Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Words for Wednesday

This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

 
This month the prompts will be posted here but provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton.  The prompts will include photographs taken by Margaret's friend Bill. .

This week's prompts are pictorial.  Thanks Bill:




Have fun. 

125 comments:

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    1. Gosia k: It is not mine, but Bill's photo and I agree. It is spectacular.

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    1. Bob Bushell: It is. I have a huge soft spot for the corvid family and they are hard to photograph.

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  3. For me?
    I can't tell you how much this means.
    You have my heart under lock and key, permanently imprisoned, and to know you share my love, brightens the greyest day.

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    1. Love it, EC. And the photo.

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    2. Terrific, EC. Lucky for us, your imagination has no limits. :)

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    3. i see you were thinking outside he bx, Very good

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    4. You do my pictures a great honor, EC. I have a big smile on my face.

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    5. Lovely words to lovely pictures. So good.
      And I'm just so happy, I found this challenge. It has made my life a little better.

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    6. Uglemor: We are glad you found the challenge too. And very happy that you have joined us.

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  4. Oh my goodness both photos are great, especially the first one I live close to a town also named Castle Rock. I'll be back! Before Christmas arrives too!

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    1. oking forward to reading your take on these photographs

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    2. Okay Margaret and EC I finally got my post in! Here it is because these photos are especially dear!
      http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2017/12/wfw-pictorial-style-and-merriness.html

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  5. He was imprisoned in the jail at Castle Rock with no hope of anyone paying his bail before the holidays. He also knew there wouldn't be any visitors. He received very poor treatment based upon the alleged crime he'd committed even though he was completely innocent. To top it off the food was beyond terrible. As he gazed out the open window through the bars thinking of ending it all, he saw a crow brought him the smallest red flower. He decided not to give up hope, not just yet.

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    1. great story and I am glad the Raven gave him hope.

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    2. Linda Starr: This is a lovely story. Hope is a precious gift.

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    3. thanks, yes hope conquers all

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    4. May he keep his hope up and go free soon!

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    5. Oh, I like this. There's always a ray of hope isn't there?

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  6. Hmmm...now that's different. I shall put my mind to it.

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    1. Different and now looking forward to what you come up with

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    2. only slightly confused: I am always happy to see where your mind takes you - and us.

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  7. Those are good! And could go so well together in a story.

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    1. And I hope you are going to let us know the story!

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    2. Alex J. Cavanaugh: They are good, and are creating some wonderful pieces already.

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    3. I think what I enjoyed most about these photos is how each one made me feel.

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  8. This are incredible word-provoking photos. I posted on my blog this time round. My Words are here. I posted the photos as well - with a link to Bill. If this is not allowed, just tell me, and I'll take them off again, but not immediately, as it is still Tuesday (late evening) in my part of the world. And I'll be off to bed very soon.

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    1. Would be lovley if you could copy your story here also

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    2. Uglemor: Of course it is not wrong. I will be over to read your story shortly. Sleep well (Wednesday morning here).

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    3. Thank you all for your kindness.

      Of course I can post my story here as well. Here goes:
      Jailhouse Rock ... this haunting tune was written while I sat incarcerated in Castle Rock City Jail. My crime was a petty one. I had been hunting crows with my old blunderbuss.

      I fell into a ditch, and broke my glasses. A bit later, I saw something black among the bushes, thinking it was one of those bloody crows, I pulled the trigger, only to realize - even before the hails had hit, that it was the priest having a pee. He survived the shot, but was unable to sit for a long, long time.

      I was convicted, and put into Castle Rock City Jail. I served my time, listening to Jailhouse Rock, and decided, that I too would become a famous guitar player. Well, I never did get famous, but I've earned my honest living as a guitarist in many a good rock band ever since.

      Now I'm old, waiting for death in a room not unlike the prison cell back then. And I'm looking at a painting in my room. Oh, the irony. It depicts an old crow in a sunlit field. Eyes half closed and its beak into the wind.

      I feel a sense of unity with this old crow. Soon, very soon, I'll stretch my wings and fly into the sunlight.

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    4. Brilliant story and thank you so much for adding it to Sue's site so all to read.

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  9. The old jail was haunted, or so they said. The spirits of those who’d been hanged there rattled chains in the middle of the night.

    Outside a raven frequented the exercise yard and loudly proclaimed his presence. He dropped a red rose every time he visited.

    Or so they said.

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    1. Marie Smith: I love it. And want to know more. The story of the raven could go so many places...

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    2. A very eerie jail that would be.

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    4. Short, but wonderful, Marie!

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    5. Thanks everyone. I wouldn’t want to serve time there!

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  10. I'm a sleek, jet corvid
    Some people think I'm morbid
    But I have a mushy place
    Right below my face
    And beauty such as this
    Deserves a corvid kiss

    Thank you, Bill, for this marvellous picture, which helped me get my poetry mojo up and running again :)

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    1. Not too sure if I want to be kissed by a Raven

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    2. jenny_o: A corvid kiss would be a privilege. Such intelligent birds...
      And HOORAY for finding your poetry mojo again.

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    3. Ravens are fascinating, i wouldn't mind meeting one that had a bit of a soft spot.

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    4. grinning! love this! and would love a corvid kiss!

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    5. A raven with a soft spot
      And a Donkey with poetry mojo
      Deserve praise from a blue Owl.

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  11. Okie-dokie...here I go...

    "The wild, unseasonal storm had arrived without warning causing havoc to all around. Humans, birds, animals, buildings and trees alike were not exempt from its indiscriminate path of destruction.

    Dumping hail the size of golf balls, its howling wind tore apart everything, giving no quarter; showing no mercy.

    Unprepared for the maelstrom, she’d found shelter in an old, dank, dark abandoned building.

    Fortunately, her laptop was in its leather case.

    The relic of days gone by had been the reason for her trek through the unfamiliar countryside.

    The first chapters of book she was writing about the history of the area were about the incarceration of convicts during the late 1800s.

    She smiled at the irony of her situation; at finding her own self sheltering in the confined space. If only its weathered walls could talk.

    Once the fury had abated she stepped outside.

    Looking worse for wear, a dishevelled raven barely took any notice of her. It was more interested in a sole red flower that had escaped the destructive squall."

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    1. great take on both of the photographs Lee

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    2. Lee: Love this. A wonderful use of the prompts.

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    3. PS....typo alert! Add a "the" before "book she was writing"!

      Sorry!!! :)

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    4. Very good, i want to read more about how she researches the book, what she finds out.

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    5. enjoyed this! great use of the photos!

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  12. Using the first photograph.
    My Grampa used to tell me stories of who on a Saturday night would get thrown into this tiny Castle Rock jail to sober up until the morning. Although Grampa never drank himself and he worked as hard as the other folk in his small town but on Saturday’s most of the men folk would congregate in the saloon and drink themselves into oblivion and every week wake up in Castle Rock jail. My Grampa used to go to the jail on Sunday’s and help them all stagger home to their wives.
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    Using the second photograph
    Do you mind! This is a very private moment. I wish to spend some time on my own with my life long sweetheart of 12 years. My grey surroundings reflect my mood but my spirit has been lifted as I see this one single red flower blooming where I buried Sonya. Now please retreat and respect my privacy at this sad time.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Great use of both prompts. I suspect the first was/is true in lots of areas.
      The second is sad and lovely.

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    2. Your jail story reminds me of how Otis used to end up in the Mayberry Jail most weekends.

      Such a bittersweet moment in your second story.

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    3. A beautiful story of the raven.

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    4. Well done, Margaret...on both counts. :)

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    5. Well turned stoires both of them.

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    6. Bravo, I enjoyed them both, great little stories to really!

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  13. I love those photos and the comment from Marie Smith.

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    1. Barbara Fisher: They are great aren't they? And I want Marie to write more. I am intrigued.

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  14. Interesting pictures. I'll put the subconscious to work and post something on Friday. For now, I have yet another Christmas morning tea to attend.

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    1. River: This year I have avoided all Christmas functions. So far anyway. Looking forward to seeing what your subconscious comes up with.

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  15. Hi Sue,

    Intriguing angle using the pictures. In fact, I'm raven over this one.

    Gary 😀

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: I will be over shortly.

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  17. Interesting. Rather like the photos and make up a story by them, it's different.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: It is interesting, and some lovely stories have come to light.

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  18. The pictures led me, and i'm not quite sure what will happen next.

    http://messymimismeanderings.blogspot.com/2017/12/cat-shelter-decor-wordless-wednesday.html

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    1. messymimi: I have off to see what wonders you have created.

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  19. Interesting photos and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Blogoratti: Bill's photos are great aren't they?

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  20. Placed behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. Lost within a system who would never listen. The crow his only link to the outside word. Its calling echoing at least twice a day. Sometimes three if he was lucky. But one day, it never came. Days turned to weeks and it never returned. The crow flew free, something he would never experience again.

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    1. Pat Hatt: This is achingly sad, but sooooo good.

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    2. I agree! Sad, but very good! Thanks for sharing. :)
      ~Jess

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  21. http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/12/words-for-wednesday.html

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    1. Jamie Ghione: I have been and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  22. The black evil crow looks so deathly in your second photo and yet the red flower somehow defies it, bright and alive - love it!

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    1. Spacer Guy: It is an amazing photo of Bill's isn't it? So many directions for minds to take flight.

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  23. Hi EC - Woo-oooo I say .. 93 comments - that photo from Bill looks evil - no wonder the poppy is red. There's more tales or moroseness in the raven and that prison ... cruelty too - as you say to Spacer Guy above .. amazing photo - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Woo-hoo indeed. I am very, very fond of the corvid family and think they get a bad press. They are intelligent and family minded birds.

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  24. I like the starkness of the crow image but they do signify a lot of dreadful things. It may be because they are black, it gives them an ominous look. Crows can remember faces and pass on information to their buddies too. . .like a bird hive-mind.

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    1. D.G Hudson: I have never thought of them as evil. I was fascinated to learn that they recognise faces/behaviour and teach it. Perhaps not hive-mind precisely but learned and intelligent behaviour. There was a lovely story a while back about a young girl who was brought presents by crows.

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  25. I probably won’t get to visit you again before the New Year so I just wanted to wish you a Very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018. Hugs Barbara

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    1. Barbara Fisher: Thank you so much. And the same to you and yours.

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  26. Great photo choices! So many directions to go with these!

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  27. I love both pictures, but that second one has my heart! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: And mine. I have a huge soft spot for the corvid family. They are too often sadly maligned.

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    2. Magic Love Crow: I knew you would.

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  28. Hope your Christmas is wondrous.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. And yours. And a new year to match.

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  29. That single spot of color on picture 2 speaks volumes. Hope your day is as amazing as you are! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: Thank you. I will settle for quiet and productive. Amazing sounds tiring. Hugs.

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  30. As striking as those photos are, I'm bowing out. Sorry. I don't feel I could do justice to them at the moment.
    May you be enjoying a summer-like holiday season.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Not a problem. It is indeed summer (though I am not enjoying it). I hope your holidays are blissful - and chocolate filled.

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  31. I do think picture two is amazing ...
    Well done to all those above, and on other blogs!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member: I agree. I think it is an incredible photo and love the directions it has taken people.

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  32. Greetings, from a few days past this posting, but I had to post something for both of these incredible photos, and blogging time was really missing for me until now! So here is my post for it! http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2017/12/wfw-pictorial-style-and-merriness.html

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    1. Karen S.: Thank you. I have been, I have marvelled.

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