She drove as fast as she could. Her heart racing as fast as the car, the terrifying phone call replaying itself in her mind. As she checked the rear-view mirror, she lost focus for a second and the car swerved dangerously close the edge. She was close to tears, her mind working overtime, thinking of only the worst possible scenario.

She took a deep breath, tightened her grip on the steering wheel and also tightened her resolve. She couldn’t change anything now. She focused on the steep and winding road ahead of her and surged ahead, ready and yet so not ready for what she would find at the top.


This photo is my 4th submission for the 5 Stories / 5 Days Black and White Photo Challenge, as nominated by afairymind at The StoryTeller’s Abode. Make sure you check out her blog for some great stories and photography.

The rules of the 5 Photos-5 Stories challenge are:
1) To post a photo every day for 5 days
2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem)
3) To nominate a different person each day


Today, I’d like to ask Loretta at Safari of the Mind if she would like to join in this challenge. Loretta posts wonderful photos of food and great recipes that even I can follow πŸ˜‰ Β I know that she is keen to do more with her photography, so I would love for her to join us in this fun challenge.

This photo was taken in Queenstown (New Zealand), on the way up to the Remarkables where my friends were going snowboarding. Taken from a moving vehicle (you can see the blurred grasses up close) with my Olympus OMD EM5, 17mm lens (35mm equivalent), f/16, 1/60s, ISO400. I’ve posted about Queenstown a few times, what an amazing place!

As I usually do, I want to submit this photo to Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic – I’m so grateful that the amazing Lucile re-opened the clinic for us, the coolest photo nerds in town πŸ˜‰

x desleyjane




Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

38 replies on “So Not Ready

  1. Brilliant picture, Delsey! That’s a pretty spectacular view. πŸ™‚ I love your little story. You capture the emotions of the driver perfectly. My heart was in my throat when she started to lose control of the car! Really well written.

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  2. Queenstown is so beautiful isn’t it? The moment I saw the photo I was like ‘I know that place! I KNOW THAT PLACE!’
    I really like your short stories. They’re long enough for you to get into the characters but short enough to keep you thinking.

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      1. Yes they are quite short! I like them that way though. You include just enough information that it makes me think of all these possibilities.
        I was thinking ‘why is it so important for her to get up the top? Is she going to kill herself or has something happened to someone she loves? There was a phone call so it obviously happened to someone else.. What’s happened? Who is it? Her son? daughter? best friend? There are sooo many possibilities.

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          1. I’ve been really good, thank you. I’ve just gotten home from work and made myself a tea and I feel amazing. What about you? Is work keeping you hopping around the country or are you at home with Gidget?

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