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Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers
1st PlaceDon't forget to stop and smell the flowers
vawendy


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Challenge: The Five Senses (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2011 challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Jul 25, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2011

Worked on this one for about 3 hours on Sunday. After about 1.5 hours the squirrel finally came down. Once he got up his nerve to check out the flower, he grabbed it and ran into the tree!!

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After that, he didn't come back down. 3 hours gone.

I worked on this one starting around 7:45 Monday morning. Had about 3 hours of patience in me.

Same problem as usual -- he'd come up and turn the wrong way.

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Then he'd wander off with the flower:

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The one time he picked it up, he turned away from me:

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I laid it on the railing, hoping he'd pick it up. Although this one wasn't bad, but I didn't like the food by his feet.

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But he only picked it up the one time. (and faced the wrong direction!!)


Then I thought about putting it in a container. Though when the container fell over, it startled him, an I think he went to the bathroom on the railing... It was all wet, and there was no water in the vase!

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08/06/2011 04:22:09 AM
you are amazing .. you nail it every time .. queen of the squirrels that for sure .. hope your 'subjects' are benefiting from their 'labours' ..lol .. congrats so much wendy on another amazing, endearing and wonderful image .. :)
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08/04/2011 06:11:44 AM
Had to near,Congratulations.
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08/03/2011 09:53:07 PM
Even your outtakes are wonderful, I do believe this picture is what my dog sees in his little dog dreams at night when he is kicking and howling in his sleep. This squirrel... that flower... and his inability to dine on them both... haunt's his nights.
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08/03/2011 09:27:09 PM
Congrats on the BLUE! Great shot!
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08/03/2011 09:00:06 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! Loved this during voting and you got the perfect capture. Your squirrels look very healthy! :)
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08/03/2011 08:36:01 PM
Y.O.U.A.R.E.A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
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08/03/2011 04:11:09 PM
Wendy, should you ever decide to sell your home, be sure to advertise here first on DPC. The ribbon value of those backyard squirrels will increase your property value exponentially! Congrats! ;-)
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08/03/2011 04:05:19 PM
Awesome finish, Wendy! I wonder if we'll EVER get tired of the squirrels? And to think I can remember you as the Bluebird Lady :-)
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08/03/2011 03:08:12 PM
You really ahve a lot of patience! Congrats on another blue ribbon.
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08/03/2011 01:42:47 PM
Congratulations! Wonderful!
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08/03/2011 12:56:39 PM
Congratulations on the Blue, of course this was a Wendy, but you captured a perfect and original moment in a well used subject.
I think that is much harder than finding a new subject to work with. Great work! A testament to patience.
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08/03/2011 11:20:52 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon, Wendy. I guess that squirrel is just like the rest of us, and took a while before it heeded your message!!
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08/03/2011 10:00:05 AM
How does it feel to get a 7 and not have it on your front page!? :-)
Great image!
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08/03/2011 08:56:54 AM
I have one squirrel that comes down quite close to me (within 6 inches) AFTER I put out seed and hold VERY still. hee hee This is terrific and definitely deserved blue.
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08/03/2011 08:48:11 AM
Congrats on this photo. It is too cute and must have taken forever to get. It definitely deserves the blue on this!
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08/03/2011 08:39:19 AM
Congrats. What patience it took for this shot. Well derserving of the blue and my favorite in this challenge!
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08/03/2011 07:38:57 AM
congratulations, fantastic image and fun
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08/03/2011 07:37:01 AM
:) Wonderful!!
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08/03/2011 04:40:08 AM
Then I thought about putting it in a container. Though when the container fell over, it startled him, an I think he went to the bathroom on the railing... It was all wet, and there was no water in the vase!

I'm looking up the number for PETA in Va. This abuse of our bushy tailed friends must be put to a stop.

Beautiful framing and editing on this one, grats. Another (yawn) blue.
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08/03/2011 03:24:22 AM
Well done again. Massive amounts of patience and then the skill to get "the shot" should not be discounted.
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08/03/2011 02:16:47 AM
Congratulations Wendy .. your story cracked me up! The shot, as per your usual, is excellent in every way.
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08/03/2011 02:09:07 AM
Congrats on the blue and your uncanny ability to tame squirrels, although this one was easy as it must be a female and a sucker for flowers.
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08/03/2011 01:47:15 AM
Great job again!!!!!!!!!! Love seeing you on the front page!
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08/03/2011 01:44:25 AM
oh, that's funny...when I saw this I thought "Wendy...you have to lay off the peanut butter"!!! Those poor squirrels won't know where to find their own food soon...lol

Great job...love your stories
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08/03/2011 01:39:28 AM
A [3 hour] walk in the park for you! Very well done, as allways.
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08/03/2011 01:23:06 AM
You should write a tutorial on how to do this Wendy, congrats.
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08/03/2011 01:15:10 AM
You really must quit torturing those poor squirrels. What in the world did they ever do to you? Oh. They win you ribbons. But still, making them pee on the railing? Poor things! At least you gave them flowers!
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08/03/2011 01:09:33 AM
You KNOW you can't go wrong with squirrels, right? Congrats on your ribbon!!
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08/03/2011 12:38:47 AM
Why hasn't Art made a stamp for you yet?
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08/03/2011 12:33:38 AM
So happy to see this image where it is, it was at the top of my list :-) Thanks for sharing the trials and tribulations of getting to this amazing capture, your patience certainly paid off!
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08/03/2011 12:29:01 AM
Ya know why you do so good with squirrels?????? Because your a little nut! OOOoooo I tickled meself

Seriously Great job, and again Congratulations!!!!
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08/03/2011 12:26:02 AM
Yay, congratulations Wendy! Keep those squirrels coming. I love them.
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08/03/2011 12:10:49 AM
I think it's safe to say as long as you don't get a squirrel drunk you are guaranteed a ribbon. Congrats!
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08/03/2011 12:07:09 AM
Wendy and her squirrels - unbeatable team! congratulations!
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08/03/2011 12:06:20 AM
Of course!
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08/03/2011 12:05:43 AM
another ribbon!? ... i gotta get me a pet squirrel!

congrats!

-mefnj

i'm a squirrel hunter, and didn't know they ate flowers... seen 'em eat mushrooms, though. did you "sweeten the pot" with anything to make him go for it??
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08/03/2011 12:02:07 AM
I think those squirrels should unionize. ;-) Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/02/2011 07:55:12 PM
Back to comment: I love this. Great clarity and composition. The pop of color is very nice. 10
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08/02/2011 11:47:01 AM
I like this capture! I also liked how your lighting reflected his whiskers really well!
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08/02/2011 04:02:06 AM
This has got to be Wendy! I recognize the vase, as well as the squirrel (duh!)
So beautifully captured! Excellent horizontal composition! and the frame adds a lot to the composition, too!
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08/01/2011 06:23:25 PM
Stand out winner for me in this challenge. I suspect this has been taken by the great squirrel tamer. Lovely image.
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08/01/2011 03:43:07 PM
That's nice.
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08/01/2011 12:52:45 PM
One of the best of the challenge. I particularly like the crop you chose for this one.
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07/31/2011 09:18:22 PM
You have a winner here!
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07/30/2011 07:29:40 PM
...or is there a peanut in that flower?
Fun image, nicely photographed.
While I'm not a fan of that type of frame, it seems to fit here.
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07/30/2011 11:41:04 AM
good composition and lighting
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07/30/2011 11:03:53 AM
Cute and real good shot.
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07/29/2011 10:13:36 PM
Ah, Wendy! You've done it again! Beautiful and brilliant.10
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07/29/2011 04:50:45 PM
Hi Wendy.

Superb as always.
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07/29/2011 02:28:02 PM
Beautiful texture/lighting.
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07/29/2011 01:36:23 PM
Nice set up, and crop works well :- )
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07/28/2011 10:49:13 PM
This is just so sweet! Great detail.
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07/28/2011 12:21:03 PM
What is it with Squirrels. . .am I missing something. Well done shot, appreciate the subject matter relating to the challenge. . .which seems to not be happening much on this one.
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07/28/2011 11:00:01 AM
Wendy, you REALLY have a way with squirrels.
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07/28/2011 04:13:41 AM
Wendy? I'm beginning to think these squirrels are stuffed and you just place them where you want. LOL. If it's not Wendy...consider it a compliment. :) 9
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07/27/2011 05:45:30 PM
So cute!!! Must be Wendy.
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07/27/2011 04:54:55 PM
Squirrel shot! as ubiquitous as woody shots once were. terrific.
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07/27/2011 03:16:40 PM
You are outrageous girl! Wonderful!
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07/27/2011 01:22:48 PM
I'll catch that squirrel one day, mark my words. Superbly executed as usual.
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07/27/2011 11:44:20 AM
Wendy you seem to have trained them to do whatever you want! Beautifully done - hope to see this on the front page!
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07/27/2011 09:03:18 AM
Nice. Probably my fav so far. So few of these depict any "sense of sense." Most are shoehorns. Adorable.
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07/27/2011 02:42:42 AM
LOl, Wendy at it again, too cute.
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