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What & Where?

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Something -- Someplace (Sometime)Some camera and lens combo

Something — Someplace (Sometime)
Some camera and lens combo

Remember Tillerman — you asked for it!  Heh, heh — now here are your clues:

  • Ummm.  Hmmm.  What was this again?
  • Oh yeah!  It’s some sort of… whatsis… thing… blob…
  • It almost looks like an out-of-focus spinning top… or a Christmas tree ornament… or a snail shell…
  • Boy, I’m having trouble remembering whether I fooled with the color or not, but I clearly remember this being a much larger image when I started — so yes, this is a tight crop of an area that’s out of focus within the frame.

That’s it — that’s all you get.  Go ahead and do a reverse Google image look-up… you won’t find a thing.  Exif data?  Hah!  I’ve stripped it clean.  Heck, you’re lucky that I even gave you the image right-side up and in color.  So have at it!

UPDATE:  I’m declaring this a virtual tie between Tillerman, Elisa, and the newcomer, SilverFox!  It is the rotary plow used to clear the huge drifts from within Yellowstone National Park!  Check out the one at the 00:35 second mark in the video below; I believe that is the one that I took a photo of a few years ago.

262 thoughts on “What & Where?

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Waaaait a minute… were you looking over my shoulder when I was crafting this?

      Humph. (kicks the chair)

      Well… yeah, it does. But it can also have something to do without the National Parks.

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  1. SilverFox

    Hmmm… so I’m in the right area and an interesting response… I’m studying the colours and the reflection which I think is the sun. The brown is a particular warm brown. I was originally thinking about mud pots but now I’m talking myself out of it.

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  2. SilverFox

    Okay so that makes me think that my second train of though is close and I will go out on a limb here and say those colours are very close to the colours of the National Park Service sign or badge.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Huh. I would have never thought of that. Man, I can’t even remember the last time I SAW a rattlesnake kit. I used to carry one with me everywhere I went in Idaho.

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    1. Elisa

      oh
      ok i shall wait for the picture
      i am grumpy the tape tore off my skin so i got a
      it puts the lotion onto its skin lecture
      and i am minus the miracle tape

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    2. Elisa

      oh nope no i am promptly admitting this was NOT what i was considering! I was thinking of the huge fan front type and the breaker type that has the fins to each side on the train. i was entirely wrong wrong wrong

      Tillerman ought be gleeful about this admission.

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    3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Haha! Well, now you have to come back and look at the new post with the full-frame of the image I used in the quiz, as well as a shot of the maw of that beast.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      No, you didn’t; the final answer still has yet to be guessed. After all, it’s a What & Where.

      Yes, it’s a snow plow, but the specific type has not yet been guessed even though all the clues are there. And why this specific snow plow? That’s because of the Where part of the equation.

      The answer is worth it — trust me.

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    1. SilverFox

      not according to my research… “Most of the rotary plows in the United States have been retired to museums due to the high cost of operating. However, one is still on call in California’s Donner Pass. This infamous area (known for the legendary Donner Party) has annual snowfall upwards of 450″ in a normal winter. ” but yours is somewhere else…

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      I don’t think so. I only mentioned Saab because that’s what my family owned when we lived out there; first a two-stroke Saab 96, then a later Saab 99. They were awesome for driving in snow and the 99 saved the lives of my mom, brother, and sister when an 18-wheeler struck them at a stop light.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Nope, but it is from a state in that general vicinity (I’ve already ruled out Idaho and Colorado).

      For what it’s worth, this specific plow is a combo rotary and blower; blower design in front of the rotary part that blows it out.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Haha! Well, now you have to come back and look at the new post with the full-frame of the image I used in the quiz, as well as a shot of the maw of that beast.

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