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It’s Fall or Is it?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on October 29, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074  “A Writer’s Playground” –A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

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“It’s Fall or is It?” by Linda Martin Andersen

Here’s a writing prompt for you…

“It’s Fall or is It?”  The pictures below show something that doesn’t seem right.  Contrary to the norm.  A contradiction.  See definition here:  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contradiction

Irises usually bloom in spring.  I promise I photographed these the same day as the burn bushes glowing red with fall color.  How can this be?  Were the irises transplanted and then burst into bloom on a warm fall day?  I don’t know.  Any other thoughts?

Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

Burn bushes at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, NC. Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

Burn bushes at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, NC. Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

Iris in bloom at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, NC. Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen

Iris in bloom at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, NC. Copyright 2015, Linda Martin Andersen


Think of other contradictions you’ve seen or heard and use them to prompt a writing exercise.  Here are a few more suggestions:

  1. He’s rich. (referring to a homeless man)
  2. I can make it on my own. (Can anyone, really?)
  3. A lion who is cowardly (Wizard of Oz).  Other book characters?



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15 Responses to “It’s Fall or Is it?”

  1. Those irises are clearly late bloomers! I always feel a bit sorry for late bloomers – they look rather lonely, as all their friends have long since been and gone.

    • Good points, Annabelle. I have to admit there was a bed of white irises in bloom too, but I didn’t photograph them. I saw these first and they blew my mind.

      Your comment about late bloomers lead me to think of Leo the Late Bloomer. I imagine there are lots of other books based on this theme.

      Thanks for commenting! Great to have you here!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    These were pretty irises! Imagine how courageous they were to bloom at this time of year!

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Have you ever seen Indian Pipes? They are a complete contradiction in plant life. But I love them.

  4. I love these pictures and the thoughts they prompted. I LOVE this type of game and will be looking for examples of contradicitons on our drive home!

    • Carol, please share examples of contradictions you see along your ride, even if you can’t share until weeks from now. I’d love to hear what you observed. Glad you enjoyed this post. I enjoyed pulling it together. It’s a writer’s kind of fun–appropriate for “A Writer’s playground.”

  5. I’ll be back Saturday to read and comment more. 🙂

  6. Kathleen said

    Beautiful pictures Linda! I’m stumped about the irises too. Looks like a wonderful place for a stroll!

    • Hi Kathy,
      Another one stumped. Thanks for trying though. I agree–T.H. Broyhill Park is a great place to stroll. Beautiful too. I will have to share more photos sometime. I think you’ll like what you see. Thanks for commenting. A pleasure to have you here, as always!

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