Sunday, July 06, 2008

Prawn Star

Don't You Dare Call Me A Shrimp

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON



Sometimes, ya just have to be lucky. About a month ago, I was walking through Federation Square when I saw this prawn walking towards me. Okay, so it wasn't a real prawn, but this is how my thought process went: "Wow, imagine a prawn that size on my barbecue".

Then, a couple of seconds later, my brain, not generally known for dexterity or nimble manoeuvring, suddenly switched into gear and prompted me: "Get your mind off food and concentrate on what you should be doing. Photograph the prawn."

Lucky I take the camera everywhere. I switched it on and shot the first frame a couple of seconds after the giant prawn walked out of one of the entrances.

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what the person in the costume was carrying in his or her hands, then I realised (and you can see what I mean if you look closely at the first frame) that they were gloves to match the outfit.

Then I realised the photo-op was getting better with each passing second and that there was a frog out on the walkway as well ....


And like all good performers, they both had to subject themselves to a quick once-over from the costume department.

And all of that leads me to the inescapable conclusion that if there were three singing prawns named after Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti, they'd have to call themselves The Three Antennas.

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31 comments:

Papoosue said...

Three antennas? (big chuckle). My guess is that Mr Carreras would be that cute shrimp! xx

Baino said...

I love your subject matter! Haha . . I really must get over my shyness about poking a camera in people/critter's faces! (and remember to take it with me EVERYWHERE!) Aww, now I wish I'd bought prawns to barbie for lunch instead of making pasta!

Jennifer H said...

David, you've got it almost exactly right.I wouldn't presume to try to improve on your wit, but we could work as a team on this one. I'll see your Three Antennnas and raise you...

The Three Antennars?

ShutterHappyJenn said...

That really is a cute shrimp! I would love to pose a picture with them for sure.

My CC is now posted, too! Hope you could check it out HERE.

Happy weekends!

CrazyCath said...

*grooooan*
The three antennas. Brilliant and groan worthy.
Great post though. Brilliant shots - very natural and opportune.
Still no live creatures.... Great stuff. ;0)

Tammy said...

Those are cute!!! Aidan would have loved to seen them!

Raven said...

Love the first photo and the last line. Now I can giggle my way into the kitchen and feed my cats (who are staring at me pointedly) and myself. Wonderful post.

I hope you'll consider participating in the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge one of these weeks. I'll bet you'd be great at it.

Greyscale Territory said...

Fantastic, entertaining shots, but the evolving comments are hysterical! Love it!

Kahshe Cottager said...

Your camera critters make me laugh! What a sense of humour you have!!

My Camera Critter

SandyCarlson said...

That's a lot of fun, David.

Daryl said...

A crustacean joke! There should be a claws that prohibits shell games like this

:-Daryl

Anna said...

What great timing you have - there just in time to see them get all crittered up. You would think they would do this before they get out into plain view.

Your critters are never typical, David. Love it!

Christy said...

Cute. I personally am not fond of sea food so that is not something I would think but I'm sure I would be trying to get my kids to look at the big character.

Rhea said...

Only you would run into a giant prawn. And have your camera.

Indrani said...

So funny David, if u would have got a prawn of that size could you have... and three antennas??? :D

Nice shots.

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Whoa! Like you Ausssies like to say, I'd like to see someone put *that* shrimp on the barbie!!

lisaschaos said...

Those are cute lil critters! I think I like the shrimp the most.

Mushy said...

Prawn Star...I loved it!

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juliana rw said...

yes...they are cute. my son will love it if see those :D

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Maggie May said...

Queen prawn!

AppleDebbie said...

Your photos are shrimply irresistible!

i beati said...

i must admit this is my first face to face with a prawn !!!

babooshka said...

Wit and wisdom, wehere better to drop by than here. Prawn Star has made my day.

lv2scpbk said...

I like your CC this week.

Hilary said...
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Hilary said...

the 3 Antennas.. snort. How kind of you to shower us with fine prawn photography and punnery. To keep it to yourself would just be shellfish.

Jules~ said...

You are so PUNNY!

I bet you had a huge smile on your face as you were snapping these shots. Were many people turning their heads to look?

Misty Dawn said...

For some reason I'm rather hungry now... frog legs and prawn, anyone? hehehehe

fishing guy said...

David: Now that is one funny critter and so is his buddy.

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