Day 223 – Shutter Time

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea Lange

I had a photo shoot with an “old” friend (’cause we’re not old, we’ve just known each other for more than two decades …) today at my favorite place to photograph, the Tallahassee Museum. We both got some great photographs of the Bengal Tiger, Hawk, Bald Eagles, Panther, and the Cypress trees in Lake Bradford. We also practically melted, it’s that hot and humid. (But so worth it.)

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 222)

Was yesterday’s picture something crystallized? Not crystallized. How about frothy coffee? Not that either. Brenda’s perspective: “That’s what I see when I rub my eyes too hard.” (I think that’s the perfect description.) It also looked like a fuzzy blanket; is it cloth? Not cloth. So what was it?

What you saw were browned Panko breadcrumbs on top of my homemade macaroni and cheese. And it was delicious! 😀

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15 thoughts on “Day 223 – Shutter Time

  1. it looks like a distorted seedhead, or maybe a crocheted doily – do you get doilies in the US? And sorry I know that is two guesses, but I am tired and off to bed now so I won’t be here when you tell me I’m wrong. 😉
    Jude xx

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    1. Not a distorted seedhead (interesting perspective), nor a crocheted doily, and yes, we do have those here in the U.S. I have some really old doilies from my grandmother. You can make as many guesses as you’d like, sorry I posted later than normal … but we’ll pick up tomorrow. Sweet dreams! 🙂

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  2. It is said that Australia’s initial prosperity came from the secret introduction of the Merino sheep and the later discovery of gold.
    John Macarthur and those sheep led to the saying, “Australia rides on the sheep’s back”.
    This was true for more than a century and even though he probably went to all that trouble to steal those sheep from Spain to ensure his own prosperity, he did indeed cause a lot of wealth to flow into this country.
    At the turn of the 19th Century Australia had the highest standard of living in the world [equalled only by Argentina].
    Wool, gold, and in recent times mining have kept this excellent little country afloat since the white man invaded in 1788 [the white man had been here a few times before that, just for a look see].
    What a lot of people have forgotten is the amazing invention that Sid Leffew came up with in the middle of the last century.
    It’s true that he kept it a very closely guarded secret, but that is no excuse for forgetting him.
    He should be more widely know.
    Just when the rest of the world was turning away from wool to synthetic fibres Sid came up with the idea of cutting out the middle man and breeding a sheep that could grow the highest grade wool carpet.
    Everyone knew then, and knows now, that wool carpets are superior.
    Getting the carpet off the sheep without hurting it became Sid’s biggest challenge.
    In the end the answer was simple.
    Zippers.
    With the final hurdle out of the way Sid needed to be sure that his invention was kept a secret.
    But how?
    Someone was sure to see the sheep standing around.
    The answer presented itself in the form of an old carpet factory that was going out of business.
    The company had quoted to carpet the new Parliament House but they had lost the contract to an overseas company, and this was the final straw.
    The building was huge and Sid picked it up for a song.
    He had the machinery removed and the concrete floor dug up and replaced with lush grass.
    The old factory already had glass sky-lights so all Sid had to do was install an irrigation system and he was ready to introduce the new breed of sheep.
    As it turned out, the sheep loved it in this unusual environment and they thrived.
    The factory was in an old residential area so he worried that the sound of the bleating sheep might give the game away, but another coincidence helped him out in this regard.
    There happened to be a meat works in the next street so the residents thought that this was where the sounds were coming from.
    Just to be on the safe side Sid installed loud speakers to broadcast the sounds of carpet weaving machines which he hoped would disguise the sounds of his sheep.
    This turned out to work too well as several of the residents complained to the council about the noise of the machinery!
    Sid was forced to spend a lot of money on ‘installing’ rubber pads on all his ‘machines’ to cut down on noise and vibrations.
    Sid had a monopoly on this process for more than sixty years, but as always happens, the idea leaked out and his business was swamped by cheap imports from the third world, mainly the US, and his business folded.
    The magnificent old brick factory was torn down a few years ago, and naturally, they built town houses where it stood.
    These days no-one remembers Sid Leffew and his sheep that grew carpet but I’ll bet that the next time you walk across that carpet of yours that has stood up so well over the years, you will wonder if it came from Sid’s long forgotten factory and his ‘barn laid’ sheep that lived so happily under that glass roof.

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