Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Mystery #27


Do you know what this is? Post your guesses in the comments.

24 comments:

Rick Lee said...

By the way, Adam, you're not eligible since you were there when I shot it so don't get any big ideas.

Elevation Goddess said...

Is it that metal grate that is sometimes found around trees? It gets filled in when it gets closer to the sidewalk... Is that it?

Davos said...

These are always difficult, which is why they are so interesting. A non-slip surface (eg, floor, entrance footpath, sidewalk etc)?

Kim said...

It looks like part of a sculpture, the criss-cross lines look like marble.....

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Looks like the bottom of a trivet.

~Deborah

tomdearing said...

Close-up of a manhole cover?

Jerry Pennington said...

I was thinking of the manhole cover as well

kenju said...

Manhole cover - or the soles of new hiking boots?

Anthony said...

A ceiling?

Jerry Pennington said...
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Jerry Pennington said...

By the way, still no takers in three days at guessing my latest mystery photo.

Elevation Goddess said...

hm, manhole cover is convincing... i've seen this before, and i can't put my finger on it...

Lisa said...

Inside of a waffle iron?

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Wow, I definitely think it is a manhole cover now that the other posters I have suggested that!

Blair said...

manhole cover is my guess

Rick Lee said...

Yes, it is a manhole cover. I salute Tom for coming up with that. I thought it would be impossible. It's a very tricky photograph. I tilted it on its side to make it more difficult. Those are not actually "bumps" you see. They are depressions in a flat surface, but once you have seen them as bumps, it's hard to make your brain accept them as holes.

Lisa said...

Glad you said that because I looked at it seeing bumps and then holes...then couldn't figure out which it was. lol

kenju said...

The optical illusion of this one is a hoot! You are right: I cannot see them as depressions, no matter how hard I try.

Kim said...

How wierd, I don't see anything BUT depressions....whoa..I'm off to stare at it again...

Kim said...

Dang, NOW I see them!

Elevation Goddess said...

I can see both. Originally i saw bumps, but then i figured out the rust, and then i saw the indents. I love optical illusions!

Mike Lee said...

As you said, once I thought they were bumps, my mind is struggling with accepting them as holes! Wow, I never would have known.

Joanna said...

When I saw this on Wednesday, I saw holes. And, I saw the manhole guess and concurred. I just remembered to come back and see if it really was a manhole. As soon as the page loaded, I thought Rick had changed the picture 'cause it was bumps...not holes! And, reading through the comments, I find that it's some scary optical illusion. I can't see the holes anymore. Yikes.

looking4good said...

May be a chocolate bar. Why not?