What’s Going On in This Picture? | March 16, 2020

Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the moderated conversation about what you and other students see.

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  1. I see couple of people rowing boat, probably in Central Park. A lady on the boat is in post-war style fashion so this picture might be taken in 50s or early 60s. As color photography got popular among 70s, this monochrome picture was taken before 70s. I think this picture was taken in a warm day as a man on the boat wears short sleeve shirt. I also see people diving into the pond for fun or picking up trash. I also can see some white space around the picture. It makes me think of photography in museums.

  2. @Dan Why do you think that they are diving for fun? If it is in Central Park is it even allowed to dive for fun?

  3. @Dan Thats a really good conclusion, that they are picking up trash. That seems very possible as they can be trying to help the environment for the wildlife, like the birds, we see in the pond.

  4. Good morning @Dan @KathleenAOSE and @Katie A! It's so great to see that you all are already in conversation about this image. @Dan you brought up a lot of interesting points and hypotheses. @KathleenAOSE and @Katie A are most interested in your comment regarding the divers in the foreground. @KathleenAOSE what did you see that made you question municipal regulations for diving? @Dan was questioning whether this was a recreational activity or not, @Katie A what did you see that made you agree that this might not be purely for fun? That they might be contributing to pond cleanup? Keep up the close looking and discussion!

  5. It is summer in Central Park in New York. As it is summer we wonder if this is a race, perhaps a charity event and the people in wetsuits are taking part. Or it could be more sinister and they are police divers doing an investigation for a weapon or body and the boating people are being kept awayy

  6. @Miss Macd's Class If it is a race, why do the people in the picture looks so relaxed?

  7. Hi there @Miss Macd's Class! Your students noticed the distance between the divers and the boaters and came up with two very different ideas - perhaps this is a race, or perhaps this is a police investigation of sorts. @KathleenAOSE added that they appear relaxed looking. What did you all see that made you say that? Provide details from the image to support your claims!

  8. I think there has been a murder in the main lake of one New Yorks major parks. Rarley are there scooba divers in park lakes given their man-made beginings and the only logical explanation is that they are searching for a corpse.

  9. @ZoidBerg That'a an interesting thought, but then why would they allow people to be boating if they are doing an investigation?

  10. Hello @ZoidBerg! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us today. We know that not all lakes are man-made. With this in mind, take a look at the image again and consider why scuba divers might be in this park lake. @Katie A interjected an interesting question regarding the presence of other people at the lake -- this is something to consider as well. What's going on in this picture? Remember to support your ideas with visual evidence found in the image!

  11. @ZoidBerg That is interesting that you think there was a murder in the lake. However why would they let people be boating if it were a murder? Maybe the divers are looking for something, but not a corpse.

  12. Scuba divers are helping to clean up the lake in Central Park.

  13. @Angel let's hear more from you! What do you see that makes you say this is Central Park? What more can you find?

  14. @Angel Hi! Your perspective that the scuba divers are cleaning the lake is interesting, I hadn't thought of that idea. What do you think they are cleaning up? Why does the park need to be cleaned?

  15. I assume that the photo was taken on a warm, sunny day in somewhere between late spring and early fall based on the trees, the clothes that people are wearing, and the lighting. It seems to be an old photo because of it being in black and white and because of the clothes the people are wearing. The woman closest to the camera is wearing something similar to what I think of as 60's fashion. Because of the skyscrapers in the background, I think it's in a city, maybe New York. It could be in Central Park. I have a couple thoughts as to why the scuba divers are there. They could be taking samples of the water and plants to test for a chemical imbalance. They could be collecting trash or objects that fell into the water. There could be a structure underneath the water that they are examining to keep up to date.

  16. Hi @Adam! Great use of evidentiary based reasoning, conditional language, and details in all of the ideas you presented on the setting (location, time period, atmosphere). Keep it up! You also offered three different possibilities to explain the presence of the scuba divers. @Angel and @Dan have also suggested that they might be cleaning up the lake. Collecting water samples or examining an underwater structure are two new ideas. What did you see that made you say that these could be other possibilities?

  17. @Adam I'm not sure if they are testing for chemical imbalance because there are clearly people still in the water. That seems like a more serious issue, so whatever the scuba divers are looking or testing for is definitely not an urgent issue. I agree that the skyscrapers suggest that this is New York City, and it looks very warm outside.

  18. In the picture there looks to be a park with buildings in the background. It could possibly be Central Park in NY. There are many people in boats on the lake that look to be for recreational use. There are four scuba divers coming out of the lake to clean the lake. The picture is in black and white and scuba diving was invented in 1942. The woman's dress in the background is also in a 1940-1950 style.

  19. Morning @KathleenAOSE! It's great that you are considering things such as the year scuba diving was invented along with the dress style to try and contextualize the decade that this image was taken. What visual evidence can you provide for your other ideas? For example, what do you see that made you say they are cleaning the lake? That the boaters are all recreational?

  20. In this picture it looks like divers are in a pond with birds and people boating around them. Due to the outfits people are wearing as well as the fact that the picture is black and white, I assume that it is taken in the 1950s or 60s. I wonder why the diver are in the pond and what they are looking for. Maybe they are trying to put a fountain in the lake and they need people to review what the floor of the pond looks like, or maybe they are trying to help the animals that live in that pond have a cleaner environment to live in? I also am wondering why the boaters and divers are in the pond at the same time, isn't that a hazard? Also I think this picture is in central park due to the viable towers which look familiar as I think I have seen them in the skyline of the Upper East Side, and also I believe the fountain in the picture is the Bethesda fountain, in Central Park.

  21. Hello @Katie A! You think you might be able to specifically identify this location as Bethesda fountain in Central Park, and you're noticing the skyline as the Upper East Side of New York. Two considerations you have are that they are potentially trying to install an additional fountain in the pond, or perhaps this is an environmental clean-up effort. What did you see that made you say that? You're also questioning the safety of having both the divers and boaters in proximity - what do you see that makes you say this might be a hazard?

  22. I think this is in Florida because of the trees - which might be Spanish Moss. I think the scuba divers might be diving to find trash in the water. I see a lot of boats on the water. I think the picture is old because it's black and white and there are people wearing clothes you don't see anymore.

  23. @Baylen H. welcome to the image discussion! You've presented an alternative idea, that this image might be set in Florida instead of New York. You noticed the vegetation in the image, specifically the trees and what might be Spanish Moss hanging from their branches. Keep looking. What more can you find?

  24. @Baylen H. It looks more like New York City. The skyscrapers in the background suggest this, and it also looks like it is Central Park. I definitely agree that this picture was taken several decades ago. What do you think the significance of the scuba divers is? Are they testing the water or trying to clean up the trash? The divers look separated from the boats by buoys.

  25. I think they are looking for something because of the amount of scuba divers also I think this in a park in Chicago because to can se the buildings in the background

  26. @Noah Anderson good morning! Like others, you agree that the divers are looking for something. What do you see that makes you say the quantity of divers supports this hypothesis? You also agree that this looks like a park in an urban setting, noticing the buildings in the background. While most have suggested that this image is set in New York, you think it might be in Chicago. What do you see that makes you say that? Always remember to root your ideas in evidence from the image, and keep up the good work!

  27. @Noah Anderson What do you think they are looking for? A dead body? Hidden treasure?

  28. i think that there looking for something of value however it seems very public so not dangerous. or classified i also think that it seems romantic that might be part of it.

  29. @stephen Interesting answer. If it's a romantic gathering, why do you think there are scuba divers there? That's pretty odd, right?

  30. Greetings @stephen! Thanks for sharing your interpretation of the image with us. I'm interested in hearing more about your ideas! What do you see that makes you say they are looking for something? That it might be valuable? I'm also intrigued by this romantic aspect that you mentioned. What do you see that makes you say this could be romantic? Tell us more!

  31. @stephen Hi! I think you have some very interesting points. Why do you think that what they are doing is classified. It is a public park and there are people sitting in the boats. Don't you think they would ask questions about why these strange people are swimming in the lake?

  32. This photo has a bunch of scuba divers that I think are looking for something. I can tell because why else would they be scuba diving in a busy river full of boats and people. This photo also looks like it was taken in a city, because of the tall skyscrapers in the back. Maybe it was taken in Central Park, NYC. I'm guessing this photo was taken around the 1950's because it is in black and white, and the outfits the people in the boats are wearing fit that time frame. This was probably summertime because everyone on the boats are wearing short sleeves.

  33. Hey @Sophia AOSE, thanks for contributing to today's image discussion. There have many many ideas tossed around regarding the setting, and you've suggested a new idea about this body of water. What do you see that makes you say this might be a river?

  34. this obviously seems to be some sort of community lake or even a private one with a lot of members. I see two things in this picture. One is that it might be a very nice day, causing may people to be out on rowboats to enjoy the day and some are scuba diving maybe to look for something at the bottom of the lake. My second guess is that maybe someone pr something drowned or got lost in the water and all of these people are almost a search party. It's not very common for there to be scuba divers in lakes, so because of that, it leads me to believe that they're there to look for something important or precious that is under the water and that the people in the boats are looking to see if there's anything to help their search above the water.

  35. Morning @Emma AOSE! It sounds like one idea you are considering is of this image as a whole, where even the people depicted have a unified mission and are searching for something, or someone, together. What did you see that made you say that? I'm also interested in these polar ideas of the body of water being either a community lake or a private lake. Tell us what you saw in the image that made you consider these two options. Keep it up!

  36. I believe that this is a photo of people enjoying their time in post World War 2 New York City. The photo is in black and white and based on the style of clothing the people in the boats are wearing and the lack of multiple skyscrapers in the background, I believe that this is early 1900s New York City. The fountain at the very end of the pond furthers my thought that this is New York, specifically Central Park since there is a large fountain just like that one in the park today. The one thing that does confuse me is why the people would be scuba diving in a public park. I believe that these are people who are testing out a new invention that was a product of the war, scuba diving. During World War 2, two frenchmen in German-occupied France invented the first scuba diving set for the French Navy to use. Now that the war is over, I beileve that they sold their product for recreational use as seen in this photo.

  37. @Colleen AOSE I like your connection to new inventions during World War 2. However, would scuba divers be able to swim in close proximity to other people on row boats, especially for recreational use? Would this be a hazard?

  38. @Emma K. AOSE - thank you for your reply to @Colleen AOSE's original comment! @Colleen AOSE, I hear you looking carefully at the background of the image and wondering about the setting here - you think it might be Central Park in New York City after World War II. @Emma K. AOSE, you are building on the original comment and wondering about the scuba divers in the foreground. @Colleen AOSE - what do you see that makes you say the gear they are using might be a new invention? And what more can we find?

  39. I think it is a training for diving, because there is buoys in a rectangel and in it is peopel in diving gear and think the people in the boats are instructors telling them what to do.

  40. @Marcus chick good thought about the training of scuba divers. Why do you think that they are training around the public?

  41. @Marcus chick Interesting observation about the buoys. I hadn't noticed them at first. You think that they are training. Do you have any guesses about where they might be?

  42. @Marcus chick I did not think about that fact that the divers were practicing which is a very good point! But i disagree with you when you said the people in the boats are giving directions. The people in the boats seem to be rowing and enjoying their day, not helping the scuba drivers.

  43. I think that this picture was taken in Central Park in New York City. I notice the tall buildings in the background, and from personal experience, this looks like a scene from central park, especially with the tourists and the trees. I assume that this was taken in the 1950's because of the fashion style of the women and the black and white quality of the photograph. I also noticed that there were scuba divers in the front of the picture. They are probably fixing a fountain, or testing the safety of this lake. The scuba divers could test the water quality for the animals, to provide a safe atmosphere, or they could even be searching for something that was lost.

  44. @Emma K. AOSE - welcome to this morning's conversation! It sounds like you agree with others like @Colleen AOSE in that you both think this might be taking place in Central Park in New York City. You also agree that this might be post WWII - the 1950s specifically - and I hear you looking closely at the clothing you see for evidence of the time period. It sounds like you also are thinking there could be multiple interpretations as to why the scuba divers are in the water - they might be fixing something, testing the safety of the water, providing safety, or searching for a lost item. What do you see that makes you say that you're unsure as to what they're doing?

  45. @VTS Moderator I am unsure about what the scuba divers are doing because in a city lake, there could be many possibilities. Maybe there was a crime, because in cities, that is always possible. Or perhaps, the water just needs to be tested for the safety of people. I question why there are so many scuba divers, which could lead me to believe that there is something important going on.

  46. I think this picture was taken in the 50s, and it was taken in Louisiana because of the big pelican statue(state bird) on a lake and the scuba divers are lifeguards making sure the boats are safe. I think the person that is not in a boat or in scuba gear fell out of a boat that is not in the picture, and he is floating because there is secretly a scuba diver under him.

  47. Thank you for sharing your ideas this morning, @Dylan Johnson! You are thinking carefully about the setting - the time and place - of this image, and wondering if it could be in the 1950s in Louisiana. You are also considering what role the scuba divers might be playing, and I hear you concluding that they might be helping, or protecting, the people in the boats. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say they are protecting the people in the boats?

  48. The picture seems to have been taken in a park that could be in the center of a city. I believe it can be in a city due to the fact that you see y’all buildings in the background. It could have been taken on a weekend because you have people sitting calmly in a boat and scuba divers. These activities seem more likely to happen on a weekend rather than a weekday. The picture can also demonstrate a disconnection between the busy lifestyle of a city life and the calmness of the park

  49. Welcome to this morning's discussion, @Karina Berber, and thanks for sharing your ideas today! It sounds like you are thinking about the difference between the background, the city, and the foreground, the park, and you're concluding they are perhaps somewhat contrasting, or opposite, scenes! (I hear you saying the city in the background might represent a busier kind of lifestyle, and the scene in the foreground might represent leisure or weekend activities.) What do you see that makes you say the foreground, or park area, feels particularly calm to you, or like it might have happened on a weekend?

  50. @Karina Berber I also noticed the tall buildings in the background so this is most likely in a city. I saw the people doing different activities with the water.

  51. The skyscrapers in the background suggest that this is a park in New York City. It is most likely summer if people are using boats on the lake. There are many scuba divers, which seems very unusual, but this is most likely a job of some sort. They may be looking for something lost in the lake or trying to clean up any unwanted objects from the lake. They could also be scientists that are researching the ecosystem in this lake. Despite them working in the lake it is nothing urgent because other people are still using boats. The area between the divers and the boats is divided by buoys.

  52. @Uliana AOSE, thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are really paying attention to the setting in this image - what seems normal to you and what seems out of place. You're highlighting the scuba divers in the foreground seem abnormal, and I hear you offering several different ideas as to what they could be doing? Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say they might be doing a job - either cleaning up the lake or researching the ecosystem?

  53. I think that the time of this photo was probably in the sixties, due to the woman's clothes in the background and the fact that they are using rowboats. Also it might be in late spring to early fall, due to the trees in the background. Also, it might be in the middle of the day, because you can see sun shining on the lake. I think the place where this photo was taken is a public park, because of the lake and a water fountain in the background. I think the reason the scuba divers are there is probably not too big of a problem because everyone in the photo looks pretty calm and there are people in rowboats on the lake it must not be a crime scene. maybe someone on the rowboat dropped something important. Maybe the scuba divers are there to see if the lake water is safe to swim in. Maybe they are there to clean the lake. Maybe they are fixing something that is out of the picture , like a statue or a monument or a bridge.

  54. @Ariana Why so many maybes ? are you having second guesses on your thoughts ?

  55. @Ariana I agree with your comments about the scuba divers not being there for any serious reasons, because if they were they would have evacuated the lake. I do not however think that they are there to see if the lake is safe to swim in because then I doubt they would let people ride boats on the lake. Perhaps the scuba divers are looking for something that someone had dropped, or maybe they are there for recreational purposes.

  56. @EmilyAOSE I agree with everything you've just said, except for the part about how people in rowboats wouldn't be there if the water wasn't safe. I think that since this is set in the sixties, it might not be as safe. Obviously, I have not lived in the sixties, but I would assume that it was not as safe as the present. But I do agree that it would be weird if the scuba divers were there just to test the water safeness.

  57. In my opinion I believe that it was just a regular day in the city in New York, where people were enjoying their nice boat trip! But it also looks like this picture was taken in the 1900s because of how the women in the background have their style! The location may perhaps be Central Park. Secondly, you see the scuba divers who popped up from the water, which they possibly were looking for some sort of an item or necessity or that caught their attention towards that pond!

  58. @Jonathan Oidor , this makes perfect sense !

  59. @Jonathan Oidor Hi Jonathan! I was wondering what made you think that this picture was taken in New York City and central park. There are so many other parks in the middle of cities.

  60. @Jonathan Oidor I was also thinking maybe Central park! I also think that the scuba divers were probably looking for something in the pond, because I can't think of another reason why they would be disturbing the people in the boats.

  61. In this picture I see people scuba diving and in boats. I also notice that the lake is in the center of a park. Another thing I see is that there are really tall building in the back round. Finally, I think the scuba diving are at the lake looking for something because most scuba divers go to a lake to find valuable things. (SEMHS)

  62. @Abel Chagollan Do you think it's typical to see divers in lake's or would you say it's more common in oceans and wider open bodies of water?

  63. Looking at the picture I assume that it was taken in New York simply because of the tall buildings and it’s as if I can imagine how vibrant and urban the environment would be if it wasn’t in black and white. The couples in the boat seem to be doing the activity as if it was something that was hosted that day, kind of like an event that could be set up for Valentines Day. This only leads me to believe that the scuba divers were there to help manage anything in order to keep the couples safe or to perform an act for the couples to enjoy, as entertainers.

  64. @Karla Ortega , I totally agree with you. this makes perfect sense

  65. Thank you for your comment this morning, @Karla Ortega! You're considering all aspects of this picture - looking closely at the background to conclude this might be in New York, and examining the foreground to hypothesize this might be a special event. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say this might be a Valentine's Day celebration?

  66. @Karla Ortega You're right, it probably was something like a couples' day. It might be New York. I never thought of the scuba divers as entertainment but possibly. They could definitely be there to help things move smoothly.

  67. In this picture, some diving men are looking for something in the water while others are in their boats minding their business . Some people are paddling in their boats. This proves that their are people in their boats not paying attention to the divers. Another fact is that the divers have to wear protective clothing to not get wet. This proves that they are in the water. Another fact is that some of the men are coming from underwater and others are going under. This proves that they are looking for something underwater. These are my three reasons on why I believe that these diving men are looking for something, while others are in there boats minding their business.

  68. @Jakara - thank you for your thorough reading of this picture! You are noticing evidence to prove your claims about what the scuba divers are doing, and how that is different from the people in the boats. Let's keep looking - what more can we find?

  69. There are scuba divers because they have all that gear on and it seems as if they are looking for something in the lake. To me it looks like a lake because it’s not very large and it’s surrounded by land and trees. Normally you wouldn’t see scuba divers at a lake, I find it rare, they’d usually be at the ocean or something. Another thing is that this must be some park due to all the trees and people that are on rowboats. In the background you can see some buildings so I’m assuming they’re in a city. Since the picture is in black and white maybe this was taken in an older time.

  70. @Kevin Medrano - thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are looking carefully at the details in this image, and basing your conclusions off of the evidence you see. You agree with others who think this might be a lake in a city park, and you're noting the black and white quality and concluding this is an older scene. You're also highlighting the strange thing about this image - that there are scuba divers in a place you might not normally expect to see them! Let's keep looking - what more can we find?

  71. This picture is taking place in New York City on a river. This river is the Hudson river, and when this picture was taken, there was something strange happening. The picture being in black and white suggests to me that this is in the 1960s or around that time, and the outfits of the women appear to be dated. The women are in row boats with someone else in each, possibly their significant other. I believe these people on boats are all in a movie filming, and the scuba divers shown in the water are the movie directors/filmers. The reason they are under water is to get a good angle for the film, possibly which could be a shark attack movie, like jaws, or just something with fish and sea creatures.

  72. Welcome to this morning's conversation @Brynn! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us on this week's picture. I hear you agree with others who say this might be set in New York City. You think it might be an older image, perhaps set in the 1960s. It sounds like you also have a novel idea as to who the scuba divers might be, and what they might be doing - you think they might be assisting in helping film a movie. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say they might be filming?

  73. What I see in this picture is towers and people riding in boats and just relaxing haveing fun watching the view of the city in the park and I see scuba divers trying to find something or just trying to find fish or gold and I see trees and people haveing a good day and just playing around In the park with there family or walking their dogs or running

  74. People in New York are enjoying a summer day. We know it's summer because the ladies are in bathing suits and the trees have leafed out. The scuba divers are either searching for something, or they are taking lessons to learn how to scuba dive. We think that this photo was taken recently, in the last decade.

  75. @Mrs. Angove - thank you for joining this morning's discussion! It sounds like you are considering the setting here - specifically the time and place of the picture. You think it might be summer in New York in the last 10 years. You are also offering several different ideas on what the scuba divers could be doing. What do you see that makes you say they might be either searching for something, or perhaps learning to dive? And let's keep looking - what more can we find?

  76. @Mrs. Angove If this picture was taken within the decade, why do you think it's taken or filtered in black and white?

  77. This picture is most likely taken in a big city because of the tall buildings in the background. There are many couples in row boats in the lake. This lake seems to be in the middle of a park. One thing I noticed is in all the boats was they are only couples. This makes me think the park has organized some sort of couple day. This picture was probably taken in the sixties because of the women's hats and the fact that the photo was taken in black and white, which was still common in the 60s. There are 4 scuba divers in the lake. I think they are looking for something in the lake. They are definitely going deep underwater because of all their gear. The divers don't seem to be an interruption to anyone because all the in the boats do not seem distracted by the divers.

  78. @Sonali aose - thank you for sharing your thoughts on what might be happening in this morning's picture. You're noticing some small details that allow you to come to some conclusions - the presence of only couples in the boats makes you think it might be a specific couples event, and the seriousness of the scuba gear makes you think the divers might be going deep. Let's keep looking - what more can you find?

  79. It’s seems as though a group of scuba divers are looking for something important in a lake. I assume it is a lake, because there are other people doing things such as rowing in a boat. Also, it seems like the lake is somewhere in a city like New York, because there are many tall buildings surrounding the lake.

  80. @Alyssa Medina I agree that the people are on a lake. I also noticed how they are in an urban area. What do you think the scuba divers are searching for?

  81. Thank you for your comment @Alyssa Medina. You're carefully considering the possibilities in this picture - that it might be a lake, possibly in a big city like New York, and the scuba divers in the foreground might be looking for something important. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say they might be looking for something important in the lake?

  82. This picture looks like it was not taken too recently because of the black and white. I believe it may take place in the 1950s-60s because of what the people are wearing. It takes place in a body of water, like a river, near a city. Maybe some people are there for a day trip and it is a spot where couples can go in a boat together. Because of this, I'd assume the water isn't too deep, however there are also people in scuba gear. There are actually a lot of them in the water so I think they're searching for something.

  83. @Annelisse - thanks for sharing your thoughts today! I hear you thinking carefully about the setting - or the time and place - of this picture. You're also wondering about several possible interpretations here - you are thinking this is a good place for couples to go, and you're also wondering about the depth of the water here. What do you see that makes you say on the one hand it shouldn't be deep, and on the other, it might be?

  84. In this picture, I can see that is it in black and white. What I also see is that the picture is taken in somewhat looks like a park with a lake. What makes me say that is that there are many people there, people are on boats, and people are scuba diving, which is sorta odd because usually you would see people scuba diving in the ocean, not a lake. Another thing that I notice was that everyone seems to be minding their own business. (SEMHS)

  85. Welcome to this morning's discussion, @Diane Puentes, and thank you for commenting! It sounds like you are first struck by the color scheme of this picture - noticing that it is black and white. You are also noticing the setting (that it seems to be a lake in a park) and observing the people doing different activities here. You are also observing the lack of interaction between the figures, or people, here. What do you see that makes you say they are all minding their own business?

  86. in the picture above it shows that there’s people inside a lake trying to look for something underwater . It looks like it’s taking place in New York, it doesn’t look like a big fuss that their there because there is other people rowing on their boats. The scuba divers body language looks like it’s their first time doing this. The picture looks like it was taken in 1900’s. It seems like it’s summer and everyone’s enjoying themselves.

  87. @Alejandra Sanchez - thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you're really considering the small details here - the diver's body language, the calmness of the situation - to lead you to your conclusions. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say the body language of those in scuba gear seems like it's their first time doing this?

  88. I think the people on the row boats are on dates on valentine's day and the scubadivers are performing something for them. I see that there are two people per boat which is why I think it's a romantic day and since the scuba divers are in the middle of a pond in a city( there's tall buildings so I'm assuming it's a city like Seattle or New York). The photo is in black and white so perhaps it was taken in the past or the photographer just put it in black and white to have a vintage look. One of the passengers on the row boats is also wearing a bathing suit so perhaps the scuba divers are meant to push the boat?. Or another theory is that this was a scripted picture where it's meant to demonstrate the past and future. The past being the couple in the row boat wearing bathing suits and the future being the scuba divers. Perhaps because they are 2earing completely different attire it's supposed to show that in the future the water is to acidic or basic for human skin so they have to wear suits to go swimming?. Referencing SEMHS

  89. @Daniela alcazar, thanks for joining this morning's discussion! I hear you looking carefully at this scene and trying to think about how the different pieces fit together. I appreciate hearing you think through several different interpretations as to what could be going on here! You're wondering if the scuba divers might be performers for the people in the boats, or if they are perhaps pushing the boats along. You also wonder if perhaps this is meant to shed light on the past vs. the future, and perhaps it shows a dystopia - an undesirable, imagined future in which the water is not possible to swim in without protective gear. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say this might be a scripted picture (or one that is meant to demonstrate something), as opposed to being candid or natural?

  90. @VTS Moderator At first I thought it may have been a scripted picture because I thought scuba gear seemed like an odd thing to wear if they were performers, synchronized swimming suits would have made more sense in my opinion or if it was meant to be a valentine's day performance perhaps flashier swim gear would have been more accurate. After taking another look at the photo the divers seem to be quite far away from the boats as well and are forming a diagonal line with the divers in the back. My take on that is that perhaps they keep their distance from the rowers to show that they are not purposely in the water to perform.

  91. In the following image you can see that the image looks a little old because of the black and white. It seems as of the scuba divers are looking for something because of how many there are. It also seems that the couples in the back are not concerned of the scuba divers presence in the water. This looks like a big city park because of the buildings in the background. (SEMHS)

  92. The image above clearly takes place outside in a building, as it shows big trees and buildings in the background. I believe it was taken in the mid 1900’s because of the white clothing the woman is wearing in the boat and also the black and white picture is more clear and defined in color. Another thing that I see is that people, mostly adults are doing recreational activities in the lake such as scuba diving and canoeing in a large lake, in where people rent them so others can enjoying each other’s company, possibly during the weekend, in where they have free time. The suba divers on another hand is hard to determine what their doing, my first thought was that they were looking for gold but then I told myself, why at a lake? So then I thought either one they are looking for something someone lost or two, they are just doing it for fun, because honestly who would want to scuba dive at a lake, in where you can’t really see a lot. So they must just be doing it for fun and do an activity together.

  93. When looking at the picture the scuba divers are the first thing that stands out and I can see they are scuba divers by the equipment they are wearing. They are probably several of them swimming around the lake searching for something. It doesn't seem like it's an urgent thing, because the local people you can tell are still riding in the boats as if it were just like a regular day . The background shows very tall skyscrapers in New York City which I can believe was shot. The picture's color is also black and white, and it was probably taken in the mid 60's due to the clothes the women are wearing.

  94. I see lots of tress and building maybe it’s los angles or possible New York even. I see both couples on boats and on shore, maybe it’s a family park or community park too even. I also see divers maybe the lake connects to the ocean or the divers are looking for new things in a new environment. From viewing so many people outside maybe the weather is so hot or maybe the like being outside in the sun. In the very back the building on the far right it looks like something is biting because of the nice weather because things are most likely to catch on fire with such a warm temperature.

  95. Seeing divers in a boating lake is quite unusual. I am wondering how many divers there are. In addition to the four in the foreground, there are at least two and perhaps three visible in the distance. Perhaps there are submerged divers too. The boaters seem to be enjoying themselves. Two in the boat in the middle of the picture look as if they are talking with one of the divers. The sense of calmness in the photo suggests that the divers may be there for training or enjoyment. Perhaps they are learning to dive.

  96. @Chris - thank you for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are struck right away by the presence of divers in what appears to be a lake for boating! You're noting specifics of this surprising element of the picture - how many divers there are, and how they might be interacting with the figures in the boats. Overall, you think they are in-keeping with the general calm you perceive in the picture, and they might be there for leisure or for training. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say the picture feels calm to you? Keep up the great close-looking!

  97. There are scuba divers looking for a lost valuable in the lake. Since there are 4 of them in one area, I believe they are all looking for the same thing. It seems like a lake since it isn’t that big and there are other people around them. The buildings in the back make me think that they could be at a park.

  98. This picture appears to be from a while ago. It is most likely from the 50s because it is in black and white. The people on the boats are also wearing clothing that is not modern. The people on the boats seem to just be enjoying their time. The people in the scuba gear are either searching for something or are just doing it for fun. This does not seem like it is a large body of water. It is most likely just a lake or large pond. This is probably taking place in a city-like area.

  99. In this picture you can see people in the water wearing some type of scuba diving outfit. There are quite a few of them, so I'm guessing that they are looking for something. If this is true, the thing the are looking for must not be toxic or dangerous because the water would be evacuated and nobody would be on it, but you can see people on boats who aren't these divers. The people on the boats don't seem very distracted or interested in the divers, so this may be a normal thing they did. I'm guessing this picture was taken sometime in the mid to late 1900s based on the peoples' outfits and the black and white picture. There are skyscrapers in the background which makes be think this picture was taken in New York City in the summertime (judging by the full trees and the fact that people are sailing and not wearing coats or anything like that), but there's no way to really tell where this takes place for sure.

  100. In this picture, I see an event going on at a lake in a park. I believe it is a park because of the trees and the fountain in the back. There is also a banner on the pole to the right but I could not identify what it has on it. The event seems to revolve around people on rowboats and scuba divers. There are two per boat and they seem to be enjoying themselves indicated by their relaxed and calm postures which might be the purpose of the event. The scuba divers do not seem to have a particular goal by the fact that they are huddled together in the water. That makes me believe that they are there to monitor what is going on rather than look for things under water like traditional scuba divers. The black and white picture indicates that this image was taken fairly long ago. The skyscrapers in the back also reveal that this could have took place in New York.

  101. Thank you @Aldo Albarran for your comment, and welcome to this morning's discussion! I hear you observing really fine details - like the banner in the background, the amount of people in each boat, and the postures of the figures. From these, you are able to make conclusions about the event that's being depicted here. You are also observing the background and the color scheme of this image, and concluding the setting might be New York, perhaps a long time ago. Thanks for looking so carefully! What more can we find?

  102. In the picture it looks like if it were taken in a big city. It looks like a big city because of the trees and and buildings in the back. There is also scuba divers looking for something in what looks like a lake. There's couples rowing boats wearing clothes that looks like the 90's.

  103. In this picture I can see that it is in black-and-white. What I also noticed is that the picture was taken in what seems to look like a park with a lake. What makes me say that is because there are a couple of people doing activities, such as being on land, on a boat, and even scuba diving. I find that pretty odd because normally you would only see people scuba diving in the ocean. I also notice that the picture could resemble maybe an older time frame.

  104. This photo seems to be taken in a time era where color either wasn’t used in pictures yet or just simply wasn’t possible. For example, around some time in the 1900s.The setting looks very similar to Central Park in New York due to the fountain at the end of the pond which looks similar to the one in the park today. Another observation that made me believe the setting is in New York is the tall buildings in the background towering over the city. I also believe that this picture was taken on a weekend afternoon due to the amount of people enjoying outside activities and even though the picture is black and white, you can tell the sun is out and shining. I can tell the sun is out also because people are wearing hats to block the sun from their eyes. Activities that the people are enjoying are scuba diving and rowing.

  105. @Zach McNichols - thanks for sharing your thoughts this morning! It sounds like you're looking carefully at the setting here, and perhaps even recognizing some elements! You see a fountain that looks similar to the current fountain in Central Park in New York City. You're also thinking carefully about the time this was taken - you're hypothesizing it's the weekend during a sunny time of year. It sounds like you disagree with others who think the scuba divers are doing a job - you think they're having fun like the rowers! What do you see that makes you say that?

  106. What I see in this picture is that it takes place in a big city. I say this because of the big buildings in the background. What also makes me say it's a big city is the pond. This makes me say this because in old movies(black and white) they would show a scene similar to this in a big city. What I also see is the scuba divers looking for something. I say this because it reminds me of a youtube channel that is used to watch, where they would use the same equipment and would look for items (almost like treasure hunting). I also believe this was taken with a camera back in the day. I say this because it looks really realistic.

  107. What I see in this picture is that it takes place in a big city. I say this because of the big buildings in the background. What also makes me say it's a big city is the pond. This makes me say this because in old movies(black and white) they would show a scene similar to this in a big city. What I also see is the scuba divers looking for something. I say this because it reminds me of a youtube channel that is used to watch, where they would use the same equipment and would look for items (almost like treasure hunting). I also believe this was taken with a camera back in the day. I say this because it looks really realistic.

  108. @Edith Benito - thanks for sharing your understanding of this picture with us today! I appreciate hearing you use your observations here, as well as your own personal experience, to add to your interpretation of this image. You're curious about the setting here - noting this looks like a pond in perhaps a big city. You are also pulling from your personal experience of watching youtube channels about something similar to treasure-hunting, and wondering if a similar thing is happening here. I hear you also noting the realistic-ness of this picture, and how that leads you to conclude it's a photograph, but perhaps an older photograph. Thanks for looking carefully! What more can we find?

  109. This image looks like it’s been taken around the 1900’s, of what the ladies are wearing. It looks like they are in a park, the trees and lake. The skyscraper gives me New York in the Time Square when I first saw it. When I saw the people on the boats thought it was normal since most park let people ride something to go in the lake. The scuba are unusual.

  110. @Valeria - thank you for sharing your ideas today. It sounds like you're first thinking about the setting, or when and where it takes place. Then you are thinking about what you might expect to see in this location, and what you seems really unusual or surprising for this place. Let's keep looking - what more can we find?

  111. It looks like this takes place in a big city because I see the buildings in the back. The scuba divers also look out of place due to the fact that there are people doing normal things like riding boats in the background. It also looks like they’re looking for something in the water

  112. Welcome to this morning's discussion, @Sofia Alvarez! It sounds like you agree with @Valeria that some of this feels normal to you (based on your interpretation of the setting) and some feels abnormal, or out of place. I hear you building on what the scuba divers might then be doing out of place in this scene. What do you see that makes you say they might be looking for something in the water.

  113. What I see in this picture is that it takes place in a city. Something that got my attention were the scuba divers i’m sure they’re looking for something valuable with all that equipment on . But other than that it seems like a normal day in the city. The time era may be from where pictures didn’t have any color yet. (Semhs)

  114. The image looks like it has been taken around the 1900’s because of what they are wearing. The image is also black and white but there is color picking through in the right top. The locals are riding a boat which isn’t usual every park has something like that. The scuba divers are a unusual thing. They could be looking for something or cleaning the lake.

  115. @Valeria - thanks for your comment! You are thinking carefully about when this picture was taken, based on the clothes of the figures as well as the color palette here. I hear you calling our attention to the small splash of color at the top of the picture, which seems to be nowhere else in the composition. You're agreeing with others who are thinking some parts are usual and some parts are unusual. You are venturing to guess what the people in the foreground are doing. What do you see that makes you say the people in scuba gear could be perhaps looking for something or cleaning?

  116. In this picture there seems to be several scuba divers and they may be looking for something of great value. Since there are many men and women in boats, there is a high chance that maybe someone dropped something in the lake. Or another possibility could be is just a few people wanting to see if they can find anything or remove trash. To me it looks like it is around the 1980s because it look modern but still old fashion by the way people are dressed.

  117. I think this picture is old. What makes me say this is that it is a black and white picture. Which makes me this Ig was taken when color was still not a thing. I also see scuba divers in the front of the picture. It seems to me that they are looking for something. There are also what seems to me to be couples in boats. I also see that this picture must have been taken in a big city. What make me say this it that I see a large building in the background. I believed the setting is a park. What makes me say this is that there is a pond and a lot of trees in the background.

  118. Looking at this photograph, I can see that this was taken in the city that never sleeps, New York City, due to the tall buildings. If this photo wasn’t in black and white, it can be seen that the people are enjoying the outdoors due to the people engaging in recreational activities. The 4 different couples that are present in the water seems to be on a romantic date, which suggest it to be Valentine’s day. In addition, with the scuba divers present at the bottom of the photograph, their purpose seems to be managing the couples if they need assistance or to have a performance to enhance the couples’s special day.

  119. In this picture I can see a lake with few subjects in it such as scuba divers and people on boats. The black and white colors along with the style people are dressed in suggest that this is an old picture. The location looks as if its the beginning of a big city, I say the beginning of a big city because there are few large buildings and it looks odd and empty when you compare it to the big cities we have now. The subjects in the boat seem unconcerned or oblivious to the scuba divers in the lake as they continue to row their boats. Overall the art piece has a sense of peace since there isn’t too much going on and nobody in the art seems concerned.

  120. @Destiny Matson That is a good point that you bring up about the people in the boats. I did not pay much attention to their reactions to the scuba divers. They do not seem shocked, which leads me to believe that this is a regular occurrence. These scuba divers could be a part of some sort of club that meets regularly.

  121. @Destiny Matson You brought up some good points. The people on the boats did not seem to care about what the scuba divers were doing. I did not notice that until you brought it up. Good job.

  122. What I see in the picture is a large lake with scuba divers and people in rowing boats. In my opinion this picture isn’t resent. What makes me say that this picture isn’t resent are the colors of the imagine which are black and white as well as how the people are dressed it seems to me that this image could be from the 1980s. Something else that I see in this image is that it might be in a big city because of the buildings in the back. I can also see that that the lake seems to be clean because the scuba divers are swimming in it and a peaceful and nice place to go on a date on. What makes me say this is that the people that are in the rowing boats seem to be in pairs which makes me think that they are on dates .

  123. @Diana Pedroza - thanks for your comment this morning! It sounds like you are building on and agreeing with others' comments in your own understanding here. You agree with @Destiny Matson that, because it's a black and white picture, it might be from the past. You agree with @Kelly Diep that it might be a big city. You also used words like peacefully and nice to describe this scene and the feeling of the setting. Could you tell us more? What do you see that makes you say the feeling is nice?

  124. What I see in this picture is some buildings in the back ground which means that they are in a city. Another thing I saw in this picture were the scuba divers and it seems like they just finished searching through the water. Something else I saw was that there are people on their boat just peacefully rowing their boat.Somthing else that coughs my attention was was the picture it’s self because it looks like it was take back in like the 1900’s or so due to the black and white photograph. (SEMHS)

  125. This image seems to be set in a big city. I think this because you can see skyscrapers. There also is a lot of people like in a big city. The photo seems to be old. Because it is in black and white grainy, unlike photos today which are usually in color and have a higher-definition. There seems to be some people maybe looking for something. I feel this was because you do not typically scuba dive in a pond in town. I also see people in boats. It looks like the photo was taken in the warmer months. I think this because the people in the boats are wearing clothing as if It was warm outside. The photo looks like it was taken in a park. I think this because of the pond, all the trees, the boats, and all the people there.

  126. @Ilianna Tompkins You make a number of interesting observations about the time period, the clothing and the purpose of the scuba diving. You guessed that they are looking for something. I wonder what it might be. You noted that they are in a city. Any guesses as to where it might be?

  127. SEMHS, what I get from this picture is a relaxing vibe, as there is many couples/families just on their boats In a New York City vibe because of the tall buildings and park like trees. But then with a splash off oddness as their is these men just diving in the water with full snorkel suits. The people are also dressed in old fashion clothing as if this work of art was takin in the 80’s.

  128. What I see in the picture is a lake in some kind of urban city or neighborhood. There are scuba divers in the lake either searching for something or doing it for fun. They’re also many people on boats rowing on the lake who don’t seem the least bit distracted about what’s going on around them, which makes me think that this is some sort of recreational area.

  129. @Owen M. I like how you are making interactions about the people on the boat and the divers. I agree with everything you said. Good job.

  130. In this picture I can see a lake and people in the lake.There are scuba divers with some type of mask on their face and I also see people in little boats on the lake.This picture looks as if this picture was taken a long time ago like in the 1900’s.I also can see that these people must live in a big city because of the big buildings in the back. Their are also people walking in the back as well looking as if it was a great day.

  131. What I can see on this picture is that there’s not really a lot of multi colors the picture is only in black-and-white. The black-and-white colors make me think of like the past because back then most of the TV shows they used to be in black and white. I can also see buildings in the background. The buildings make me think that this might be taking place like in a city. The setting looks like it’s like on a public park because I can see like there’s a lot of people and there’s trees in the background and it just looks like a park to me. I could also see like people on the little boats. They seem to be like couples I can also see scuba divers in the water and they seem to be like exploring or searching for something in the water.

  132. In this picture I see what appears to be a big city. This could be New York, specifically Central Park. This photo also appears to be taken a long time ago, based on the photo quality and black and white coloring. In the forefront of the image we see four people scuba diving. I do not believe that this is any kind of emergence because there are still people in boats on the lake and there would be police cars surrounding the premises. This is most likely recreational scuba diving or this is a sort of class.

  133. This picture takes place in the city in a park area. This makes me say that because there are buildings in the background emphasizing that it’s a city and the walkways through nature. I also see 4 scuba divers in a lake possible looking for something. This makes me say that because they’re all swimming together in a certain area with their goggles on. This picture seems to be taken place in the 1980’s. This makes me say that because the way a women is dressed with her hat and gown. Also because the picture is in black and white. The park seems to be a peaceful and healthy environment to be at. This makes me say that because they’re are couples on row boats and many people walking the trails.

  134. In this black and white picture I can see a lot of people swimming and canoeing at what it looks to be like a big city. This might be a community park or a nearby pound where family and friends go to have fun and spend time with each other. Other things I’ve notice is 4 people wearing a scuba gear and this picture might be old because the frame is in black and white and the lady in the canoe looks like she’s wearing an 1990’s outfit.

  135. In the picture people are looking for something that contaminated the water but haven't told the public yet. In the water there are people with scuba diving equipment on, this shows that people are in the water looking for the source that could be contaminating it. In the picture there are people rowing their boats and acting like it is another peaceful day, this shows that they have no idea that the water is contaminated and are living their day like any other. There are also buoys in the water that are keeping the regular people from crossing one side of the pond, this shows that the people in the water are looking for something and are not allowing others in that location of the pond.

  136. I think the people in boats are coaching or talking to the scuba divers. This is probably an event because usually boaters and scuba divers don't go in water at the same time. I think it is on a Saturday because people would be more likely to be out doing things on a weekend and it seems like morning. If it was Sunday morning, a lot of people would be in church. This is probably in the 1950s in New York, because of the clothes, the tall buildings, and the black-and-white picture.

  137. @Beatrix H. - thank you for sharing your ideas this morning! I hear you thinking carefully about the interaction between the people in the boats and the divers in the water. It sounds like you're surprised by them being in the same scene! You're also thinking about what day it might be, what decade, and even where in the world. Could you tell us more about your ideas on the scuba divers - what do you see that makes you say they might be being coached by the people in the boats?

  138. @VTS Moderator - The people in boats are looking at the divers, and the divers seem like they are waiting for the next instruction. Also some divers have just their heads above water, like they might have to always be seen. This is probably some sort of class.

  139. To me, it seems as if there are couples who seem to be enjoying their day atop of rowboats alongside scuba divers. These couples seem to be unaffected by the presence of these divers, as they continue rowing through what seems to be an artificial lake surrounded by vast greenery and tall buildings in the background. Although I cannot say for sure, these scuba divers may be conducting water tests. What leads me to say that is the individuals and couples who are found within the image, the scuba divers who are in the water and the couples who row atop. The scenery is also very obvious, with huge trees seen around the artificial lake, including the buildings far back. There are also additional items that I can find within this image including a small water fountain that the couples can row around. Within the water, there are also items that are floating which may just be additional scuba divers who are submerged and swimming across. Additionally, there is also an even bigger and almost "subtle" water fountain farther into the background. Close to this water fountain is an entrance to the park within this image with more individuals walking on a path.

  140. In the photograph I see a lake at possibly park with trees and towering buildings in the background. It is in black and white, there are people in row boats and next to the closest boat, are scuba divers. I’m sure if the people are dressed for the white and black times, it looks pretty modern, maybe a couple of years back.

  141. I’m this picture I can see that we’re in a park, I can see some buildings but, mainly a lake with people in it. There are couples in boats, there are 4 scuba divers as well. This photo seems old since it is in black and white and doesn’t have color and also the kind of clothes the couples are wearing are old fashioned. I can see that we’re in a city during the time when scuba divers can scuba dive in lakes without getting in trouble. Semhs

  142. @Jonathan Martinez I just noticed there’s more than 4 divers. Sorry.

  143. @Jonathan Martinez - that's okay! I appreciate you taking a look at this image and then returning to it to change your first comment! It sounds like you were first thinking about the setting - the time and place - of this picture. And then, upon further examination, you're focusing on the scuba divers and you've changed your mind as to how many there are in the picture. Could you tell us more - what do you see that makes you say there are more than 4 divers? And let's keep looking! What more can you find?

  144. Something i see in this picture is that there is a lake and trees.I see that there is people in boats and they are probably exploring. I see that there is black and white.This makes me say that because there is boats and people looking around. Something else that i could see is building and scuba diving in the water there are talking to each other.

  145. In this image it seems as if there is scuba lessons or trials. I think this is what’s going on because there are people on boats who seem to have the equipment for scuba diving. Another thing I noticed was that there groups of divers here and there, adding onto the idea that they might be lessons. The setting seems to be a lake in the park of a city, the grass area doesn’t seem to be that lard to be a big park and in the distance it seems to be big buildings. Another idea that could be given is that some people are on some sort of date on the boats, it seems as if there are only two people in each and some seem to be woman because of their clothing.

  146. This black and white picture seems to be taken in a lake/park due to the amount of trees I see in the back. I can also see what seems to be people walking way in the back of the image. What makes me say that is because they look like human figures. I am also able to see people on canoes on the lake which reminds me of a lake near my school SEMHS. In the lake near my school you are also able to go on the lake on small boats so gave me an idea that this might be a lake. When I first saw the image what caught my attention were the scuba divers. Which makes me curious as to what they might be doing. This picture makes me feel calm and relaxed.

  147. @Estefany Perez - thank you for sharing your ideas this morning. You are combining close observation with your own personal experience to make sense of the picture! It sounds like the presence of scuba divers here is surprising to you - and indeed is maybe the first thing you noticed! You also though pulled from your own experience to conclude that this was a lake, because of your school being by a lake with similar boats on it. You're also noticing an overall tone to this picture, that it makes you feel calm and relaxed. Could you tell us more about that? What do you see that makes you say the picture makes you feel calm and relaxed?

  148. Judging by the photo quality, I am going to assume that this was taken quite a long time ago. To back up my assumptions, I see people or couples to be exact, using rowing boats. To my knowledge, rowing boats are hardly used anymore. One thing I'd like to point out is the fact that scuba divers are taking place in this picture. I find it odd for scuba divers to be diving into lakes rather than oceans. I can also see that the boaters are noticing their presence because they are looking directly at them. Based on the group of scuba divers in the foreground and one of them looking directly at the camera, maybe they are at that lake for diving practice.

  149. Thank you for your comment, @Joshua Arredondo! It sounds like you are looking quite closely and carefully at the image, finding small details that lead you to your conclusions. You are finding several things in this image odd - the presence of perhaps outdated rowing boats and the scuba divers in the foreground. You are wondering then if the image is not contemporary (in other words, recent) and you're wondering if the divers are there for practice. Keep up the great close-looking! What more can we find?

  150. @Joshua Arredondo I agree with your statement and good job on using evidence to support what you think

  151. Thanks for your comments so far, everyone! I'm hearing lots of people looking closely at all parts of the composition - the foreground, the background, the top and the bottom, and everywhere in between - to come up with hypotheses and conclusions as to what might be going on here. I am hearing several people say that some parts of this picture seem normal, and some parts seem odd. Many of you are focusing on the presence of the people in diving gear as being quite abnormal, and people have very different ideas as to what they might be doing there! @Ava thinks the water might be contaminated, and the divers might be helping to clean it up. @Daniela Sosa agrees. Several of you think everyone here is just having fun. @Andrew Munoz and @Owen M. think the divers are enjoying themselves, and @EmilyAOSE points out that it seems to be a normal occurrence with nobody panicking. Others think the divers may be looking for something. @Alexis Caishpal, @Owen M., @Jason, @Roselyn Lucas, @Daniela Sosa, and @Emily all think the divers might be searching for something important. @Rosario Mariano half agrees and thinks they are either searching or exploring! Still others have different ideas. @Kelly Diep, for example, proposed the divers might be managing the couples or even performing for them. If you agree or disagree with any of these ideas, please feel free to click the 'reply' button to start a conversation! Otherwise, let's keep looking at the picture! What more can we find?

  152. In this picture, I think these scuba divers are looking for something precious. Because there are only four of them in the water. In the picture, I think people in boats are enjoying their excursion. I believe this picture was taken in old times because it has no color.

  153. In this photo i can see two moods. I can see a light mood such as an environment of love and a dark mood such as death. The light mood is represented by the people in the boats because it seems peaceful and romantic, but the dark mood comes from the scuba divers because slot of times in movies the scuba divers are looking for dead bodies so like the scuba divers give a really dark environment. Something else I notice is that it seems to be like the people in the boats don’t seem affected by the scuba divers so like it gives me an idea that life and death are connected just like black and white

  154. In this picture I can see a lake occupied with couples on boats, scuba divers, and ducks. The location seems to be in a park in a large city due to the large buildings in the background. The black and white color of the picture suggests that this is an old photograph. None of the couples seem to pay much attention to the divers so perhaps it's just an activity that the park provides. They could also just be picking up trash which doesn't bring much concern to the couples. The art piece seems to a casual and relaxed day at the park.

  155. Thank you for your comment, @Yessenia Maldonado. I hear you looking at where this picture might be set and from what time period it might be. You are also weighing in as to what the scuba divers might be doing, and you're offering two ideas here. What do you see that makes you say they are either doing an activity the park provides or they are picking up trash?

  156. One can see that the picture was most likely taken at New York’s Central Park. What makes me say this is that there’s a lake located in front of tall buildings. This picture was most likely taken a long time ago. The black and white colors and the quality can be compared to other pictures taken in the 80’s. We can also see scuba divers centered at the bottom of the picture. They are most likely scuba diving for fun since there’s people in boats around them.

  157. In this picture people think the water is contaminated so they are looking for something but they haven’t told the public yet. One reason is because there are couple of people in the water with masks on. This means they are looking for something. Second reason is because there are people canoeing. This means that the public does not know anything about the search/contamination. The third reason is people are underwater. This shows that they are searching for something. In this picture people are searching for something underwater.

  158. @Aakriti Oli - thank you for your comment today! It sounds like you agree with @Ava that there is a covert, or secret, operation happening here, where some people know the water might be contaminated and some do not. It sounds like you're noticing that the people in the boats do not seem concerned, despite the divers that you think are doing a serious task. Did I hear that correctly? Thanks for sharing this idea! What more can you find?

  159. @Aakriti Oli Your response is very interesting and you have some good explanations

  160. @Aakriti Oli good job

  161. In the picture it seems as if families are at the park having a good time while others are looking for something underwater. I say this because they are wearing wetsuits and goggles as if they’re looking for something or just going out for a swim, I also think that this picture was taken a while back due to the black and white color on the picture

  162. In this picture I see people on boats, I also see people scuba diving, I think it is part of their job (maybe they're the police looking for something or somebody or maybe they're retrieving a dead body). I also think: A, it is a while ago because of the clothes everyones wearing and B, I think it is a big city because of the big buildings.

  163. @Annabel I agree with you that it is back in the day, but not just because of the clothes they are wearing, the picture is also in black and white. Your dead body theory seems inaccurate, considering that a dead body in the water is a biohazard, and there are other people in the water.

  164. In this picture, it looks like these scuba divers are looking for something that maybe one of the people in the boats might have dropped. I think this because there are scuba divers, and the people in the boats look like they are looking for something as well. I also noticed that this picture looks old since it is in black and white and the different type of clothing they wear looks older from now.

  165. I believe that the scuba divers are looking for something important, otherwise, there would be no reason for them to be there. The three divers talking to each other may be debating whether or not they found what they were looking for and the diver going towards the camera ran out of oxygen in his tank so he is going back for more. The people in the background are unaware of the situation or are just minding their own business. It seems to me like it is a sunny day because of how white the top right corner is.

  166. @Efrain R. Benitez I agree with your response and I like how you predicted that it was sunny outside

  167. @Efrain R. Benitez Good job on looking at the whole picture to see what is happening that day. I also agree that the scuba divers are looking for something important.

  168. In this picture you can see a group of divers and people on boats. I believe the divers are looking for something that the people in the boats dropped and that’s why people don’t seem worried. The location looks like New York City because of the tall buildings. Also by the black and white of the photo I can tell this is from a long time ago because they have colored cameras now. The mood seems relaxing because of how the people seem to react to the divers.

  169. This photo has something interesting in it. In the foreground, I see four adult scuba divers that just came up from the water. It appears that they may have been having a lesson underwater. In the background, you could see Bethesda Angel Fountain. The boaters might be seeing the Mandarin Duck by chance since boating for fun is very common in the summer.

  170. Based on this photograph we can infer that it might have been taken in New York’s Central Park. I can also infer it may have been taken in the mid to late 1900’s due to the lack of color. Lastly, I noticed the scuba divers searching in the middle of what seems to be a casual Sunday afternoon surrounded by pedestrians enjoying a romantic afternoon.

  171. In this picture I see four scuba divers trying to look for something. And also this picture looks like it was taking around the 90s because of the black and white color. Furthermore, the people in the boat looks like they are having a good time and they don't mind the divers.

  172. Judging by the photo I see scuba divers and people rowing boats so I assume that they could be taking a picture because they are looking directly at the camera. It’s wired for Scuba driver to be in a lake rather than ocean so maybe the Scuba divers maybe practicing or they can be looking for something like gold or a Body, etc. I am going to assume that the scuba’s maybe at a Scuba diving lesson

  173. Thank you all for your rich and detailed comments today! I so appreciated hearing people zoom in to the pictures, looking really closely, and then zoom out to make larger conclusions based on the evidence you found! I also appreciate seeing people click 'reply' to respond directly to other people and start a discussion. (Take a look: has anyone replied to your comment? Can you reply to someone else's?) While I will now be signing off for the afternoon, please continue to look, wonder, and discuss what might be going on here. And then, tune back in on Thursday of this week to read what the caption is that accompanied this picture. (Even once the caption is revealed, I encourage you to keep looking and wondering what more you can all find!) In the meantime, stay safe, happy, healthy, and well. Thanks ever so much for joining us this week, and we will see you next Monday for another 'What’s Going On In This Picture?'.

  174. In this picture I see four scuba divers looking for something around the lake. So I can infer that they or someone dropped something in the lake and trying to retrieve it. And also this photo was taking around the 80s. Lastly what I can see, is that the people don't mind what they are doing and they seem happy.

  175. In this picture people from a while ago are canoeing and searching the water for items or garbage at a local park/lake. One reason is that there are people in the water with scuba diving equipment. That means that they are looking for something under the water. A second reason is that the picture has a bunch of people. This can tell us that it is somewhere public where any one can come. The third reason is that there are people on the boats at the lake. This means that it can be a place were you can do activities like canoeing and scuba diving.

  176. @Salem Abraham good reason and your response is very interesting

  177. This photo takes us back to an era of black and white pictures and looks like of some metro city of the west. What I could infer from the photo is that, it is a spring afternoon and people are enjoying the weather. Few people sitting and walking around this pond and few of them are enjoying boating. There are bunch of divers who look like in search of something. Since the area is not abandoned which means there is not something very serious going on. Therefore, the divers are probably just practicing in shallow water.

  178. In this picture there are people engaging in different activities during a relaxing day. There are many trees and a couple of buildings surrounding the lake and looks like the location this picture was taken was in New York. Something that drew my attention was the group of scuba divers who seems to be taking lessons or may be searching for something. By observing the quality and colors of the picture I can infer that this picture was taken a long time ago, as well as noticing the type of clothes that the people on the boats are wearing which looks different from today.

  179. In the photo, there seems to be a park with skyscrapers in the background. This shows us that it may take place in a populated area such as New York. This park has a lake in the middle and seems to be the main focus. In that lake there are couples on boats who are having some recreational time together. I say this because they seem to be happy and observing the subs divers that vary in location. The scuba divers seem to be practicing or maybe looking for something. The scuba men are all scattered in the lake which make your eye move around the photo. Some scuba men seem to be looking in the water, which makes me think they are searching for something. The photo seems to be taking place in the mid 1900s because the lack of color in the photograph.

  180. There are scuba divers and people on boats in the water. They are looking for something. They are in a body of water. The scuba divers are looking down. I also see that there are canoes in the background, and a duck in the water.

  181. In this picture you can tell it’s in the 1900’s because of the clothes their wearing and the quality of the picture. Also it seems like their in New York City because of the buildings and I also see people on the boats having a nice day and enjoying it. Another thing is theirs people scuba diving and it looks like their looking for something in the lake.

  182. What is going on the picture is that there is people on the lake and they are on the boats.They are even people swimming and just riding around on the boat’s.There’s even tree’s around the lake and water on the lake .what makes me even day this is that there is people in the water and they are using there suit to swim around.There is at least 2 people on each boats.where they at is a lake and there’s tree’s ,water and even building in the background of the picture.what I found more in this picture is people walking around the the lake trail.

  183. It looks like it's a beautiful day on the water and people are enjoying the sunshine in their boats. There are scuba divers all around searching for something. The lone duck looks like he is curious to see what they find.

  184. In this picture, I see buildings in the background, there is at least two people rowing boats and a group of four people scuba-diving. The picture is black and white, that could mean this picture is old. The people scuba-diving are probably looking for something, otherwise why would they all be wearing scuba-diving gear. In each boat there is two people and there are four boats. It looks like there are obstacles in the water for the boats to avoid. I think at the same time the people in the boats are racing and and other people are looking for something underwater.

  185. @Tyler Why do you think that the people in the boats are racing?

  186. I believe this takes place at a lake in a park. I can tell it's a park because there's some trees on the back and grass while the whole space is the lake. I also think that this place could be New York city. I can tell because there are a couple of buildings behind the park. I can see some scuba divers at the front of the image. I know they're scuba divers because they wear goggles and leather clothing for their scuba diving. There's also people riding on boats, possibly two people. Maybe they are taking a vacation at a lake so they could spend time together on a boat. I notice that the image is a photograph and takes place in the early 20th century. It's from the early 20th century because the image shows a grayscale since color wasn't produced in photography in the old days.

  187. I believe this image takes place at a lake and a park. I can't tell it's a park because I see some trees and grass. Also this could possibly take place New York City. I believe it's New York City because I see a couple of buildings behind the park. There are some scuba divers in the front of the image. They're scuba divers because they wear goggles and have leather clothing for scuba diving. Also there are some people riding on boats possibly two people in the lake. Maybe the people are taking a vacation and spend time together while riding on a boat. Image is a photographs and takes place in the 20th century. It's in 20th century because the image shows grayscale since the color wasn't produced in the old days.

  188. This image was taken in Central Park in New York. This picture was taken during the 40s because we cannot see any skyscrapers and New York is full of those buildings in the present. We can see a lake with some divers, they might be practising diving or maybe searching something like an object or maybe a person. Also we can see in the lake some boats with people, we see a couple in the lake with hats, also we can see a fountain in the distance. If had to put a title on this picture, I would put "The divers of Central Park".

  189. I believe this image takes place at a lake in a park. I can tell it is a park because I see some trees and grass. Also this could possibly take place in New York City. I believe it´s New York City because I see a couple of buildings behind the park. There are some scuba divers in front of the image. They´re scuba divers because they wear goggles and have leather clothing for scuba diving. Also there are some people riding on boats possibly two people. Maybe the people are taking a vacation and spend time together while riding a boat. This image is a photograph and takes place in the 20th century. It is in the 20th century because the image shows grayscale since color wasn´t produced in a photograph in the old days.

  190. Judging by the photo i think people are having a good time in the water. The scuba divers are enjoying themselves and the people in the boats are floating and talking. I don't think nothing dangerous or bad is happening. To me i see people enjoying there day.

  191. In this picture, scuba divers are trying to take out garbage/waste out of the lake. First reason is that there are scuba divers swimming around. This means that they’re trying to find and take out trash out of the lake. Second reason is that it looks like a public park where people can come and canoe or do other stuff with each other. This shows that it’s more likely for people to throw away trash, which can end up in the lake. Last reason is that on the lake there seems to be some wastes floating around. This means that the scuba divers are collecting the wastes to make the lake clean.

  192. In this picture, scuba divers are trying to take out garbage/waste out of the lake. First reason is that there are scuba divers swimming around. This means they’re trying to find and take out trash out of the lake. Second reason is that it looks like a public park where people can come and canoe or do other stuff with each other. This shows that it’s more likely for people to throw away trash, which can end up in the lake. Last reason is that on the lake there seems to be some wastes floating around. This means that the scuba divers are collecting the wastes to make the lake clean.

  193. @Sandya Rai I agree with your response. I like that your perspective was different from a lot of others.

  194. In this picture, scuba divers are trying to take out garbage/waste out of the lake. First reason is that there are scuba divers swimming around. This means they’re trying to find and take out trash out of the lake. Second reason is that it looks like a public park where people can come and canoe or do other stuff with each other. This shows that it’s more likely for people to throw away trash, which can end up in the lake. Last reason is that on the lake there seems to be some wastes floating around. This means that the scuba divers are collecting the wastes to make the lake clean.

  195. They are having fun in the park. And for some reason there are scuba divers. Maybe the park is in New York because I can see some skyscrapers. Because the photo is black and white it might be from a long time ago.

  196. In this picture there are people in boats and other people scuba diving. I think the picture takes place at a park lake because there are buildings visible in the background along with trees close by. It’s not normal for people to go scuba diving at a park so I think the people who are in the picture took the picture for fun. Another reason why I think they took the picture for fun is where the scuba divers are standing it looks shallow so they just wanted to give off the illusion that they were scuba diving in a lake. This is also proof that it’s a lake at a park because most lakes are shallow since they are not meant for swimming.

  197. @Alexandra Nunez I agree that they took this picture for fun, but I do thin that they did genuinely use the scuba gear and weren't just faking it!

  198. The location of the picture is a park because there are several buildings visible in the background. The time period of the picture may approximately be 19th - 20th century, as the image is black and white. However, there is the possibility of this image been edit into black and white, as the scuba dive suit seems to be modern and similar to the suit we use today. There are boats in the lake however they are traveling in a designed pathway, as the side has the floating balls. It is possible that this is a competition of boat racing and the scuba diver is the staff that ensures the competition progress properly.

  199. In this picture, it shows people enjoying their weekend in a park. Some are riding a boat, some are doing underwater diving. There are ducks in the lake. Changing the point of view: the divers are trying to find the drowning man who was suicided.

  200. what I think is happing in this photo is that they are maybe searching for something that they lost in the waster or maybe there are shooting a scene from a movie of some sort. but like many people have said before that this is an old photo since it is in black and white. For the photo location i would say that its by a lake or maybe a park that a has body of water in the middle what I think is happing in this photo is that they are maybe searching for something that they lost in the waster or maybe there are shooting a scene from a movie of some sort. but like many people have said before that this is an old photo since it is in black and white. For the photo location i would say that its by a lake or maybe a park that a has body of water in the middle.

  201. This is located at a lake, where some are enjoying their time on boats, as well as scuba-diving. Due to this being a black and white image, I am assuming this may be from a while ago. However, the buildings and scuba-diving equipment show otherwise.

  202. @Mr. Anonymous Do you think the scuba divers are in the lake for fun? Or are they carrying out a job?

  203. I believe that the people in this picture are practicing scuba diving in a local park so that they can do it more confidently when they do it in the ocean. I believe that the picture is supposed to make the viewer think the picture is taken in a place where the water is deep, but in reality the water is shallow and meant to be practiced in.

  204. @Gaurav Arya It's interesting that you think the people scuba diving could be practicing since they are in a safe area. I like your idea of an altered perspective to make the viewer think the lake is deeper than it is.

  205. I beleieve that in this photo believe the scuba divers are looking for a dead body in the lake where someone where they may have been murdered. I also think that the people in the boats have no idea because the police are trying to keep it low key and not create panic. There are also a lot of public members which could mean it's weekend and in a busy city.

  206. The picture depicts a day in the vacation as there are multiple people being canoed on boats around a lake. The mood of picture is one of fun given the smile on the scuba diver looking directly at the camera. The picture was taken not long ago given the buildings in the background. The main subject of the picture are scuba divers diving in a lake in a park. The purpose of the image could be to document a day in vacation season where these divers could are people diving for leisure. In the background there are hints of more oxygen tanks therefore, this is a shallow body of water.

  207. This photo shows a beautiful lake most likely in the mid to late 90s, as the photo is in black and white. There seem to be boats with people on it as well as several animals in the water. At the bottom of the photo, you can see four scuba divers all conversing in one group.

  208. @Joshua What makes you say that the picture was taken in the 90s? I agree that it was sometime in the past, but why specifically that decade?

  209. @Joshua I personally think that the picture being in black and white does not necessarily correlate to the picture being taken in the mid to late 90s since color photography became common in the 1960s about 30 years before the 90s.

  210. This picture was taken at a park. One can tell by the attire people are wearing and gray scale of the photo that it is old. Maybe since it is a public park within a city (buildings in the background), people were bored and wanted to scuba dive.

  211. It's a picture taken in a park lake because I can see the buildings behind it clearly. I think it was taken a pretty long time ago when people still taking black and white photos. People are scuba diving in the park which means that they haven't had swimming pools at that time yet or maybe the tickets to swimming pools were still expensive. I think people are having fun because they even getting into groups and talk to each other while enjoying scuba diving in the lake.

  212. In this picture we can see a lake on presumably a hot, summer day based on the attire of the people in the boats and the people scuba diving at the front of the picture. This lake is presumably located at a park based on the amount of trees around the lake and the contours of the land. As well as this, there are buildings in the background, suggesting this is a city park. This would make sense considering in cities, there aren't many places for people to scuba dive and therefore a lake in a park would be the perfect opportunity. There also seems to be quite a lot of romance and love present on the lake with the amount of couples enjoying a row around the lake in boats. However, there also many groups of friends as well as individuals enjoying scuba diving around the lake. Over the back of the picture we can see the side of the lake where others are sitting and observing the wildlife and the life on the water around them. Some seem to be enjoying food. All in all, this photo displays a day off for everyone. A day in which everyone is relaxed and enjoying the wildlife around them, escaping from the busy city life.

  213. @Johno Beadles Johno!!! I agree with you.

  214. I think in this photo, what is going on is Suba Diving Practice. I can't be a hundred percent sure, but as for what I know, the background seems to be in Central Park, New York City. Judging that the timing of this photo seems to be around the early/mid-1900s, I assume that in this photo to assure that scuba suits are safe and helpful for those who may use them in the future, testing them in the Central Park would be helpful.

  215. Based on the clothing that the citizens are wearing, I can infer that this photo is set in the 1980s. It looks like the setting of this photo is in a park in the U.S. The day seems calm and relaxing. I believe that the couples on the boat are there for a nice and relaxing trip. The scuba divers are the subject of the photo and stick out like a sore thumb in the environment their in. However, I believe that a scuba diving lesson is going on, and that's their purpose to go to the park.

  216. In this picture one can see a few people in boats on a lake in the middle of a part. It seems like a sunny day, possibly in spring or summer. The picture seems a bit outdated due to the clothing people are wearing but other than that everything seems pretty normal and nothing is really out of the ordinary until one looks at the bottom of the picture. Here, one can see divers in the lake. A few of them seem to be having a conversation while one of them is facing the camera. No one seems to be disturbed by their presence as they continue to go about their business. I believe that these divers may be scientists doing research on the marine life in the lake.

  217. @Jordyn I also noticed how the clothing was outdated. It occured to me that the divers could be looking for something, but I agree with you that no one is really acknowledging them.

  218. In this picture, there are a variety of people just enjoying themselves and relaxing at a park/lake near a city. I think that this is near New York City or some city in America (well, I'm just assuming as I can't really see their races). This picture was probably taken in the 1900's, as of the black-and-white format. In this picture, there are a variety of people just enjoying themselves and relaxing at a park/lake near a city. I think that this is near New York City or some city in America (well, I'm just assuming as I can't really see their races). This picture was probably taken in the 1900s, as of the black-and-white format. Everything that the people are doing is probably for fun, even if the scuba gear is a little hi-tech for the time.