Wordless Wednesday 30

If this photo brings to mind a memory or otherwise inspires you to do some writing, please share a comment below.


©2004 Allyson Latta

©2004 Allyson Latta


View more of my photos here.

And drop in on the following writer friends for further Wordlessness:

Carin Makuz (Matilda Magtree) (today)

Elizabeth Yeoman (Wunderkamera) (today)

Cheryl Andrews (today)

Kristen den Hartog (Blog of Green Gables) (today)



Recent Posts on Writing

Interview with Oonya Kempadoo, Grenada-based author and social development researcher

Seven Treasures, part 20: guest post by Hyacinthe Miller (president of the Writers’ Community of York Region)

Quotes on Memory & Memoir: first memory (Rudy Wiebe)

Quotes on Memory & Memoir: first-person narrative as cultural backtalk (Richard Hoffman)


  1. Cheryl says:

    Fabulous, Allyson … a fast moving train!

  2. Coral Jewell says:

    This photo brings back the memories of two trans-Australian train journeys. There are two stories here which I will attempt to pursue in my Grenada free time.


  3. carin says:

    I love the sharpness of that line where faces meet the blur of the passing scene. And the colours. A lot of metaphor here.

    Makes me think of travelling by train from Toronto to Edmonton, being amazed at the size of this beautiful country and loving every inch of it. Rocks, trees, rocks, trees, trees, trees, silos, wheat, wheat, wheat, silos… love it all.

    Do tell where this is!

    • Allyson Latta says:

      Wonderful that you see all this in the photo, Carin. I’m fond of it myself, for a few reasons. We were riding a steam train — the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in England.

      I’ve taken a trip across Canada by train too — Ottawa to Jasper, then Jasper to Vancouver. It’s spectacular. Everyone should take a long train ride at least once if they have the opportunity. It’s such a unique way of seeing the country.

  4. I love the sense of adventure and possibility, and the dynamic stillness of the man and child in contrast to the blur of green outside.

    • Allyson Latta says:

      I like the way you put this, Elizabeth, and that you saw “adventure and possibility” in the photo. I’ve always loved the way father and son are standing (unposed), in almost the same position in relation to the lens. And the blur was a happy accident — or should I admit that?

  5. I think this is one of my favourites of yours, Allyson. It’s really lovely. The clear against the blur, the relationship between parent and child…. And of course old-fashioned trains. Wonderful!

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