CCY Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

I have so many pictures of trails and roads that I almost fell like cheating in this one, so easy it was to find a few.

The hardest part was to choose…

I almost decided to not to decide and went out to take new pictures specifically for this post, but the rain made me lazy.

So here are some leading lines, leading to different places…

A sunny trail
A sunny trail

 

A smoky flight
A smoky flight

 

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A snowy road

This post was written in response to the Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Leading Lines.

Back to the Future (or not…)

My story this week will be a reference (but with different facts) to the 1985 movie Back to the Future.


 

Marty McFly goes back in time, to the year his parents meet, but his appearance changed the course of events and mom and dad did not fall in love. It’s his job now to make sure they will meet and get together, to guarantee his own existence.

Time is running out, his siblings have already faded, if he fades as well, all will be lost.

He sets up a trail walk to see if mom and dad find the spark of their love. They walk,talk, chat and laugh together. Things seem promissing. But then dad says something that mom doesn’t like. They have a little fight and mom turns her back and goes away. Dad is also mad and won’t go after her.

Marty’s hopes start to go away, just like his parents and like himself. He is desperate. He stands in the middle of the trail, looking at each of his parents go in different directions.

He’s fading quickly. Time is up. The only thing left is the 1955 boots he borrowed from dad.


This post was written in response to the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge, based on the picture was kindly provided by Dawn M. Miller.

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To see other stories, click on the frog below:

 

 

 

The things we do for a book, take 2 – returning the book

About four weeks ago I told about my ‘little’ walk to get a book at the public library: The things we do for a book
Well… 4 weeks is the amount of time I can keep the book, meaning this week (more precisely tomorrow) I’d have to return the book back to the library.

So today I decided to go again, walking again, to return it.

My intention was to bring fully charged batteries with me this time as not to miss the chance to take a shot of the blue heron again, but when grabbing my camera, the batteries were out again and when I replacee them with my extra pair I realized they were almost running out too. Well… just almost, so there was hope, all I needed to do was not to even turn it on until I saw the heron.

But I saw none! 😦

No blue herons today.

Just a geese family:

A family of geese
A family of geese

The walk itself was a but shorter than last time, since I did not have to come back for my card.

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Today I was prepared: card, wallet, coconut water, camera (with little but some batteries) and the book of course.

The one thing I did not had on my way there was a little container. Why would I need that?

Because the trail was FULL and I really mean FULL of blackberries everywhere. Yummy, plump, sweet, tart and delicious blackberries.

Berry paradise
Berry paradise

So on my way to the Library I picked a few, but felt sad that without a container I would not be able to take advantage of such abundance to take some for later. I could only pick the ones I would be able to consume right there and right at that moment. And I did have a few.

Then, on the way back, about 60-70% of the entire trip, I started to feel the cruelty of the hot sun and decided to go for my coconut water.

While drinking my hydration pack of refreshing coconut water, looking at its little tetra-pack container I realized that once the water was gone (and it would be very soon) the water carton could easily become a berry container. Yay!

2 hours after leaving my office, I came back with a extremely red face, all sweaty, but happily carrying a little carton filled with black berries to munch after lunch.

Then, in spite of having a meeting only 20 minutes later, I went for a quick shower in the locker room and then to grab something on the cafeteria that was just about to close (I may have been their last customer). Needless to say I skipped the meeting :s

But for a great reason!

New trail

Today I was almost determined to not take any pictures during my walk and concentrate on the walk only.

But in the past couple years I just became a picture geek when walking, and having a camera (disguised as a phone) always with me does not help either.

So I do have pictures to show! Yay!

 

In regards to the walking, I started with a simple route on places I have been several times. But then, when I was about to enter the building again I checked the tracking app and realized I was just a bit short of 2 miles and decided to go around the building just to make it at least 2 miles. But among those buildings there are several side trails and I decided those were the ones I’d explore on my stretch to get to 2 miles.

And on doing so I even found a little hidden trail that I did not know about. It’s not long and it ends up weird if we try to follow it to the end (it hits the back wall of a building… :s) but it’s very nice and sort of recluse, being between tall trees and the fence to the freeway that passes by a few yards from there at a slightly lower level.

One more reason not to resist a few pictures, right? New trail!

The total distance traveled ended up being of about 2.5 miles:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green, take 2

I’m lucky enough to live and work on a place that is surrounded by woods, wetlands and lots of greenness (it’s not for nothing that we’re called the Evergreen state).

At my company campus there are also several running/walking trails, from which my favorite one is the one that goes through the woods, between the office buildings and a busy road.

So for this week’s photo challenge, I’m posting some of the pictures I took on my walks at the woody trail.

This post was the second response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Green, here is the first one.