Stand Off

Copyright Adam Ickes

Stand off – Photo Copyright Adam Ickes

On one side we have nature, and on the other side we have man, each was attempting to move forward. Nature wanted to reclaim what had been her’s. She needed to allow the forest to engulf the houses, and to allow her supporters to reclaim the marshland. Nature called for a great storm.

On the other side we have Mr Harman, builder extraordinaire with his army of lumberjacks. Lumberjacks with an array of heavy equipment like Harvesters and Delimbers, Forwarders and Cutter’s, they were ready and able, just waiting for the call to action.

Let battle commence, for the stand off was over.


P.s. It seemed a happy picture until I saw the red roof, which looked so out of place. I will ‘as usual’ enjoy reading all the stories posted on Friday Fictioneers, this week I am looking forward to see the differing interpretations of the prompt photo. Mike

This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    There are a few places in this area that constantly flood. Yet, the city insists on rebuilding each time. My bet’s on nature. Good story.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Indeed nature wants to reclaim what was once her’s. Thank you for managing Friday Fictioneers.

  2. gahlearner

    I love the way you described this as a standoff. Of course nature will win in the end, she always does. I could tell a story about millions wasted in my home town for an underpass built where a creek used to be…

    1. Michael Humphris

      I hope that one day Mr Harman, aka mankind, will learn to work with nature, for we know enough now to do so, for the benefit of all.

  3. FabricatingFiction

    Very good Michael #teamnature

  4. iainthekid

    Interesting take to get man v. nature from that picture was not something that occurred to me. Great idea and well written – liked the description of the equipment. Best, Iain

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was the trees enfolding the houses that started me off. Thank you for reading and commenting. Sadly machinery can now destroy forests indiscriminately.

  5. Lynn Love

    I liked your interpretation Mike – I saw the red roof against the horizon too, but went a different way with my story. It’s an ongoing war between man and nature, I wondr who wins this battle? Great tale 🙂

  6. Sandra

    Many a stand-off took place in my former home county. Nature took her fun where she could. Good one.

  7. ceayr

    Interesting take, Mike.

    PS You seem to have a couple of superfluous apostrophes.

  8. ansumani

    Nature wins ultimately. Good take on the prompt.

  9. creatingahome

    We seem to be winning don’t we, our gadgets seem stronger and our enterprises sturdy.
    Well that’s until a storm or some other aggressive force of nature responds then we all sound surprised.
    Great story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      What you say is so true, nature has a real battle on her hands these days.

  10. draliman

    Great piece, the age-old battle.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, it seems that nature has a real battle on her hands these days.

  11. spicedmullings

    Beautiful – both the title and the implied impasse!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Nature is beautiful, thank you, mike

      1. spicedmullings


  12. Al

    This made me smile. I have a friend – Mr Harman. He would rather smash down a house than a harm a tree. We do still have some people on the side of nature, and I think that is why nature will win in the end, although it will be a hard fought battle.

    I like your take on it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s good to hear, trees are special thanks for reading and commenting. Mike

      1. Al

        You’re welcome 🙂


    Nature never seems to win for very long.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In our life times that seems so, Thank you. Mike

  14. mjlstories

    Interesting piece. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that Stand Off was well received. Thank you. Mike

  15. patriciaruthsusan

    Nature is patient in waiting to strike back. Then it’s time for the insurance companies to step in and discontinue coverage of the stricken areas. All the big machines in the world can’t change that. Good writing, Mike. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      We do have a lot to learn yet. Thank you for commenting. Mike

  16. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I always find it interesting to see how nature reclaims what is hers.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I very much agree. Thank you for commenting. Mike

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