Monday, July 14, 2014

What is that thing? — Your chance to win a book

I've spent my time shooting instead of reading this past month, and such reading as I have done ain't no crime. (Still, Herodotus on Egypt is worth reading for the pleasure of seeing a sharp, critical mind at work. His guesses about Egypt's geological origins, for example, are breathtaking.)

But it's my new camera that has been keeping me from the books. Here's a photo I took earlier this week. Tell me what the photo shows, and win my respect and maybe a free book.

© Peter Rozovsky 2014

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8 Comments:

Blogger BlueMoon Butterfly said...

That looks like a very dusty neon sign.

July 15, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

It's obviously the top part of the O in Herodotus, because neon was a big deal back then.

Seriously, though, I hope BlueMoon Butterfly wins.

July 15, 2014  
Blogger Mister X said...

Neon in water?

July 15, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

So much for my difficult visual quiz. I imagined guesses on the order of "Mandelbrot set," but that is, in fact, an extreme closeup of a very dusty neon sign. I'd never have noticed the dust if the camera's lens had not been set on an ultra-zoom focal length, the equivalent of about 800mm on a 35mm camera. The camera has sharpened my visual attention, and this is a fine example. I shall never think of the back of a neon sign the same way again. Congratulations, BlueMoon Butterfly.

July 15, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana, perhaps neon has its roots in neos, if that word was part of the Greek lexicon in Herodotus' time.

July 15, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nope, not neon in water, though I probably have some shots of neon in the rain. Some of those dust tendrils do look a bit like jellyfish tentacles, though.

July 15, 2014  
Blogger BlueMoon Butterfly said...

Peter- Thanks! I grew up in diners and pizza shops, and spent many family dinners studying the neon signs hanging in the windows. They fascinated me. Never thought my fixation would ever prove useful.

For the record, my next guess involved insect legs.

July 15, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ha! I understand your fascination. Neon signs have been the subject of quite a number of my recent shots. Maybe I should set up a separate album for those pictures on Facebook.

Meanwhile, if you send a postal address to the e-mail address you get to through this blog, and indicate what sorts of crime fiction you like, I could send you that book.

July 15, 2014  

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