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Friday, May 16, 2014

Wednesday's Words on a Friday



On Wednesdays, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls

“Words for Wednesday”.

She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.

I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. rapture
2. sparrow
3. listening
4. immense
5. revelations
6. indigo

Here is my story:


As the days and weeks went on, Felix had many revelations
 
The calming pleasure of listening to water tumble over the rocky creek bed as he sat on the back porch at the end of a summer day, Gladiator dozing at his feet after chasing through the fields all day. 

The rapture of sunrises and sunsets, captured on film at just that perfect moment of gloriousness. 

Evening stars, diamond bright against the indigo sky.

The immense satisfaction of once again using real film instead of digital images.
He’d finally finished setting up his new darkroom, he’d learned long ago that he enjoyed developing his own prints, selecting the paper, watching the images emerge in the developer trays.

The day he saw the sparrow was particularly satisfying. For years Felix had watched sparrows in the city streets, hopping about the feet of diners at outdoor cafes, picking up crumbs of foods that weren’t at all suitable, cake, bread, doughnuts. 

Then one day, coming home after photographing the wildflowers in his field, Felix saw a sparrow on the low stone fence that bordered the creek. 
He quickly snapped a photo then watched to see what the bird did and where it went. 

He was delighted to see it foraging for insects and worms, then retreating to the safety of a shrub down by the water. Felix hoped the sparrow had a nest and family there. This was how birds should live.



7 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful and I too hope that little sparrow has a family to share his home under the shrub.
    We don't have sparrows over here in the West. They are 'verboten'. We do have swallows though and I love to watch them building nests under eaves etc.

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  2. I hope the sparrow builds a home a little higher.

    Felix rediscovered the ancient art of actually developing film. It must a rewarding feeling.

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  3. Mimsie; We have swallows here too, but not many and I don't see many sparrows in the suburbs. They are mostly in the city foraging crumbs around the feet of diners.

    Susan Kane; my younger son learned to develop film in high school and really enjoyed it, so I gave him my good camera when I bought digital. But he hasn't used it, it is gathering dust somewhere in his room. :(

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  4. Lovely, as always.

    I like to think that there are still a lot of people in the world who enjoy the artistic pleasures of developing their own photographs. It's something that always interested me, but I've never given it a whirl. There was even an article in our newspaper about a local fellow who does photography the truly old-fashioned way... with the metal plates. How cool is that?!

    Happy weekend!

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  5. Susan; the trouble with old fashioned film and developing is that film is getting hard to find and places to develop it the same. Setting up your own darkroom is beyond the cost of most people I know and wouldn't be worth the trouble if film cannot be obtained. This is one reason my son is not using my old camera.
    I think developing with the really old metal plates would be fascinating to see. For sure I didn't think anyone anywhere still did that.

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  6. Beautiful - his life is getting better and better :)

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  7. Jackie K; it isn't all sweetness and light just yet, there are shadows ahead.

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