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A Challenge!

I received an email from a good friend  yesterday. She issued me a challenge, and not one to  turn down a challenge, I of course accepted. (Which she knew I would!) I also thought it would be fun. So, here’s the challenge.

Go to  and type in “royalty free pictures” for the search. Choose a picture from that search and write a story about it. Simple, right? Well yes and no. Some of the pictures that came up in that search were quite good. Some,  terrible. So below is the picture I choose. The story took a few more grey cells to produce.

As I am a great believer in sharing, I’d like to share this challenge with my dear readers. So, I am challenging YOU to do the same as I did. Choose the same picture or choose a different one. Using the “royalty free pictures” search makes it an even playing ground for us all, plus no one gets in trouble using royalty free photos. Write a story or poem about the picture. Then challenge your friends and readers!

Let me know what you thought about my little story. I’m always interested in what you have to say! And if you accept this challenge let me know, I would love to read what you wrote about the picture you chose!

Here’s the photo I choose.

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Mr. Red was always on the hunt for great feeders. He flew around all day just stopping by feeders to see what was in them, how fresh they were, and to take a little taste. That was his job. He took great pride in his job. For his flock it was of great importance. Because of Mr. Red the flock always knew where the best feeders were and they never went hungry. This was especially important in winter time, when food was scarce.

Today he found a wonderful feeder. There was even suet!  “This human knows how to treat his feathered friends”, thought Mr. Red.

Mr. Red hopped around keeping an eye out for danger. Just like his daddy Big Mr. Red taught him. He came from a long line of Mr. Reds’. It was a family tradition to become the Feed Finder of the flock.  Mr. Red’s daddy always taught him to hop around the feeder for a while, to make sure there were no cats around!  Cats were the natural enemies of his flock and unless the cat had a bell on it was hard to spot them till it was too late.

Hopping around seeking out danger was hard work! So Mr. Red tasted some more of that delicious suet. Looking around the yard  he didn’t see anything that looked like danger. But, a red bird couldn’t be too careful. It’s not like they blended in to the environment thought Mr. Red. They  stood out like little red beacons.

Mr. Red felt safe. He didn’t sense any danger. All though he kept hearing these strange clicking sounds. He knew the human was standing off to the side watching him. He also had a strange little box like thing he kept putting to his face. But, he didn’t feel like he was in danger from the human or his strange little clicking box. Humans  liked Mr. Red and his flock. They smiled whenever Mr Red showed up. Sometimes he couldn’t help but hop around and show off for the humans. They seemed to like this a lot when he did.

He heard his flock off in the distance. It was time to  go and find them, so he could show them the way to this feeder. Mr. Red just knew this was going to be a special feeder this winter.  It would always be full of fresh seed, and there would always be a yummy suet hanging not far away.  So off he went. When he came to his flock he told them all about the feeder and suet. He also  told them about the human and his clicking box, but told them there was nothing to fear. The flock was excited to see this wonderful feeder and taste the fresh seed!

So off they all flew towards the yard with the feeder. Mr. Red proudly leading the way. Knowing tomorrow he would be on another adventure to find more seed, because a red bird could never have too much seed.