“What the heck is that?”

Every once in a while, I capture an image that makes people say that. This is one of them.

A few years ago, I was up early when I came across this peculiar subject. At first glance it didn’t do much for me, but then again, a lot of subjects strike me the same way. It was easier to move on to something else, but as so often happens in photography, it’s when we look deeper into the mine do we find that nugget we’ve been looking for.

Still, I probably spent a solid hour walking about this thing from every angle. Down low. Behind it. Above it (there was a small hill nearby). I tried different lenses, from wide-angle to telephoto. I just couldn’t find that “essence” that I always strive to capture. It was driving me crazy, and I have to admit, I almost gave up.

Some of you may know what this is. Most people don’t. I won’t reveal what it is here, but what I will tell you is that, after all of my frustration of how to shoot this thing, the answer was right there in front of me. All I had to do was lie down on my back.

Can you guess what this is? In all the years I’ve shown this to people, not one has been able to figure it out.