A Clockwork Broken

by Edgar Baird January. 13, 2010 4469 views

A happy little accident a few days ago led to todays photo. What you are looking at is the inner workings of a kitchen timer-and the remains of my failed attempt at being frugal.

The story goes something like this: said kitchen timer decided to quit working last week. It quite possibly gave up it's tick due to an ill-fated attack of gravity; or it could be due to simple overuse.

Regardless, I thought that I, in a fit of cheapness could fix it, so I commenced to disassembling the device with a screwdriver. When the last screw came out and the cover removed, the innards flew out rather violently! I knew right then that I'd been defeated.

But all was not lost, for while cleaning up the results of my handiwork I came upon these three pieces of the puzzle. I found them completely captivating and worthy of being photographed. I also learned a valuable lesson: never waste an hour trying to fix something that you only paid three bucks for-unless of course there is a chance of a good photo :-)

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Pavel 9 years, 4 months ago

Great capture! Like the lighting and especially colour balance. After all spiral as a shape is a simbol of life.... Well thought through. Thanks for sharing:)

9 years, 4 months ago Edited
Carole Gledhill 9 years, 10 months ago

Reminds me of the time I took my clockwork movie camera apart. A very sad moment because at the exact moment the spring launched itself to freedom I realised that the problem was not in that bit of the camera. I put it on my [url=http://www.photoblog.com/caroleagle/2008/05/14/mantlepiece-circa-1982.html]mantlepiece[/url] as an ornament/memorial. (not in this pic must have happened afterwards)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ole Kristian Valle 9 years, 11 months ago

Good story and a nice picture :)

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
K.E.Hopkins 9 years, 11 months ago

beautiful

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Carolinesimone 9 years, 11 months ago

stunning :)

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Energy Un-Limited 9 years, 11 months ago

great accident Edgar , sometimes there the most interesting eul

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gillian 9 years, 11 months ago

I liked reading the story that inspired the photo and a great shot too

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Laura 9 years, 11 months ago

I'm learning that my best photographs are those sorts of accidental ones!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ricardo 9 years, 11 months ago

LOL
:))
See not all ''accidents'' are bad! :))

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gwena 9 years, 11 months ago

very nice shot. I love the lines

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Agnes Felber 9 years, 11 months ago

Mesmerizing springs in good light, great photo!
I loved your anecdote, too! (very familiar story...) :-)))

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Levonthelights 9 years, 11 months ago

great photo and story, favorited

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Joanne 9 years, 11 months ago

that is crazy cool!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Drohask 9 years, 11 months ago

It's one thing to have an amusing anecdote, but to have an interesting photo with awesome composition to go with it is fantastic.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Brenda Mallard 9 years, 11 months ago

You have an excellent eye and an unhampered imagination. Great shot.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
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