Sunday, February 10, 2008

Help - Is This An Orange Yeti?

Or Is This Zoe From Sesame Street?

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON

When you're confronted by a sight like this, you have to wonder where on earth you are. Was I on the set of Sesame Street, or was this a close encounter with an orange Abominable Snowman?

Because I always have my camera with me, I was able to pepare this crucial dossier of visual clues as to the true identity of the Muppet (or Yeti) that was blocking my path. Were things about to turn nasty?

Then I started to relax. It was indeed a close encounter of the furry kind, but I was in no danger at all. Are you a budding Sherlock Holmes? Can you perhaps see a clue in these photographs?

Okay, we can all start breathing easy again. Here are the facts. I was in no danger at all. You see, I was walking down a pathway yesterday when I noticed a large metal trolley laden with cleaning equipment. The furry orange object could not possibly do me any harm - it was just a large floor mop. But it gave me the perfect opportunity for an irreverent series of photographs!


Vienna for Beginners said...

Oh, there we go, my favorite floor cleaner's on orange alert way down in Melbourne! Rascal.

Moosekahl said...

I think I would have rather that been Zoe! I hate cleaning (but it's what I'm doing today) and would rather have a cuddly over-excitable muppet in my path then a mop!

Kimberly said...

Mmm...I don't know. Put that in the hands of a mop wielding ninja and things might begin to look very bleak indeed.

Les Becker said...

LOL! I'm picturing what the owner of the mop's reaction was to your close "camera-inspection".

Seamus said...

LOL! Good thing it didn't start wiggling!!!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

I had to laugh - I didn't see it.

Sandi McBride said...

You really know how to spin a yarn David! That wooly floor sweeper looks more than adequate for the job...I'll bet it does a number on Cat Hair!
you really do have an eye for what makes a great picture op!

Melissa said...

I didn't realize what it was until I scrolled down all the way! I have one of these except it's a yellow mop head.

david mcmahon said...

Hi Vienna for beginners,

It sure was an orange alert! Lucky I always have my camera with me!

Keep smiling


Lee said...

My word, you manage to turn the most mundane objects into something fun and mysterious. Such fun! Thank you, David.


david mcmahon said...

Hi Moosekahl,

Yep, I'd vote for a Muppet over a mop any day!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Kimberly,

May I just say that I AM a mop-wielding ninja - when the mood strikes!

Must be my boarding school background!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Les,

The cleaner was intrigued by my camera angles!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Seamus,

It was wiggling a fair bit - the tassles were all a-shiver because of the strong breeze.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Julie,

I'm so glad it brought a smile to your face. This is the place to come for irreverence!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Sandi,

I am reliably informed that the orange mop is the equivalent of Kryptonite!

Thank you kindly, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and the photographs!

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Melissa,

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yellow mop heads are supposed to be even more efficient than orange!

Hope you and Audrey have a wonderful weekend.

Keep smiling


david mcmahon said...

Hi Lee,

Thank you for that wonderful, generous comment. I guess that's the secret to photography - turning mundane objects into interesting images!

Keep smiling


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

David, you can create mysteries from the most everyday objects!

holly said...

great photos, but i really love your commentary. :)

and i know you'll forgive the obvious joke :

a man sees a mop he needs to take a photograph?!?!?!

okay. just teasing. i'll go now.

imac said...

I thought that you had been
"TANGO-ED" David to start

Then I guessed it was a mop of sorts.

More proof of a quick thinking photographer.:)

the mother of this lot said...

I got the plane, but that one had me fooled!

Lis Garrett said...

LOL! Fabulous!

Neva said...

You are too funny! Nice post!

ancient one said...

That was funny!!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Never seen one that color before. Very festive.

Lew said...

A picture is where you find it and you have found a bunch of good ones. I wandered about your blog a bit and I love the sky shots, especially the purple sky. I also like the scenes and stories about the land down under.

Zathyn Priest said...

I'm not sure about that - any type of cleaning equipment does me harm just thinking about it.

mindyluwho said...

That mop sure has personality!

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Ah, you've been conned. That is no floormop - and you have had a narrow escape. I have just had word from my intergalactic pal, Atyllah the Hen. What you encountered there was the Lesser Fuzzy Furbalistic - a sneaky, spying and occasionally human-nibbling creature from the outer edges of the galaxy. Take very good care of yourself - you may be a marked man!


shooting star said...

nice work...i thought it was some seasme street's your vivid imagination that did the trick!!!

Ornery's Wife said...

While I have never seen a dustmop quite this color, I actually guessed this one from the first photo. You usually have me totally baffled until the revelation at the end, but I am relieved to know there is still some "Sherlock" left in my brain! :-)
Have a blessed week!

Misty Dawn said...

Hehehe - that was fun!
I took photos of some bulk Fruit Loops cereal I had poured into a glass canister which had pictures of dairy cows on it. My husband saw the photos and said "Why the heck did you take this?" I said "It was different - all different colors in the glass canister - and pictures of dairy cows on the canister, the contents of which would in fact be put in milk"... I told him there was a method to my madness. I think he believes I may be 'mad', but I don't think he believes there's a method to it hehehe

Mima said...

Great set of photos, and I love the image of you in broad daylight taking photos of someones mop!