The Unexpected

My semester of unpleasant surprises inspired me to post photos dealing with the unexpected. Some of the photos in this week’s post feature ordinary objects with extraordinary designs, but other photos capture uncommon combinations of common objects and settings.

Mountain Outhouses

Outhouses are a fairly common structures, but would you dare to use these outhouses that are precariously perched on the edge of a mountainside?

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Outhouse in the mountains by Jacek Bednarek (author permitted me to publish this photo on the license below) – Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Photo Description:
Outhouse with an exquisite view on the Tatra Mountains, Slovakia.

Outhouse near (ca 90 m.) the mountain touristic chalet “Chata pod Rysmi” (2250 m., The Montain of Rysy, Slovakia) with an exquisite view on the Tatra Mountains and the Mengusovska Valley.

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By Ian Lord (helmut’s throne) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
A glorified outhouse, at the Piz Languard hut (Sommer 2005, Switzerland).

Date: 26 July 2005, 08:47


By Oxensepp (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
Outhouse at the bivouac area near refuge Tete Rousse

Date: 12 August 2009

Field Oddities

These unconventional scarecrows made me laugh. Adding war paint to the teddy bear was a nice humorous touch.

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By Klearchos Kapoutsis from Santorini, Greece (Funny Scarecrow Uploaded by Yarl) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
A funny scarecrow in a field at Agios Georgios area of Santorini… Scarecrow for… hugs!

Date: 29 May 2010, 16:38


I have seen couches, tires, and old furniture dumped in empty fields, but who needs to dump old telephone booths?

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By Rick Harris from Canada (16:9 Booths in a Field) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
Booths in a field, Ashburn, Ontario Canada

Date: 5 October 2006, 20:38

Source: 16:9 Booths in a Field

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By Rick Harris [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
Red telephone boxes on the Oak Ridges Moraine in Ontario, Canada.

Date: 26 November 2005, 13:00:45

Source: originally posted to Flickr as Abandoned, Lonely Phone Booths

More Telephone Booths with a Twist

I like these unusual telephone booths from Brazil. They are a lot more colorful and creative than the ones in Sacramento.

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By Eugenio Hansen, OFS (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
Grape telephone booth at Festa da Uva Park in Caxias do Sul, rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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By Jorge Andrade from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Phone “cabins” at Beach Park, Fortaleza, Brazil) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
Phone “cabins” at Beach Park, Fortaleza, Brazil

Date: 13 June 2009, 11:37


Here is an interesting mobile phone booth.

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By Ken Banks [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
cycle-based mobile-based public pay phone

Originals from:

Please cite “Stephane Boyera”

Date: 18 May 2007, 15:26:21

Source: originally posted to Flickr as cycle-based mobile-based public pay phone

Weird Weather Vane

This is the first time that I have seen a plane used as a weather vane.

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Photo Description:
The Douglas DC-3 (CF-CPY) that now serves as a weather vane at Whitehorse International Airport.

Surreal Scenery

Flooding can have a strange effect on one’s surroundings.

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Department for International Development [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
Trees cocooned in spiders webs, an unexpected side effect of the flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

Date: 7 December 2010


Author: Russell Watkins, Department for International Development

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By DFID – UK Department for International Development [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:
An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenonemon before – but they also report that there are now less mosquitos than they would expect, given the amoungt of stagnant, standing water that is around.

It is thought that the mosquitos are getting caught in the webs, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.

UK aid – in response to the Pakistan floods – is helping millions of survivors return home and rebuild their lives.

Find out more about the UK government’s response to the Pakistan floods at

Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

Terms of use

This image is posted under a Creative Commons – Attribution Licence, in accordance with the Open Government Licence. You are free to embed, download or otherwise re-use it, as long as you credit the source as ‘Department for International Development’.

Date: 7 December 2010, 08:53

Source: Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

Author: DFID – UK Department for International Development


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