Can You Pick What's Wrong With This Image? by David McMahon

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How many times have you seen a tap and basin under a tree? I salute ingenuity wherever I see it – but even this was a world first for me!

This was shot in northern India, in December 2007. We were at the Cafe Doon in the town of Roorkee, on the way from Dehradun to New Delhi, when someone pointed out the sight I had to shoot.

A few minutes after I posted this image, UK-based Ellis Morley Photography passed on this brilliant suggestion: “This tree is certainly out of sink with all the others”.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 68mm.

Featured in BATHROOMS, November 2010.


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  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 4 years ago

    Ingenious indeed! :-D

  • Full marks to the cafe owners for ingenuity!

    – David McMahon

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieabout 4 years ago

    They’re barking up the wrong tree for a drink here.

  • Ah, but the steaming hot tea was drink enough!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great shot
    the tab looks funny

  • I’ve actually got a front-on view as well, JustArt – and it looks as if the tap is growing out of the tree!

    – David McMahon

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterabout 4 years ago

    Sap on Tap for the Sapless

  • Maybe it was honey, Robyn – and we were meant to add it to our breakfast!

    – David McMahon

  • pix-elation
    pix-elationabout 4 years ago

    Perhaps it’s a plumb tree!

  • I doff my hat. That would have won any title-writing contest!

    – David McMahon

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakabout 4 years ago

    That’s quite the shot, David! Very unique to say the least!!

  • Thanks so much, Lynne. The cafe had a certain ambience that even a photograph cannot capture.

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 4 years ago

    Maybe they were tapping the tree for its sap.

  • So THAT’S where the syrup was supposed to come from, for my pancakes ….

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisabout 4 years ago

    So nothing goes to waste, not a single drop of water. Good for them, we should learn!

  • Very astute of you, Themis. And India was a pioneer in recycling, as well – nothing ever went to waste. ``Bikriwallahs’’ used to buy old newspapers, bottles, etc from households, way back in my early childhood.

    – David McMahon

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...about 4 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Really appreciate it, Colin. Thank you very much.

    – David McMahon

  • Jessica Snyder
    Jessica Snyderabout 4 years ago

    CONGRATS! You have been featured in the BATHROOMS Group

  • Thanks very much, Jessica – this was such an unusual sight!

    – David McMahon

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