PhotoFlash #2

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:

A gorilla looks out at the viewer from his cage at the National Zoo.

Taken at the National Zoo, a gorilla watches me take his photograph.

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.

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About D. E. Atwood

When D.E. Atwood was in second grade, she finally grew tall enough to see the shelf above the mysteries in the bookmobile. She discovered a rich landscape of alternate worlds, magic, and space and has never looked back from the genres of fantasy and science fiction. When she was twelve, she declared that she was going to be a writer, and share the stories that she saw happening all around her. She wanted to create characters that others would care about, and that would touch their lives, like the books that she read had touched her own life. Today she has combined her interests, creating genre stories about the people who live next door, bringing magic into the world around us. When not writing, D.E. Atwood is a mother (to two children and a cat), a wife, a reader, a knitter, a systems administrator, a roleplayer, and a music aficionado. Sleep, she claims, is optional.
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One Response to PhotoFlash #2

  1. D. E. Atwood says:

    Since queuing up this post last week i have now seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes and now that’s all I can think of when I see this picture… I have to find something to write for this today.

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