Thank you and glad to see you back on board Ruth.
Sorry I made a mistake in posting.
Congratulations on winning what I thought was a very high quality challenge.
Yes, it was taken in the high country. Thank you for your comments.
Taken from Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track in New Zealand.
Two firsts in three days gives me a buzz. Thankyou Dpreview and all the voters. I enjoy this site and the chance to participate daily which other competitions don't give you.
Thank you. You always run interesting challenges that appeal to me.
Thank you. This was actually last in a challenge called dirty and I think most people felt it was off topic though I entered because of the hazy sky.
I know the rules say one or more adults but I feel that a single person photo doesn't fit the title of people which is a plural word.
Disappointing that so many people have put in their first picture with a new camera when they're obviously already an accomplished photographer and not their genuine first attempts.
jcmi: Congratulations. Are they snow gums? Bogong High Plains or thereabouts!
On the Ramshead Range in the Snowy Mountains so yes they are snowgums.
The original with comments is here: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3976570705/photos/2795842/img_19533-2-yellow-rowboat
Nice and sharp in the centre and tapering off to the edges.
A different and interesting idea for a new challenge. Well done!
It looks a bot like one I've taken a phot of and I thought it might be Lycoperdon pyriforme - puffball. The one I took was light brown though but a similar shape.
I have always found them in the alpine area of Australia and I have never noticed a smell but I've also never tried to smell one.
Well done those who guessed plant matter. It is the curled leaf of a pandanus plant in Tasmania, Australia.
mould on grated cheese
Yes, it's actually the spines of two echidnas.