There is a challenge called Five Photos, Five Stories.  I secretly hoped to be asked to participate in it. Looked like it was right up my alley.  Sure enough, Cee at  Cee’s Photography Blog asked me to join!

I have been following Cee and participating in her challenges for a while.  If you aren’t familiar with her and her beautiful work, I invite you to visit her.

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo (or more!)  each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!


I was not shooting alone at the dam. Garry was there too. I always find it interesting how similar — and different — we shoot the same scene. Some of our pictures are nearly identical.


For others, he finds a way to shoot it differently and it often works better than my way. (Not to be outdone, I pushed the limits of my camera to its 600 mm limit to capture details of the Great Blue Heron’s feathers. It’s a bit of a trick to overcome camera shake. It’s also very easy to lose the target entirely, have to back off and zero in on it again. The heavy use of the telephoto and frequent refocusing eats your battery in a big hurry.)


Because of his perch on the ledge, Garry got angles on the falls I couldn’t get. I’m much too chicken about falling. His fearlessness is impressive and scares the pants off me.


Nonetheless, I admire his derring-do. When I was young, I would do all kinds of crazy things to get a picture. I’m surprised I didn’t get run down by a truck or fall off the edge of a mountain. These days, nope, no way. But Garry will still go literally out on a ledge.


I leave the ledge to my better half. These are some of his pictures.

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive day

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

I got more than a little negative feedback initially, but eventually, quite a few of you have joined in. You’ve been sharing wonderful stories and beautiful images. I am so glad. This is an idea whose time has come.

It’s simple. Most of us have more than enough pictures to never run out and cameras and phones to take more whenever we want. I have more than 100,000 images in files, many of which I haven’t looked at for years. This is a great reason to go poking around in the archives of my life!

The Daily Prompt is dead. WordPress is not going to bring it back, so we all need to find something else to do. I like this. If you want to be realistic, the Daily Prompt wasn’t so great when it was “in full flower.” Many of the prompts were silly, morbid, and could be answered in a single word. This is more fun and seems to me what blogging is about — showing pictures and telling stories.

This being the final day of the Five Day, Five Story Challenge, anyone who wants to continue is welcome.

You are welcome to link with me. We can form a network of photo-and-story bloggers. If you send a pingback, I’ll accept your link. We can prompt ourselves and each other. We can make our own prompts. If you sign up for emails from me, you’ll know when a new one comes out.

I am subscribed to most of you already. If I’m not, let me know and I’ll fix it. Onward and upward!

Today’s Participants (I will keep adding to the list as your posts come out):

  1. Bright Eyes|Evil Squirrel’s Nest
  2. Photos and Stories behind them: In the Motorway Tunnel, Day 3
  3. FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES: Garden Fresh Greens ! (Day 3)
  5. FIVE PHOTOS FIVE STORIES: Let’s start with a Serendipitous Bang (DAY 4)
  6. Photos and Stories behind them – day four – The secret places in Bern the capital town of Switzerland
  7. I Went To A Carnival, And A Baseball Game Broke Out!

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22 replies

  1. I really haven’t bothered any with the text of this post. I’m sorry, there is no offence meant. I am just so taken by that first picture – I just lingered on it for a while. Wow!


  2. I can appreciate that. My children would roll their eyes when they saw me with my phone or camera out. I know what you mean about losing the subject with the zoom. Drives me nuts. Great shots though.


    • This kind of shooting is best done on a tripod, but birds and other wildlife don’t usually wait while you get set up. You also don’t know how much your hands shake until you are shooting with a super long lens and every twitch is exaggerated!


  3. Oh yes, Thanks for linking my post. It’s a great idea.


  4. I will be on Garry’s side on this issue, anything for a picture. My sons are so fed up with my photography. Though they both click beautiful pics on manual mode, never use auto but then they do it on very few occasion on the contrary I take picture without any occasion. Good you have a husband who shares and respects your passions. You both compliment each other.


  5. I think I would be OK looking down over a steep drop into water (Even if it was just ankle deep, it still looks like a soft landing). But looking down over a steep drop onto a hard surface makes me nauseous. Multi-story malls are notorious for having vertigo inducing lookout points…


    • And those glass elevators that crawl up the outside of buildings. Does anyone really LIKE that? Well, probably Garry would like it. I would not. Especially the glass floor thing. I need something solid underfoot or I freak out. Not as bad as spiders, but bad enough 🙂


  6. Beautiful photos but I’m with you Marilyn- I got nervous just seeing Garry out on that ledge!

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