Visible Mysteries

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 38 Comments

Mystery photo aThe true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. (Oscar Wilde)

I finally posted a mystery picture that was a mystery to almost all of you. Can you see me doing a Snoopy dance? LOL. I did have one right answer, but not in the comments here. My sister-in-law knew what the mystery photo was and posted her answer on my Facebook page. But then she was a biology teacher along with being a country girl.

So what were some of the guesses?

The popular guess was something in a fish tank. Not a bad guess, but wrong. Then some thought it might be a spider egg sac. Edward even went out on the net to look up spider egg sacs. I may have to go out and see if he found a purple one like in that picture. That would be one colorful spider. Nancy took a walk looking for inspiration since she knows I take pictures when I’m walking. In fact, I did take Sunday’s mystery picture on one of my walks. If she had lived near where I live, she would have seen the mystery photo with no problem at all. She might not have recognized it though. I don’t think I would have recognized it. I had no idea those things looked like that until I did the close-up. It’s great when you reading friends get involved with my mystery pictures.

Linda said she was prepared to say she didn’t know what the picture was even if she did in order to make me feel better about posting pictures that weren’t such mysteries after all. But then she said she really didn’t know what it was. Perhaps she still said that to make me feel better. 🙂 I’m glad it wasn’t her guess of a fungusy carpet. If I have one of them, I’m not taking a picture!

Sandi said it was a finger smashed by a crashing alien ship. Sometimes we have to wonder about Sandi. LOL. Ann M. had a good guess of a green seedy thing. It can pay not to be too specific, but then the seedy thing looks purple to me. I did have fun with all your guesses, both the serious ones and the not so serious ones. Those of you who were thinking seed pods or plants were on the right track.

The Rest of Picture

cedar Myst pic 3aSo now for the big reveal. I had no idea that cedar branches looked like that close up. They seem almost braided, don’t they? I realize I may not have been playing fair for those of you who perhaps don’t have cedar trees around your way. But I told you it was going to be no more Mr. Nice Guy. And right or wrong, your guesses got you another entry in my book giveaway.

Three more pictures to guess before I do the drawing on January 31. So three more chances to get your name in the drawing hat again. The new mystery picture is up top. I’m not sure if it’s very mysterious of not. I guess we’ll see. But even if you guess it straight away, I did get you on the cedar berry and branches. And I have one coming up on Sunday that you’ll never guess. Well, maybe you’ll never guess. Well, I hope I can stump some of you. Oh well, you’ll probably all guess it, but at least we’ll have a little fun.

Thanks for reading.

P.S. To find out about the prizes and contest particulars look back at the A New Mystery Photo Contest post.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Fungus can make some interesting pictures, Edward. I’m a little surprised no one has figures this picture out. Guesses have gotten parts of it right, but haven’t quite nailed it. Guess you’ll have to wait for the “rest of the picture” tonight. Thanks for dropping by with a guess. Got you another entry into the drawing.

  1. Linda McFarland

    Good one on the cedar picture. I have seen cedars and their berries but couldn’t even guess that’s what it was. This week’s picture is a fuzzy thistle! So much fun and stimulating to the brain!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      A fuzzy thistle. I like your guess, Linda. And you’re right about the pictures making you think. Makes me think hard trying to stump you all. And I think I did you on this one. LOL. I tried the cedar picture out on my husband and sisters and they had no idea. We grew up with cedars everywhere. We just never knew their branches looked like that when you looked at them close up. Guess they were too prickly for us to look that close. And of course, cedars played a big part in my Angel Sister book.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      It could be, Evelyn, but then it could not be. My husband used to get worms out of horse weed stems (I think it was horse weeds) to use for bait when he was fishing. That might make you itch even more thinking about it. 🙂 But this picture is not itchy.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Those first two mystery photos that weren’t such a mystery got me motivated to be more mysterious, Melanie. Glad I’ve posted a few pics that have stumped people. So far people have guessed around this, edged close, got parts right, but haven’t exactly figured it out. The rest of the picture will show up here on Sunday along with a new mystery photo that I’m thinking won’t be as hard for you all to guess.

  2. Gin

    I’ll guess the stem of a Black-eyed Susan or a gloriosa daisy. I know both of those are hairy. They make me itch when I chop them up for compost.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Interesting guess, Gin. Black-eyed Susans make me smile, but I guess it will be a little while before we see them again. But then the way the weeks fly by, it will be summer before we know it. Got some writing to do before then!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Good guess, Deborah. Not exactly right, but it the frosty part is. I’ll be posting the “rest of the picture” tomorrow. Might have an easier one to guess then. Saving the one I think will be hard until last. 🙂

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Another interesting guess, Nyla. Could be right. Could be wrong. But either way you got an entry in the drawing and I’m glad you stopped by with a guess.

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        Ann H Gabhart

        Good eyes to catch the spider web. I’m sure the spider had already hidden his egg sac in a warm place for spring. Well, rather her egg sac.

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      1. Lane Hill House

        Anaphalis margaritacea. Good native plantings, attracts butterflies; tie stems together and dry hanging upside down. Light beige color ~ pearly ~ when dried and nice fragrance that is ~ everlasting ~ 😀

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  3. Connie Lee

    I think it might be frost on a stick or branch. We got many cedar trees in my backyard, but I’ve never looked that close at one before, they can be very prickly.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Cedars are prickly, Connie, which is why I was surprised at their close up look. The new picture does look frosty, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by with a guess.

  4. Nancy

    Wow, that is really, really interesting! Your last picture being a cedar tree branch. Now I’d like to take a photo and zoom in with photoshop myself.

    The new picture is a tree branch or a weed, with prickly spines on it. We have something like that in Florida, and when I trim the branches, the white prickly things can make my skin itch.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      I was surprised about that cedar tree branch too, Nancy. The kind we have here are called red cedars, I think. Good guess on the new photo. Not saying it’s right or wrong, but glad you stopped by with a guess. Sunday will show the rest of the picture.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Good eyes, Amy, to spot that bit of spider web. Not saying if the rest of your guess is right or wrong, but you are right about the spider web. I didn’t know it was there until I did the close up.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Glad you stopped by with another guess and to get a new entry in the drawing, Ola. You’ll have to come back Sunday to see if you guessed right.

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