Welcome dear Real Toads, this is Hannah bringing you Transforming Fridays!!
My intention is to stretch our imaginations beyond where we might normally explore in the area of our choices in point of view. In order to achieve this goal we’ll venture into each of the natural vegetation regions of the world! From the Tundra to the Rain Forest and beyond… :)
So some sweet serendipity came to me in the form of this really wonderfully old-smelling book, “the Classics Edition of the World Atlas-Hammond 1967.” My sister and I are helping my eighty-nine year old Grammy move to an assisted living home this summer that is closer to the two of us and in the process it has been great fun tripping down memory lane in the form of all the material treasures that hold so many memories for us!! This book is one of them and the excerpt below lives in it.
This week I offer you the, “Snow and Ice,” region of the world. Polar and Mountainous regions of perpetual ice and snow cover one-tenth of the earth’s land area. Windswept, always below freezing it can support life only peripherally, if at all.
(Oh, I wish you guys could smell this book!! Did I mention I love the odor of old books! ;)
For those of us feeling the heat of summer, I thought we might enjoy delving onto the ice!!
This in-flight photo from the IceTrek expedition shows the edge of the Larsen B Ice Shelf. The surface is melted, and ice flows off the edge like a waterfall. Photo Credit: Courtesy Ted Scambos and Rob Bauer, NSIDC.
The Cryosphere Glossary here’s a handy link if you have any questions or simply want to play with some arctic language.
(This thin sea ice has buckled Image courtesy Andy Mahoney and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder).
So here are some links to images of some of the typical animal and plant wildlife that one would find in the arctic region.
Here’s one of my favorites!
(Image/photo courtesy of the National Snow
and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder).
One could embody arctic sea-smoke or become the epitome of a giant slow moving alpine glacier. The choice is yours. The only rule is that if you’re going to choose to be human you must write from the POV of a native to that region and portray life from their particular view...
(Illanguau checks the sled before the group sets off again.Image courtesy Andy Mahoney and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder).
….or the perspective of one of their team of helpers!
(This paw print was left by a sled dog Image courtesy Andy Mahoney and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder).
Okay, call me a fibber! There are two other rules...write and link something brand spankin’ new...no sharing oldsies and above all...have so much fun!!!
:)’s to all poetic toads and peeps in the pond today!! I hope you enjoy this, I’m looking forward to finding out who each of you chooses to be and remember to hop around to everyone’s bloggy-pads, too, when you get the chance!!
Also, if you wish to dedicate your poems to details of global awareness with topics such as the decline in sea ice etc. feel free to “go there,” if you like.
Most of the images and information I’ve gathered is accredited to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, any additional information on such topics can be found there. It’s a great informational tool!
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.