2023, 05 May Story Contest

Backcountry Bulls

Backcountry Bulls

Bull elk. Photo © Le Thuy Do/Dreamstime.com. The van slowed, then made its way around yet another sharp curve. I heaved a sigh and settled back in my seat. “I don’t think we’ll ever get there,” I...

Snow Day

Snow Day

One day last winter, it snowed and covered the yard. Daddy scooped it into a big pile with the backhoe. In the afternoon, our family went out to play. It was a squishy snow, soft and not good for...

The Tachinid Fly Disaster

The Tachinid Fly Disaster

Photo © JjGouin/Dreamstime.com. I guess it started when a lady said she had a monarch caterpillar for us along with some milkweed to feed it. Although we didn’t know if it would turn out to be a he...

The Day a Fox Visited

The Day a Fox Visited

Red Fox. Photo © Joshua Lloyd. One summer morning Michaela went outside to feed our mini lop bunnies. She had the feeling that something was watching her, and she whirled around to see two squinting...

The Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher at nest. Photos © Marlene Burkholder. One sunny May morning, I saw two kingfishers! I assumed they were just flying around and wouldn’t stay long. To my surprise, they seemed to be...

Meeting Mrs. Nightjar

Meeting Mrs. Nightjar

Photos © Clement Martin. Africa’s sun poured all its fury on my head, bleaching my hair whiter still. My three Ugandan friends, my two younger brothers, and I were walking home from church on a...