“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Aristotle
And sometimes mysterious. As those of you who have played my mystery photo games in the past, you know I sulk when the photo isn’t all that mysterious and everybody, I mean everybody, guesses exactly what the picture is that I posted when I was sure it would be a stumper. The first rose picture, I did figure some of you would get that and you did. But I thought I had a surefire gonna fool you this time picture when I posted mystery picture number 2 last Wednesday night.
And what happens? I check the site before I go to bed that night and there’s one measly guess. Just one, but it was the right guess. That made me consider editing that picture to decrease the size even more. Maybe draw glasses and a mustache on it. Anything to make it harder to guess. I had been so sure that picture was going to be a sure-fire puzzler. Well, I took a deep breath and didn’t do anything else to the picture. You gotta play fair. That’s what Clay learns in my kids’ book Freak of the Week. So I left the picture as it was and went to bed. When I next checked the guesses, I was very happy. None of the rest of you knew what it was. Well, three other people did. But many of you were bumfuzzled. That is a word, isn’t it? Even if Word thinks it isn’t.
A favorite guess was some variation of coat/rug/blanket/shawl/frayed sweater/deer or animal hide. Then a couple of you thought maybe feathers. Others were in the plant world thinking it was a very strange plant stem. There were a couple of feather guesses. Seemed a reasonable guess. Ola thought it might be Oscar’s friend, another dog or a cat (Oscar says he’s never seen a cat he wants for a friend. He says they look better in trees) or chicken. I think Oscar might make short work of a chicken too. Nyla said a fox. Amy and Myra said giraffe. Giraffe? I must have been close to its spots. Jeanne said bird. Marji and April thought dog hair. I could find some of that without trouble. Melissa said mushroom and Kathleen said cattail. That’s actually a great guess. Wrong, but a great guess nevertheless.
Lisa B was the one who guessed it right first thing and had me ready to throw up my hands and give up trying to find a mystery photo good enough to puzzle any of you. Then Kathi said moth or butterfly and Skye said a moth wing. Clinton just said moth like Lisa. And as you can see, they were right. I actually spotted this moth on one of my walks and didn’t post it on Facebook because I immediately thought “Mystery Picture.” And so it was for most of you. Oh, by the way, if you are on my Facebook page, I posted a picture tonight that I spotted on my walk that might have made a real puzzler of a mystery picture, but I decided it might be too big a puzzle. So let’s see if you can guess the new mystery picture up top right away. I can’t decide if it’s a good puzzler or not. So we shall see.
Remember, each time you make a guess on a new mystery photo, you get another entry into my drawing for one of my books (winner’s choice) and a grab bag book by a different author. I’ll give the winners a few choices so they can pick a favorite.
So I’m ready to hear what you think. Oh, and Lisa, when I saw your guess, I thought well, she’s a farm girl too. That’s how she knew what it was. I do appreciate all of you playing the game. The more guesses, the more fun. Even if they are right guesses and I don’t puzzle you. I’ll just let you win that round. Actually, I was looking through my file of mystery pictures a while ago and I saw one that I have absolutely no idea what it is. I know I posted it in a previous mystery photo game, but the rest of the picture wasn’t there. So that might stay a mystery forever. Or I can head back into my blog archives and figure it out by searching for mystery photo.
“The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look whether they see a moth or an axe murderer.” Paula Poundstone
As always, thanks so much for reading.