Writing

Desert tough

He was lost in the desert, dehydrating and hungry.

Cacti was tempting with their water reserve, but the thorns were so tough!

He was about to give up when he came across a baby cactus with small thorns, that would pierce his skin just lightly.

With his thirst finally quenched, he walked onward until he found a rattlesnake.

Snakes were his most dreaded animal – hideous, scary things!

The viper was on him, looking intensely, about to pounce.

Heart racing, he was faster and before she closed her fangs onto his skin, he grabbed her and had a bite, satisfying his hunger.

He was now the Snake Eater…


This post was written for the Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #6.

To enter the contest this week we had to do it in 2 steps. First, we had a couple of days to sign up to it. Then, a 2-word name of a bucking bull would be drawn for each contestant, which would then have another couple of days to come up with a 107-word 8-sentence history that included the 2 words of the bull’s name. And the theme was to be a fictional story about someone facing a challenge or a fear.

I liked the title of my bull and decided to keep the words together in the same order, so I created a story to go around it.

The winner for this contest was announced yesterday at the Carrot Ranch.

Congratulations to Kerry E.B. Black!

Good job to all the participants!

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Photography

Photo: Cee’s B&W Challenge – Older than 50

For this challenge, I was trying to find or take pictures of items in the house or man-made landmarks that were older than 50.

Then this morning, I learned that Saguaro cacti can live for about 200 years and they grow very slowly, reaching 1-1.5 inch after 10 years.
Some of them grow branches (or arms), which typically appear when they are about 95 to 100 years of age.

That information impressed me, remembering the ones I saw on my trips to Arizona and Mexico.

So I decided that’s what I would feature here, but it turned out I couldn’t find a really good picture of them.

The best one I found is the one below, which is very low resolution and in which unfortunately I managed to cut the top of it. 😦

Still… this Saguaro cactus with all of his arms seems to be much Older than 50.

Olderthan50

 

 

 


This post was written in response to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Older than 50

(funny fact, the first time I participated on a Cee’s B&W challenge was for a Older than 50 theme too… ;o)