Crimson’s Creative Challenge #52: The world turned on its head


The ground was autumn-crisp with leaves despite the heat. The oaks along the rivers’ edge black fingers, bare as winter.

‘Not right,’ muttered Clem, knocking the underbrush with his boot.

A fir cone tumbled through the dead leaves and came to rest against a fleshy crescent of Maid’s Bane fungus. Bluebell spikes shivered.

‘World’s turned on its head,’ said Clem.

The sheepdog, Tab, looked up at his master, uncertain.

Gramma Cora – all gums, mottled scalp and whiskers – had told tales when Clem was small. When winter takes summer’s hand, when spring lifts her skirts and dances autumn’s jig … He frowned how did that old rhyme end?

Tab came suddenly to heel, his flank quivering against Clem’s leg.

‘What is it, lad?’

A feather of snow fell on the back of his neck. Soon the ground was white, the air a haze.

‘The Final Winter shall fall,’ he whispered.


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge. It’s a pleasure to join in this week to help Crispina celebrate a year of CCC. Do visit here to join in – it’s huge fun.

11 thoughts on “Crimson’s Creative Challenge #52: The world turned on its head

  1. I like how you’ve picked up on the incongruous spring greening yet the carpet of autumnal leaves, and a suggestion of summer’s glint on the horizon… yet the mist chill to the air. And you’ve tied it up with a credible countryfolk’s saying. I nod. Excellent.


    1. Thank you very much Crispina ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you notice the fungus – Maiden’s Bane – invented in your honour, the Queen of Fungus Photography!


      1. My pleasure! You always manage to capture the beauty in those fascinating organisms, the fact that they seem neither quite vegetable, quite animal, their mysterious nature. If I could really name one after you, I would ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. I thank you, Lynn. They were the first life on Earth. Okay, maybe not the absolute first, yet they underpin all later development, a vast network that holds it all together.


      3. I only realised recently how important fungi are to plant growth – Monty Don is always sprinkling a fungal powder over plant roots on Gardeners World. Helps the plant develop and grow strongly. There was a BBC Four programme about fungi The Magic of Mushrooms a few years ago – fascinating.

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