imagination will tell a story about this picture.

So, go ahead. Take a moment and study it. In addition to the girl, there’s a lot to see in this picture, if you look closely.

The Challenge

Since everyone is busy right now; I’m making this first challenge very easy. All you have to do is choose ONE of the following questions and answer it in the comment box:

What’s the name of the girl in the picture?

What’s she looking at above the bowl?

What is the purpose of the bowl in her hands? Is it water to drink or something else?

Why are there ships in the background?

What is the significance of the other things in the picture?

Who’s the other person in the picture?

The Special Challenge

You might need to take some time with this one, but that’s what makes it a “special challenge” :~) Using the questions above as a guide, tell a brief story about this picture in 100 words or less and leave your story in the comment box.

You don’t have to answer all of the above questions in your story. Also, if you feel like being a rebel, you can totally ignore them.

All I ask is that you use your imagination and let this picture tell a story.

The 2011 Calendar Giveaway (NOTE: This contest is now officially closed.)

Remember, if you want to enter the random drawing for my 2011 calendar, you must do the Special Challenge and you must include in your comment the words, “Calendar Special Challenge.” NOTE: You will only be entered into the drawing by putting all three words in your comment.

Even if you added your name into the calendar giveaway last week, you can do it again and double your chances of winning a calendar:~)

Posting Schedule

I will have posts up for  this coming Thursday, December 16, and next Thursday, December 23, but will not have a Story Photo post on December 27, 2010.

I wish everyone happy holidays:~)