Welcome to a Super-Short Mega Story writing challenge. Your challenge is to use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.
A couple of autumns back I spent a week on Rarotonga, where I took this slightly dramatic picture of a tropical storm looming.
Tropical rain approaching in Rarotonga.
Luckily I was able to get my camera packed away before the storm broke. It was an evocative moment; the feeling of oppression, the stillness – and then the rain, with its feeling of relief. A moment to inspire writing? Absolutely. You?
Every so often I happen to take a photo that I later find inspiring, one way or another. Like this beach scene from Petone, at the north end of Port Nicholson in New Zealand.
Petone Beach, Wellington district, New Zealand.
For me, in this scene, it’s the interplay of wind, of colour and of shape; an abstraction that gives rise to abstract ideas as much as to the memory of the day I took the picture. Hopefully you’ll find it inspiring too.
One of the less known facts about New Zealand’s colonial days is the fact that we shared what has become known as ‘Pacific rim’ culture – a colonial disapora, driven in part by the hunt for gold, that left places from Victoria to California with very similar look, feel and even people.
The historic precinct in Cromwell, central Otago.
This is the historic district of Cromwell, one of New Zealand’s gold-mining towns in the 1860s. See what I mean? I find that inspiring. Do you?
As far as New Zealanders are concerned there were two famous steamships that had their maiden voyages in 1912. One of them was the Titanic (obviously). The other was this one – SS Earnslaw.
SS Earnslaw approaching the Queenstown steamer wharf on Lake Wakipitu.
Unlike the Titanic, the Earnslaw’s still going – in fact, she is one of the oldest working steamships in the world. She was built in pieces in Dunedin and then assembled inland, at the south end of Lake Wakipitu, to serve the mail run and get mail and supplies to inland sheep stations along the coast of this zig-zag lake. She’s still doing it – and is a major tourist attraction. I think that story is one to inspire.
Ever since Peter Jackson filmed The Lord of The Rings in New Zealand, I’ve only ever been able to see the place in terms of its Tolkienish landscape. Mostly, anyway.
The Misty Mountains? Maybe…
This is a picture I took the ranges west of Lake Wakitipu, in the south of New Zealand’s South Island – actually Mount Bonpland and other peaks, rather than Caradhras, but you get the idea… Jackson actually filmed the Caradhras sequences a little further north, but the scenery’s all much of a muchness in this district. Inspiring? Absolutely.