Had something strange happen when I was in Suffolk for a few days last week. It's probably got a really simple explanation, but I'm not technical enough to know what it is, and I wondered if anyone else does.
What happened is this. I sometimes take photos on my iPhone when I don't have the camera handy, and so I took it out to snap the garden of my friend's cottage. I clicked on the "Photo" symbol and glanced at the last photo on my camera roll, which was this:
FUNNY, I thought. I don't remember taking this photo! . Where did I take it? What is it? A church porch? No, there is no church attached to it. A gatehouse to a big estate? No, the arch is too small for a carriage to get through. Perhaps the entrance of a cemetery? But I haven't been taking photos of any cemeteries. Anyhow, it's too small to be a cemetery chapel.
Puzzling... But T and I had been cycling around slightly aimlessly (though very pleasantly) taking photos here and there. So perhaps I'd just forgotten it, I decided, although it's not like me to forget something like that.
It wasn't till I got to London and downloaded my pictures onto the computer that I thought to check the details of this shot .
And it was taken at 7.11 PM last Saturday, which was 20 minutes before sunset. Around then we'd been expecting a neighbour to drop by at the cottage for a drink. Did I really go out and take this picture then, I wondered,( growing increasingly puzzled...)
Then T noticed that this was actually a very low resolution picture, entirely different from the other photos on my phone. We checked the size and it is indeed very low res. He then said, with the air of Hercule Poirot solving the mystery, "It wasn't taken on your phone!"
I think he's right. But why is it on my camera roll? (His Hercule Poirot skills don't extend to providing an explanation for that!) I've had the phone over 18 months, and received many photo attachments on it, but none of them ever got onto my camera roll without my knowledge.
So that's one puzzle, although of course there must be a logical explanation for it somewhere.
Then, when looking at the Suffolk photos, I came across this one (below), taken a few years ago. I didn't know what it was when I took it, and I still can't quite figure out what is going on or what the story could be. But it looked sort of interesting.
I know this blog has some very creative readers ... and if that is you, and you'd like to use this slightly odd image as a story prompt, I'd be very interested to see it! If you do, you could also send me the link and I will add it here.