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Five Days, Five Photos Challenge — Day Four


Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

In the early summer, our grove around the farmstead is decorated by clumps of Dame’s Rocket. The fragrance of the flowers is so nice. It’s a lightly-sweet floral scent, not musky or perfumy. That, along with the pink–and sometimes white–flowers, brightens the shadows under the trees. They’re a sure sign spring is in full force and summer is on the way.

The Dame’s Rocket I see every day reminds me to pay attention. Not just observing things, but paying attention to things. Sure, I can see the flowers are blooming, but they smell great, and there are more white flowers in some areas than in others. I try to remember to pay attention whenever I’m out walking around.

I suppose I should qualify what I’m paying attention to. I like to be aware of nature, and what is surrounding me in that realm. We have a wonderful walking trail accessible where I work. The path is paved, and meanders through a woodsy area preserved just outside a residential cluster of townhomes. I’ve seen many wildflowers bloom; I try to take pictures with my phone’s camera (crappy pics because I haven’t graduated to a smart phone yet) so I can look up the names of the flowers.

One day was particularly fun. On my lunchtime walk, I saw a number of wildflowers blooming for the first time this spring. Even more interesting was the wildlife. Red-winged blackbirds always trill around the ponds. Baby garter snakes slithered away from their sunning spots. Along other ponds, Canada geese hung out with goslings, and I caught sight of the back end of a snapping turtle as it fled into the pond from its sunning perch. Farther along the path, I stopped. Two wild turkey hens were using the path in front of me. If you’ve never seen wild turkeys, trust me when I say they’re big. They were shy enough to refuse to stay put while I got my phone ready to take a picture.

I hope you take the time to enjoy your surroundings. Nature is an excellent muse, and I’ve come up with some great solutions to dilemmas in my writing during my walks.

Enjoy the outdoors, wherever you are!

I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by Andrea Connolly, who shared wonderful images of the sea and sailing, along with great prose.

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive day
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!


Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

2 thoughts on “Five Days, Five Photos Challenge — Day Four

  1. What a lovely way to pass your lunch break. It sounds inspiring!

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    • It is. I don’t get out to walk every day, but it’s a really nice break from technical writing and my desk. There’s an abundance of wildflowers, trees, and assorted wildlife, so it winds up being more walking meditation than exercise 🙂

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