The time is now!

Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest.

It started one morning when, while waiting to open the gates for the big celebration, his house was marked.

Guests went away, afraid of being close to the red mark. He and his family were doomed.

He knew it was time to change, but he was also afraid.
He could still save his family if he went away, but that would mean not seeing them ever again.

The spirits came to summon him. “I can’t decide when to change” was his answer.

“The time is now! Come.”

And so he did…

This post was written in response to 2 writing challenges:

  1. Mondays Finish the Story – Oct. 19th, 2015 -> with a prompt to start a story with the sentence “Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest” and be inspired by the picture below:
    To see other entries for MFtS, click the blue frog below

  2. 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – #Week171 -> with a prompt to include in the story the sentence “I can’t decide when to change

I also took the opportunity to write a brief continuation to my own The Red Mark, on which lots of people replied curious about what the mark means. Well, this 106 word story does not really explain much, but puts us one step ahead into finding out what it means… ;o)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I could be here talking eternally about changes that happened in my life. How I moved to a different country, how my life changed when I had my first kid. Then how it changed when I had my second kid! All the changes in jobs, including the many that happen on my current one (a new one, seemingly HUGE is about to happen again next month…).

But instead, I’ll show a change on something that’s external to me. One I have no say or control about. One that all I have to do about it is to observe.

I live in Washington state, USA, which is one of the states in the region we call the Pacific Northwest. Well… the PNW runs right along part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, meaning we have several active volcanos in the area. In our little piece of the world, most of the volcanos are quiet.

Except one!

Mt. St. Helens is the one that had the most recent eruption, in May 18th, 1980.

After the 1980 eruption, part of the area around the crater was preserved so scientists could study how nature recover itself from such a blast on its own.

Then, in 2005 and 2006, some increased activity was observed, releasing some pressure and creating a new dome at the crater.

The 2 pictures below were taken on visits I did to the mountain, in 2002 and then again in 2015, both in June, so same season.

In 2002 you could see some green showing up, but the dome was still pretty small.


13 years later, the scenery is still mostly brown and gray, but you can see much more greens and a much bigger dome.


In other areas of the National Park, we could see the difference in greenery even better, but unfortunately I didn’t have similar pictures from those areas to show.


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”