Look out! This week’s challenge is about the unexpected thrill of danger.

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I was taking a pleasant stroll along the San Francisco waterfront this past weekend when I was confronted with the alarming possibility of being crushed by mace-wielding trees.

Signage that I’d never noticed before warned me that the trees near Ghirardelli Square could drop seed pods the size of a small planet on me at any moment. Judging by the illustration, the pods were at least six to eight times as large as the human head and covered with vicious four-inch spikes. As a public service announcement to other strollers, I Instagrammed a photo:

Being the cautious person that I am, I then stood right under the tree and peered up, to catch a glimpse of the danger and/or make it easier for a Killer Pod to impale me directly in the eye. I was both relieved and a little disappointed to see normal, non-lethal-sized seed pods — not even the size of a ping-pong ball or an average-size strawberry.

I stared into the tree a moment longer, then went about my walk unmolested by the flora. Still, I admire the hyperbolic sign designer in the San Francisco Department of Public Works for injecting this unexpected frisson of Danger! into an otherwise uneventful afternoon.

This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you.* A view down the steep hill you’re about to bike, the last piece of cake that’s in danger of being eaten, signage in your town warning you about gigantic sword-toting shrubbery — there are lots of places you can take this, not all of them scary. I’m girding my loins!

* Yes, you need the italics and exclamation point. It makes things exciting!

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  1. Your killer seed pods might be myth in San Francisco, but they are not in Australia.

    Here we have the native bunya pina, an aracuria and not a true pine. It’s an inhabitant of the moist subtropical rainforest of the east coast that has been planted in parks and other locations. Australians know, many of them anyway, that you do not pitch your tent or park your car below the tall bunya. That’s because the bunya drops a seed pod, a pod that can weigh in excess of two kilograms.

    Here’s my image illustrating tis week’s theme of DANGER:

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  2. Well the utmost danger I have had in my life expectancy is not having money to spend on a steam sale, was a nightmare seeing all those 90%-off offers, and I couldn’t buy a single one, but It got solved near the end of the sale, which was a relief


  3. hahahaha Michelle! I love how all the government stick people look so FABULOUS. Look at that sassy maneuver as the stick guy slides gracefully from the seed pod.


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