One-To-Three Photo Processing Challenge — November, 2022

For this monthly prompt from Kate at The Squirrel Chase, the idea is pick a photo you want to play with and process it using three different methods. The photo I’m featuring today is one I took of a gift basket I purchased for some friends of ours who were celebrating their wedding anniversary last month.

All processed photos were made using apps available for the iPhone at Apple’s App Store. Also, all images, including the original, were resized (shrunk) to make them quicker to load (and to take up less space in my WordPress media folder).

Original photo
Processed using the Prisma app.
Processed using Sketch Master
Processed using Waterbrush by BeCasso

Which image do you like best?

#WDYS — Beyond the Green Doors

Camilla had walked past the arched gate thousands of times, but the green doors had always been closed so she had never seen what was on the other side. But on this day, unlike every other day, the doors were flung open and Camilla could finally see what lay beyond the green doors.

Dare she step closer to the gate? Did she possess the courage to pass under the arch? It was so green and lush and beautifully manicured on the other side. The draw was magnetic. She felt she had no choice and Camilla left the gravel walkway on her side of the wall and stepped into a magical world on the other side.

Suddenly the green doors swung shut behind her. Camilla turned around and stared at the now closed doors, not sure what to make of it. She was scared, but at the same time, she felt compelled to move forward. She turned again and started walking deeper into the sculptured gardens.

No one ever heard from or saw Camilla after that day, and no one remembered seeing the green doors at the gate open ever again.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Mick Haupt @ Unsplash.

Truthful Tuesday — Time Flies

Di, of Pensitivity101, is once again sitting in for Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, for today’s Truthful Tuesday post. Her question is…

Do you find time goes faster as we age?

Hell yes. Take this year, for example. It’s already November. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2022 with great expectations. The reality of 2022 has not been so great, though.

I remember from my youth that days seemed to last forever. And years? Sheesh, the school year would start in September and end in June, when summer vacation would start. As a kid, September to June seemed like an eternity. Today, years — even decades — go by in the blink of an eye.

And holy cow, in two short months we’re going to be entering the 23rd year of the century. Wasn’t it just yesterday that everyone was panicking about Y2K, a widespread computer programming shortcut that was expected to cause extensive havoc around the globe as the year changed from 1999 to 2000? How quaint.

I don’t know the science behind clock time versus perceived time, but I do know that I absolutely perceive time to be zipping by much faster now that I’m an old fart than it did when I was a young stud.

Oh well, such is life.

My Last Photo — October ‘22

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in the month of October.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in October.

I took this photo on Sunday in the early evening as the sun was starting to set in the west. I noticed a tree with these very bright orange berry-like things all over it across the privacy fence that separates my property from my neighbor’s to the east. It’s not a particularly good or even interesting photo, but I realized, after looking at it in my iPhone’s photo library, that my shadow shows me holding up my iPhone and snapping the photo.

In case you’re interested, below is a close-up look at the berries on what turns out to be a Pyracantha Coccinea tree, commonly called a Firethorn tree. The berries are bitter and astringent, making them inedible when raw. But supposedly they can be cooked to make jellies, jams, sauces, and marmalade. I think I’ll take a pass on that.

Fandango’s Story Starter #70

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you a “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

Allison started laughing hysterically when she found out that…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.