Crimson’s Creative Challenge #15

Sunflower Dead

CCC #15

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
If you tag it #CCC others should be able to find it by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

Details of the photo are given, if relevant, below this line


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59 Responses to Crimson’s Creative Challenge #15

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    you know I love it… FUN FUN FUN dead flowers…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. As you know, sunflowers track the solar journey throughout the day. This is one of Crispina’s famous nighttime photo’s entitled: Sun Down.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. gahlearner says:

    Reblogged this on Flights of Fancy and commented:
    Here’s my offering for Crispina Kemp’s Crimson’s Creative Challenge #15:

    Decaying flower
    Harbinger of change to come
    Seeds dream up new life

    Liked by 3 people

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  5. Have tried a tame limerick, best spoken in your best Kenneth Williams accent at

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  6. Ramyani Bhattacharya says:

    “There are times when people as bright as the sunflower look down at their shadows, but looking at the sun is really our choice when whole world tries to languish us”
    I couldn’t think of anything else than this. Lol! Really my creativity is running away from me! 😂😂

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  10. Dale says:

    Yes, yes, pingback and link here (coz. yanno… just to make for sure 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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  13. Brian Bixby says:

    The volcanic eruption in Iceland was in its 48th day. We’d not seen a decent sun since the 8th day. Our sunflower garden had begun to die on the 16th day.

    Everything tasted of ashes. We all looked like dirty ghosts, pale from lack of sun, gray from falling ash.

    Even with the windows closed, the ash crept in. The vacuum cleaner died yesterday.

    The sheep are gray. A third are dead, the rest will die soon.

    And the saddest thing is seeing hope die out of my daughter’s eyes.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Brian, that’s … that’s … that’s unexpected. I’m not going to gush and say ‘love it’; it’s more than that.
      But I am going to turn the funnies on. Did your narrator get heckled by Hekla? 🙂

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        I was thinking more of that volcano with the godawfully long name that erupted a few years ago, but Hekla would do even better, humor aside, since it spewed poisonous fumes during one of its medieval eruptions.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        I confess, Hekla is the only name I remember. Though I believe there’s more than one Hekla in Iceland. Besides, it leant itself to ‘heckle’. Was it also Hekla (1, 2 or many) that caused the year without summer in 18-something?

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        The big Hekla’s in the south, and notorious for its large eruptions in historical times. The ash layers it puts down are used by archaeologists for dating.

        (Dating artifacts, not each other. I know one has to be weird to be an archaeologist, but getting turned on by volcanic ash . . . Nah.)

        It’s Tambora in what’s now Indonesia that erupted in 1815, putting so much ash in the atmosphere that the next year was called “Eighteen-Hundred-And-Froze-To-Death.”

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Tambora, that was the one. I thought after doing the send-thing, that to affect world-wide the eruption must have been close to equator. Hekla, number 1, 2, or one hundred, would only after us in the higher latitudes. 🙂
        And I shan’t take exception and get in a huff, but what’s wrong with dating an ash-layer?

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        You get naked with them, and they’re gone with the wind. It’s pretty much a one-night-stand-only type of relationship. It’s like being a necrophiliac with cremated remains; leaves a kind of acid taste behind.

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      • crimsonprose says:

        Great! I thank you for a raucous belly-laugh. Shouldn’t be allowed on a Sunday! 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • gahlearner says:

        Wow, that’s an excellent interpretation of the prompt. I’ve read about the year without summer from that volcano in the 19th century. I bet, even with our knowledge today it would be a frightening experience.

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  15. Here goes! I don’t know how you keep doing this with such unerring accuracy, but the prompts never fail to challenge, spur and inspire!

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  18. An unusual photo, Crispina. We tend to only see sunflowers when they’re bold and bright…this one, especially with the green hue lends itself well to the macabre 🙂


    • crimsonprose says:

      I found an entire field of them on my return from visiting a pair of old drainage mills, out in the marshss. The sunflowers’s field was the last 9or first, depending on direction0 of the farmer’s arable.

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      • That must have made for a very interesting sight 🙂

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      • crimsonprose says:

        It was. I took loads of photos, though only along the edge of the field. Would have been good to get a long shot, but for that I’d need to stand just slighter higher. Which means in excess of 6′, Which I’m not. And it’s the nature of marshlands to be kinda flat. Especially when once they formed the mudflats of an estuary. 🙂 Ho-hum. Ne’er mind.

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