Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Explain This! - The Update

Yesterday when I went for a run I heard the skylark for the third time and also saw lapwings for the third time this season, so it must be spring, which some flowers also indicated.

daffs spring flowers

Having nearly finished my morning exercise I simply had to stop at that tree. I was well equipped for the occasion; I was not only wearing (clipped on) my iPod Shuffle with a magical mix of music - James Morrison, Oasis, Seasick Steve, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae and Adele, but I had my camera!

I examined the rim again, more thoroughly this time, and could not find any crack, split or obvious welding. It was just a little buckled at one point. I tried to pull it against the tree to see if there was any hidden opening; I twisted it and pulled, twisted it and pulled, many times. Nothing! I simply could not figure out how the heck it had ended up like that.

There was no corrosion, because it was made of non-corrosive light metal. Had the tree had time to grow so tall from a time when such wheel rims were manufactured? I do not know. I cannot believe it is not a practical joke of some kind, but I cannot figure out how it has been done. To show you how tall the tree is I used my camera, and can now show you a 40-second video clip. See for yourself, what solution is there to this impossibility?


Protege said...

Lovely pictures of the daffodils.;)) They are a sign of spring.;))

The bicycle rim mystery is deepening; this is VERY mysterious indeed. I will try to show this clip to others and see if anyone has any clue. How extraordinary.;))

swenglishexpat said...

Protege - Thanks for the support! I bet I will end up embarrassed, if and when the truth is revealed, if ever. Could it be that somebody planned this many years ago when the tree was much smaller, surely not. The mystery deepens! ;-) I might just go there again, with a microscope!! :-O

oreneta said...

It must have grown there....it is the only possibility...the only one.

swenglishexpat said...

Oreneta - These fir trees might grow much more quickly here in a warmer climate than for instance Canada or northern Sweden, so maybe. Funny, in that case, that I have not seen it before. I have walked and run past there hundreds of times. ???

1st Lady said...

Very interesting video clip and I have no idea! Oh, I saw a bumble bee today, ok so it was wearing woolies, and 3 pairs of gloves, but still, tis a sign that spring is just around the corner!

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swenglishexpat said...

1stL - All those woollies and gloves must be to practise carrying all the pollen later, getting used to the weight. ;-)

LadyFi said...

Someone put the rim round the base and then welded it together in place ... did a good job of it too!

Aliens came from outer space and fitted it over the tree.

Someone put it there when the tree was small and it has stayed there ever since.

People climbed to the top and then somehow managed to squeeze all the branches through the rim and thus wiggle it down to the base.

swenglishexpat said...

LadyFi - That's what I like, a vivid imagination! I think you have the right answer, but which one? ;-)