OK EVERYONE. I AM GOING TO SAY THIS LOUD AND CLEAR.
The thing that people are thinking is a pressure plate or a block in a hand IS NOT. It has 18 pixels across the top, and a block of sand only has 16, which removes the idea of holding a block of sand.
The cacti are not horizontally neighbouring. There is a spot between them, but they are further back. If you are talking about the two cacti that are 2 blocks tall and infront of the "unknown item (more info below)", they aren't. The cactus behind them is between them, but two blocks back.
The block behind the cacti IS infact a chest. It is down in a dip, if you would look. Because it is in a dip, it looks smaller. It is also further away, which makes it look more pixelated and "2-dimentional".
There are your answers. Now stop saying its left-handed or a dead shrub, I'm tired of it.
Why would he put a random chest in a dip? whats the point in that. Its a sand castle and he put it there to hide it, and when 1.8 is released, I will laugh at the sandcastle.
1: He can't be lefthanding the sand, because the game is in F1 mode!
2: It can't be anything showed at PAX, because he said that this was a picture of two things he JUST FINISHED (Not the ocean. Not the large biome.)!
3: It can't be that the sand block next to the chest is a pressure plate, because the texture is just too big for that. It's just a sand block on a higher level!
My guess is that it could be random-spawning chests (methinks that's a chest behind that cactus) or colored fog (that fog looks a bit reddish).
Think about it this way: He has no HUD or cursor, so that means he pressed F1 to take away the hud. This ALSO takes away the hands, so the sand on the left is probably just close, not in his left hand.
FFS FINALLY somebody says it!!!
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You are just trolling aren't you? If not, circle that "red flag" you see, cause I can't spot it.
I assume he put that chest there to take a screenshot of it, then decided he would change location cause it would look better with the sunrise in the background... and he couldn't be bothered to remove the first chest.
No matter what, it's a chest.
Im not trolling, sorry if it seems that way. But I realized that that isnt a flag, its a cactus thorn, but a flag is probably on the castle. Cant wait to make one.