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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:06 pm 
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Wally and I have been watching a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, standing guard over "their" birdhouse. If we get anywhere near, the male hovers over our head, and makes clicking noises, encouraging us to move right along. "Nothing to see here," it seems to tell us.

So our next challenge is "Standing Guard."
This can be anything you interpret as guarding.

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The Eastern Bluebirds:
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A lifeguard in Myrtle Beach:
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The palace guard in Athens, Greece, taken in 2005:
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The Coast Guard in the little fishing village of nearby Murrells Inlet:
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The palace guard in Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug. 2011:
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So show me what you've got!
* 3 images per photographer
* Challenge ends on Friday, June 22

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1. Mama duck watching over her ducklings
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2. Queen paper wasp watching over her first generation of children of the season. If you look closely you can see the babies in the chambers.
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3. Guarding the entrance to the hall of the Chipmunk King. "YOU MAY NOT PASS!"
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Thunder and Phil got us off to a good start. (I'm already dreading having to pick a winner. ) So come on, y'all. Show me who's "Standing Guard" in your shots!

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Historical defenders, one of my all time favorites the p-51.

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ScottHadl wrote:
Historical defenders, one of my all time favorites the p-51.

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Cool shot. I all ways loved this plane. As a child/young man I built one out of balsa wood and tissue paper, it turned out really well. If I remember history right, the mustang helped turn the tide in the air war.

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You are right Thunder. There were many pivotal aircraft of WW2, but the P-51 was one of the standouts. I like this quote:

The numerical superiority of the USAAF fighters, superb flying characteristics of the P-51 and pilot proficiency helped cripple the Luftwaffe's fighter force. As a result, the fighter threat to US and later British bombers, was greatly diminished by July 1944. Reichmarshal Hermann Göring, commander of the German Luftwaffe during the war was quoted as saying, "When I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up."[22][23]

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Wonderful shots so far!

You have until the end of the day Fri, June 22, Eastern Standard Time. I'll post the challenge champion early Saturday morning.

That's 4 more full days, so I'm hoping to see more "Standing Guard" shots soon! Thanks to all for your participation!

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Oh no! I'm running out of time and still waiting for my camera to be returned. Right, off to the Archives!

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Mothers stand Guard. 6 weeks old Steven and Shandra.

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Thanks to all who have posted in this challenge. You are not making it easy on me.

You have all day tomorrow, Friday, June 22, to post your shots. Contest will end at midnight June 22 Eastern Standard time. The winner will be announced Saturday morning, June 23, EST.

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Thunder, I loved your shot of the mother duck guarding her babies. We know these ducks from our own ponds, and they are professionals when it comes to taking care of their babies. Excellent shot of the mother guarding her ducklings.
The mother wasp is pretty amazing photography. I can see the babies in their chambers. She is certainly on guard!
Love your touch of nature with the chipmunk photo. Awwww…so cute!

Phil, I wouldn't want to cross this wolf. That's a very determined expression, but the hawk says it all. What a capture! The owl has outstanding eyes.

Matthew, first class photos in this series of Star Wars and Storm Troopers. I really like Surrender. It captures the theme of this contest, and they are certainly excellent guards.

Scott, I've always enjoyed shots of the Audrey. Yours is no exception. The p-51 was certainly a great defender in the 40s until its retirement in 1984.

Paul, your mounted guard is another great example of standing guard. I love the way his red coat stands out in this shot. Great job!

Scott, being a Mom, this shot just grabs my heart. I love her facial expression, and the sweet baby asleep under her guard, almost hidden.

You nailed the lizard who is obviously guarding his home. His eye is mesmerizing.

Now for the Challenge winners. I want to say that this was a very difficult decision. They are all winners, and excellent examples of the subject of the challenge. But I am forced to pick a Challenge Champ..

Honorable Mention:
Thunder's Mother Duck

Bronze:
Matthew's Surrender

Silver:
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Gold and Challenge Winner:
Scott's Mother stands guard. Over to you for the next challenge, Scott!
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Congrats Scott, beautiful image.

Of course I'm a big fan of the star wars pics and I don't think I've ever seen down an eagle's throat before! :) Good work everyone.

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Good job Scott.

Patrish, thanks for the C&C.

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Thank you Patrish, I will start a new challenge soon.

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