Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 52

It’s been a full year since starting the prompt. Perhaps in hindsight, I should have picked something to honour the occasion, but I guess that wasn’t the case. I do want to give a big thanks to all that have taken the time to participate over the past year.

Each one of you have added so much depth and soul to these pictures. So, thank you.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 52 picture was taken on our first trip to Prince Edward Island back a few years ago. The picture, is pretty much as it looks. A older model Volkswagen van, decked out in colours and a paint job that could very well have been from 1969.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Flower In The Lily Pads

It sort of goes without saying and this is a gross understatement, but life does have a certain ebb and flow associated with it.

Things change and things stay the same. And often the more things change, the more they stay the same.

So, in this vain of “ebbage and flowage” so to speak, it has been an exceedingly long time(easily measured in months, if not years) since I’ve written or posted anything on a Sunday.

For those following along at home, this week starts a shortened pandemic/construction related crew change, where I now have Sunday and Monday off. The bonus is I’m done Saturday’s at 11:30am, which means I can be back home before 12:30pm. It’s like having an extra day off. Well, not really, but you get the idea.

In a post from last week, Lack of Wacky Motivation, I detailed where I was in terms of writing motivation or lack thereof.

So, on this warm and soon to be humid Sunday morning, I can proudly proclaim, I am focusing(as a minimum), to keep pounding away at the keyboard, even if it feels and ultimately is an exercise is self-inflicted agony. Which, it often is.

Moving right along, Lynn took this picture with her phone of a white water lily surrounded by lily pads, when we were on a trip to Algonquin Park last summer.

Now, I’m positive that there would be a few “folks” who would go “bat-shit crazy” simply over pictures of lily pads. I do however suspect, that there would be significant numbers that would be beyond hysterical(which is close to “bit-shit crazy”) for only the flowery water lily(sans lily pads), and a damn fine grouping who would be goofy for both.

The point is, the picture is of a single water lily within a grouping of lily pads.

But, the reality is, the white water lily blossom does make the picture so much more of well……… a picture.

And, from a botany perspective, the water lily blossom is exactly where it is supposed to be. In a pond surrounded by water lily pads. For those not sure, water lilies are not found growing in the middle of the street outside your home.

So, what is the point here?

It certainly can’t be a lecture delving into the life cycle of the (whatever the scientific Latin name is for water lily) – can it?

No – it isn’t.

Even if that one solitary flower in the picture wanted to bloom in the middle of Highway 400 – it couldn’t. It simply wouldn’t thrive at all. In fact, it would die.

My brilliant deduction is this – that solitary water lily flower is blooming and thriving because it is where it’s supposed to bloom. Pretty impressive conclusion I must say.

And that’s what we need to focus on within the context of who we are as weird and often wacky individuals. Figure out where you’re supposed to be; get there and bloom.

If you’re supposed to be an artist – be an artist. Jump into the fray and do it with the greatest passion and vigor imaginable.

If the place you need to be is “writer’s land” – write like you are the one to write the last great love story ever to be told.

The water lily grows and thrives because it is where it is supposed to be.

You need, hell we all need to figure the same out for ourselves.

It makes no sense whatsoever, to stumble through life, slowly dying, by being something you’re not supposed to be.

It might not necessarily be that whole and often quoted “bloom where you are planted” deal. I have an idea about that, but it is better served in a another post.

If you’re destined to be a water lily, we need to be in a pond or lake to bloom and thrive. Not the middle of Highway 400.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Lack of Wacky Motivation

For the life of me, Ontario has to be one of the wackiest places to live, certainly within Canada. Perhaps even the wackiest spot of the planet.

Yes, I know you are likely sitting in one of your comfy and “oh my god I could live here forever” living room recliners and be thinking, “you have no concept of wacky – let me tell ya.”

Fair enough. And, if you’re telling me that your area of the universe is more wacky than mine, who am I to dispute that?

Nevertheless, wacky tends to be a rather broad word in terms of its definition. In fact, using the word wacky allows one to head off is just about any direction that “wacky” could possibly go.

So, where is this post going?

Excellent question. Glad you asked.

Part of our wackiness(at least from where I sit) stems from our localized weather that can go from snow one day to temperatures in the high 20 degrees Celsius the next.

And along with that, a provincial government that flip-flops more constantly than a fish out of water who’s trying desperately to flop off the dock and back into the lake.

But, putting all of that aside for the moment, for yours truly, the wackiness flows out of the all too often lack of motivation to produce much in terms of creative endeavours – art(drawing and painting) and writing(blogging).

So, perhaps wacky isn’t the correct word or theme for this post.

But, as I sat down this morning to pound out something the on the keyboard, wacky was fortunately or unfortunately the one word or idea that more or less flashed in front of my eyes.

After our daughter headed off the college(like moved out and moved to the east coast), we downsized from our century home to a much smaller and to what is often termed as a “working man’s cottage.” Smaller as in two bedrooms and 750 square feet. I often tell people that our place is so small, that in order to change your mind you have to go outside to do it.

However, it did come with an actual art studio/writing refuge in the backyard.

Now, although the “studio” has electric heat, I don’t normally come out here early in the morning, this is until the weather gets sufficiently warm. which it has been for the past week or so.

This is where I headed this morning at 6:30am to change the environment up to touch to see if a new creative location might help.

Over the past year or perhaps eight months or so, my motivation to certainly write and blog has taken a significant hit. Even when the motivation is there, finding a topic to blabber on about seems almost impossible.

I’m not entirely sure why.

Part of the reason I think is that I’ve created in the neighbourhood of 475 posts since the beginning of 2020. Granted a large number of them have been reblogs from participants in “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” and a few of my own reblogs of previously written pieces.

Nevertheless, it does feel like I drained the “idea well” of things to blog about.

Which isn’t true at all, cause there are a ton of things I would love to delve into blogging wise.

The second thing is I think the pandemic has simply knocked my mental and emotional wellness around at times. Likely, as I suspect it has for many of you as well.

Lynn and I for some reason, just can’t seem to get our bloody act together to schedule a hike or adventure. I understand there have been so many COVID restrictions in Ontario over the past year, that one needs a program and computer spreadsheet to keep track of them.

All of that taken and lumped together has baked itself into this “got no damn motivation” scenario.

So, back to “where is this post going?”

Well, I think the post has taken us to this point and wonderful conclusion.

Certainly, changing up the scenery to get inspired out in the “studio” helped for sure. It must of done something positive, because I wrote this post out here.

Perhaps most importantly, is to remember not to beat oneself up if things aren’t chugging along as they might have been a year and a half or two years ago. Global pandemics are kind of new to all of us and we all have had to navigate through environments and situations that we never had to before.

So, I need to remember to cut myself some slack.

But, in four weeks we’ll be on vacation and that is something to look forward to.

In addition, I’m hoping and praying that we will be able to head to the east coast(at least Nova Scotia) and visit our daughter in the first week of October.

Well, that’s it; that’s all folks; that’s all I got for now.

If you’re in the same boat as me of “diminished blogging and life motivation”, cut yourself some slack. It will all workout in the end.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 51 – Reblog From Sadje

Our first post for Week 51 post comes to us from Sadje.

As I’ve mentioned before, Sadje always send us top notch poetry or short works of prose for our “Tuesday Prompts.”

This week Sadje provides us with a gut-punching poem on what we’ve become as a “toss aside and throw away” society.

You can check out her entry here.

Thanks Sadje for taking part again this week.

Our next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 8.

Thanks.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 50 – Reblog From Tina Stewart Brakebill

Our next post for Week 50 post comes to us from a someone new to the prompt – Tina Stewart Brakebill.

Tina gives us a wonderful haiku about very strong emotions and memories evoked by that special smell that only books sitting on a shelf whether in an old bookstore or in our houses can provide.

You can check out her entry called Memory’s Scent.

Thanks Tina for stopping by and taking part. Hope to see you back real soon.

Our next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 8.

Thanks.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 50 – Reblog From Jen Goldie(J.E. Goldie Writes)

Our next entry for Week 50 comes from Jen Goldie(J.E. Goldie Writes).

Jen’s entry for Week 50, is a clever and fun short story of what transpires when a treasure trove of books is stumbled upon.

The title of the piece isThe Treasure Chest.

Thanks again so much to Jen for gracing us for Week 50. Be sure to check her blog and her work out.

The next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8.

Love to have you participate.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 51

It’s almost been a full year since starting the prompt. this one is the first for the month of June.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

We seem to have a theme going on here. Our Week 51 picture was also taken at the local salvage yard not far from the “old homestead.” The photograph pretty much is as it shows, although it has been edited heavily in terms of colour and texture.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Short and Sweet – Feeling Obligated

It’s a rather coolish Friday morning here at the “old homestead.”

Three days ago in our area of Ontario, the temperatures were cresting 30C. Today the temperature is projected to be about a third of that. Right now, it is only 4C outside and raining….yikes.

Lynn and I over the last week, have been trying to head on out hiking and walking as much as we can. As much as from the physical need to be active, but also from the mental wellness perspective as well.

For the last two Thursdays, we’ve climbed in the car and drove over to the Town of Collingwood to hike their extensive trail system. Collingwood and this area of south Georgian Bay, has one of the most extensive in town and slightly out of town trail systems in our area.

Given the pandemic restrictions and stuff over the past 15 months or so, we haven’t been as active in our hiking and outdoor adventures as we likely should have been. As such, it is taking a bit more time to shake off the rust, knee and hip pain than we normally might have.

Yesterday, we covered 7.5 to 8.0 kms along the Georgian Trail and a couple of shorters trails that connect with it.

The picture to the right are some yellow Lady Slipper we found along the edge of one of the smaller trails. They are wild orchids that are either very uncommon or common depending on where you live in the province.

It us took about and 1hour and 45 minutes to do, although for some reason it did seem longer than that.

Not exceedingly fast, but good I though for us, considering we need to get out more.

I can proudly report this morning that, the knee and hip pain that I had been experiencing the day after our hikes last week is hardly prevalent this morning.

So, I’m not sure why I’m posting this, other than I feel somewhat obligated to post some original content.

I get that this isn’t a post that you will hurriedly bookmark to come back and reread to motivate yourself to even greater deeds. It’s unlikely that I will even do that.

But, it does feel good to at least post something original, even if it isn’t too captivating. But, as I finish the post off, you know what?

I do feel pretty good about. And i’ll take that as a win for the team.

— as alway with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 50 – Reblog From Sadje

Our first post for Week 50 post comes to us from Sadje.

As I’ve mentioned before, Sadje always send us top notch poetry or short works of prose for our “Tuesday Prompts.”

This week Sadje provides us with a wonderful short story, albeit somewhat fanciful, on what might happen given a certain situation, if you are a book lover or not.

You can check out her entry here.

Thanks Sadje for taking part again this week.

Our next “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 1.

Thanks.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 50

Wow, hard to think that this is the last one for the month of May.

Nevertheless, it is Tuesday and that means “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt.”

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long-lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 50 picture was also taken at this local salvage yard not far from the “old homestead.” The photograph pretty much is as it shows. Old musty books on shelves.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • I’ll reblog your post on my blog when I get the notification
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —