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.”
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!!
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.