Wake of a house.

Am I weird for noticing that kind of stuff?

When I posted that picture of the fountain in the last post, it very strongly reminded me of a breakfast my sister and I had in Shetland in 2009, where the flags on the two poles outside the window were blowing towards each other (clearly caught in the wake of the house). I remember me mentioning it to her and taking pictures of it then, but even though I have looked through hundreds of pictures from that epic holiday, I can’t find the pictures that I remember taking through the window. But what I found instead is that I took pictures of the phenomenon from the outside. On three different days!

Day 1.

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Shetland flags outside a youth hostel in Lerwick, Shetland.

Day 2.

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Same house, same flags, different day.

Day 3.

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Same house, same flags, third day.

Do you see what I mean? How weird and fascinating is that??? (And how weird and slightly disturbing is it that I vividly remember those flags that we saw 5 years ago?)

But seriously. Doesn’t that make you wonder what the story behind those flag poles might be? Did they put up one and then noticed after a while that it never showed the wind direction that the flags down at the harbor showed, so they put up the second one on the other side of the house? Did they realize right away that flags on the lee side of a house were going to do something weird, so in order to show that they put two poles? Is there a hidden camera somewhere, waiting to capture people’s reaction to the flags? So many questions…

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