Liamvasik is close in concept but with some critical points missing.
To mp82: I can see why you may think belt given the colors and, to a degree, the texture.; but no, not a belt (at least not in the conventional sense).
Perhaps a knife for scraping hides?
Good guesses, but not correct. You might never touch one unless you have a very specific job.
I agree, a scupper.
Are entrys limited to single animals - not more than one in the frame?
Thanks for the kind comments. This picture came as a result of my seeking shelter in my hotel in Lisbon one rainy afternoon in 1966.
Taken with stand-mounted camera with the object elevated on clay-tipped posts above a non-reflective background.
Thanks for all the very thoughtful suggestions, many would have been real contenders. For NancyP: they are Black Crowned Night Herons in their nest at Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Redington Shores, FL (www.seabirdsanctuary.com)They are the offspring of birds that have been brought to the center as a result of an injury or have simply chosen the site for a nest.
Where is this remarable - and over-the-top - strucure?
Given the overwhelming response to this challenge - it filled in less than a day - is there a chance you will expand its limits?
The two paintings shown in this image are almost polar opposites. The picture to the right which contributed the title for this entry, is the work (1996) of a self-taught artist, Mary Proctor, who applied found objects and a variety of media to an abandoned door in depicting her view of an afterlife in which she will be reunited with her grandmother. The painting to the left, "Sea of Grass," is a late work (1982) of Jimmy Ernst, the only child of famed Surrealist Max Ernst and is attributed by his widow to his reaction at his first visit to the Everglades and the view from his studio window in Nokomis Florida. Both are on display at the St. Petersburg, Florida Museum of Fine Art. The girl in the picture was very engaged with "Street of Gold," spending several minutes in detailed study of virtually every square inch and all the disparate elements of this highly complex work.
Perhaps the origin of the "No-tell Motel."
Guinea Fowl - Google it for images
The way I heard it was two drunks in a bar in Nogales ordered a couple of Long Necks...
Pat & Eyeful Tour were correct: a very close up shot of the grill and a tiny sliver of the logo on a Martin Audio Stage Monitor.
Actually, I would like to revise my earlier guess: I now think it is a flat spot on a badly worn tire.
Jezsik and Wildbegonia,
I appreciate your kind comments; actually the only post processing was attempting to recover lost detail. Since I had lost the negative, I only had a print I had made for a book publisher as a potential book cover for a poetry text. They had specified much higher contrast attempting a much more graphic image in order to minimize production costs - no screens needed. I have been slowly digging through more than fifty years of negatives and slides covering as many years of travel on several continents and spanning many events that have shaped the world we live in today. This was only one.