What am I? 2

By mrswoolybill
Another of the Exeter Riddles from the sculpture in the city centre – based on a 9th Century manuscript of riddle-poems. Remember that what you are seeing is wholly reflection, the text is in mirror-writing on the next fin.
The full text in modern translation of this riddle reads:

There’s a bit of earth beautifully sown
with the hardest and the sharpest and the grimmest that men own.
Cut and cleaned, turned and dried;
pleached and wound; bleached and bound;
adorned and arrayed and borne away
to the doors of men. Joy is within
for living creatures. It delays and it stays
a long long while. They live in joy
and naught gainsays. But after death
it begins to gab, to gossip, recklessly.
Shrewd men must think carefully what this creature is.

A number of people worked out the answer to yesterday's Exeter Riddle, a bell – the ring that needs to be released.
I think today's is a bit harder. I'll reveal the answer to this one with tomorrow's upload.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Sculpture Specialist and abstract

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 8:01AM
An intriguing riddle along with an intriguing image -excellent. I haven't a clue what it is by the way.

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
7 Dec 2012 8:09AM
Another impressive capture Moira. The riddle seems to be about growing a crop ~ perhaps barley or hops for brewing beer.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
7 Dec 2012 8:17AM
The riddles stay, people only pass by just like reflections, that's what the photo makes me think, Moira. Impressive!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
7 Dec 2012 8:40AM
Another day another riddle Smile A great capture and wise words from Nazih here Smile
7 Dec 2012 8:41AM
Well captured but the riddle baffles me
Richsr 11 91 223 England
7 Dec 2012 8:52AM
The subject looks to be waving to you Moria, well timed and worked
Regards Richard
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Dec 2012 8:55AM
This one first made me think 'wood', but the last line has thrown me Sad Carol
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
7 Dec 2012 9:31AM
Very photogenic Moira !!! HA HA HA !!!!! you made my morning "Mud mud glorious mud "!!!! Thank you and your very clever sense of humourGrin For this you get my award !!!!!!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 9:46AM
Thanks everyone, and particular thanks to Ron for his UA.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
7 Dec 2012 9:47AM
Fascinating image
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
7 Dec 2012 10:22AM
Cheers !!!! MoiraGrin

Quote:An intriguing riddle along with an intriguing image -excellent. I haven't a clue what it is by the way.

I'm with Lynne on this one Moira,

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 11:52AM
Another different and impressive image Moira.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
7 Dec 2012 12:25PM
These are so unique and the fact that it is all done in reflection makes it even more so.
I think today's riddle is writing on a crypt of tombstone.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
7 Dec 2012 12:30PM
clever clogs.... Excellent Moira.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Dec 2012 2:05PM
I would like to see this clever installation!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Dec 2012 2:58PM
Another cracking shot, Moira - I'm enjoying this series, but have to admit I'm hopeless on these riddles, and again, haven't a clue on this one! Wink
Trev Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
7 Dec 2012 3:52PM
I'm not good at riddles either but like Trev I'm really enjoying the series Moira!

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AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 3:58PM
I was so wrong yesterday - love this one too but not a clue.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 4:19PM
I'm baffled, Moira, but love your photography.
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
7 Dec 2012 5:20PM
Another great shot Moira, it almost makes you thirsty, although waiting a while might make it better.Wink

7 Dec 2012 5:34PM
And there was I, thinking 'A Bell' was too obvious Smile
This one however, is not at all obvious. My first thought though, is a Sheep?

John Smile
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2012 6:08PM
I wonder if that person has the reflection of Moira in her shot? Another excellent shot of this sculpture.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
7 Dec 2012 7:04PM
An observant photographer with an eye for the images we miss.

7 Dec 2012 11:45PM
For some reason like this image a lot, Moira!Smile
7 Dec 2012 11:59PM
It's like a thriller in installments, but with wonderful images. Don
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2012 6:08PM
Another super image and wonderful description.
Nice one.
Darryl. x SmileSmile
Tibetan 5 3 England
9 Dec 2012 11:10AM
You could have knocked me down with the clapper lol. like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 1:32PM
Haha............. had to visit for the answer, glad I didn't say.................... I was barking right uop the wrong treeTongueSad

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