Snowy Quiz of Questionable Appeal
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City Stroll Shirakawago Village, Toyama Prefecture, Japan -- Shirakawa, Gifu, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 66 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
City Stroll
Shirakawago Village, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

This is a photo from or snowy New Year trip, which I last wrote about the other day in “Snowy Farewell to Gokayama Village”, which ended up with us arriving in Gokayama Village's much more famous thatched-house sibling, Shirakawago Village.

I'd originally intended to full post, but am running out of time this evening, so thought then to just post this photo. As I was preparing it (I added a slight vignette), I noticed two dark lines in the left half of the photo (mouseover here to highlight them in the photo) that I hadn't noticed before.

Can you guess what they are?

(I like the picture but hesitate to post as one of my “What am I?” quizzes, since it's even more marginal than the previous one, which garnered exactly zero guesses.)

Continued here...


All 32 comments so far, oldest first...

sure, that quiz is too easy.
those are the windscreen wipers of some cars fully covered by snow. the owner just want to protect them of freezing

— comment by Thomas on March 1st, 2010 at 12:13am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

They’re windshield wipers. A Japanese tradition I still do here in Germany so my wipers aren’t frozen to the glass and covered in ice. By the way, the Germans all look at me odd for doing this haha.

— comment by Drew on March 1st, 2010 at 12:22am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers from a small car looks like

— comment by Sampson on March 1st, 2010 at 12:57am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

A pair of wipers?

— comment by Oswald on March 1st, 2010 at 12:58am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers?

— comment by Howard Messing on March 1st, 2010 at 1:10am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’d take a guess at windscreen wipers on a car, somewhere under that snow

— comment by Owin Thomas on March 1st, 2010 at 1:42am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

My guess is that these are windshield wipers a careful driver had positioned in this fashion because of the incoming snow, (so as not to damage them).
This is assuming there is a car below the snow, of course… 🙂

— comment by Dimitri on March 1st, 2010 at 2:04am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers.

— comment by Mark Sirota on March 1st, 2010 at 2:10am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers from a parked car that is buried under the snow?

— comment by Ray on March 1st, 2010 at 3:12am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windscreen wipers of a snow covered vehicle?

— comment by Wayne on March 1st, 2010 at 3:49am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Sunny , warm (6 degrees Celsius) in Burlington Ontario at 13:50 local time.
Hopefully this will melt the snow presently on the ground.
Unlike most of Eastern north America here at the west end
of Lake Ontario have experienced very little snowfall.
Unlike most of the surrounding geographic areas.
So unlike the the last two winter periods where there
was easily 150 centimetres or more.

Objects in the photo? Thought initially two twigs or similar.

Then again there is that tree to the right and overhead ; thinking maybe
some small bits fell from the above area.

The snow seems to be sticking to whatever is sticking out of the snow
pile which led me to think it was twigs or branches from a form of foliage.
Not knowing what is hiding under the pile of snow makes things difficult
to determine what the marks really are…

Also noticed the severe on the corners of the image as well.

15:00 local time, Canada versus the USA in ice hockey.

GO CANADA GO…

— comment by Bryce Lee on March 1st, 2010 at 3:51am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

My guess is: a pair of “erect” (you should pardon the expression) windshield wipers!

Phil

— comment by Phil Rose on March 1st, 2010 at 4:01am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield whippers on a buried car, in the upward position to avoid freezing.

— comment by Warll on March 1st, 2010 at 5:02am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Can’t tell by the map… are you still near the parking lot? Looks a lot like someone put their windshield wipers up so they didn’t freeze to the glass…

— comment by JasonP on March 1st, 2010 at 7:37am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

This seems like windshield wipers of a car, totally covered by snow.

— comment by Dmitry on March 1st, 2010 at 8:20am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

windscreen wipers?

— comment by Sean McCormack on March 1st, 2010 at 9:28am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

My guess is that they are windshield wipers of a car covered in snow.

Love your quizzes – I’m usually wrong but it’s still fun to play along!

— comment by Lin, Southern California on March 1st, 2010 at 9:29am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

From Portland, Oregon, USA:

It looks like windshield wipers lifted off the windshield to keep them from freezing to the windshield.

— comment by PLM on March 1st, 2010 at 10:43am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I think they are windshield wipers pulled up from the windshield so they won’t stick

cheers, Doug

— comment by doug clark on March 1st, 2010 at 11:22am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Car windshield wipers clearly.

— comment by rx1337 on March 1st, 2010 at 11:39am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

They look like windshield wipers of a vehicle that have been raised to keep them from freezing to the windshield.

— comment by Matthew Musgrove on March 1st, 2010 at 1:26pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I think it is windscreen wipers from a car.
They are set in a position of the window to prevnt them freezing on the window.

It took me some time to come up with this conclusion, but i’m almost sure.

Best regards,
Erik ( The Netherlands)

— comment by Erik Tieltjes on March 1st, 2010 at 4:40pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Antlers of a dead deer!

— comment by Zak on March 1st, 2010 at 7:19pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windscreen wipers?

— comment by Gianluca on March 1st, 2010 at 9:42pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I’m going to guess it’s car windshield wipers. All the wipers are up when it snows in Japan…at least in my old village they were..but you could barely see them (like this photo) because if you left your car there for more than a few hours it would be buried. But that’s my guess.

— comment by Scott Cejka on March 1st, 2010 at 10:59pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers?

— comment by Dan on March 1st, 2010 at 11:09pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Are those windshield wipers? -If so, then leaving them up didn’t do that much in terms of easing snow removal from that car, since the whole thing is buried. Crimony!

— comment by Ron Evans on March 1st, 2010 at 11:20pm JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Are those “hooks” for an electric tram, when the power lines are above the tracks ?

— comment by luc on March 2nd, 2010 at 3:52am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers in the “up” position to avoid freezing to the windshield?

— comment by Michael on March 2nd, 2010 at 5:28am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Windshield wipers?

— comment by saru-kun on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:16am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Wow, I’m impressed with the response! (All the gazillion answers shown above were held in moderation, submitted before I revealed the answer or any other guesses.).

The answer is revealed, photographically, on this post.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:49am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Ha! I was FIRST! I win!

But man thats a lot of guesses. I wondered why you were holding moderation so long.

Mostly it was because I was too tired to write the followup post last night. Having a cold for two weeks did wonders for my diet, but wasn’t so good for reducing my backlog of work… —Jeffrey

— comment by Warll on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:24am JST (7 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink
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