Posted in Border hopping, Culture/History, Photo, Photo challenge

Travel theme – Costume

Let’s get the costume party started! – says Ailsa in this week’s travel theme photo challenge. And look who crossed my path 🙂
You are welcome to join in.

please click the photos for a larger image


Two charming ladies who gave out apples for free – so of course I asked them if they were poisoned. They simply smiled…


A merry musician, who invited watching children to join in.


And yes, it really is Shrek!


Lalala, I’m ignoring you!


<< under the button are more costumes.

Posted in Six word stories

Mirror of the Soul

My entry in the Six Word Story Challenge: Pets



please click the photo for a larger image

You’re most welcome to take a look at the other Pet stories.

Posted in Six word story challenges

Six Word Story Challenge: Pets

Big brown eyes look up at you, begging for attention. The whole body is shaking enthusiastically, the tail an able conductor. Next to it a hairy creature with green eyes, that stare at you with a piercing gaze. You feel a warm fur coat rub against your ankles and your heart melts – at least mine.

PETS – one adores them, the other abhors them. Some can never get enough of hugging and playing, caressing. Others get goose bumps at the thought of hair, scent, and turn away.

Stories abound by both sides. And I want to hear YOURS! 🙂


A pet (or companion animal) is an animal kept for a person’s company, as opposed to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals and sport animals which are kept for economic reasons. The most popular pets are noted for their attractive appearances and their loyal or playful personalities. Their pedigree may also be a factor.

In some cases pets may also provide their owners with benefits, such as providing companionship to elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. While some people believe in the physical and emotional benefits of owning a pet, scientists are currently working to verify these ideas with medical studies. There is now a medically approved class of “therapy animals”, mostly dogs, that are brought to visit confined humans. Pet therapy utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, and emotional goals with patients. Walking a dog can provide both the owner and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction.

The most popular pets are dogs and cats, but there are also rodent pets, such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, fancy rats, and guinea pigs; avian pets, such as canaries, parakeets, and parrots; reptile pets, such as turtles, lizards and snakes; aquatic pets, such as tropical fish and frogs; and arthropod pets, such as tarantulas and hermit crabs.

Enough information? 🙂

Then write a story about PETS in just six words. Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story. Or first write the story, and then make or search for a picture to go with it.

Here’s a Six Word Story by Ernest Hemingway.


Such an impact and unseen images in only six words…

Every two weeks on Wednesday I will post a new theme for this Six Word Story Challenge. Publish your Six Word Story on your own website/blog and paste the link to that post in a comment to this one here at Figments. I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.

Will you join me? Will you? Say you do :D  And share the challenge news!

Have fun writing,




Who’s next? :)

The next challenge will be posted on Wednesday, June 12. Doe je liever mee in het Nederlands, ga dan naar Verbeeld een Verhaal in Zes Woorden: Huisdieren.

Older stories:
130226 – Poverty
130313 – Spring
130327 – Writing

130410 – Light
130424 – Music
130515 – Transport


Posted in Animals, Photo, Photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

The places that we pass through day after day, or even once in a lifetime, leave in their small way, echoes and traces of themselves upon us. But so often when taking self portraits or pictures of friends, the places themselves become a soft blurred mush of indistinct semi-nothingness, the limelight stolen by our smiling faces. In today’s challenge, let’s turn the tables. Take a picture of someone as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or the foreground, the center of attention.

– so Pick challenges us.

In this photo I tried to capture the fascination on the guy’s face, while he watches the grim spectacle of a snake feeding on an (already dead) rat. It’s the way of nature, for to the snake this prey is as normal as a steak is to us: supper.


~ click the photo if you want to see a larger image ~

Go and have a look at other Backgrounds at WordPress.

Posted in Personal, Photo, Six Word Saturday

Changing my name to ‘Sarah’

My Saturday in six words:



Half a century on this planet has taught me much, but most of all to value family and friends. So in this special year I’ll be celebrating friendship – not by throwing a massive party, but by inviting small groups of friends for dinner, high tea, picnics and drinks throughout the year. Turning fifty isn’t bad at all! 😉

Happy Saturday x



< Click the button for more Six Word Saturday.

Posted in Nature, Photo, Photo challenge

Travel theme: Pathways


In dreams I dwell

among the trees

the Ancient Ones



~ please click the photo for a larger image ~

Let other Pathways lead you home…

Posted in Border hopping, Photo, Sunday Post

Sunday Post: Window

There are many windows in many forms. Windows to let the world in and windows to keep it out. Windows to bar, others to decorate. Will you look through mine?

~ please click the photos for a larger image ~

Check out other Windows at Jake Sprinter.

Posted in Animals, Culture/History, Nature, Photo, Photo challenge, Stories, Writing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

The bag on his shoulders grew heavier with each passing minute and his breath came in ragged gasps. Where was the way out of these cursed woods? Something howled in the distance and the man flinched. Was it a wolf? Were there even wolves in this area? He hurried onward but froze when the stars winked out as a grey shape passed over him on silent wings. He felt the owl’s golden eyes settle on him. The thumping in his chest was like thunder in his ears. Then light filtered through the trees. Could it be… Moving forward again he finally saw the crossing that would take him and his loot to safety.


Once again he had made his escape.


~ please click the photos for a larger image ~

Feel free to visit The Daily Post for more Escapes, a photo challenge by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

Posted in Animals, Nature, Photo, Six Word Saturday

Empty Nest Syndrome

My Saturday in six words:


DSC_5476 DSC_5488

The day after I shot these photos, the nest was empty. I don’t know whether they have flown off or if some predator bird got them. There were no feathers at the crime scene. My cat is innocent, that’s for sure. The weather has been so bad that he hasn’t gone outside for days.

How long do turtledoves stay in the nest, does anyone know? Is it possible they are still safe? I’d like to think so…

Have a safe weekend!

Related posts: 

< Click the button for more Six Word Saturday.