My Last Photo in November

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted a prompt today that asks us to “post the last photo from your cameras SD card or the last photo from your phone taken on the 30th November.” Brian explained that all we have to do is…

1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th November.

2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.

3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do.

4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments.

5. Tag “The Last Photo” or #LastOnTheCard.

Okay then. Now I know that Brian said that no explanation is needed, but the last photo I took yesterday might seem a little weird. So I’m going to give just a little bit of an explanation.

We have a Google Home Hub in our family room that we primarily use for video calls with our kids. On Friday morning, the device’s video camera suddenly stopped working, so I called Google support and spent about four hours with various tech support folks trying to troubleshoot the problem. Unfortunately, they couldn’t come up with a resolution.

But early yesterday morning I received an email from a guy named Ian from Google. He provided detailed instructions and said that if I diligently followed his instructions, it should restore the video functionality on the device. So I followed his step-by-step instructions and, sure enough, the video capabilities were restored.

However, there was something new on the Hub’s display that was not there before. And so I took this photo, added the red arrow to highlight what I was talking about and emailed it to Ian.This morning I received an email from Ian, who wrote, “Hmm. That is odd. Lemme check with the team and I’ll get back to you.”

Sorry, my brief explanation went on a bit longer than I anticipated, but I felt I couldn’t just drop this photo on you cold turkey.

Fire in the Sky

B1D50389-3D79-4A4F-B8F4-F418C928F9ACWhen I saw today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt, “Fire in the Sky,” I had to post this picture I took from our kitchen window right around the time that my state, California, ordered its citizens to shelter-in-place in mid-March. I can’t think of a better photo to illustrate the notion of a fire in the sky, short of a literal fire in the sky, than this one. If you have something better, I challenge you to post it.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Wanderlust


6FF29E89-3087-4D4C-83A7-7A00F7B99A1EI look up at the night sky and see the full moon.

It triggers a sense of wonder at the vastness of the universe.

Are we Earthly humans alone among those who appreciate its splendor?

Am I alone in my wanderlust to know what is beyond the moon and the stars?

Oh to be a nomad exploring the universe

Rather than being tethered go this tired, old planet.

(68 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “nomad” in exactly 68 words. Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (moon). Image credit: vectorpouch at freepik.com83FA864D-B80F-4233-B0CC-5C02B1B1DF00

Friday Fictioneers — When I Die

D991EB91-E752-4FE3-B92A-E61DDCF17F04 All that remains of you is a crate filled with faded photographs. Mostly black and white snapshots of you, dad, and us kids. I’m going to sort through them and put them all in an album.

Looking at all of those pictures of you and us, though, got me thinking. I’ve taken thousands of pictures, but they’re all digital, all stored on a hard drive on my password-protected laptop. When I die, what will become of them? Will anyone ever see them, sort through them, and put them in an album? Or will they cease to exist, just like me?

(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Ted Strutz.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge — Grin

4FB3BD2C-BE16-4A37-816C-A41072528E3DI took this selfie of me this morning with a big grin on my face specifically for today’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge. The theme for the challenge is “grin.”

And you thought I was a serious guy. See, I can smile. I can clown around with the best of them. Just don’t get me started on politics or religion!

How about you? Let’s see that puss of yours with a big, fat, happy grin.