It Depends on Your Point of View

Text and photo by Virginia Parker Staat

“Reality simply consists of different points of view.”
~ Margaret Atwood

It seemed like a good idea at the time. It’s wildflower season here in Texas, and each spring David and I take a trip to the Hill Country to find and photograph as many bluebonnet fields as we can. Because we store our truck camper at a friend’s farm in East Texas, it takes a day to pick it up and another to take it back. We were short on time this year, so we decided to tent camp instead.

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News from Member Michael Salomone

Vail, Colorado, member Michael Salomone has been busy. Among his projects were as a guest on an Upland Nation podcast with Scott Linden, where he talked about hunting “Blue” Grouse as well as a recent writing award he received for his Upland Almanac magazine article on Blues published last November. See www.uplandnation.com/e/bird-hunting-advice-from-a-fly-fishing-guide-who-knows-blue-grouse-tips-why-we-hunt-win-a-vest/

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Friends, Family and the Open Road

By Virginia Parker Staat

As I write this, I’m sitting under a canopy of pines near Athens, Georgia. Yellow daffodils and the redbud trees are beginning to bloom. David and I are on our first camping trip with our new Golden Retriever pup, Samantha. Tomorrow we visit our granddaughter who studies at the University of Georgia. Then we turn south to visit our 16- and 12-year-old grandkids. We haven’t seen them since the spring before all the lockdowns began… nearly three years ago. I’m bracing myself for how much they have grown.

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It Depends on Your Point of View

By Virginia Parker Staat

“Reality simply consists of different points of view.”
 ~ Margaret Atwood

Before writing any story, we must choose our narrator’s position to describe events and opinions. Then we must stick to it. This position is called point of view (POV). It is an important discipline in our writing because readers become confused when writers head hop from one character to another, particularly within the same paragraph. Point of view is about creating intimacy between our reader and our subject. 

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Tundra Travels on Mount Evans

Text and photos by Jack Olson
(Reprinted by permission of the author from the Sep-Oct 2012 newsletter.)

mountain goat, Mt Evans
Majestic mountain goat on Mt. Evans, Colorado © Jack Olson

Looming about fifty miles west of Denver, Mount Evans is one of the most spectacular and diverse natural locations anywhere in the West and so close to a major metropolitan area. There is an unmatched combination of wildlife, highest altitude trees, wildflowers galore, endless tundra, a frigid lake, jagged rock formations and cliffs, and a view to take your breath away. Literally.

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