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Macro Monday | 6-02-14

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San Antonio, Texas

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Day 291/365 – How Old Is Old?

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? – Satchel Paige

Hmmm, I’ve always said I feel like a grown-up teenager stuck in some middle-age person’s body. I don’t really feel “grown up,” although I have my own child. But who says you have to grow up? I still believe in Peter Pan’s credo … never grow up. Even though I added another year to my age today, I’m really still just a kid at heart. And to celebrate, we’re on a journey in Atlanta, Georgia, we’re even right next to (attached to) the mall. Oh my heavens! This is one happy girl. 😀 (… expect some really late posts the next couple of days …)

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

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 290)

Girish said, “beer bottle cap ! A cold one sounds good right about now.. !” Although now from a beer, it is indeed a bottle cap. Ding ding ding! Brenda commented, “…I would have guessed bottle cap. Oddly, it looks more like a bottle cap smaller, and bigger it looks less and less like it. Changing the size dramatically from the original size really confuses. :-)” Indeed, it does, the size changes your perspective, doesn’t it?

So yes, what you saw was an old Coca Cola bottle cap. I liked the curves accentuated by the close-up image.

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Day 166 – Beat It, Achieve It

I love those who yearn for the impossible. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beating the “impossible,” proving that yes, it can be done, is such a rush of achievement. That’s part of how I thrive! My own self challenges (like sticking with this daily 365-day project), and meeting them (beating them) is the best feeling yet. (Especially because I’m notorious for starting projects that I never finish.)

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is the result of revisiting older photographs. I’ve found that tweaking these photos (showing the negative, altering the color and/or hue) changes the perspective from the original image. So can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 165)

I admit, I was lazy yesterday, and instead of venturing out to unveil another hidden treasure, I used a different photo of the same subject I had used just a couple of days earlier. So apparently it wasn’t that much a mystery as the first guess was “a rug? uh uh uh a towel? haha” … which rung the winning ding-ding-ding bell, as what you saw was indeed a towel. It looks like a rug to me. 😉

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Day 137 – Small Things

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa

I suppose this quote speaks to me since I’m one of those “smaller” folks you’ll meet in life. If I wear high heels (and that’s a very rare occasion, gave those up when I stopped working in the Florida Governor’s Office over 13 years ago), I almost hit 5 feet tall. Yes, I’m short, yes, I’m small. But my perspective is great things come in small packages, and that extends into my photography life. We tend to overlook some of these small things in life, simply because they’re not at our eye level, or they’re at our feet.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is something I discovered that I had never seen before, at least not from this perspective. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 136)

It looked like a strawberry or a piece of fruit, indeed. But it wasn’t. The final guess was a stamen of a flower. Oh so close! It’s not a stamen, but it is part of a flower. But which flower?

What you saw was the stem of a Magnolia flower (the bottom part). What a funky thing, eh?

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Day 135 – Beauty Exposed

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. – Confucius

There’s an entirely different world hidden in what we see everyday. The weeds on the ground have the most delicate, vibrant flowers, the gemstones have hidden gems within, quite simply, there is a hidden gem in everything. It’s my conquest to discover these hidden treasures!

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 134)

Take something ordinary and make it look not like itself, that was my challenge for yesterday’s picture. I succeeded! Here’s what it looked like to others: georgette silk drapes or a blade of grass. But that’s not what it was!

What you saw was the circular holder on a green tin can, now holding fresh soil and Basil seeds.

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Day 131 – Mmmmmmm Coffee

Peace begins with a smile. – Mother Teresa

Nothing like a good cup of coffee late on an afternoon, especially when I cannot wake up!

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

What Is It?!?


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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 130)

Was it pizza crust? Nope. What about a loaf of bread? Not that either. Potato skin? No. Tree bark? No. How about biscotti? Not biscotti. Cake! Oooh fruit cake! Not cake. How about post surgical skin wound? LOL, definitely not that. The bottom of my heel? Gosh, I hope not! Chicken burger patty? Nope. Ice cream scoop? Not that. Now realize that somewhere along those guesses I said head back to the kitchen because it kind of is and kind of isn’t, food.

So what was it? The inside of a peanut shell.

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Day 122 – Step Away from the Sandpaper

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. – Thomas A. Edison

I wish I had something witty to say, but the words just aren’t there today. Or here. Or anywhere. I think I’m stuck in the technical details, which has a tight grasp on my mental facilities. But I did manage to break free long enough to capture today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture.

Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 121)

Oh so many perspectives and a story to boot! Yesterday’s picture was inspired by something I use for multiple hours on end, it’s so familiar to me that I hadn’t stepped back far enough to discover that it had some of its own beauty. It looked like the bottom of a potato masher or a grate. Or a wavy knit mesh weave. Or metal fence mesh. Was it a speaker? No. How about the glow from a table lantern? Or … a cookie. Glow from a candle holder? No, no, and no. Chocolate icing? Not chocolate icing. Ice cream sandwich? Not food. Wood basket? No. Any type of wood? Not wood. Part of a shoe? Not part of a shoe. Chocolate, white or dark? Neither. Pedal? Nope. Plastic?

Ding ding ding! Yes, it’s the plastic backing of my office chair. You could say it’s got my back!

But wait, there’s more. We’ve even got a story to go along with this mystery picture, thanks to Terry. What an imagination, I just love it! Enjoy!

It’s a vintage cheese grater which Doris found in a junk shop in Prague. It had been there for some time. The owner did not remember buying it so it must have come with the shop when he bought it and that was back in the 1930s. Doris was intrigued. She took it to a dealer who specialised in cheese graters. It meant a trip to Paris but she had an itch that needed scratching so Paris it was going to be. The dealer said he needed a bit of time so she left it with him and came back the next day. She could tell that he was trying to contain his excitement. The grater was a prototype, hand made by the inventor of the cheese grater, Henri Le Clerk.

It was priceless!

Le Clerk was driven to invent the cheese grater because his wife was sick and tired of scraping her fingers on the sandpaper that everyone used to grate cheese before the invention of the cheese grater.
Le Clerk never got around to putting a patent on the cheese grater. Like Howard Florey who developed penicillin, and Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine, he simple gave it to the world.

His wife was proud of him and that was enough to make him happy.

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I can’t wait to see the story that’s behind today’s mystery picture. Terry, you’ve got me hooked! 🙂

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Day 121 – The Squirrel and the Stolen Golf Ball

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. – Tom Wilson

Have you ever smiled so much that the sides of your face hurt? What a good problem to have, eh? (My use of “eh” stems from the fact that I work for a Canadian company, just so y’all (Southern form of “you all”) don’t get confused about where I live.) Smiling is good for the soul! And this blog has certainly given me lots of smiles, or rather, y’all have given me reason to smile. The guesses, wonderful comments, follows, and likes spur my motivation to continue with these mystery pictures. So thanks y’all! 🙂

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture hasn’t even been taken today. I guess I better figure out my subject, eh? As my son would say, BRB (that’s “be right back”). Alright, we’re ready! Do you know the mystery subject? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 120)

You know how every picture has a story? One of yesterday’s guesses really drove that point home. Indeed, every picture tells a story … but before we get to that, I’ll tell you what yesterday’s subject looked like to others: a golf ball or a lamp or lamp stand. Alas, this subject is neither. But Terry wins points for the most clever story ever told behind a guess:

“golf ball in the late afternoon sun…………. this particular ball is famous for having been stolen by a squirrel on a golf course. The squirrel took it home and kept it for several days until he realized that it was not as valuable as he thought. He returned it in the dead of night and shed a tear where no one could see. Another dream destroyed. He lacked the will to go on.”

What a great story! Even though the poor squirrel lacked the will to go on (that is kind of sad, eh?). Alas, yesterday’s subject wasn’t a golf ball. So what was it? A small copper planter.

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Day 120 – What a Strainer

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anais Nin

Each of us brings our own unique view to the world. These one-of-a-kind perspectives make us the individuals that we are, how we interpret what happens around us, how we “see the world.” There’s something to be said about wearing those proverbial “rose-colored glasses,” for our perspectives do indeed color our world.

My world these days is green, vibrant, and full of surprises. I can photograph the same subjects every day, but yet see something new or different each day, and if I think I haven’t found anything, I know it’s because I just haven’t looked hard enough, or close enough, or from a different perspective.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is of a subject that “caught my eye” several days ago. I really haven’t altered any colors or even cropped very much, it’s one of those “broader” perspectives I use occasionally. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 119)

Oh, how I was so sure no-one would guess this one easily. Nope! I was wrong. I truly cannot determine what will remain a mystery or not. But it’s all fun regardless. Was it a disco ball? Groovy, but no. A metal fence? Not that either. A honeycomb grid? Not a honeycomb grid. A sieve?

Ding ding ding! Yes, it’s a sieve, a handheld metal strainer. Great guess!

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Day 117 – Gone to the Weeds

Colors are the smiles of nature. – Leigh Hunt

Much to my dismay, my gardens have all practically gone to the weeds. Good thing I love weeding (it’s instant gratification and therapeutic to get my hands dirty). Bad thing it got so hot so quickly! But I’m not giving up. No, no, no. Must make room for the beautiful colors of nature. During my first round I discovered lots of interesting things, those little treasures just waiting to be revealed.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture was inspired by looking at this subject differently than you might normally view it. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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Shahn came oh-so-close to guessing yesterday’s picture! But alas, it continued as a mystery here on wordpress.com; however, Paul managed to reveal the subject’s identity on Facebook. But before I reveal to you, let’s go through the guesses. Was it a closeup of a headlight or taillight of a car? Ooooh, close, kind of, but not on a car. Test tubes in a test tube holder? Not that either. Were they lights around a makeup mirror? Not around a makeup mirror …

… and that was my subtle clue to Shahn. My replies are all carefully worded. Had I said “not lights around a makeup mirror,” you could assume that I mean they’re not lights and not around a makeup mirror. But “not around a makeup mirror” meant the mirror part was incorrect … but not the lights.

So … drum roll please … what you saw were the LED lights in a flashlight. I liked how the lights picked up the surrounding colors.

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