WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE

TWISTED

by knaves, to make a trap for fools? No, not this time …

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The gods twisted the elements into a combination to challenge the credibility of the perceptive—but I assure you, this is an unfondled shot exactly as it was taken. Nothing twisted in the pursuance of falsehoods here~!

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The gods aren’t the only ones with power. But we mere mortals need twist cables to dispense the power and hope for no losses … (I’ve often pitied the lost volts, they have no ohms to go to) …

Twisted?

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Go on, admit it … you haven’t a clue what could possibly be twisted in this shot of a bending winding convoluted wee stream … possibly the course of those schloggs of foam on the surface …

… or the wind and water stripey patterns in the sands of Orepuki beach. This beach has many faces and much character—not for nothing is it called ‘Gemstone Beach’. It sometimes has large patches of black surface sands which contain gold. I know an old Maori guy who used to gather that sand and process it  at home, the final stages involving a blow-torch, mercury and a potato (don’t ask). He never got rich doing it but made back his expenses and some beer money.

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And speaking of Maoris, I shot this exhibit (below) at the Southland Museum in Invercargill. When it was still open, that is. It’s been declared ‘earthquake prone’ by the Council and closed tight, no access—although you can still view the tuataras if you squelch off round the sides to the back (not a salubrious trip, I tell ya) and peer in through the windows. Don’t try it when raining though, the slope of the pyramid roof funnels water from a vast gathering surface area down to your neck …

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… it’s a drill, in action boring a hole through a greenstone (nephrite jade) patu. Patu looks like a bonce-bopper but was more often used as a jabbing weapon (I didn’t know that either until I read the label).

Before you ask, flax fibres twisted into strings … sheesh!

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Time now to twist my course and bid you a temporary farewell

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