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Another from the local Kite Festival last month. During the course of the day the tortoises were terrorised by various strange creatures. I uploaded the flying tiger a little while ago. Unfortunately the giant octopus failed to get off the ground. So the clown took over.
Pamelajean commented on the previous upload that the tortoises looked sad. I think asking anyone who has to be inflated from their rear end to look cheerful about it is expecting a bit much.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:29 Sep 2012 - 2:23 PM
Focal Length:72mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Starter's orders
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:14 Oct 2012 - 8:07 AM
Tags:Humour / fun, Photo journalism, Silly sunday
Votes:55

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 8:15 AM

Wonderful colours but maybe not for the coulrophobic Smile

Dave

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morpheus1955
14 Oct 2012 - 8:23 AM

Brilliant shot Moira, great fun

Hugh

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mrswoolybill
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14 Oct 2012 - 8:39 AM

Thanks guys. I should add that the wind was measured at 35mph, which is way above the limit for competition flying, and it was gusty - so the kites were jumping around all over the place. It took me 43 attempts to get the tiger, it only took five attempts to get this one.
Moira

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gajewski
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14 Oct 2012 - 8:45 AM

A fun bit of photojournalism, Moira.
-=\Walter

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fentiger
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14 Oct 2012 - 8:47 AM

GrinGrinGrin

Albert

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lifesnapper
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14 Oct 2012 - 8:48 AM

Ha ha, love your write up Moira, and yet another great Silly Sunday image. (Mine are a bit few and far between at the mo', but have some stored up for another Day)Smile

John Smile

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franken
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14 Oct 2012 - 9:13 AM

Great fun and brilliant Moira! Grin

Ken

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Tibetan
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14 Oct 2012 - 9:16 AM

Great Scott what a silly shot, with your camera you got the lot lol. like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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cats_123
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14 Oct 2012 - 9:36 AM

perfect positioning SmileSmile

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Paree
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14 Oct 2012 - 9:43 AM

what a happy lovely picture.
thanks for sharing

paree Grin

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JohnChambersPhotography

Perfect for silly Sunday, well timed Moira and boy did you do well . the wind effecfs you also so good capture well presented.

John

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barbarahirst
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14 Oct 2012 - 10:44 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
cant get sillier...
still smiling

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NDODS
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14 Oct 2012 - 10:53 AM

An image which epitomises the Silly Sunday magnificently Moira GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan

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Rende
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14 Oct 2012 - 11:00 AM

Very cheerful looking image, despite the sad looking tortoises Wink Good work with everything moving about so much!
Rende

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 11:00 AM

The clown who stood still, now there's an event. Another fun image Moira. The caption is less fun by the description...Ooooh Matron.

Dougie

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SlowSong
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14 Oct 2012 - 11:12 AM

Splendid fun. Love this to bits. I ought to bookmark this for down days - smiles guaranteed. Grin
x

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Herge88
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14 Oct 2012 - 11:46 AM

Simple colourful and fun.

Best Matt

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jaktis
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14 Oct 2012 - 12:14 PM

Looks like that the race is on

Peter

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pascalg
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14 Oct 2012 - 12:43 PM

love this!
already seen in another view/photo
nice to see them again

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saltireblue
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14 Oct 2012 - 12:57 PM

Those tortoises look as if they are scampering away as fast as their short legs will allow from the threat above them. Totally agree about your comment on being inflated from the rear!
Silliness personified, Moira.

Malc

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taggart
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14 Oct 2012 - 1:31 PM

A good laugh for Sunday!

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frz67
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14 Oct 2012 - 2:02 PM

it reminds me of the Achilles and the turtle story.
who's gonna win(d) here?

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Daisymaye
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14 Oct 2012 - 2:45 PM

The clown looks like he is going to kick them in their pore little inflated rear ends. They seem to be scurrying as fast as they can go. Great colourful fun image.......Sandy

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14 Oct 2012 - 2:51 PM

Perfect for a Silly Sunday Moira, you did well to catch these speed merchants before they sped off!

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CarolG
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14 Oct 2012 - 3:12 PM

GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. The tortoises DO look sad, but your explanation as to why fits perfectly Wink Carol

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TrevBatWCC
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14 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

A super colourful Silly Sunday shot, Moira, and a good follow-up to the Flying Tiger Wink
Trev Smile

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AnnChown
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14 Oct 2012 - 3:30 PM

The tortoises are fun - but what are they doing? Are they kites too? If they are, they need more air... Wink
Ann

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14 Oct 2012 - 4:24 PM

Thanks folks, we've been out/off site most of today. Anne, the tortoises are a special sort of kite that sits pegged to the ground but inflates from air currents. There were some ladybirds as well.
Moira

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RockArea
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14 Oct 2012 - 4:35 PM

What a bizarre scene, could only be yours, Moira! Hooray for silly Sunday!

David

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14 Oct 2012 - 5:41 PM

nice and colourful moira
regards
Yung

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Joline
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14 Oct 2012 - 7:24 PM

I expect you are quite right....they definitely have reason to be sadSmile

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pluckyfilly
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14 Oct 2012 - 7:44 PM

lovely natural colours Moira and well seen picture - good one

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gingerdelight
14 Oct 2012 - 9:18 PM

He he! Love it!
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pamelajean
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14 Oct 2012 - 9:49 PM

"I think asking anyone who has to be inflated from their rear end to look cheerful about it is expecting a bit much".
I quite agree, Moira, an air enema would be decidedly unpleasant. And the reverse can also be so.
Had to look up "coulrophobic", should have known it was a "fear of clowns".
Anyway, an amusing image of the little tortoises at the starting line, on their marks.

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15 Oct 2012 - 11:28 AM

bizarre & wonderful Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue

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agingrocker
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22 Oct 2012 - 1:13 PM

A lovely shot Moira - made me smile
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