WPC — Out of This World

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is to “share a photo that takes a familiar scene — a place you frequent, a face you know well, an activity you engage in regularly — and makes it look and feel like something out of this world.”

Alrighty then, let’s give it a go, shall we?

Here is the “otherworldly” photo. Can you tell what it is?
FA0EE9D5-F741-423D-851D-6EC11C0852E7No? How about now?
447CAE0A-F9A1-45B1-928B-72067EE1E05AStill not yet? Maybe this will help.
4CFD685F-8884-417C-952A-504569E4A993Okay, surely you’ll get it now.
AC6332ED-B10D-4FC0-ABC6-0B10678E3787Fine. Here’s the original, unfiltered image. It’s not at all out of this world. It’s just a close up of a gnarly tree trunk.
27685DAB-D508-4702-A7E6-BC665548CE0ADid you get it?

FFfAW — The Ant Hill

“Whoa! What the hell is that?” Jim asked.

“It’s an ant hill,” Mr. Stevens answered.

The students gathered around the tall formation. “I’ve never seen one that big,” Sharon said.

“I think you’re wrong, Mr. Stevens,” Brian said. “It’s the petrified remains of a tree trunk.”

“I agree with Brian,” Sally said. “It’s way too big to be an ant hill.”

“Actually,” Mr. Stevens explained, “some ants create soft, low hills out of dirt or sand. Others build towering creations of clay. Ant hills can range from less than an inch high to over ten feet high.”

“Ten feet high! Wow,” said Jim.

“Yes,” said Mr. Stevens. “Ant hills have many chambers connected by tunnels. These small rooms serve different purposes. During the day, worker ants work nearer the top of the ant hill to stay warm. At night, they move back to the lower chambers.

“How long did it take the ants to build this hill?” Brian asked.

But before Mr. Steven could answer, Brian began feverishly kicking down the entire ant hill.

(173 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yarnspinerr.