They just don’t come no better than a bear.

There’s an antiques mall a mile or so away from my house.  I sometimes like to go over there and look through their vintage photographs.  I found this one there yesterday.  It cost $2 and was labeled “double exposure”.

When viewed vertically, the clearest part of the picture shows a boy feeding a bear cub in the woods.  The boy is sitting down and the cub is in front of him standing on a fallen log.  It would be a pretty cute picture if it weren’t for the big blurry shapes obscuring the middle of the image.  Hey, what are those anyway?

I turned the picture horizontally and couldn’t see much of anything at first.  Then I noticed that the trees over on the right side were growing in an entirely different direction.  I gradually began to make out a second wooded scene.  The big blurry shapes kept me from putting it all together, though.  Grrrrr.  I still thought it was a cool picture, so I decided to buy it.  I thought it would go well with my collection of bird dresses, sledding girls, and pretty ladies on boats.

It wasn’t until I got home that I was able to make out the horizontal image.  I scanned the picture into my computer and rotated it 90° to the left.  Then I blew it up until I could see the digital image about 3x larger than the original photograph.  That’s when the big blurry shapes turned into a big furry face and I saw the second half of the double exposure!

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11 Responses to They just don’t come no better than a bear.

  1. homebody says:

    Neato photo!

    The blurry shape reminds me of a bear head. I see ears!

  2. I agree with Homey, it is a too close shot of a bear face, that is a GREAT find!!! I would have bought it too 😀

  3. phantomxii says:

    Wait, wait—I see Elvis! I mean, the dog! Are you sure you didn’t get this picture from Cranky?

  4. It looks like those terrible photos you see on paranormal websites, the ones where they have blurry pictures of ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot. Maybe the horizontal photo is actually one caught of Bigfoot staring too close into the lens. Or maybe the forest was haunted.

    • M-----l says:

      I like this comment. You’ve been known to stop by and put me in my place with your wide-ranging knowledge and firm grasp of reality (the snow stopped on the property line because I didn’t rake my leaves, the wooden bookmark wasn’t about naughty scrolls but about drumming up business for a new edition of Genshi, what I thought was a panda was actually a drunk wolverine, etc.), but this time I’m seeing things the way they really are and you’re talking about bigfoot and ghosts. It’s like we’ve switched roles.

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