Blue Velvet

Life Is Full of Beauty

Life Is Full of Beauty, photo by Harold Davis.

In David Lynch’s wonderfully creepy classic film Blue Velvet you know you’ve entered an alternative and not altogether wholesame nether world when severed body parts start appearing at macro level in the grass.

In the Blue Velvet spirit, I am offering a prize to the first person to correctly identify the disembodied (so to speak) body part in this “wholesome” photo of water drops on two blades of grass. Please specify the body part, where in the photo it is to be found, and provide a theory as to whom it belongs. You can enter your guess or opinion as a comment on this blog story, or send me an email. I will be the sole judge as to accuracy and general craziness of any such submission.

The prize is a free copy of my new book Creative Black & White, shipped when it is available.

This entry was posted in Bemusements, Flowers, Photography, Water Drops.


  1. Harold Davis February 22, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Ron writes:

    in the large drop on the right (last one) it looks like a head has been pierced by the grass.

    as the face (grass blade from ear to ear) is basically hidden, but possibly one of your kids?

    also appears to have torso with arm in the 2 center drops (center of photo & between the 2 blades)

  2. Harold Davis February 22, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Sally writes:

    It looks like to me you have a rather disjointed toe. It is just under the bottom piece of grass in the bubble on the end. I would guess it belongs to the photographer because he was wondering around without shoes on his feet. Either that or you have gnomes living in your yard. Anything is possible! This is a beautiful shot and I strive to someday actually take a picture I can post with some pride.
    I love your Photoblog 2.0

  3. Harold Davis February 22, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Ron is not even close 🙂 Sally, it’s not me, or my bare foot, but you are a little bit warm! Best to all — Harold

  4. JTasoff February 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I would think it was your favorite subject, Katie Rose, in the large drop at the distal end and between the two blades. Katie’s face is bifurcated by the near blade.

    And if it isn’t Katie, it should be.


  5. JTasoff February 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    And Katie’s “pink” shirt is blurred out at the right side. It appears to me that the picture has bee rotated, and the grasses are upright.


  6. Harold Davis February 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi Jack –

    Well, I agree it should be Katie Rose, what a great thing to say, but it isn’t.

    Good job noting the image has been rotated, actually horizontally flipped.

    Very best wishes, Harold

  7. SallyV February 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    OK, darn it all. Is it a finger? If it were me it would be a finger stuck in front of the lens just where it shouldn’t be. I know, no second guesses……….but I’m dying to know. A finger checking out the flower petal?
    I just received the Photoshop Darkroom today. I can’t wait to get into it.

  8. JTasoff February 23, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Okay, one more try, after reading the plot of Blue Velvet: A human ear in the grass of Dorothy’s husband, Dorothy being the character in the movie. As D”orothy’s husband” is a fictional character and this is a real photograph, the person would be someone’s spouse. As you are male, the photographer must have been a female,and the ear being her husband’s But, as the photo is attributed to you, the sexes must be reverse and the ear must belong to your wife, whose name I forget.

    As to the location in the photo, I can imagine a blurred ear int the center of the photograph, almost top to bottom. If it was my sense of humor. “wholesome” would refer to the “whole” of the picture.

    Elementry, Dr. Watson,



  9. Harold Davis February 24, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Okay, Jack and Sally together you are close enough to declare you both the winners (and the “contest” closed). I’ll see that you each get a copy of Creative Black & White.

    There’s am apparently disembodied finger in the largest waterdrop on the right of the image. If you look, you can make out the nail. The finger looks like it is bisected by a blade of grass and is contiguous to a purple flower petal. It belongs to my wife Phyllis, who was holding a blossom in place for me to get added color in the image.

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