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Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object? by David McMahon
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Put on your thinking caps, enjoy the series of follow-up questions, have as many guesses as you want – but most of all, have fun. Your time starts … NOW!

Solved by the intrepid UK-based Red Bubblers Ellis Morley Phto and Themis, who worked it between them that it is a side-on shot of the nose cone of an aircraft, reflecting the runway below it. This F-35 Lightning II was sitting on the tarmac at the Australian International Air Show last week (March 4, 2011).

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, 1/350, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.

Featured in VISUAL PUZZLES – FUN AND GAMES THROUGH ART, March 2011.

Featured in THE POWER OF SIMPLICITY, March 2011.

Featured in VISUAL PUZZLES, October 2011.

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

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 4 years ago

    Lets go with the tip of an arrow !

  • That’s exactly what I would have thought if I was trying to solve it, Sean. But no….

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 4 years ago

    Maybe a mirrow in a car?

  • It is reflective, but not a mirror in a car.

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 4 years ago

    Lol….mirror

  • “Mirrow” works for me, Sean!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    It’s that plane that you already did before but from the side ;-)

  • You might be onto something there, Ellis. Which plane did I do before?

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    The reflection looks like a bowling alley, haha. That is not my guess, just an observation :-)

  • Yup, all they needed was ninepins – and bowling shoes!

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 4 years ago

    It reminds me of the shutter button of one of my older cameras. This one seems to have been folded and reflecting the pages of a book

  • This could be an open and shut(ter) case, Themis!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    Darn, it was an F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter but I noticed that had a weird screw on the front (scary that you could unscrew part of a plane if only you had a large enough screwdriver, hehe)

    Still, why not… that’s my answer for now…

  • You have an amazing memory. I can’t believe you actually remembered that shot. But no, it’s not the Hornet or part of that 2007 series ….

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 4 years ago

    :-) now I’m intrigued: if it’s a button-like object, why would it be asymmetrical?! If it’s metallic, why would it be folded?

  • It only LOOKS asymmetrical because of the angle from which I’ve shot it. It is indeed metallic and it’s not folded. Only looks that way because of the angle!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    Of course it could be this one which according to someone is an F15 eagle.

    Feel free to tell me if this is NOT an aircraft, please ;-)

  • Not an F-15. The image is certainly aviation-related.

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 4 years ago

    :-) yeah, I looked at that one too. I thought it would be the tip of something at first, but I doubt the tip of the plane would be that nice and shiny and smooth. The again, it looks like it’s two layers, hence the button thing

  • It is the tip of something, but it looks like layers because of the side-on angle from which I’ve shot it. It could be a VERY expensive plane ….

    – David McMahon

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