Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Transforming Fridays Take Two-Tundra

Hello toads and pond dwellers, Hannah here with your second edition of Transforming Fridays. Last round we explored the Arctic regions and this time we get to morph into  a bit of Tundra. Some of the creatures and land features are the same from these two regions so feel free to express yourself in the gray overlapping area if you wish. For instance, polar bears are in both regions.

The idea I wish to impress is the practice of writing in the POV of someone outside of yourself....plant, animal or a native to the area featured.

So, I’m happy to be opening up the old-great-smelling, “Classics Edition of the World Atlas-Hammond 1967” again for this brief excerpt on the tundra:

“The tundra of the far north is a place of mosses, lichens and stunted flowering plants and trees. About 6% of all land area is tundra, some rocky and barren and the rest covered with seasonally boggy earth over perpetually frozen subsoil, an area so marginal that only specially adapted life forms, such as reindeer, can live here.”


Wikimedia: File:800px-Map-Tundra.png

So, here is a list of tundra ecoregions, some of the possible choices for  the areas you will be inhabiting for your poems.

Sydkapp in Scoresby Sund, East Greenland; skull of Musc Ox in the foreground; vegetation is mostly Salix glauca, Russian research vessel MV MULTANOVSKIY in the fjord. (Wikimedia: Hannes Grobe, AWI).
Kongsfjorden from Blomstrandhalvøya, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen (Sval), Wikimedia: Sphinx (Sphinx 00:21, 12 August 2007 (UTC))

Caribou, wolves, musk-oxen, wild yak, arctic hare, lemming, red fox, mountain goat, the tundra swan...
Bewick's Swan, Jan. 2006, Saitama, (Wikimedia: Maga-chan)
The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou in North America, is a deer from the Arctic and Subarctic, (Wikipedia/Wikimedia), Male caribou in Alaska, (Dean Biggins (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).


...Just to name a few!!

Here’s a general image-list of wildlife,(Plants and animals that live in the tundra), that you can browse through to get an idea for POV. These are basic google images though so you may want to double check the copyright issues by going directly to the source of the image you’re interested in to find out if it can be shared.

Okay....enough of the jibber-jabber...right!!? You know the rules... 1. Have fun! 2. write something brand-new and link up below!

I look forward to reading you all...remember to visit the tundra at each other’s blogs and since it IS Friday....Have a wonderful weekend everyone!! I hope your days are filled to the brim with inspiration!!

Smiles!




19 comments:

sreeja harikrishnan said...

This prompt made me Google a little...thank you so much Hannah....

Kerry O'Connor said...

Wonderful to learn a little more about this spectacular region. Thanks, Hannah.

Marian said...

fascinating! the wheels are turning...

Susan said...


I pushed myself on this one and loved all I learned. Feared all I learned. I give no reasons in my poem, I just let the permafrost speak. Of course, I only wrote down one side of the story. The fact checkers won't mind . . . .

THANK YOU, HANNAH!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hannah, I so love your most interesting and mind-expanding prompts. I have an idea, will work on it and I'll be back. I so look forward to reading all the resulting work. I LOVE transforming Fridays!!!!!

Daydreamertoo said...

Love this prompt Hannah. Thanks!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Susan, your link leads back to Real Toads. Please try again.

Susan said...

Hi Kerry, Mea Culpa. #5 works, but #3 does not. Sorry. Can you remove #3?

I'm heading out to a 3-day oral/written storytelling workshop--it's nearby, but I may have some catching up to do here on Monday.

Have a good weekend!

Love, Susan

Ella said...

Cool prompt Hannah! I have walked on tundra in Alaska...I'll be back!
:D

Hannah said...

Oh, so neat, Ella!!

Thank you...EVERYONE for taking part in Transforming Friday!!

Sherry and Bren, I'm so glad you enjoy this idea so much!!

Sreeja, Susan and Kerry...I also had a wonderful time learning this afternoon as I chose a character!

BIG smiles to all...can't wait to read!!

Grandmother said...

Good one- we ARE one!

Peggy said...

I have to admit my mind is kind of blank when I think tundra. I honestly will give this one a try! I have been out of the loop due to a medical emergency but am getting back in a bit at at time. Let's see, what can I do with carabou, mosquitoes and oil pipelines?

BraCom (Bram) said...

very nice series love the bird and deer photo

Gemma Wiseman said...

I have taken some time, but I have so enjoyed this prompt! It led me into one magical tundra future!

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manicddaily said...

Sorry - I'm a bit late - and I'm not sure I've complied with the prompt - but I did have the fun part. k.

manicddaily said...

Sorry - I'm a bit late - and I'm not sure I've complied with the prompt - but I did have the fun part. k.

manicddaily said...

PS - thanks for the beautiful pics and, of course, the great info. k.

Fireblossom said...

Sorry I'm late! I have been working on this all weekend.