Friday Fictioneers — Paint What You See

“Dennis,” the art teacher said, “you know that the purpose for bringing the class here to this scenic spot was for the students to paint photorealistic scenes of clouds over the water.”

“I know, Mrs. Briggs,” Dennis said.

“Then why have you painted cartoon animals, instead of clouds?” Mrs. Briggs asked sternly.

“You said that we should paint what we see,” Dennis said. “I see a walrus, an elephant standing on its hind legs, a mouse….”

“What is that?” Mrs. Briggs interrupted, pointing to a bright white cloud in the center of his canvas.

“That’s George Washington,” he said, beaming.

(100 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Bradley Harris.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Vista

When we lived in the city
Our home was surrounded by apartment buildings
We had no scenic views
Then we moved into the ‘burbs
And got a beautiful vista

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “vista” in exactly 29 words.

WPC — The Top of the World

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to “share an image of your happy place, a secret spot you love, or a faraway location you return to again and again.”

I love panoramic, scenic views and one of the best places around San Francisco to get a sweeping view of the area is at the top of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge north of the city. Known locally as Mount Tam, its elevation is 2,753 feet.

It’s not exactly a secret place, but it is a spot my wife and I love, and we go there every few months to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city and to savor the views. It’s a short hike from the parking lot up to the summit.

If you ever get to the Bay Area, be sure to put a visit to Mount Tam on your list.