Sunday, April 06, 2008

Caption This 65

Please caption this image
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London, Ontario, March 2008 [Click to embiggen]

Do you ever sit quietly off to the side and watch everyday folks go about their business? One of the reasons I became a journalist was because I particularly enjoyed the process. It forces you to become a sponge for detail as you try to remember not just the things you see, but the inferences that connect them all. It's how storytellers start to build the stories they share with the rest of us.

I saw this walker from way across the river. If I were a cartoonist, I'd draw a big empty bubble above the image, then fill it in. But I'm not a cartoonist, and I'm hoping you'll fill in the proverbial bubble.

Your turn: Please caption this image. Enter as often as you wish. Pet input is welcome, too. I'll announce winner next Sunday.

About last week's image of an oil slick: I took this picture in the cold, damp parking lot of a tired old Wendy's across the road from a tired old factory (click here for photo) during a brief pit stop here on the way home from Florida. It was a miserable day, yet this little slice of pavement-bound color seemed to call out to me. I almost fell on my face while composing it, though - I failed to pay attention to the coefficient of friction of wet, oil-slicked asphalt. The drive-through lady seemed amused.

Honorable menschens were many this week, thanks to a really strong cross-section of submissions. Here they are:
  • Killired: Fallen rainbow
  • Robin: City Slicker and Tears of a clown
  • Terri: Pretty slick photography
  • Jennifer: Blazin'
  • Sara: Joseph's oil coat of many colors
  • Heidi: Toxic Rainbow
  • Awareness: Fatal Attraction
  • Tiel Aisha Ansari: Slick moves
  • JC: Apocalypse
  • Mike Wood: Gasoline Alley
  • Steve: Iridesecration
  • Linda: When rainbows cry
And the winner is...Moi, for Troubled waters. This was hard to judge, because there were so many fantastic suggestions. Moi is a gifted photographer who never ceases to see the world just a little differently - so I kinda relate to her work. Please drop into her blog and send her a happy or two for sharing this gem.


Ontario Emperor said...

Caption? "Cold."

Incidentally, this is one of those times where a black and white picture (rather than a color one) is VERY effective.

Anna said...

Hi Carmi! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you like my pics. Anna C and I actually know each other outside of blogland. I love her blog because it keeps me up to date with the goings on in her family despite how far away we are from each other. Hope you're able to stop by my page more often. Let me know what you think!


Awareness said...

Spring in her step

Clearing winter cobwebs

Fresh Airing

Did I really survive it?

Power in Purpose

Anna said...

Again...I have nothing...I am just not very good at this captioning stuff!

Hope you are well and have a great week!

she said...

I heartily agree with the emperor. This picture wouldn't be half as effective if it were in colour. As it is, it's stark and drags the viewer in to the experience. Just wonderful.

fowgre said...

I think that one of things that got me interested in photography was my total inability to draw anything. Not that I'm any great shakes as a photographer, but the camera takes care of the mechanics for me at least.

Caption: "Pedestrian roads... why aren't there more?"

craziequeen said...

I am struggling to think of a caption, my dear.

The arrival of Spring always makes me this of the Jimmy Durante poem:

Spring is Sprung, The grass is riz,
I wonder where dah birdies is?
Dah birdies is on dah wing,
That's funny, I thought dah wing wuz on dah birdie.....

anyhoo - caption....caption....

'White Melts to Green'

oh, and Carmi? Hug that gorgeous pooch of yours one time for me!


Bob-kat said...

Hey Carmi! I like to watch people too and for the same reasons, it's the 'happenings' that go on, the samll moments that would otherwise go unoticed unless someone was watching.

That is such a great pic for monochrome. I suggest "The last white carpet" to mark the melting of your snow!

Karen Travels said...

This picture reminds me of when I lived in upstate NY and went walking along the river in a state park, even in winter. I just needed the fresh air.

So my caption is:

"Not waiting any longer"

"just do it" fits here too! LOL.

I really like the one someone posted: "spring in her step" - very fitting!!

Awareness said...

Creatures stirring

A journey begins with the first step.

Ruminative rambling

Contemplating the path less travelled.

Sonia said...

I am glad to have your visiting and nice commment on my place! Thank you!

Great winter photo!

Moi said...

thank you for the honor, Carmi. the caption thing on your blog is becoming addictive now!!! :)

I had a coupla captions doing rounds in my head for this one....

"walk the line", "walk tall"...but my real contribution for this one will be

"Take a hike!!!!" ;D lol!!!

Sleepypete said...

"Anyone seen a white shepherd dog in all this snow ?"

If I'm on my own at our Mall, I'll deliberately sit someplace where I can watch everyone go by. Being the stationary point in the midst of people rushing around is relaxing somehow.

Jennie said...

Thanks for the visit Carmi! I too am thinking "generation to generation" more often these day (the older I get, I think). I think the bubble over this girl's head reads "Darn car!" :)

JC said...

Against the wind

Dana said...

what an awesome pic, I love it!!

I'd call it "Snow Walks"..

"Quiet Days" or "Just Us"

Check out my blog when you get a sec.. I left you an award!!

Happy Monday :)

me said...

Milk, bread, taxes, fold laundry, pick up in-laws at airport, dinner…what to have, MIL hates ham…ham it is, call Sue, did I forget to lock the door?

Killired said...

i love snow pix taken in black n white.. i think i've told you that before...

thanks for the honorable mention! woo hoo!

as for this week... she is thinking...

"the price of gas really needs to come down, i'm tired of all this walking!"

Omykiss said...

Across the big divide ..

Heidi said...

Thanks for the "honorable menschen" for last week's caption contest!

As for this week... I see a "thought bubble" above this walker's head and first came up with "I think I can, I think I can..."


"Look out, Bikini! Here I come!"

Have a great rest of your week, Carmi!

barbie2be said...

we all walk alone

Omykiss said...

is that black blob a dog? it's certainly on a long leash if it is!

In the thought bubble the song 'will you no' come back agai' ... it's a scottish one ... maybe you know it?

Sara said...

over the river & through the woods to grandmother's house we go

June said...

How about "Solitude"

Jenty said...

"Where is it? I've been walking forever!"

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Praise God.

At least, that's what I'd be saying if I were her.

Dak-Ind said...

sometimes, you just need to walk alone.

Thumper said...

"These boots are made for walkin'..."

Mary Beth said...

"Have to get my oil checked ... need rosemary & thyme for dinner tonight ... will I ever fit into those jeans again ... DAMN it's cold!"

Sorry, when I walk, it's stream of conciousness:)

e-Mom said...

"Help! My dog just ran away with the leash!"

(Late for this party... but fun!)

kellys said...

Serenity is peaceful.

Darlene McDaniel said...

My caption: "Winter Peace"

Awareness said...

Picking up the pace in peace

lissa said...

If she had a thought bubble? It might say this:

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.

Hey, Laverne! Where'd you go?"

Okay, totally dating myself here but I couldn't help it...

Simply Scarlet said...

"Oh, there's my black boot!"

Anne said...

Walking a post