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Challenge: A Vegetable Bestiary (DPL4 Final Challenge) (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Sep 10, 2018
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 640
Shutter: 0.8
Date Uploaded: Sep 10, 2018

When I checked out at the third grocery store I'd been to... with this amazing vegetable, the checker said to me, "This is no good."
I laughed and said, "I'm not going to eat it, Daisy, I'm going to shoot it. And, I've looked all over town for it!

But, I really thank you for helping me!"

(I had not yet seen that he was a manatee, at the time, but... I had seen his face and I knew that he was something.)

She said the same thing about the next jewel/non-"normal" vegetable that I'd found and wanted to buy.

Then, on the third, she said, "Someone's not doing a very good job in our produce department!" with a scowl on her face.


I replied, "And I'm so happy about that!"

Daisy must think I'm nuts.

But... she's had a long time to evaluate me... so, she's probably right.


As an aside, I texted our four offspring with this photo and asked them what animal this was (trying to make sure it looked like a manatee).

One of them texted back with a video of "Barbara Manatee" from "Silly Songs with Larry" on VeggieTales of their young childhood videos.


They're all old... and they're referencing Barbara Manatee. Ha! I love it! LOL!


Oh dang! They're not at all old. They're quite young, in fact! I got married when I was two.

Yup. That's my story.

ETA more: Here's my favorite "Silly Songs with Larry" song. ("Barbara Manatee" is not my favorite, but still kinda fun for a silly song):

Where is my Hairbrush?
Let me know what you think Larry should have done.

P.S. I skewered the manatee with a grilling skewer into a block of Styrofoam to hold him up. I'm sorry to admit it... but, I did.

WHERE is my hairbrush??!



Place: 4 out of 41
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09/27/2018 09:07:04 PM
Love this one!
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09/24/2018 08:39:42 PM
truly a beautiful and tranquil image - congrats on achieving such a lovely vegetable beastie
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09/24/2018 04:05:50 PM
This was my favorite in the challenge. It was perfect in every way.
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09/24/2018 02:05:37 PM
Very nicely done, Lydia. Coming through for the team in the final challenge.
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09/24/2018 08:34:22 AM
My favorite in the challenge. Well done on the HM!!
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09/24/2018 08:16:03 AM
Looked so real! WD.
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09/24/2018 08:09:08 AM
This was my top pick; congrats on the Hm! Wonderful!
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09/24/2018 12:29:03 AM
Congrats Lydia. Not only have you found a fabulous manatee, you have evoked the environment perfectly.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2018 12:10:55 PM
Magical. If we look hard enough we might fall into a trance
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09/17/2018 09:25:24 PM
Sure got that lighting just right!!
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09/17/2018 12:44:58 AM
Great colors and mysterious light
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