Subtlety ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #25

Pacific Coast Highway, North of Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
There’s a subtle light
When the sun breaks through
Over a stormy sea
Far in the distance

The burst of amber
Draws the eye
With its shameless
Brazen vibrance

And then the reds
And the orange
Chime in
Look at me!

Look at me!

But I prefer
The subtler hues
Infusing the greys
And charcoals

The somber light
Hinting at the grandiose
While holding all the splendour
In quiet repose

Waves lapping
On the sandy shore
Long grass rustling
In the inky darkness

Whispered visions
To be leaned into
So not a single word
Is missed

Pacific Coast Highway
North of Santa Cruz
California, United States of America

Taken during travels, 2009

The Pic and a Word Challenge is a weekly creativity prompt offered Sunday mornings.

Each week I provide a photograph of mine along with a single word. The challenge? Use the pic and/or word as points of inspiration to create something — a photograph, a painting, prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, longread or just a few words. You are welcome to use these two elements (photograph and word) literally, thematically or metaphorically. If you create both images and words, all the better.

To participate:

  • Use any title you like
  • Your response can be words and/or an image
  • Better if the words are your own
  • You may use my image in your post, or any image you have created
  • Place the challenge’s Pic (if you use it for inspiration) and Word prominently in your post
  • Mention that you are responding to the Pic and a Word Challenge
  • Add a link to this post in your response

To help us find your response, you can also:

Each week, I’ll list the previous week’s responses at the end of the new challenge. I may also share some on my social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

Last week we tracked footfalls… This week, let’s explore subtle nature of things and beings… or, perhaps, something not so subtle at all.

Last week’s challenge: Footfalls

Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States of America
Challenge #24 ~ Footfalls
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #24 was Footfalls, along with this photograph of footprints in the sand dunes of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Three trackers posted their finds this past week. Thanks everyone! This week, have fun exploring subtlety.