The rules are simple – find a quote about the topic, and write or photograph something that relates to it.
“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”Marlene Dietrich
Benefits of Joining #WQWWC Community
- Showcase your writing and photography.
- Tell the stories that matter to you.
- Create more divergent posts by weaving in the words of others.
- Flex your mental muscles by matching your interests to a prompt theme.
- Make new friends.
- Build a blogger community.
Let’s Explore Exploration
“THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO LIVE IT, TO TASTE IT, TO EXPERIENCE TO THE UTMOST, TO REACH OUT EAGERLY AND WITHOUT FEAR FOR NEWER AND RICHER EXPERIENCE.”– ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
Summer is perfect for exploration. People explore caves, attics, museums, trails, mountains, cities, countries, seas. People travel to explore nature: rocks, trees, shells, plants, birds. They go on safaris, drive unfamiliar roads, learn new hobbies. They read books, write books, take pictures, make movies, record songs, paint pictures.
There is so much to explore this week. What are you up to?
“A JOURNEY IS LIKE MARRIAGE. THE CERTAIN WAY TO BE WRONG IS TO THINK YOU CONTROL IT.”– JOHN STEINBECK
Here’s my story.
In 2014 Arcadia books commissioned me to write a picture book about the history of Woodlake, CA. So I spent time exploring the town where I had moved in 2001. I visited homes and scanned their old pictures. I drove around the countryside with some of the people who lived there all their lives so I could get acquainted with the lay of the land. It was a great five months of exploration.
Here are some of the pictures I took that also go with Becky B.’s #TreeSquares. Like Natalie the Explorer, I plan to explore the rest of my life.
Woodlake and the Woodlake Valley is primarily agricultural. These fruit trees had to be protected in their early lives from frost by these little coats. The orange trees next to them are fine uncovered. They like a little cold weather. If it gets too cold, farmers turn on wind machines that howl all night until the sun warms the air to at least 33 degrees.
The other day I showed you a row of palm trees. This is another area of the countryside I explored with my friend Robert Edmiston. He wanted to show me ranches where there used to be dances and places that held special memories for him. This was one of the ranches. You can see what happens to palm trees after more than 100 years. They blow their tops.
Each year Elda School deteriorates a little more but in the twenty years we drove by it on nearly a daily basis, wind, rain, drought, or earthquakes did not bring it entirely to the ground. When I was there in May, it still stood.
“WE SHALL NOT CEASE FROM EXPLORATION, AND THE END OF ALL OUR EXPLORING WILL BE TO ARRIVE WHERE WE STARTED AND KNOW THE PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME.”– T. S. ELIOT
I’m also linking this up to Natalie the Explorer’s Weekend Coffee Share. You’ll want to see the wonderful photos she took while standing on water!
I’m so excited to announce that Cathy Cade will be hosting her friend Wendy Fletcher for August Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher is the leader of Cathy’s u3a writing group. For more information about Story Chat and how you can contribute, see my Story Chat page. Don’t forget that Gary A. Wilson’s story, “Sometimes a Miracle” is still open for comments.
The Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) is already coming up on our fifth post right here on my blog at 9:00 am on Friday. I can’t believe it’s been over a month! Thank you all for your many interesting responses. It’s been fun to travel all over the world through your posts. Please post on Cee’s blog until Friday.
What’s your exploration story? I’d love to hear about it.