Time for a contest! Your task? Identify the subject of this photo. The first person to get it right will win a prize related to the theme of the picture. Only answers posted in the comments of this blog are eligible to win this fantastic prize!
UPDATE! Speedy and observant, 'heiden' has correctly answered that this is a photo of pencil leads. As his prize, he will be presented with a Mirado black warrior pencil of his very own... next time I see him. (photo lifted from this nifty photo tour of the sanford pencil factory!)