announcing the 18th guess the shadow contest!!

50% of the beneficiary rewards to this post go in support of #hive-179017

our marvelous manager @melinda010100 is providing the prizes-
10 HIVE and 400 POINTS!!! feel free join me in thanking her profusely.

our charitable judges tend to be rather benevolent so they still may even recommend pixresteemer nominations to boot.

i would like to express my sincere appreciation to the generous sponsors of the entire shadow hunters community: @hive-179017 @pixresteemer @ecency @taskmanager @apnigrich and @galenkp.

the first to surmise what is making this shadow below gets a prize but there are also prizes for other guesses- mostly based on their entertainment value. it's not much fun if everybody's guesses are almost the same so the more creative the reply, the more the prize.

we also have a special prize- the highly ehived venwood prize which is given
for an extraordinary reply which stretches the limit of what is conceivable to the point where readers can't help but burst out in laughter or at least shake their head in wonder. the venwood prize shall only be awarded for advanced effort abounding with fantastical elucidation. a good one-liner just won't do,

a venwood approach to a mystery is not to attempt to reveal some profound hidden truth, but rather to remove the weight of darkness from the unknown thereby lightening the load for us all. by extension it is an approach to life itself.

last week @dandays kindly contributed 3 HIVE to the contest so this week those very same HIVE are up for grabs included in the venwood prize pot

now here is the mystery image
spiny.jpg
what on earth is making this shadow??

while you scratch your head and rub your chin in deep ponder mode i shall soon seek some suitable judges somewhere.
i'm not the only one looking forward to reading your astute, well founded conclusions.

if you think some ________ (-body else) has beaten you to your guess, there's no need to throw in the sponge, Bob.
just unchain
your fun brain

anybody replying that this is a first edition hardback copy of the debut of Hercule Poirot in The Mysterious Affair at Styles signed by Agatha Christie on the summer solstice exactly 100 years ago today may risk encountering any number of unexplainable mishaps that confound even the best of fictional detectives. you have been warned.

other than the above warning the contest as always has only one rule.
a rule which remains as simple as it is difficult:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
please live by it at least until midnight June 28th.

for an in-depth history of this rule please refer to this post by @offgridlife
@offgridlife/proofofbrain-golden-rule-do-to-others-what-you-want-them-to-do-to-you

and while you are in the community:
i strongly suggest you submit some swanky shadows here:
@melinda010100/shadow-hunters-contest-round-175

and reduplicate ravishing reflections in round 22:
@annephilbrick/reflection-hunters-contest-round-22

happy guessing to all

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