Photo prompt round-up: Stark #writephoto

Landscape of despair
Bare branches bleached and blighted
Reaching out for love
Lost, lonely and forsaken
A stark, joyless existence


A glimmer of hope
Painting possibility
Holding life and light
Shadowed depths the birthing ground
Multicoloured beauty grows

The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the road into Sheffield, at the gate to the moor and the path that leads to Barbrook. Beyond the trees is Big Moor, where we had encountered an adder and from which the shadows of the past had chased us one day.

Most of the year, these moorlands may seem bare and bleak to eyes and hearts that love them less than I, yet throughout the year, they are rich in life and colour. In spring, the greens are vivid, exuberant. Summer brings the purple glow of heather. Autumn sets the land aflame with scarlet and gold… while winter’s soft palette is russet and bronze, until the snows blanket the hills in bridal white, streaked with blue shadows.


Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week! Once again, there were too many reblog all of the posts, but they are all listed below, so please click on the links to read them and leave a comment for the author! Thank you too, to everyone who reblogged the prompt, round up and the individual responses!

Pingbacks do not always come through… and I can miss things too, so if you have written a post for this challenge and it does not appear in the round-up, please leave a link to your post in the comments and I will add it to the list.

A new prompt will be published later today. I will reblog as many contributions as space and time allows, as they come in… and all of them will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

As there are usually too many contributions to reblog all of them every week, and so that we can get to know their writers, I would like to invite all writephoto regulars to come and introduce themselves on the blog as my  guest! ‘Regulars’ does not mean you have to take part every week… Click here for details

Come and join in!


Many thanks to this weeks contributors:

Neel Anil Panicker


Tina Stewart Brakebill

Deborah’s Deliberations

Bobby Fairfield

Janette Bendle at What She Wrote

Kerfe at methodtwomadness

Roberta Eaton at Roberta Writes

Jordis Fasheh from Jordy’s Streamings

Bladud Fleas at The Moon is Rising

Kyt Wright

Hayley R. Hardman at The Story Files

Jan Malique at Strange Goings on in the Shed

A Heart for Africa

Michael at Morpeth Road

Hélène Vaillant at Willow Poetry

Suzanne at Being in Nature

Anita from Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie

Fandango at This, That and the Other

Di at pensitivity101

Craig Towsley at I Have Pretty Strong Convictions, I Guess

Penny Wilson Writes

Debbie Roth at Forgiving Connects

Dorinda Duclos at Night Owl Poetry

Deepa at Sync with Deep

Jo Hawk

Geoff Le Pard at Tangental

Yinglan at This is Another Story

Trent P. McDonald at Trent’s World

Ritu Bhathal at But I Smile Anyway

Piglet in Portugal

Alethea Kehas at Not Tomatoes

Marilyn Armstrong at Serendipity

Lilly at In the Silence of the Day

James Pyles at Powered by Robots

Reena Saxena

The Dark Netizen

Willow Willers at willowdot21

Em at Em’s World

Positive Side Of The Coin

Iain Kelly

Adele at Notes to Women

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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12 Responses to Photo prompt round-up: Stark #writephoto

  1. willowdot21 says:

    I do love the hope in your poem Sue . As ever the replies grow in amount and quality . Looking forward to today’s photo💜


  2. Gosh, Sue, the number of entries is amazing. I liked yours too.


  3. Ritu says:

    Wow!!! What a huge amount of entries!!!


  4. I love your take on this, Sue. ❤


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