Solve This Puzzle: What Is This Mystery Object?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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Put on your thinking caps! You can have as many guesses as you want.

The first part has been solved, but here are two follow-up questions. 1. Can you spot a famous Australian landmark here? 2. And can you spot a famous Australian native plant in bloom?

Spoiler alert: do not read any further if you are still unsure of the initial answer.

The first part of the question was solved by Betty Mackey, who correctly identified it as an umbrella.

The second part has been solved by Woodie, who correctly identified Uluru, or Ayers Rock – which appears here as a red rock under a blue sky.

The third part has been solved by CapturedByKylie, who correctly identified the red-and-black native plant, Sturt’s Desert Pea, which was adopted as the official floral emblem of the state of South Australia in 1961.

It’s not a still life shot – I actually sprinted after the woman who was carrying it at Docklands last weekend. It’s was the first time in many years that I’ve actually seen anyone use an umbrella as protection against the fierce heat of the sun, rather than rain.

I was concentrating on the wharf when she walked past me. My head swivelled because I didn’t initially realise what the patterns were on the fabric, and as soon as my brain registered that they were symbols of Australiana, I knew I had to run after her (despite the energy-sapping heat) to frame a tight shot of the umbrella before she disappeared into a chop or a cafe.

So there you have the story behind the image – completely unposed, and the result of a quick dash that would have made Usain Bolt proud.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma18-125mm lens. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.

Featured in ALRIGHT, WHAT IS IT, January 2010.

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