It was early this morning, coffee not yet made, and I was just beginning to stir together some pancake batter, when I heard my partner’s muffled voice calling to me. He wanted me to come outside with him to see something exciting.
He had found a good sized turtle on our driveway, and wanted to share it with me.
I peered out of the open back door to see what was going on. And there, near the top of the drive, was a beautiful turtle just sunning himself in the steamy morning heat. There had been heavy rain this morning just before sunrise, but the clouds had long ago cleared out, turning our garden into a sauna.
Not yet dressed for encountering neighbors, I made the compromise between photography and modesty by snapping a photo from the porch.
But then I wanted to see more of this beautiful turtle. So I ventured a little further up the drive, camera aimed and ready.
Turtle had the instinct so many of us feel when we know we’re being watched. He decided it was time to move on. He took off at a turtle’s run for the shadowy roots of the Beech tree, disappearing before I could steal a third shot of him this morning.
I suppose we were both feeling a little modest, and I didn’t pursue him. I left him to his peaceful morning, and quickly headed back inside to mine.
But my partner was happy now that I had seen our morning visitor, and I was happy to have gotten a photo of him.
Yesterday Barbara, at Silver in the Barn, invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge ,which is quickly spreading across the blogosphere. I relish the relationships formed and connections found as we each write about our experiences and share our world through photos.
And so I made the commitment to accept Barbara’s challenge, and now pass that challenge on to Jenny at Jennifer Nichole Wells.
Jenny hosts the One Word Photo Challenge each week and takes amazing shots of miniatures which she creates and stages herself. Jenny always has interesting little stories about her miniature scenes. She is a natural to invite to this challenge. I hope she accepts.
This is a simple challenge: To participate, you simply post a photo each day for five consecutive days, and tell a story about each photo. The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose. Each day one must also nominate a fellow blogger to participate in the challenge.
So I’ve combined my first day of the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge with Jenny’s One Word Photo Challenge: Hot today.
“Hot” was a prescient pick for today. It has been hot and muggy all day long.
We’ve had summer temperatures this third week of May, when our highs are normally still in the 70’s. We topped out near 88 this afternoon. The only comfortable place was in the shade.
Huge, fluffy clouds were gathering by mid-day, and there is a possibility of thunderstorms again this evening.
We took a drive on the Colonial Parkway late this afternoon to watch the clouds build over the river. Once on Jamestown Island, in the deep shade, our car thermometer dropped to around 86. Even though it felt hot and muggy, with mayflies buzzing around and landing on me whenever we stopped to take a photo, the cool greens and blues of the landscape look cool. A slight breeze fluttered off of the river, barely lifting my hair.
Summer has settled early over us here in Virginia, and it is hot. That is the long and the short of our story for today.
With appreciation to Jennifer Nichole Wells for hosting the