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The Big Picture – Friday Fictioneers

Good Wednesday morning, my Readers.  Our esteemed leader, Rochelle, has offered up my picture this week.  I’m beyond flattered.  A few of you mentioned that you wanted a follow up of last week’s prompt, thing that I never do, partly because I’m not clever enough and it has never occurred to me to even do so, and mostly because this challenge is to create a stand-alone story in 100-words or less…

That said, this came to me and, though it stands alone (I hope) it can also be the next part (sorta).

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The Big Picture

She came to, befuddled, wondering how she ended up beside this small waterfall.  The last thing she remembered was leaning in to take a picture.

Where was her camera?  She rarely went anywhere without it.

Sitting on the bank, watching the water cascade over the rocks, she tried to piece together the last, what? How much time had passed?

She heard a voice but could not discern where it came from.

“You must stop looking at life simply through a camera lens.  You’re missing the big picture as you zoom in on the little bits.  Back up, you’ll see more.”




124 thoughts on “The Big Picture – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Dale,

    Rarely do I track with sequels in flash fiction. This one does stand alone so I give it not only a pass but applause. Good message for all of us. I’ve always been the photog in the family and feel that I saw too many holidays through the viewfinder.
    I hate to say it, because it goes against my usual thoughts and unwritten rules, but I think you need a sequel to this one. 😉 Well done.



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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I do know that. And I feel as you do. Glad you approve! (And kinda ironic, now that I think of it, that MY photo is used for this particular story 😉 )
      Oooohhh… well, I’ll just have to see what next week’s picture brings 😉
      So very glad you liked.

      Lotsa love,



  2. Q,

    Yay you! You made the sequel after all.

    And a clever one it is, filled with the language of a time where too many of us live inside the box of social media and forget to step out and to be . . yanno, humans.

    I usually don’t like happy endings, but this has a Kung Fu quality to it, so Imma have to say . . I love it!


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    • B,

      I did. But not too obvious one, eh?

      Clever? I’ll accept it. I am guilty of wanting to take that shot to remember something. Do I need to share so much? No. I can keep lots more for myself. And limit the picture taking as well.

      It’s happy/not happy; so, there’s that.


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      • Well yanno . . at the end of the day . . .

        Seriously though, it was more happy than not, as the character attains a level of enlightenment she had not considered previously. The mark of good storytelling is right smack dab in the middle of that discovery, so there’s that. 🙂


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  3. We can’t appreciate the center, if we don’t look (and live) the small details and the big picture.

    The voice is very wise, and a bit creepy, too… since we don’t quite know where it’s coming from, where our protagonist actually is, or how she got there…

    I hope she finds herself (and that we get to read the finding).

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  4. I used to video my son playing rugby sometimes, until one day someone said, why are you recording it to watch later when you could be actually watching it happen? It’s true, life in the moment is so much more vivid. We should all take a good look around us. PS my like button is not working properly or I would have ‘liked’ your post too.

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    • There is nothing wrong with videotaping a game or two – for your son to see! As long as it’s not all the time. And that person was rude to tell you so, by the way. I don’t believe it has to be all or nothing. I love photography too much to not. And I do want to preserve some memories for later, too.

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  5. I would most definitely back up, just to find the source of that voice 🙂

    I am appalled at how intrusive people have become into other people’s lives. Anything that draws a crowed will also have everyone pulling out his phone to take a video.

    And yes, we need to look at wonderful scenery without the camera once in a while.


  6. Great story, Dale. And I love the photo. It’s true. There are times when we just need to enjoy the scenery instead of getting caught up with taking photos. I remember trying to take a photo of a sunset and it seemed to me that the sun was dropping fast into the ocean. I wish I had just taken the moment and enjoyed watching it set. The most memorable image I have is of a swan in Lake Geneva with the moon striking it like a spotlight. I didn’t take a photo of it but it is forever imprinted on my mind. Our memories can be the best cameras, sometimes. Sorry for the lengthy comment.

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    • Thank you, Adele! So often true. I mean, it’s ok to occasionally try to snap a pic of a moment, as long as you don’t spend all your time with one eye in the viewfinder 😉
      And please. No comment is too lengthy 😉

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  7. Ah so this is where she ended up! I was one of those who wanted to know where she went 😀 I loved the last sentence – we do need to back up don’t we? Thank you for the lovely photo prompt as well 🙂

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  8. I have often heard that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the tree. The reverse is also true. What did she not see due to her concentration? Where is her camera? What hit her or what did she hit?
    Voices? From where? Ah, the story must go on. Good job Dale.

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