Pixel Prose Challenge: Give a Man a Fish…

IMG_1265 Photo: Ajuy, Fuerteventura 2014.


Self employed fisherman José Roque (49) has become a local celebrity in the Canary Islands. The little seaside town of Ajuy, Fuerteventura has seen tourists flocking to see the lifetime resident, who has apparently been turned to stone as a result of a misunderstanding with a mythological Roman god.

A passer-by said “You’ve gotta feel sorry for the guy, being like that. Even the fish looks gutted.”

Gravel-voiced Señor Roque told reporter Sandy Beach, “I’d just landed a big catch and unloaded my boat then this weird guy comes out of the water driving a 2 horsepower jet ski. He’s got a long beard, and carrying a spear gun. I thought he was from the Neptune Diving School. And then he said wanted half my catch as a tribute.”
“I’m guessing, José say no way?”
“Too true. It turns out he was the real Neptune, and then he turned me to stone. I’ve got a lump in my throat, just talking about it”
“How could you have mythed it, right? I’m guessing that you’d Sea things differently if you had the chance again?”
“Oh no, things have worked out okay. I’ve sold the boat and bought the Neptune Fish Bar. With all the tourists here, the place is really rocking!”

A spokesman for Neptune said that he wasn’t a bad Deity, he’d just had a bad day. He would be happy to return José to normal, or send him a signed photo.


Photo taken with iPhone 4S. Story and photo for the Pixel Prose Challenge, hosted by Amanda Lakey at www.UniqueArtChic.com. Click the logo for more details.



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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature





Volcanic beach.



Night falling.


The photos were taken on iPhone 4s, January 2014 at the resort of Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

The first and second photos were given texture and colouring using Photo Toaster. For the third, Snapseed.

All photos ©Steve Lakey 2014.


This is for the Nature prompt on Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge, hosted by Sally W. Donatello at

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature


Ajua Beach, Fuerteventura, Spain.



Cacti, Fuerteventura, Spain.



Hotel lobby, Fuerteventura, Spain.


These photos were taken in January 2014 on the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain. I used my iPhone 4S. Photo editing was with iPhoto. All photos, © Steve Lakey 2014.


This is my contribution to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature. Hosted by ‘Lens and Pens by Sally’.

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iPhoneography Challenge: Nature (Byron’s Garden)

Back Camera

© Steve Lakey 2013


© Steve Lakey 2013


© Steve Lakey 2013


These photos were taken with an iPhone 4 and enhanced with iPhoto. They are  from the gardens of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, UK – the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron.

A small selection of quotes by Byron that reveal his love for Nature:

‘I love not man the less, but Nature more.’

‘Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!’

‘As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.’

‘Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.’

In the formal gardens of Newstead Abbey, lies the tomb of Byron’s beloved Dog, Boatswain. Byron wrote this beautiful inscription for the tomb.

Epitaph to a Dog


This is my contribution to iPhoneography Challenge: Nature, hosted at Lens and Pens by Sally.


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