Salted Snow Melt Figure


The date was Feb 23, 2015 and the time was 2:13 PM.

The location was in the driveway in front of a very nice modestly priced hotel near Reagan National Airport.

The "Take It!" came from my usual walking with eyes cast downward to make certain I do not put together a clumsy fall but in this instance and time of year - even more intense and focused in order to quickly scout in advance where to place each foot step as ice is often covered by new snow or old snow that has been shoveled to clear a path that is the ultimate destination.  

In this case - most of the melt had already taken place and all that was left were some wet remnants on the concrete.  

On my way into the hotel - I had my eyes lowered in the usual fashion and did not fully see this figure. On my way back out, in transit to return to my car - the figure presented itself once again - and stopped me in my tracks. The two shots were taken, making certain not to disturb the cigarette butt that seems to serve as an eye for this soon enough to be evaporated creature.  

The After Take: To those that I have shown this photo to - it has been a joy to watch their reaction.  The facial expressions as they absorb the shape before them - is a portrayal of the quick flipping of the imagination access switch and putting that part of themselves into play.  I usually give them a little bit of a verbal presentation on the background for the shot before turning the camera with the image on the review screen showing the image.  Most have had a verbal utterance immediately upon seeing the picture.  All are some sort of variation on "Whoa!" Needless to say I stood there quite taken up in the fun of it all, for my internal reaction was very much the same when I encountered this in the first place.  Some have done me the favor of putting some of their imagination skills on display after taking not very long at all in review of the image.  

While there is not a forum for observing wet spots that I know of - I will say I am going to be far more open to observing them for the chance that yet another image might appear.  

This winter has had its show of treasures. The joy of discovery is compounded with this opportunity to share them.

Wishing everyone all the very best,


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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Sally (Friday, 13 March 2015 11:26)

    I had to sit and think whether or not to post this, but I just figured what the heck... It looks like he is about to go to the bathroom.

  • #2

    Jim (Friday, 13 March 2015 11:26)

    Give him a newspaper and a top hat.

  • #3

    Sf1967 (Friday, 13 March 2015 11:27)

    The cigarette butt makes it perfect.

  • #4

    Teri (Friday, 13 March 2015 11:28)

    I showed this to my husband and he is still laughing. He said "Thats a winner right there."

  • #5

    Kyle Clark (Friday, 13 March 2015 11:28)

    This is cute.

  • #6

    thatoneguy (Friday, 13 March 2015 11:29)

    im gonna tweet this one out it really does look like a man