Friday Fictioneers 23rd November

Once again thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting our Friday Fictioneers challenge.

Our photoprompt is supplied by Dale Rogerson.

The Falls of Life.

The water runs clear, for now.
In a few months it will be red with blood and battered corpses of those who failed to return to the breeding ground to spawn.
Life is an upward struggle but instinct keeps the Salmon pressing onward and upstream, even if it is only to die so that their species may live.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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39 Responses to Friday Fictioneers 23rd November

  1. They’re willing to risk everything so that their species can live on. And ohh that last line! Great take on the prompt, Di.

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    The journey that Salmon make, always to return to the same breeding ground is miraculous. One of many natural stories that remind us what a unique and incredible planet we should be caring for.

    • It was the first thought that sprung to mind when I saw Dale’s photo. I’ve only seen documentaries about it, but remember the bloody frenzied water as they progressed on their journey. It is indeed a natural wonder.

  3. Sandra says:

    It is indeed a wonder to behold.

  4. Nova says:

    Love this! We are all living creatures, aiming to survive.

  5. ceayr says:

    Another of Nature’s miracles

  6. jillyfunnell says:

    This is a terrific take.

  7. The “for now” is perfectly ominous in tone, we know something horrible will come. But when the horror is just part of what keeps them alive, things seem less heart-ripping. Nature is a tricky one.

  8. Dale says:

    This was great, Di. I loved that you brought us into nature.

  9. I immediately thought of salmon too, slightly different take. I like yours. Nicely done.

  10. Aah, great minds and all that 🙂

  11. draliman says:

    The life and travels of the salmon are indeed quite astonishing.

  12. I am always amazed by their struggle to swim upstream. Nature is a miraculous thing. Well-told.

  13. Abhijit Ray says:

    True a many may not return. Bears are waiting as are humans.

  14. granonine says:

    Once they spawn, they die. I guess it must be worth it 🙂

  15. Fabulous take, every time I see the aftermath of the Salomon migration on the TV I think what a waste. Barring a few meals for the bears it’s devastation but that’s how nature wants it, I suppose.

  16. The incredible determination of the salmon, so their species may survive. Great piece on this cruel yet beautiful phenomenon.

  17. k rawson says:

    Great take. So true!

  18. 4963andypop says:

    What species will do, to carry on the line. Salmon jump, humans date. Grueling exercises to ensure the continuation of the species. 😊

  19. An inspiring story of the salmons’ annual journey- told with compassions.

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