Welcome to PhotoFlash!
Each week I will post a photograph (mine, so that means you get to deal with my artistic sensibilities or lack thereof). I’ll tell you where I took it, what my thoughts were at the time. Then you (anyone who’s interested) respond with a tiny bit of flash, whether essay or fiction, that’s inspired by that photograph. It doesn’t have to be about the photograph… take it wherever it leads your imagination! Just because it’s foliage doesn’t mean you need to write about flowers. I’ll post my own response to it in the comments sometime during the day.
Please feel free to post your ficlets on your own site and link back. Please feel free to pass this around to others! The more the merrier.
And now, PhotoFlash #2:
In April we took our camper down to Virginia and stayed at a campground near Fredericksburg. This was an optimal location for seeing friends, seeing sites in Virginia, and going into Washington DC. We spent one day at the National Zoo, and I swear, the animals were posing for me. I got several amazing shots, and this is just one of them from the large ape house.
The large ape house stinks, by the way. If you’ve never been in it, you should go, not just to see the amazing animals but also to experience it. You realize, as soon as you walk in, that these are creatures who have territory, and who recognize each other by odor and by very visceral things that we have forgotten as homo sapiens. I had all sorts of thoughts, as I went through, of what it might be like to be a shapeshifter who lives by scent being as important as sight.
The National Zoo also does a ton of research about primates, which was fascinating to read. They play video games. They interact. They are studied to help us understand intelligence and adaptation. And when I look at this big dude, I wonder if sometimes the gorillas study us in return.