An Aquatic “What am I?” Quiz
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What am I? -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3200 — full exif
What am I?

Here's a “What am I?” quiz for the new year. Leave your guess in the comments; as with my other quizzes, I'll keep comments hidden until I reveal the answer in a few days.


All 23 comments so far, oldest first...

I think that is the jasmine dragon flower tea. If it is, that is the nicest I have seen yet. Sometimes, it doesn’t work like you expect.

— comment by Jason M on January 2nd, 2011 at 4:41pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Chinese flowering tea.

— comment by Annie on January 2nd, 2011 at 7:38pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

It’s 花茶, right?

— comment by Nils on January 2nd, 2011 at 9:51pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Easy, if you’ve seen flowering tea before; otherwise …

I’m still kicking myself for not taking a picture when a colleague demonstrated it. She had this nice tea set with a tiny bamboo mat as coaster and the neon light in our tiny break room surprisingly gave nearly perfect lighting where her cup stood. I should have dashed for the D3 waiting at my desk.

Btw., this is Gomphrena globosa without the hot water added 😉

— comment by Andreas Weber on January 2nd, 2011 at 10:46pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

A flowering tea … dragon eye?

— comment by patrick h. lauke on January 3rd, 2011 at 3:54am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

A container (likely a glass cup in order to show the flowering effect) of flowering tea/blooming tea

— comment by Superworms on January 3rd, 2011 at 4:35am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

tea

— comment by gie on January 3rd, 2011 at 6:03am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

A jasmine blooming flower tea.
Happy 2011!

— comment by luc on January 3rd, 2011 at 6:06am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Green tea …i think it is chinese(handmade)

— comment by Minoo on January 3rd, 2011 at 7:12am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

It is chinese hand made green tea

— comment by Minoo on January 3rd, 2011 at 7:13am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

That looks like a Jasmin flower to me.

Jasmin tea is highly popular in China as well.

— comment by Andy Muelder on January 3rd, 2011 at 7:57am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Looks like a thistle flower or Azami inside a glass bowl.

— comment by Todd Ovick on January 3rd, 2011 at 8:21am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

It’s flowering tea!

— comment by Tony on January 3rd, 2011 at 10:37am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

A waterlily?

— comment by Highlord on January 3rd, 2011 at 3:48pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,

I am writing this from Shanghai—and my guess is this is a photo of one of those fancy tea balls that blossom in the cup when hot water is poured over it.

I have been remiss in thanking you for all the beautiful photos you post all year. Thanks to you, I’ve enjoyed Kyoto’s magnificent fall season of 2010.

Anthony is really growing up but maintains his thoroughly adorable face. You and Fumie seem to be doing a really good job raising him.

I hope you enjoy better health in 2011—your stress-related arm pains sound serious—please take it easy.

BTW—the website I cited above is our homage to one of our lifetime’s greatest ballerinas, Nina Ananiashvili. I noted in one of your posts that Fumie likes ballet. I hope she has had a chance to see Nina during one of her frequent tours of Japan.

Best wishes for the New Year.

— comment by Marylis on January 3rd, 2011 at 8:48pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

tea :>

— comment by Hane on January 4th, 2011 at 5:33am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

well, that is a flowering green tea.. in a tea pot , i love those

— comment by raulduke on January 4th, 2011 at 5:38am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

It’s flower tea! I’m not sure exactly what it’s called, but it’s the variety that comes in a ball that unfolds itself when you put it in a cup of hot water 🙂

— comment by Anna M on January 4th, 2011 at 1:53pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Are they dried flowers? Maybe in a candle. 🙂

— comment by Endre Toth from Hungary on January 5th, 2011 at 6:24am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Teaposy. Got a set for Christmas.

— comment by Lawrence on January 5th, 2011 at 9:32am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

A tee flower?

— comment by marcus on January 5th, 2011 at 4:31pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Tea

— comment by Naomi on January 6th, 2011 at 2:10pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

The answer is mentioned on this post.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on January 7th, 2011 at 4:43pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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