Friday, July 27, 2012

For Real Toads: Transforming Fridays: ice

Hannah is challenging us to stretch our imaginations at the online writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.
This week's challenge is to write about snow and ice— such a wonderful topic in the middle of summer, and if we want to write from the human point of view, we must write as a person native to the area.
Therefore, I have chosen my point of view, and here he is: this is J.L.C. Gull, who appointed himself our guide when we were in Alaska.

Hey, you!

Yes, you people there
on that cruise ship!

Don’t worry,
it’s just me— J.L.
I want to show you
the glacier.

Come on, let’s go.

Did you know
glaciers are blue?

I’m not kidding,
c’mon, hurry.

There it is!

Look! Blue!


I like the little bits best.
This one’s mine today.

There’s my cousin Jeremy,
he seems to be
having trouble


And that one
isn’t big enough
for two. It won’t
offer any protection from...

 uh, oh, time to get out of here... any protection from killer whales...

P.S. I’ve been told killer whales (aka Orcas) like this one eat seagulls and line their nests with our feathers, then pick their teeth with our bones, but I'm not sure it's true, because I've never figured out where they nest.

Sure was fun talking to you folks on the ship. I like to hitch rides on ship railings sometimes, but I am happiest when a small piece of ice calves off the glacier, giving me a ship of my very own.

J.L.C. Gull, July, 2007
Photos by Richard Schear


Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful images with us. I loved the chatter of the gull.

Fran said...

Excellent and very funny! I didn't realise that glaziers were blue, there are some beautiful shots here too xxx

Jo said...

Now JL. you taught me something today: I never knew glaciers were blue OR that killer wales at gulls. Ergh! Thanks for the tour of something very foreign to an African person. Jo. PS Please tell Kay I wish her, Dick and lovely Lindy a wonderful, warm summer weekend!

Daydreamertoo said...

This is lovely. Reminded me of that 'other' pretty famous seagull Jonathan Livingstone. He was quite the character and another adventurer too.
Loved the amazing pics, very beautiful and, loved the story that J.L.C told to go with them too. :)

Peggy said...

Fun Kay. I took the view of a penguin for my poem. I loved seeing glaciers. And orca would really be special to see in the wild.

Grace said...

I like the point of delightful to see the blue glaciers, gull and killer whale ~ Thanks for sharing ~

Susan said...

Wow! To combine majestic pictures with the yelling of the gulls. I believe every bit of it!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

How wonderful that you saw Alaska......great photos, and cute patter.......I would love to take the train through the Denali game reserve.........

Hannah said...

Love your images and story-telling Kay!!! J.L. is a great character!! I really like this line: " I am happiest when a small piece of ice calves off the glacier, giving me a ship of my very own." Because I like how you use the word "calves," that is really interesting to me!

Great offering thank you so much for writing!!

Isadora Gruye said...

Killer whales are brutal, relentless hunters who follow whales for days until they tire and submit to being eaten. More often then not, all the Orcas eat is the jaw because they cannot chew through the blubber of the carcass anywhere else.

Ah nature! Your piece had a whimsical, coy tone which was refreshing. Thanks for posting!

Anders Woje Ellingsen said...

It is indeed a majestic nature. But all that frozen love ... (✿◠‿◠)

▌▲ AWE ▲▐

Mr Puddy said...

killer whales (aka Orcas) !...and he is black and white like me ! But I'm aka you know what I mean ; ) ....miss you Kay


Kim Nelson said...

How much fun was that? I got to enjoy a cruise without even boarding.

Susie Clevenger said...

I love the photos and the bird's view. This is so much fun and so creative!

Fireblossom said...

This is the cutest post ever, Kay! I loved it!