'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Beauty in Unexpected Places

Can you guess what this is?


  1. Extreme closeup of Amy Winehouse's beehive ?

  2. lessee, uhm, . . . uh, . . . er . . . aha!

    tree roots, reflected in water, a, um, a culvert, maybe?


    The Flying Spaghetti Monster

  3. It is either another intimate picture of Germaine Greer or, if my botanical expertise is not misleading me, some
    pohutakawa roots.

  4. Well the bark looks like an oak tree, and the thick aerial roots remind me of ivy, but both of these could be totally wrong and I've no idea what the red bits are!

  5. Silverback! Inspired guess! But, no.

    sUN - not sure where you get the culvert from, and no, very similar, but it's not His Holiness the FSM. Great to see another Believer.

    Sam - great, your eyes must be working agin!

    YP. Ms Greer? Which bit? Don't answer that. And I bet you cheated by looking at the file name.

    Emily, I've actually had to look up why Pohutukawa trees have aerial roots, although I guessed it was something to do with living on the coasts...
    Apparently the roots are to seek out and cling to pockets of soil and to 'drink' moisture... they inhabit rocky cliffs and hot dry coastlines where other plants would fail to establish. And they are able to grow into fabulous enormous trees, which have their lovely crimson flowers in bloom at Christmas.


  6. Anonymous19.5.09

    I guessed roots, but I have never even heard of the tree in the photo file name.

  7. Welcome to TLVD citizen! I'm a very how- why- and what-sort-of-person.
    (Butternut soup is yum too, in a richer, more substantial way. I like bacon in it.)