Hello! It's Wednesday, and I have a mini-field trip for you for [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday. I took the kids to Garden of the Gods on a drizzly spring day after a bit of a fail that was intended to be our actual "field trip." Unfortunately, our visit was cut short when it became a thunderstorm, but I did snatch a few pictures before we had to get back to the car.
The last is a yucca plant in bloom, and the second to last is a hummingbird I was stalking. It never got close enough for me to get a workable picture, but it kept buzzing the kids and I because we were near the feeder. Waiting it out didn't work, so we finally gave in and agreed we'd come back on a warmer day and try again.
As far as the yucca plant (otherwise known as soapweed, as Native Americans of the area - Utes - used it to make soaps and shampoos, in addition to thread, needles, medications, etc.), for most of the year those blossoms are hardened and brown. In fact, I love to find one full of seeds and give it to the kids as a rattle, of sorts. I've never really seen it in blossom, and I loved the juxtaposition with what I'm used to.
I hope to have some great photos for you over the course of the summer!
Now for some links:
I read this post just in time to make sure I fit it into my link post today! Andrew Leon, at Strange Pegs put together a book of short stories written by middle schoolers from a writing class he teaches at his son's school. It's a fundraiser for the school, and just sounds like such a neat project that I wanted to pass it on to everyone.
A friend posted this on Facebook and I was amused: S**t People Say to Writers
For you photogs out there, there's a local contest called Quintessential Colorado. I'm tempted to enter, just for the heck of it.
Need inspiration? Ghostwriter Dad wrote 34 Unexpected Places to Find Writing Inspiration
Cultural Weekly is having a Writing Contest. It closes May 30.
I just thought this was interesting: 7 Authors Who Almost Died
Any helpful links to pass along? Do you like a good fog or prefer you never have to deal with one? What color are your hummingbirds?
May you find your Muse.