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  #123 Best of the Challenge Period
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Frozen Sentinel       ©2013 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       6th place, 121 points
1/100s, f5, ISO 80, ?, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop, convert to B&W, cloned one distraction, adjust levels & contrast. USM       Extra Info: . . . Sentinel song with Judas Priest 1964.

It's -42 degrees. Centigrade and Fahrenheit meet around this temperature. He's been on Traffic Control since before dawn. The first rays from the rising sun provide some gentle warmth to exposed skin. I brought him a large cup of hot coffee which brought a smile to his eyes.
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Feb 20, 2013
    Joanna: My condolences, we have BOTH been dragged into this :-) I think we should retaliate by banning all entries with an excess of blue in them (Jade's favourite entries).

Feb 19, 2013
    As my name has been dragged into this I feel I am entitled to join in.
Jade wants another clue.
Jade you might try thinking outside the square.
I wonder if you have considered whether "babysister" may be a he. After all it is a pseudonym ( cf Jade O.)

Feb 19, 2013
    babysister: LOL It's very rare for Jade to make any kind of error and on those occasions she/he will obfuscate like crazy - I'm guessing pilots get good at that sort of thing, in Jade's case especially to avoid being blamed for damage to the runway :-D As for members enlarging, as you can see by the video Jade has already enlarged beyond belief.

Feb 18, 2013
    Jade O: Do we have someone called babysitter now?? The members seem to be enlarging.

Jade O.
Feb 18, 2013
    O.k. babysitter and Joanna. Just so you know. That feint is to throw you off, to let down your guard, to give up the clue in a careless slip. Holmes, like the Mounties, always gets his man, woman, or what have you.

(But I sure could use another clue, lol!)

Feb 18, 2013
    babysister: OK - I give up, I quit, I surrender, I am an "Ex-Sherlock" akin to Monty Python's Parrot. However I would like to make three observations as I fall flat on my face:
1. Joanna suggested that I was "a bit off track" which might suggest that my Basset hound was pointed somewhat in the right direction.
2. Neither of you has outright denied some connection hmmmm.
3. Given your description I might have had a better chance at identification if I could confirm that your grandmother had worked in Ottawa in the late 60's (our hospitals were, and still are stacked with Australian nurses) LOL

Joanna: If you become known on the site as "Poor Joanna" please do not blame me :-)

Jade: You are directly to blame for getting me into this mess and I can only hope that these two beautiful Australian ladies will write their own criticism of your terrible landing that I posted on the out takes.

I'm not sure who gave you the shovel but you have been most successful at digging yourself deeper with each comment. Now you have started another Obama scandal with poor Joanna "It's not what my birth certificate says!". Please learn from my experience and stay on the very best side of Australian women, especially if they have a large hypodermic needle in hand ROFLMAO.

Feb 17, 2013
    Me...Not native to Australia?!! How do you work that out? It's not what my birth certificate says!

Jade O.
Feb 17, 2013
    babysister wrote: ...I have long golden locks, perfect figure, baby blue eyes,...

Well, that makes two of us. O.k. maybe not the golden locks or blue eyes part...lol!

And while I may fly grey I don't fly Dumbo-jets - clever try though. (I've had some nuts along for the ride from time to time.)

Allow me, Holmes. Simple deduction.

Note the clues.
1. Joanna has not needed a babysitter for a number of years.
2. Babysister has a pert nose.
3. Joanna is not Joanne or Jo or Anna, or even Sheila, but Joanna.
4. Elephants are grey.
5. Babysister and Joanna are well traveled but like elephants, neither are native to Australia.

The answer is obvious! It's f) - Footropes!

Edited on Feb 17, 2013

Feb 17, 2013
    Look Mepo: With poor Joanna being dragged into this I had to look at her "Lessons" photo. Without wishing to be offensive to the model in the photo, i did have trouble identifying as I have long golden locks, perfect figure, baby blue eyes, pert nose etc. Just give in!

Feb 17, 2013
    Not at all Mepo..all good fun and am enjoying following your"deductions" but off track a bit with reference to that photo. Keep trying!

Feb 16, 2013
    Hi Joanna: Yes I had figured that out :-) However I thought babysitter and baby sister were probably totally compatible so I figured your entry in "lessons" #121 might be someone related to you.
True or false I hope you realize this is all meant in good humour and I do apologise if I've crossed the line.

Feb 16, 2013
    Ok Mepo...seeing that you have brought my name into this identity mystery...please tell me to which "photo of her (babysitter) on this site" you refer. It is some years since I needed to employ a babysitter.!!!
Edited on Feb 16, 2013

Jade O.
Feb 16, 2013
    Now you mention you didn't take Lo on that trip! And after I changed my comment about Lo complaining you never take her anywhere on babysister's entry....

Well I'm keen for the HATR sequence - you could try the outtakes forum!

(Sorry about the acronyms - explanation here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xerAKo00fGQ)
Edited on Feb 16, 2013

Feb 16, 2013
    The two words have a certain equipollence to me and I hadn't realized that I'd interchanged them. However I think it has no effect on the deduction. To which 'well traveled' comment do your refer?

Speaking of travel. Not sure I should mention this on the public site but I think I scored a major breakthrough in sleuthing. A short while ago I was in the airport in Toronto (and no I did not take Lo with me on that trip), however (after chatting with some airline personnel about photography - I was shooting away as usual) and I'm certain that I filmed you coming in to land and then taxiing to the terminal. Super landing by the way, I love catching that puff of dust on touch down.

I don't wish to 'out' you since I think the Great Jade mystery is a lot of fun for the site but I have to figure a way to show you the sequence so you can confirm my discovery.

Jade O.
Feb 16, 2013
    Well, I'd buy in if it said babysitter instead of babysister. But the Aus connection and the well traveled comment have me thinking they're from different continents (which given my sleuthing record probably means you're right!)

Feb 15, 2013
    Jade: I don't know if the admin data would give any info but I wouldn't use it anyway - it would be cheating sleuthing imo :-) I deduct that Babysitter sits for Joanna and that we even have a photo of her (babysitter) on the site.

Jade O.
Feb 15, 2013
    Holmes, Watson needs your help with entry #36... (unless as an Admin you already know.) A nebulous clue, to be sure, but one that might call forth the talents of a master sleuth!

Adirondack Gal
Feb 12, 2013
    This is an interesting and well captured image. When I read the extra information, I had a feeling the image was taken by Mepo. ^5 Mepo, you really are a nice guy regardless what Jade says! LMAO!

Feb 12, 2013
    Funny you should notice that Jade - long story there :-)

Jade O.
Feb 12, 2013
    Fine finish. Even more kudos for the hot coffee. It's the little things that keep us civilized.

Feb 11, 2013
    We suffer for our art! If he was in -42 degrees, then YOU were too! YIKES!!


Feb 11, 2013
    Glad your sentinel finished so well - I think he deserves a donut with his coffee for your fine placement.

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Steven Sobel
Feb 11, 2013
    Fantastic portrait, amazing detail on the ice crystals and the exhaled air. I could quibble about the crop, maybe could lose some of the top of the image to move the face away from the center, but still my #1 pick!

Feb 10, 2013
    great shot. in my favorites... and with a song title reference.
(mine also but probably will go unnoticed)

Old Finn
Feb 10, 2013
    An impressive photo, nice contrasts and good sharpness.

Feb 10, 2013
    By the looks of his glasses I wonder why he wears them? Certainly can't see out of them with all that frosr layer! I want to say "cool portrait" but that is obvious eh? ;-)

Feb 9, 2013
    hifi - You are right - I made and error in the date. My lack of efficiency will no doubt by reported to Big Brother. LOL

Feb 9, 2013
    Or 1984?

Either way, a great song...

Feb 9, 2013
    Excellent shot, the b&w works very well, especially if there were many colours involved, Kudos for being out in that weather and even more for thinking about the coffee, one of my favourites!

Feb 9, 2013
    Your 'Extra Info' really brings meaning to your entry, what a way to earn a living, -42 C or F, he has certainly earnt the hot coffee!! ( That is a 75C differential to my daytime temperature of +33C) In my TT.

Feb 8, 2013
    The song choice is perfect. I don't think anyone could look any colder than this!

Jade O.
Feb 8, 2013
    Looks cold! Interesting portrait.

Feb 8, 2013
    well done you . and to the people who are out there helping get around whilst we act like idiots in the bad weather.
love it
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