Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A New Mystery Picture for Book Giveway Fun




"Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own." ~ Robert Collier


I love taking pictures. I got my first camera when I was twelve. It was a Christmas gift and I took as many pictures as I could afford. Back then you had to buy film and flashbulbs and then pay to have the pictures developed. I didn't have the means to keep the camera loaded all the time, but I did enjoy using up the film when I had that extra cash. Now kids can grab a camera, or more likely a phone, and take photo after photo.

Several years ago when I still had a regular film camera and was taking pictures of my Sunday school kids, they kept wanting to "see" the picture right away the way you can with the digital cameras. I did finally come into the modern age and I do enjoy the freedom of shooting all sorts of pictures without having to think about the developing costs. 

"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art." ~Ambrose Pierce

I like sharing things I spot on my walks with you on my Facebook author page. I enjoy capturing fun times with my grandkids. And I like playing around with the photos to make mystery photos to have fun here on One Writer's Journal. 

This is the mystery photo from my last blog post. You made some great and poetic guesses. Loved them all. And most of you figured out what the photo was or at least were very close. Here's the "rest of the picture." The drops are dew drops. Thanks for your guesses. You're entered in the drawing for the newly packaged Orchard of Hope. Thanks also to those of you who said you liked the cover.

Now you can guess on the new photo at the top. If you made a guess on the Knockout rose picture and decide to give the new mystery picture a guess (or say you have no idea), you will get another entry into the giveaway. Remember, it's more fun to guess first and read the comments with the other guesses after that. But you can leave any comment here between now and November 1 to enter the giveaway. I'll pick two winners on November 3.


"Everyday we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and if possible, speak a few sensible words." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Remember to check back here on Friday, October 18 for the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. My guest is going to be Lyn Cote. It is going to be fun chasing around through the blogs, reading about all the books and authors, and collecting clues. Great prizes too. Who knows? You might get a chance to read a good poem or see a great picture or hear a few sensible words. :)

And if you're in the area, you're invited to my Christmas at Harmony Hill Hometown Book Launch on Sunday, October 20th at 2:30 p.m. at the Anderson County Public Library. We'll talk books and laugh about me actually looking at Christmas stuff here way before Halloween. That has NEVER happened before! But I bought a couple of Christmas door prizes.

31 comments:

  1. I was cringing when I saw that picture on top! I hope it's not one of those icky tomato caterpillars. LOL Those things creep me out. I know there are a couple types of caterpillars that look like that. I like the rain drops on him! (I'm so hoping I'm wrong, lol)

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    1. I guess with Halloween coming, it's a good time to feel creepy. You'll know whether you were right to feel creeped out or not when the rest of the picture is revealed next week. :)

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  2. This guess I'm sure is way off the mark. How about cabbage leaves! (I know, made me laugh too!)

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. What a great guess, Judy. Not saying if it's right or wrong though. Love that you are taking part in the fun.

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  3. Water hose?

    See you Sun. - if don't have car problems, again !

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Great guess. Not saying you're right or wrong yet though. :) Hope your car keeps rolling. Would love to see you at my Hometown Book Launch on Sunday.

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  4. I missed seeing the other one, so missed my chance for an entry. Will try tho. looks like those worms eating on the veggies in the garden (caterpillar or wooly worm) not sure what correct name is. Could be those big toy copies of this after being in bubble bath with the little kid. LOL Oh well. Not too good at this. Maxie Anderson

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    1. You made a lot of great guesses, Maxie. Thanks for joining in the fun. And you're entered in the giveaway. Any comment between now and November 1 gets you an entry. You'd just have two entries if you had guessed on the first one too.

      Always good to hear from you!

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  5. I believe it is a green caterpillar - and he is probably pictured eating one of the plants in pots on my patio.

    annettena at yahoo dot com

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    1. Funny, Annette. Guess you'll have wait a few days to see it that was actually me sneaking around on your patio taking pictures. LOL.

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  6. http://chewupablotter.deviantart.com/art/Green-Caterpillar-Macro-61684782 gross green caterpillar found on tomato plant
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  7. found the official name ~ This guy is called a Tomato Horn Worm. Although called a "horn worm", he is actually a caterpillar and will become a Sphinx Moth.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  8. Okay, Miss Ann. Here is my last comment ~ found this handy tidbit, if needed: Find out what kind of bug you have: Is it a good bug or a bad bug? Keep a look out for little caterpillar/worm like pests and spray or squish them. The only exception that I can bring to mind would be a tomato hornworm (green caterpillar)--if it has a bunch of bubbles on it's back they are infected by a beneficial wasp that will eliminate a few generations of the hornworms. Leave them. They are on their way out anyway.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. You know how to make an educated guess, Kathleen. Enjoyed your info. You could be right and you could be wrong. Time will tell. But I do see Sphinx moths around here. Didn't know they were from tomato worms though. I learn so much from you people who take time to comment and share info.

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    2. I think Jocie Brooke and Wes would have known if you'd ask them... :D Kathleen

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    3. Not Wes. He's from Jupiter. Everything's purple up there. :)

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  9. Ok,here it goes, freshly washed and squeezed lime halves bunched together.

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    1. Great guess, Melanie. Not saying it's right or wrong, but you'll find out soon. Thanks for joining in with my guessing fun.

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  10. If this is something you spotted on you walks in the woods, it is weird. I'm guessing cactus leaves, although the yellow eye-thingey is strange. I'm stumped....I just finished Words Spoken True...LOVED IT! WOW...Have a blessed weekend. Linda

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    1. Thanks for your guess, Linda. It could be something I spotted somewhere. lol. So glad you enjoyed my Louisville story, Words Spoken True. I had fun letting romance take the main stage instead of sneaking it in the back door the way I have to do in the Shaker novels.

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  11. I'm guessing it's one of those hungry little caterpillars that like to munch on our tomato plants. ;)

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    1. Thanks for your guess, RW1010. You could be right. We'll see next week. So glad you added your guess to the fun.

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  12. OH I love picture guessing games like this! I'm not always good at them but they're fun all the same! LOL! I'm gonna guess a Caterpillar (more specifically I looked up the actual name I think it is: Papilio canadensis, larva) with dew on it!? :)

    Thanks for the fun!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Love your name, Amada, but I would have mispronounced it for sure. So glad you made a guess in my guessing game. And looked up the actual name for your guess and everything. You and Kathleen are giving me a science lesson. I love that. Whether you're right or not will remain a mystery until next week!!

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    2. Thank you! I wanted to put something more than caterpillar since I can see the distinctive markings. Plus if I'm right this is one of my favorite caterpillars because it turns into one of my favorite butterflies! ;) I can't wait to see the whole picture! :D

      Blessings, Amada

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  13. My first thought was a caterpillar or worm. Can't wait for the reveal!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for guessing, Britney. I'll show the "rest of the picture" on Wednesday. Sunday's post will be about the amazing Scavenger hunt. But you're entered for a chance to win Orchard of Hope now too.

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  14. I'm going with disgusting caterpillar - not the scientific name obviously.

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    1. Love your guess, Mary. Whether you're right about the caterpillar part or the disgusting part remains to be seen. Check back next Wednesday to see. Got you entered in the giveaway for Orchard of Hope.

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  15. I'm guessing a dew-covered caterpillar.

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  16. Close, Amy. But not dew covered as I also thought, but in dire straights because of a wasp. Kathleen made me feel sorry for the caterpillar in spite of all the messages saying it was a terrible pest. :)

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