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What the heck is it? Photographic Quiz One by L.A. Cargill

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L. Cargill, Medical Laboratory Scientist, ASCP. Retired blood banker and laboratorian. Loves to write about a wide range of subjects. Enjoy!

Photo Close Ups - What the heck is it? Quiz One - Everyday Objects

Shooting close ups of any object is fun and makes for interesting quizzes. Photo puzzles often incorporate extreme close ups of groups of objects which make jig-saw puzzles increase in difficulty.

The eye of the beholder is fooled by a close up photo. It is great exercise for the brain to try to imagine what the heck the object of the photo actually is. As everyone knows, exercising the brain is the best defense for warding off old age befuddlement.

So without further ado, let's begin this installment of What the Heck is it? Photo quiz One - Unless otherwise noted, all images are the property of L.A. Cargill, 2011, all rights reserved. You may click on the photos to see the full size image.

Close up number one



  1. It is a common object that is used daily
  2. This one is made from recycled material
  3. Sometimes these things display a message.

My grandfather had one of these and he was very proud of it. He may have even made it by hand. There is no limit to the variety of these. All of us have probably seen millions of these things and never thought of taking a close up photograph of it.

Close up number two



  1. This object can be hung
  2. It's delicious and natural
  3. Great songs erupt around this object

Wherever I go, I have to have one of these around. It's a feng shui object for sure. If you don't what feng (or fung) shui is, let me explain. It's kind of like using the power inherent in nature to correctly orient your world. It has something to do with qi or chi which means being in balance with the universal energy + matter + time + space. Enjoy!

Close up number three



  1. Essential equipment in Texas
  2. The upkeep is expensive
  3. Children love these

Whoa, just about anything I say about this photo will give it away if it hasn't already. Let's just say that we survived the Texas drought of 2011 (worst ever drought in the history of the state) by keeping one of these on our roof. They don't belong there, but I think it should be standard equipment on every house in the south western states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and quite possibly California. I mean most people think Californians are pretty weird anyway. But these may help.

Close up number four



  1. This belongs to the male of the species
  2. Sometimes it makes them a little crazy
  3. Red is the most popular color

Sometimes females have these, but I wouldn't trust them. Oh, they might make your heart race and it really feels good when their top is down, but men think it's a status symbol. These make a great gift for guys, but it's expensive as all get out to maintain. The accessories alone will put a huge dent in your budget. This particular one needs a new everything already. Since we are both semi-retired, this may be the last one we'll ever see in our neck of the woods.

Close up number five



  1. It's bigger than a bread box.
  2. It's a useful item around the ranch
  3. Can be used for a Halloween treat

Well, you can't really eat it, but you can do some fun things with it, especially if you add on a particular attachment. You must be 'this' high (I'm holding up my hand to about shoulder height) to use this item. It also helps if you have left the tweens and are an official teen. Personally, I'm a grown woman and wouldn't set foot near it. It's too noisy and too dangerous for me. What the heck is it?

The Answers...

Welcome mat, Doormat - made of recycled tires

Welcome mat, Doormat - made of recycled tires

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Bird feeder

Bird feeder

Lawn (or roof) sprinkler

Lawn (or roof) sprinkler

1995 Ford Mustang

1995 Ford Mustang

Alien riding lawn mower

Alien riding lawn mower

The Complete guide to Macro and Close Up Photography

© 2011 Lela


Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 22, 2011:

I meant to do at least one more of these quizzes for the patron of the arts contest, but I got lazy or busy whichever the case may be. Glad you enjoyed it!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on November 22, 2011:

This was fun. I got them all except the lawn mower. Very creative hub!


Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 13, 2011:

You are quite welcome, Peggy and thanks again for entering the contest. I still have to mail out a prize for Jillofalltrades, but she lives in the Philippines, so I am trying to find something small and light. (And I'm procrastinating again.)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2011:

Hi Lela,

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday and it came from you. Thanks for the beautiful picture frame. I truthfully thought that any prizes that would be awarded from the photo contest you conducted would be more in a jocular vein. Prize humbly accepted and I thank you! Your website is terrific BTW. People living in Austin are fortunate to have you cheering for them and their success. Here is to your success as well! Again...many thanks.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 05, 2011:

Your close-up quiz is a great idea! I did miss the lawnmower, though. Good one! Now you've inspired me to try some new angles with my camera...

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 04, 2011:

Thanks frogyfish! Cool handle. Work that brain out daily so people like me can't fool you :-)

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 04, 2011:

A fun test...thought I was going to get 100% and got too sassy, cause I missed the last two. The last one was did a great job of tricking!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 03, 2011:

PeggyW - Houston is more humid than Austin. At least you still have a lawn to take care of. We lost ours last February.

Hi Manna - Got some stuff in Australia to photograph? It is fun.

Manna in the wild from Australia on November 03, 2011:

Nice idea. Very clever and fun.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 03, 2011:

I was pretty sure it was a doormat and got the others all except for the riding mower. Our sprinkler system has been working overtime this year to keep our lawn and gardens watered. Fortunately the only water restrictions where we live is not to water between 9AM to 6PM. In other parts of our area the water restrictions are much worse. So many dead and dying trees, shrubs and plants in and around Houston. Fire danger still high especially on windy days such as today. Let's hope Texas gets MUCH MORE RAIN in the days, months and years ahead!

AmyRainbow on November 03, 2011:

Awesome! I got the door mat and the car light straight away, but the others I failed on. I guess I need more practice, I hope you'll be uploading more of these soon!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 03, 2011:

Who reads the comments first? I did consider either not putting the answers at all or putting them in a different hub, but I always hate it when I have to hunt down the answers, so I put them in.

Yes, I plan to do a whole series of these. It sharpens my skills too.

Bg - do one from a kid's eye view!

Maude Keating from Tennessee on November 03, 2011:

Probably shouldn't put the answers in the comments so other people can guess too hon.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on November 03, 2011:

I thought the first one was a wall of tires! I did guess the bird feeder but the others I couldn't get! Awesome idea for a hub - super fun!

You should do more like this! I am going to show it to the kids see if they can guess:)

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on November 03, 2011:

That is very interesting. We have never been instructed to water our roofs in California... yet, but I haven't been hear were the wildfires have taken off either. Kind of neat learning how other people deal with these things. Very cool.

I love these things... thought about doing it myself when I look around and see all these amazing things I could take pictures of... but then... sometimes I just hate downloading the pictures too... lol

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 03, 2011:

BG128 - Texas had a record drought this past summer which is continuing through the winter and into next summer they say. Some are even saying that the drought will last another 15 years! So, in case of wildfires, one of the suggestions we got from authorities was to put a big sprinkler on the roof to keep the house from burning down. So Bob rigged the sprinkler up on the wooden skis and we put the darn thing on the roof. Might as well since we are under water restrictions and can't use it for watering the lawn. (What lawn?)

This is fun, isn't it! I used to run this contest on my web site and I got a lot of sign ups for it. It's labor intensive to go shoot all the photos and then crop and resize them, but it is fun.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on November 03, 2011:

this was fun to do!

diogenes on November 03, 2011:

Brilliant idea that had me completely befuddled. Too early in the morning here! Bob

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on November 03, 2011:

The birdfeeder was easy, but I thought the doormat was a handkerchief, and the lawnmower, a bin.

Very clever. Just what I needed to exercise my brain, on this dull rainy morning.

Thank you.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on November 02, 2011:

The only one I didn't see was the lawn mower... that was until you revealed the answers. Oh yeah - and I am not one that knows years of cars - so that one was challenging. To me, it was just a car... (please, no men kill me for that comment!)

Very cool hub - oh yeah - and why do you put sprinklers on the top of your roof! I have never heard of that before!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on November 02, 2011:

Oops! I lied...I also missed the bird seed!

Lela (author) from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 02, 2011:

I tried the hub out on Bob first. He only got two! And one of the ones he missed was his own car! hahahahaha.

So, drbj, you must drive a Mustang!

Will let's his horses mow the lawn.

MyMind'sEye has a dirty mind.

The Reminder will get smarter and smarter.

ByChanceTV sounds like a good person to party with

Anjperez has a slow connection! But enjoys it anyway, yay!

Maude Keating from Tennessee on November 02, 2011:

Yay, I got them all. Number 1, I started out thinking it was something made out of ____, but then realized what it was. (I don't want to ruin it for someone else)

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on November 02, 2011:

I got 'em all except for the lawn tractor!

Fun Hub.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 02, 2011:

This was fun, Lela, and a great idea for a hub. The only one I got correctly was the red Mustang. Beautiful car. BTW, welcome back; missed you, m'dear.

The Reminder from Canada on November 02, 2011:

5 minute workout brain. Yay!

ByChanceTV on November 02, 2011:

That was fun! - I got them all right except #5, so I guess I got 100% too..!

anjperez on November 02, 2011:

i enjoyed the quiz. i took each one except #5 coz the picture didn't load up. i had to refresh just to see it. anyway, it was fun. i scored 100% except #4. this is an interesting hub. (,")

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