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Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object? by David McMahon
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Put on your thinking caps. You can have as many guesses as you want ….

Spoiler alert: do not read any further if you want to try and work out the answer.

Solved after 15 hours by Woodie who correctly identified it as a floral clock in a park. Yes, it is a close-up of the huge floral clock in the Queen Victoria Gardens here in Melbourne.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F8, 1/180 sec, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.

Featured in TIME TO WATCH CLOCKS, April 2010.

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melbourne, mystery, puzzle, queen victoria gardens, mystery object, floral clock, visual puzzle

Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    It’s a blade on farm machinery…maybe…I don’t know…gimmee a minute I’ll ask the boys here…lol

  • Hmmmm …. farm machinery? No, Di – but a VERY happy New Year to you.

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    a sprinkler system?

  • Funny you should say that – the kids and I were talking about how we haven’t seen sprinklers operating in Victoria for about a decade! No, alas, it ain’t a sprinkler system!

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    A windmill (homemadey)?

  • Love the word “homemadey”. But no ….

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 4 years ago

    Last guess then I’m giving up… A fan?

  • Not a fan, Di – but I’m a fan of the way you support these ``mystery object’’ posts. Thank you, ma’am.

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks, Cee and Chris – hope you’ve had a great start to 2010.

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    I originally thought of the mechanism on a childrens push roundabout, then I made the photogarph larger… then went for sprinkler…. gah.

    Part of a propeller for a small boat springs to mind, but it would have to be laid down for repairs or something, :-P

  • Thanks for jumping in … you’d be surprised how many people said “sprinkler” when I first showed them the image, about a month ago! Propeller is a really good try – but it’s not a prop.

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 4 years ago

    Hehe, it was about the only other thing I could think of. It’s the water and the grass that leads everyone to sprinkler, I think.

    The thing is, it even LOOKS like something a little familiar… the curvature of the metal. I am trying not to say blades as somehow I think that is just complicating things. :-P

    Thankyou for adding me to your watch list :-)

  • Strangely enough, because of the drought and severe water restrictions, we have not used sprinklers (domestically) for at least a decade or more!

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfabover 4 years ago

    well it looks like it could cope well taking the tops of my hedges!!! So perhaps its an industrial hedge helicopter trimmer!!!

  • Good morning, O Grand Champion – or good evening in your part of the world (a VERY late evening!) …. an industrial hedge helicopter trimmer is a top guess, but no. Have another go …

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfabover 4 years ago

    then could it be a whaddaya call them??? they spray antibug spray and or fertilizer? Now l should try and sleep…l shall come back before work in the morning to see who guesses this right!

  • It’s definitely not a “whaddya call them”!

    – David McMahon

  • Sazfab
    Sazfabover 4 years ago

    its those rotary looking blade thingies, l’m so not mechanical…its sitting on a hedge or some topiary but having one blade on top of the other keeps making me think of garden equipment….now l’m trying to think out of the box….l have no real reference for this….and keep coming back to a variation of my original thoughts. a pruner or arieter…l have to go to bed David!!!!

  • So you’re “hedging” your bets, then? Er, sorry, I have to say no!

    – David McMahon

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