The third Monday of the month means it’s time for the black-and-white phase of the Phoneography Challenge, any photo taken with an iThingy or phone. This photo was used last week as the prompt for our flash fiction challenge, Friday Fictioneers, (my story here), but it’s one of my favorite photos, so I’m going to offer it as this week’s entry for the Phoneography Challenge. It’s also in complete contrast to my entry for the latest Weekly Photo Challenge, something else to consider if you enjoy photography. So many venues, so little time.

If you like writing flash fiction, consider joining the Fictioneers each Wednesday as we write 100 words based on a photo prompt such as this one. Otherwise, just enjoy the photo taken with my iPad and unedited. Feel free to comment or give me useful criticism. It’s always appreciated.

Earlier this year, Naperville experienced some severe flooding which fortunately didn’t impact us or our rental house.  The river running through downtown turned the river walk area into a torrent that overflowed its banks and decimated the basements of the riverside businesses.  There was so much rain that even the parking lot of one of the grocery stores, lower than the surrounding streets, turned into a shallow lake in which empty carts languished, giving it a distinctly lonely appearance which I hope this photo captured.


  1. What a surreal and intriguing capture–nicely spied. Happy Phoneography.

  2. the picture is great – it inspires to think out stories :o)

  3. rheath40 says:

    I know that I for one was very inspired by your photo. Thanks for sharing it Janet.

    • Renee, thanks for coming back and commenting on the photo. I was thrilled that it was so well-received by FF, not only as a prompt but as a photo.

      Have a wonderful Monday!


  4. Angeline M says:

    The black and white just adds to the forlorn looking shopping carts out there in the rain and flooding. I love the shadow of that foremost cart in the water in the forefront.

  5. I loved this photo at first sight. As long as the shopping carts don’t speak to me, no one gets hurt.

  6. Steve says:

    I really like this. We only usually see shopping trolleys at the bottom of the river haha. I don’t know why but I get the urge to crop that photo so only the single front trolley is showing. Hope you don’t mind me saying that?

  7. You can’t fight Mother Nature! Great shot!

  8. Cassie says:

    Janet, What a moving moment to capture. Floods always provide such emotional moments for me. I live in a region that floods yearly.

    • Fortunately, I don’t. But Naperville has had several rather bad floods in the last three or four years. Since the downtown has a lovely river walk, that means many businesses are at risk when the waters rise. In this shot, the water was, thankfully, all in the parking lot, but I felt the shot was evocative. I’m glad it said something to you.


  9. Imagineer says:

    Somehow the trolleys (carts) look to me as if they are surprised at being in the water and are not going to move until someone rescues them. I hope you contacted the trolley rescue society. 🙂

  10. I like this photo; the end of the consuming-era. cheers, harrie.