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Today I am taking part in Rochelle Wisoff-Fields flash fiction challenge: Friday Fictioneers! This challenge asks that you write a story to go with the photo provided, using 100 words or less, and that the story has a beginning, middle and end…

One Old Book

The Library - Photo by Randy Maize

The Library – Photo by Randy Maize


Inside the library, tucked away in a dark, dusty corner, sat a very old book waiting for someone to reach out and open its pages. It was a special book. It contained great adventures that included a flying dog named Falkor.

The book sat in that dark and dusty corner because the children today spent little time in the library. Little electronic hand held devices were more important than reading.

Today, a small hand reached out, picked up the book, and dusted it off. Sitting down in a corner, she opened the book and found herself in the land of Phantásien.
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Thank you Rochelle for the challenge and to Randy Maize for the inspiring photo!

And, to you dear reader, thank you for taking a moment to stop by to visit! Have a fantastic Friday and be well! ^..^

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On the deck of a ship, imagine your eyes wandering along the jagged coastline in Alaska. You are looking for the white spots which indicate Bald Eagles. A movement near the water catches your eye, and heaving itself up onto the rocks you realize that you are viewing a sea lion. Then you notice the cluster of them covering the rocks! Click on the photos to see these amazing critters better!

With their noses pointing up in the air, I wonder what they smell…

Noses in the air

Noses in the air

The sea lions are along the rocks just above the water line!

Sea Lions on the point

Sea Lions on the point

As we sail through the passages, the sea lions swim near the ship. I caught a pair, with one looking at the ship, and another swimming away from the ship!

Swimming with the birds

Swimming with the birds

Heading away from us

Heading away from us

In the Skagway harbor, near the pier, a head pops up from the water. The sea lion is looking right at me!

Inside the Skagway Harbor

Inside the Skagway Harbor

We were so fortunate to see the amount of sea life that we did. If you have the opportunity to visit Alaska, I hope that you too get to enjoy the sea life too!

Thank you for dropping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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When we visited Glacier Bay and the College Fjords, one of the things that I noticed were the number of ice caves. These caves are openings where the melting waters of the glaciers flow into the channels. People do like to venture into these caves, which can be very dangerous, because at any time the cave can collapse. So, let’s explore these from a distance! Imagine the sound of rushing water…this is what we heard as we neared these caves!

Feel like exploring?

Feel like exploring?

Three caves

Three caves

Looking in

Looking in

Water running out of the cave

Water running out of the cave

Dark caves

Dark caves

Aren’t they cool? :)

Thank you for stopping in today, and I hope that you have a terrific Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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My Last Sunrise - Photo by Alastair Forbes

My Last Sunrise – Photo by Alastair Forbes

The photo of the sunrise through the trees hung on my bedroom wall. Little did I know when I took that photo, it would be the last sunrise I would ever see!

The day had been typical for me. I got up, had my morning cup of coffee, and then headed outdoors with my camera, which is when I snapped this photo. I had not seen the house with the three chimneys before, so of course I had to go investigate. It looked abandoned. I made the decision to return and explore the house after I got off work that day.

I looked forward to this all day. Returning home, I donned old clothes, grabbed the flashlight and headed out. When I got there, I noticed it was a run-down brick building. Trying the front door, I found it locked. As I started to turn away, I heard the door creak and saw that it was now open.

Curious, I headed in. The place was grand. It was then that I felt the cold breath on my neck as sharp teeth sunk in. I died that day. Now when I wake, the first thing I see is that last sunrise.
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Thanks go out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! This is a flash fiction challenge where Al provides a photo prompt and you get to write a story with a beginning, middle and end using 200 words or less. If you would care to join in, click on Sunday Photo Fiction above, which will get you there!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you enjoyed my little bit of flash! Have a splendid, relaxing Sunday! Be well! ^..^

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Xiao over at WordPress has chosen topic “angular” for this week’s photo challenge! As I love patterns, this is a perfect challenge for me! So here is my angular world!

We were visiting Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas, and when we stepped outside, and I looked up, I fell in love with the angles on the building at night!

Harrahs

Harrahs

At Hoover Dam, I stood under one of the towers and looked up. The angles on the tower were electric!

Inside the tower

Inside the tower

Inside the dam, there were interesting angles inside the generator room!

Generators

Generators

Angles are not always straight. Check out the shifting angles on this fern fiddle!

The fiddle of a fern in the rainforest

The fiddle of a fern in the rainforest

One of the most amazing displays of angles in nature was the basalt formation we discovered in Yellowstone National Park.

Geometry in a basalt formation

Geometry in a basalt formation

One final shot…this one: Lines of color!

Lines of color

Lines of color

I hope that you enjoyed my angular view of the world! Be sure to check out some of the other posts for their views of what they see as “angular.” You can get there by clicking HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fabulous Friday and weekend as well! Be well! ^..^

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My head is in the clouds today. Clouds can be dramatic, wispy and revealing! Let’s go and check it out, shall we?

Fingers across a glacier

Fingers across a glacier

Hovering over the mountains

Hovering over the mountains

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

Breaking through

Breaking through

Wispy

Wispy

Peaking through

Peaking through

Aren’t they just lovely?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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There is nothing more impressive than coming around a corner and finding yourself facing a glacier! I thought for today I would share some photos that I shot when I last visited the Mendenhall Glacier! This glacier 13 miles from the capital city of Juneau Alaska. The glacier is receding glacier. It has an area of about 37 square miles. So let’s take a look at this glacier!

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake

Mendenhall Glacier and Lake

Wind blows off the top of the glacier making this area 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding valley. The front facing edge of the glacier still calves and the resulting icebergs float on Mendenhall Lake.

Icebergs

Icebergs

As the ice melts, it carries with it glacial silt. This silt makes the water cloudy. It almost looks milky and this is why the call water carrying this silt Mother’s Milk. This photo shows you where the silt is mixing with the lake water…

Mother's milk

Mother’s milk

While the glacier might look as if it is just sitting there, it is not. It it constantly moving. As it moves it shapes the landscape around it. The rounded peaks surrounding this glacier have been smoothed by the moving ice.

Rounded mountain tops

Rounded mountain tops

This glacier is just one of the 38 that come off of the Juneau ice field. Nearby, a hiking trail takes you to a massive waterfall. To give you perspective of how large this waterfall is, check out how small the people seem to be as they stand viewing it.

Nugget Creek Falls

Nugget Creek Falls

Inside the visitor center there was a chunk of the glacier. It is 200 years old, and I got to touch it!

200 year old glacial ice

200 year old glacial ice

One final shot of a part of the glacier up close. On cloudy days the ice is blue. To give you an idea of the size of this glacier, see if you can find the rafters!

A close up of the glacier

A close up of the glacier

I hope that you enjoyed this little trip to the Mendenhall Glacier! Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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