Wordless Wednesday photo: 80

Each week on Wordless Wednesday, bloggers around the world post a photo they’ve taken that tells a story. If my photo brings to mind a memory or inspires your creative writing, I hope you’ll share a comment below.


©2014 Allyson Latta

©2014 Allyson Latta


Scroll through more of my photos here.

And check out these Wordless Wednesday contributions from some of my (not typically wordless) writer friends.

Barbara Rose Lambert

Carin Makuz (Matilda Magtree)

Cheryl Andrews

Elizabeth Yeoman (Wunderkamera)

Allison Howard will return soon.


Recent posts on writing

Coming soon!: A contribution by author Alice Kuipers to my Seven Treasures series. Her latest novel, The Death of Us, was released last week and I had the pleasure of editing it.

Interview with NYC restaurateur and memoirist Gabrielle Hamilton (Parts 1 and 2)

Memoir as Survival: On writing Lorenzo’s Heart, guest post by Jennifer Massoni Pardini


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  1. carin says:

    Love it! And I can’t tell if the tarting up was done in real life or on-line. And I don’t care. Either eye — catch or create — is a clever one.

    And it is about TIME mermaids had a place to cross…

    • I didn’t do the tarting up, Carin, though I wish I’d thought of it. I spotted this creative sign and couldn’t resist taking a picture. Glad it struck you as it struck me. Someone has a sense of fun!

  2. Mary says:

    Hilarious, Allyson.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Oh … how delightful is this!!! Did you happen to see any mermaids crossing the road? Thanks for the chuckle on this wet and dreary day, Allyson.

  4. Oh this is definitely my laugh of the week! How wonderful. Where where where???

    • Taken near Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard this summer. There are people sunning on the beach and swimming just beyond, but I didn’t want them cluttering up the scene. Also, it’s along a bike path — we were riding from Edgartown to Oak Bluffs — and there were two colourful bikes attached to the post that I’d originally intended to include, but I realized that if I did, you wouldn’t see the “tarting up” (as Carin put it) very well from that distance.

  5. Oh, I LOVE this!! Did you see it somewhere in the Maritimes? I am now dying to go out and find a sign and do this to it.

    • Martha’s Vineyard, Elizabeth. See note above. The embellishment was quite elaborate — myriad coloured stickers. Someone had planned this carefully! I don’t know if it’s clear from the shot, but every scale in the mermaid’s tail is an individual sticker, as are the waves, fish, her hair, etc. I suppose it would wash off eventually? I wonder if the “artist” had that in mind, so that it wasn’t a permanent defacing. In any case, clever.

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