Mixed Bag on CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY

  
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Mixed Bag on CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY
 

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Cuban, Brown Anole, Lizard

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

Be well, stay safe … share your creativity, commentary and good will.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 weeks ago

Beautiful photos Mac.

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @1.1    2 weeks ago

I agree!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 weeks ago

I love the little lizard. I have a couple here around my apt. I used to have a problem with ants coming in now and then. Since my little buddies moved in I never see any ants anywhere around my area. And the babies are sooo cute. one managed to zip in the open door one day as I checked the mail box, and me, Yoda and the little lizard had a fun time running around the room trying to catch the baby. Since there was no success in that. I opened the door to see if it would run back outside. Funny thing was, Mommy showed up shortly and came inside to retrieve her baby and they both ran back outside. They still show up now and then and Yoda talks to them through the window. Even when I go outside they never run away. We be kindred Spirits.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 weeks ago

The top photo is a beautiful pastoral scene, a leading line into an enticing forest, and one shoud not miss the farm buildings in the left one third line of the photo.  For you, great wildlife photography seems to be an effortless passtime. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
2  evilgenius    2 weeks ago

Bentleyville at the Duluth, MN waterfront in 2018 

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Kavika
2.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @2    2 weeks ago

Great photo EG.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @2.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks. This year it's a "drive through" event. I'm taking my mom. Should be horrific... LOL!

 
 
 
Gsquared
2.2  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 weeks ago

That is a great photo.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 weeks ago

Beautiful photo EG. A really nice array of colors.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 weeks ago

That is a magnificent photo - nightime (nighttime?) photography is just as effective and interesting as daytime. 

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Sunrise, Stone Creek golf course, Ocala, FL.

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Gsquared
3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @3    2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful.  I would love to see a sunrise like that, if I ever got up that early...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3    2 weeks ago

WOW!! THAT is a awesome photo Kavika. Is that a sunset or sunrise? It sure is beautiful which ever one it is. The reflection on the water is just awesome.

 
 
 
Kavika
3.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @3.2    2 weeks ago

Sunrise, RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3.2.1    2 weeks ago
Sunrise, RW.

I thought so, but, not knowing which way you were facing when you took the photo it was sort of hard to tell. When looking out over the lake from your backyard, is it more toward the west or the east. That would help to know which direction it is from. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3    2 weeks ago

That's a sunrise?  Fantastic - it makes me think of a J.M.W.Turner sunset. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
4  Gsquared    2 weeks ago

Once a week I have a Zoom with four friends I've known since the 7th grade (one since the 5th grade), which takes us back 56 - 58 years.  Last night one of our friends set up a surprise.  We had a Zoom to an elephant camp in Thailand where they take care of the elephants.  It was so amazing.  I tried to take some photos off my computer.  They are not the best pictures, but I still think they are pretty great.  The elephant's name is Lana and she is 32 years old.  Her friend is Zac and he talked to us for about 30 minutes while he followed Lana around with his video on his cell phone camera as she was eating breakfast.  It was 8 a.m. in Thailand.  Isn't she beautiful!!!

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Gsquared
4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 weeks ago

The website for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation:

 
 
 
Kavika
4.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @4.1    2 weeks ago

That is just too cool. I love it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
4.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @4.1.1    2 weeks ago

We were in awe.  It was so much fun.  Zac was from Hong Kong originally and he is a terrific guy.  We all had a lot of questions that he happily answered.  The funniest moment was when he said Lana threw a clump of brush at him.  Maybe she was playing.  He was laughing about it.  There were two other elephants just a little distance away, but I did not get a picture of them.

It was the best Zoom experience I've had.  I loved it, too.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 weeks ago

Lana is indeed beautiful, G. Elephants are such great animals. And they are really very intelligent. I have seen some of the pictures done by the painting Elephants. Just awesome. To think they do that with their trunks. Like humans. not all are naturally artistic, but, even some of their dabbling is very pretty.

 
 
 
Gsquared
4.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @4.2    2 weeks ago

I wonder what the intention of the painting elephants is.  A form of expression?  To create art?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
4.2.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @4.2.1    2 weeks ago
I wonder what the intention of the painting elephants is.  A form of expression?  To create art?

Perhaps they use Art as a means of avoiding TRUNK-ation from civilized society.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @4.2.1    2 weeks ago
I wonder what the intention of the painting elephants is.

For the Elephant I think it is just more like something fun to do. Each one seems to have their own ways of 'playing'. But, for the keepers it is a means of earning money to help the preserve by selling them. And from what I have read, people are ready and willing to buy them up, as some of them are truly beautiful. And I may be mistaken, but, I think each Elephant has their own 'signature' they sign their artwork with. 

So Elephant paintings is really a rather serious entertainment, for both the Elephants and the people watching. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.2.4  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @4.2.2    2 weeks ago
Perhaps they use Art as a means of avoiding TRUNK-ation from civilized society

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Gsquared
4.2.5  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @4.2.2    2 weeks ago

 
 
 
Gsquared
4.2.6  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @4.2.2    2 weeks ago

The baby elephant liked your joke.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.2.7  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @4.2.5    2 weeks ago

That is adorable, G. I have never heard an Elephant laugh before. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 weeks ago

I never knew an elephant I didn't like.  Of course she's beautiful.  Does anyone have the nerve to argue with that?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3    2 weeks ago

aahh.....not me. I like my toes just the way they are. (grin)

 
 
 
MUVA
5  MUVA    2 weeks ago

384 Finished 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
5.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  MUVA @5    2 weeks ago

Lookin' good!

 
 
 
MUVA
5.1.1  MUVA  replied to  A. Macarthur @5.1    2 weeks ago

384384  in it started July water rubbed the gel it’s had a 5 step process of buffing and finished with burnishing wax.

 
 
 
MUVA
6  MUVA    2 weeks ago

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Hal A. Lujah
7  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

Another piece of art hanging on my wall, with my own touches applied.

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Raven Wing
7.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7    2 weeks ago

oooh.....love it Hal. A very nicely blended image, and the purple frame fits very well. I like the grayish shadow around the primary image. It blends very well with the framing. Great image. Well done.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
7.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks.  It’s a chalkware piece with lots of detail carved into it, so it photographs well up close.  I find that a brightly colored thin inner border with a vignette tends to add depth and draw the eye into the image.  The eyes came out very piercing, which is cool.  Here’s the original.

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Buzz of the Orient
7.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7.1.1    2 weeks ago

Well displayed. There is no end to the magnificent colleciton of the unusual in your home. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7.1.1    2 weeks ago

Oh yeah... you do have a very unique artistic eye. Your treatment of the subject is indeed impressive. And the layering of the framing really does enhance the subject, yet does not overwhelm it. Very nicely done indeed Hal. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.2    2 weeks ago

Lately there's been no end to my dyslexic typing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.4    2 weeks ago

Don't worry Buzz, 'typos' is my middle name. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kathleen
7.2  Kathleen  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @7    2 weeks ago

I really like it..

Great optical illusion.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

Here's one for Thursday...

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Kavika
8.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 weeks ago

The original ''Bird of Paradise''.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @8.1    2 weeks ago

That's right Kavika. It is indeed the original 'Bird of Paradise.'  The others are called a Fire Bird according to some NA lore.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 weeks ago

The Firebird spirit?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.2    2 weeks ago

No Buzz, this is actually a "Bird of Paradise" as Kavika stated. Here is a picture of a live Bird of Paradise...

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Buzz of the Orient
8.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @8.2.1    2 weeks ago

Oh, okay.

 
 
 
Gsquared
8.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @8    2 weeks ago

That is a spectacular image.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @8.3    2 weeks ago

Thank you very much G. I'm very glad that you like it. 

 
 
 
Kavika
9  Kavika     2 weeks ago

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This is my daughter. The photo was taken a number of years ago in ''outback'' Australia. She looks nothing like her brother. You would not know that they are related. Hell, she doesn't look like she's related to me either. LOLOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9    2 weeks ago

You mean you're not as beautiful as she is?  LOL

 
 
 
Kavika
9.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1    2 weeks ago
You mean you're not as beautiful as she is?  LOL

She is 6'1'' tall and slender and very light-skinned. Her brother is 5'10'' built like a tank, dark skin and straight black hair. Her mom was fairly tall 5' 10'' dark skin and straight black hair. Of course, I'm also much darker and with straight black hair (when I was younger). LOL. The only family member that she looks a bit like is her maternal grandmother. 

Genetics are strange.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
9.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @9.1.1    2 weeks ago
Genetics are strange.
So true! For example, having children is hereditary … if your parents never had any, you probably won't either. 
My brother, who is an only child, told me that. And, my parents moved away before I was born, so, I never met them.
 
 
 
Kavika
9.1.3  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @9.1.2    2 weeks ago

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Raven Wing
9.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @9    2 weeks ago

Wow!! She is a beautiful young lady. The thing that I see that reminds me of you Son, is the eyes. They both have the most beautiful eyes. 

Wonderful picture Kavika, thank you for sharing.  

 
 
 
Kavika
9.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @9.2    2 weeks ago

Yes, both have quite striking eyes. 

Thanks, RW.

 
 
 
Kathleen
9.3  Kathleen  replied to  Kavika @9    2 weeks ago

She's very pretty..

 
 
 
Gsquared
9.4  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @9    2 weeks ago

That's a wonderful photo, Kavika.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
10  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

Taking it to Friday … two hours early.

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Buzz of the Orient
10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 weeks ago

Okay, I'll just sit on that log on the bottom right for a while.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
10.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    2 weeks ago

Of course you WOOD.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    2 weeks ago
I'll just sit on that log on the bottom right for a while

Careful Buzz. It looks like someone already sat on it and it cracked. I'd sit closer to one end or the other, just not in the middle where the break is. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @10.1.2    2 weeks ago

Maybe I'd better just stand....LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1.3    2 weeks ago

Good idea. LOL!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 weeks ago

Love the reddish touch along the stream, it gives such a cheerful touch to the area. And the sun shining through the trees adds a serenity and happiness. Great shot Mac. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
10.3  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 weeks ago

Beautiful photo.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

Well..I'll post one to go into Saturday...

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Buzz of the Orient
11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 weeks ago

For some reason she looks like she doesn't trust us.  Please tell her that most of us are friends here. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1    2 weeks ago
For some reason she looks like she doesn't trust us. 

Well....being an Indian she can't help being a bit suspicious of strangers. (grin)

 
 
 
Gsquared
11.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @11.1.1    2 weeks ago

She looks like she is skeptical of you saying it is Saturday.

Great image.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @11.1.2    2 weeks ago

Indeed she does, and so would I be, and I'm the one who lost the day. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
11.2  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 weeks ago

I think that you skipped a day RW. Tomorrow is Friday...LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @11.2    2 weeks ago

Ugh! I have lost a day. Too bad I can't lose one I rather not deal with. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

Thanks for the reminder, Kavika. But, at least I get one more day to play. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
11.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @11.2.1    2 weeks ago
But, at least I get one more day to play

There ya go, RW.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Verdant scenes from past years in China....

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Kavika
12.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12    2 weeks ago

Great photo essay, Buzz.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @12.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks.  I remember that when I originally posted a photo essay from a day at a magnificent park, and the fifth photo was among those, that you said you really liked that photo. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12    2 weeks ago

These are all so beautiful Buzz. Such vibrant colors and interesting plants. They truly enhance their surroundings very nicely. Well done.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @12.2    2 weeks ago

Merci, madame.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.2.1    2 weeks ago

You're welcome. (smile)

 
 
 
Gsquared
12.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12    2 weeks ago

Those are awesome photos.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @12.3    2 weeks ago

Thanks, my professional colleague.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
13  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

My Friday LOG in.

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After all … it's FALL-en. But, I can get over it.

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Buzz of the Orient
13.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    2 weeks ago

Is it logical to block a road like that?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    2 weeks ago

Even a fallen dead tree has beauty in its own way. While creating her artwork on her choice of canvas, planet Earth, she cares not of Mans' laws. She follows her laws of Nature, and in doing so, she creates so much beauty for Man to enjoy.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
14  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

Is it logical to block a road like that?

I'll go out on a LIMB and say, it'a actually a stream bed, mostly dry and covered with autumn leaves. But you decid-uous.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
14.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @14    2 weeks ago

Then it's a bridge too far for me to cross.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
15  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

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Took this just a few hours ago and added the quote.

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 weeks ago

That is so beautiful, Mac, and the words are so true. Mother Earth can create some truly awesome sights.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 weeks ago

You should create a log of your most recent photo posts.  

 
 
 
Gsquared
15.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.2    2 weeks ago

We wood need the password to log on the view them...

(I'm getting almost as bad as you guys...)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
15.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @15.2.1    2 weeks ago
(I'm getting almost as bad as you guys...)

yeah....ain't it fun. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @15.2.1    2 weeks ago

There wood always be room for another punner - we won't leaf anyone out.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
15.2.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.2    2 weeks ago

Nah! It would be too tedious to LEAF through … 

 
 
 
Gsquared
15.2.5  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.2.3    2 weeks ago

As a budding punner I could also branch out to other pursuits.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
15.2.6  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @15.2.5    2 weeks ago

Go slowly and just pun when the OAK-casion calls for it; that way, you'll remain POPLAR in the Group. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15.2.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15.2.6    2 weeks ago

I have to be a ceCEDAR cause there's no comeback FIR that one.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
15.2.8  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.2.7    2 weeks ago

I BIRCH-a it took ASPEN of time for YEW to NEEDLE us with that one.

 
 
 
Gsquared
15.2.9  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @15.2.8    2 weeks ago

As HEMLOCK Holmes might have said, "ELM-entary, my dear Watson".

 
 
 
Kavika
15.2.10  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @15.2.9    2 weeks ago

Everyone take the log out of your eye.

 
 
 
evilgenius
16  evilgenius    2 weeks ago

One last one from me before I shut this computer off for the weekend. 

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Raven Wing
16.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @16    2 weeks ago

Aww...how sweet. Looks like she might be a bit pregnant. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
16.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @16    2 weeks ago

The last home my parents lived in was on the edge of a forest, and one day in winter I came home to see a deer eating the euonymus vine clinging to the side or our house.  I don't know which one of us was more surprised. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
17  Gsquared    2 weeks ago

Koi, Zhouzhuang, China

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Bridge, Zhouzhuang

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Nanjing, China

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Nanjing

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Raven Wing
17.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @17    2 weeks ago

Those are all truly beautiful photos G. The last one looks so very peaceful, a great place for meditation and soul searching. Your awesome photo says it all. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
17.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @17.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks, Raven Wing

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @17    2 weeks ago

You were in Nanjing.  I guess you learned there why the Chinese peope will NEVER forgive the Japanese.

 
 
 
Gsquared
17.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.2    2 weeks ago

I was aware of the history before I visited Nanjing.  Nanjing is a beautiful city, and the photos were taken at a very large, very beautiful park donated by the Japanese people in an attempt to atone for the misdeeds of their military.  Other than that, there was no reference to Japan, or what happened, that I recall noticing anywhere else in the city.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @17.2.1    2 weeks ago

Well, the documentaries, especially those taken by the Japanese military itself, will always be a reminder.  Did you go to a gallery?

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Gsquared
17.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.2.2    2 weeks ago

We went to the Nanjing Museum and we also went to the Presidential Palace, which is a museum.   They were both very interesting.   

The photo you posted is not open.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @17.2.3    2 weeks ago

The photo didn't open for you?  Or did you mean where that painting was shown did not open?   It's a painting that has much the same feeling and message as Picasso's Guernica.

 
 
 
Gsquared
17.2.5  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.2.4    2 weeks ago

I can see it now.

I saw "Guernica" at a Picasso retrospective in 1980 in New York.  Very powerful.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
17.2.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @17.2.3    2 weeks ago
The photo you posted is not open.

Same for me Buzz. None of those type of photos will open for me.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
17.2.7  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @17.2.5    2 weeks ago
I can see it now.

How did you get it to open G. It won't open for me.

 
 
 
Gsquared
17.2.8  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @17.2.7    2 weeks ago

It didn't open when I was using my computer earlier.  Now I'm using my cell phone and there it is.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
17.2.9  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @17.2.8    2 weeks ago

Ah....thanks G. That's because it is a cellphone format, not a PC format. I don't have one of those kind of cellphones. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.2.10  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @17.2.6    2 weeks ago

Did this work?

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Raven Wing
17.2.11  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.2.10    2 weeks ago

Yes, thanks Buzz. Sorry to cause you more work, but, I don't have a iPhone or such, so I can't open the ones from you cell phone. And it is not just you, others post from their cell phones as well, and I can't open them either.

Thanks for the extra work to allow me, and perhaps others, see the image. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.2.12  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @17.2.11    2 weeks ago

My cell phone?  LOL  My cell phone is not an iPhone, it has no internet, it doesn't show movies, It doesn't have wechat, or the ability to pay for purchases. It's not a smartphone, it's not even a stupid phone.  I bought it new for the equivalent of US$40.  What kind of phone do you think a person can buy new for US$40?  Although it can take pictures and has a few other things like alarm, etc. I use it only for phone calls and text messages.  I just copied the picture off the internet on my computer and pasted it here and I had no idea it was a different kind of picture than what I usually get off the internet, until Gsquared told me.  Anyway I had to change the format and save it in my picture library then paste it so it can be seen by everyone.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
17.2.13  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.2.12    2 weeks ago

Sorry that I misunderstood the way the image was posted, Buzz. I bought my cellphone new for 39.00 at Sears in 2011. It can take pictures, but, they can only be removed by the Internet, and I have no use for that, as I have a regular Canon camera that I can load the pictures to my hard drive from. Like you, I only use it for a few phone calls in and out when I am away from home.

I have also found that some images I download from the Internet need to have the format changed in order to be opened when posted. Not often, but, one in a while I get one.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
18  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

Now.....here is one for FRIDAY . Finally found the day I lost..(grin)

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Native American Circle Of The Four Seasons:

Top - Wolf - Winter 

Right - Eagle - Spring

Bottom - Lion - Summer

Left - Dolphin - Fall

Although, some Circle of the Four Seasons may vary by Tribes. Some may use plants, flowers, or other types of images, but, the meaning is still the same.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
18.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @18    2 weeks ago

I put that one on my "FAVORITE" list, RW!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
18.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @18.1    2 weeks ago

Thank you very much, Mac. I am so very glad that you have added this to your FAVORITE list. I like to share some of the Native American culture, and how they artistically designate the four seasons that they live by, sort of a pictorial seasonal calendar. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @18.1    2 weeks ago

Fully understandable - mine as well.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
18.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1.2    2 weeks ago

Thanks Buzz. While I wanted to add the information about the artwork, I also added the explanation of what each area of the image represented so that viewers who are not familiar with the artwork and what it represented could understand what each one meant. 

When one knows what the purpose is of the artwork, it is easier for them to realize the importance it is to the people of the Tribes.

I'm very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
18.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @18    2 weeks ago

I love that.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
18.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @18.2    2 weeks ago

Thank you G. I'm very happy that you like it. Since different Tribes can have different languages, the Circle of Four Seasons presented in such an image helps in sharing the information among other Tribes. The Circle of Four Seasons is an important part of life for fishing, hunting, planting, and in some cases, migrating or relocating during those times for the survival of the Tribes.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @18    2 weeks ago

I had always thought THE LION was IN WINTER but as you said, there are variations.  I think of that image as having similarities to the 4-season panels painted by the Chinese, but I don't think they had the same significance as the tribal images. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
18.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.3    2 weeks ago
having similarities to the 4-season panels painted by the Chinese, but I don't think they had the same significance as the tribal images. 

Yes, it is very similar. I have seen the four season panels and they are very beautiful. 

In doing a bit of research I found the following, which is indeed very similar in purpose as the Native American artwork, using the flowers to indicate each season instead of animals.

the Four Seasons are a group of flowers found in Chinese art and culture which represent the four seasons , consisting of the Orchid in Spring, the Lotus in Summer, the Chrysanthemum in Autumn, and the Plum Blossom in Winter.

Link:

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
19  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

Onward towards Saturday.

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© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
19.1  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    2 weeks ago

Absolutely spectacular!!!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
19.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    2 weeks ago

Fabulous colours, and quite reflective. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
19.3  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    2 weeks ago

That looks like a Fantasy world, Mac, so beautiful and enticing. I could sit there for hours just listening to the animals all around me, and enjoying the sweet song of the stream as it hurries on its way.

Very well done. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
20  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

Here is one to take us into Saturday......for real this time. (grin)

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Buzz of the Orient
20.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @20    2 weeks ago

Lovely - Queen of the butterflies.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
20.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @20.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks Buzz. Her bright outfit seems to have caught the eye of many surrounding Butterflies.

 
 
 
Gsquared
20.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @20    2 weeks ago

Beautiful image, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
20.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @20.2    2 weeks ago

Thanks G. I had a hard time thinking of what to do about the framing. The subject was already very busy, so too much framing would likely detract from it. So I decided on simplicity and let it stand on its own. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
21  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Another day, another photo...

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Kavika
21.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21    2 weeks ago

Peaceful and serene.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
21.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21    2 weeks ago

In todays' political game playing and partisan divisiveness of our Congress, it is a nice relief to see such a very beautiful and relaxing photo. Thank you Buzz. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
21.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21    2 weeks ago

Nice scene.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
22  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

A little late today, but, here is my contribution for Saturday....

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Gsquared
22.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @22    2 weeks ago

That is incredible.  Very nice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
22.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @22.1    2 weeks ago

Thank you G. I am happy that you like it.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
23  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

Moving it forward …

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A redundancy … Falls in the Fall

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
23.1  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @23    2 weeks ago

That's great.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

One more for Saturday...

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                       A Shawl Dancer

 
 
 
Gsquared
24.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @24    2 weeks ago

That is a beautiful image, Raven Wing.  Can you tell us what a Shawl Dancer is about.  I assume it's not just something generic like someone who dances with a shawl, or am I mistaken?  Also, is she holding a torch?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @24.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks G. It is actually called a Fancy Shawl Dancer, due to the elaborate Shawls the dancers wear.

The women's Fancy Shawl Dance represents the opening of a cocoon when the Butterfly emerges. The Shawl is usually the most extravagant piece. The fringed Shawls are colorful and flashy, often featuring embroidery or ribbon work. The fringe on the Shawl has a movement that coincides with the dancer.

Each dancer has their own way of telling the story of the Butterfly emerging from the cocoon. The story being the same, but, they way it is being told by the dancer and their own regalia most interesting. 

The dancer above is not holding a torch, it is a traditional feather object that the dancers hold while dancing, and the light is hitting the cup the feathers are in, which then makes the bright reflection that you see.

Here is another Fancy Shawl Dancer...

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Gsquared
24.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @24.1.1    2 weeks ago

Thank you for the explanation.  I guess I have to take it one step further and ask if the emerging butterfly is symbolic for something, or is the dance just performed as a tribute to the butterfly itself?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @24.1.2    2 weeks ago

The dance is not about the Butterfly itself. The dance is a story about the opening of the cocoon as the Butterfly is emerging. Each Tribe may have their own interpretation, but, the story is the same.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
24.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @24.1.1    2 weeks ago

Two wonderful shawl dance images.  Between the two, I prefer the second one - it has more interesting imagery, right down to the moccasins.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @24.1.4    2 weeks ago

Thank you Buzz. The Fancy Shawl Dancers do have very ornate and decorative regalia. Each Dancer has their own regalia and form of telling the story. That is why one would likely not see the same regalia and dance steps, Some may be very similar, yet, in some ways different.

However, no matter how it is presented, the story is the same.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
25  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Sunday's contribution.....

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Raven Wing
25.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @25    2 weeks ago

That is lovely Buzz, and very interesting. What is the story of the subject of this photo? 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
25.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @25.1    2 weeks ago

I don't know.  It's on the campus of the Sichuan Institute if Art, so maybe it was some kind of exercise in design.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
25.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @25.1.1    2 weeks ago

Ahh....I thought maybe it was some sort of abandoned Home of some kind. Thanks for the feedback.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
26  author  A. Macarthur    2 weeks ago

Let us reflect on things this Sunday, autumn morning.

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©A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @26    2 weeks ago

That is really beautiful, Mac. So full of robust and yet serene colors mixed with those of the stream. So calming.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
26.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @26    2 weeks ago

Very nice - looks like it was a lovely day. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
27  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

It's such a warm, sunny day here in So Cal......and here is one for Sunday,

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Keeping warm company on a cold Winter day

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
27.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @27    2 weeks ago

I still like that image.- I think I once said that it speaks to me of love.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
27.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @27.1    2 weeks ago
I think I once said that it speaks to me of love.

Thanks Buzz, yes you did. There are different things that different people see in the artwork. The main thing for me is that people enjoy it, and that the artwork projects a feeling they can relate to. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
27.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @27    2 weeks ago

Thought you'd like to know; regarding the Egrets in your artwork … the egret symbolism focuses on being at peace with oneself and the world, being in a state of balance and calmness throughout. 

I'm big on iconography in images … something I became addicted to years ago when studying the Art of the Italian Renaissance. So many of the paintings and sculpture, even the architecture from that period, could not be fully appreciated without understanding all of the iconography and symbolism.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
27.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @27.2    2 weeks ago
could not be fully appreciated without understanding all of the iconography and symbolism.

Agreed Mac, and thank you for your very interesting input. To me, birds of most any kind are seen as being very calm, and very family oriented, depending on the species. 

The Italian Renaissance was a very interesting period in so many ways. Although I was not able to engage in creating any artwork when I was younger, my interest in art of all kinds was one of my very favorite subjects. I have never been a real expert of the various arts, but, my interest and curiosity has always been a large part of my artistic world. As I became able to create artwork on the computer, I try to employ some of the things I learned over the many years.

Thank you so very much for your information and your own insight about artwork. I truly do appreciate it and learn so much from you that helps me better understand various aspects of the art world. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Raven Wing
28  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

Here is one for Monday that's for the Birds.......

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Buzz of the Orient
28.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @28    2 weeks ago

Awww.  And I thought it was for us humans.  Okay here's one for your birds, but I hope they don't get obese.

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Raven Wing
28.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @28.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks Buzz. I am sure they will happily return the favor one day. However, besure to always wear you hat in case the Bird of Paradise flys over your head. (big grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
28.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @28.1.1    2 weeks ago

Well, in that case I wish I'd never watched that Alfred Hitchcock movie. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
28.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @28.1.2    2 weeks ago

LOL!! Alfred was indeed one of a kind.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
28.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @28.1.3    2 weeks ago

It must be some kind of magic, but "The Birds" is on TV here now. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
28.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @28.1.4    2 weeks ago
but "The Birds" is on TV here now.

LOL!!  See...they were listening to you. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
29  Raven Wing    2 weeks ago

I feel like adding one for Tuesday....... 

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 A Tribal Shaman performing a healing ceremony

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
29.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @29    2 weeks ago

Although I have watched a smudging ceremony, I've never seen a healing ceremony.  Great image, as usual.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
29.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @29.1    2 weeks ago
I've never seen a healing ceremony. 

Depending on the Tribe and their own customs and traditions, their various ceremonies may differ from others. While some of the traditions and cultures may be somewhat similar, each Tribe has their own way of doing things, including their many various ceremonies.

I have seen a Cherokee healing ceremony when I stayed with the Grandmother and Grandfather of the Cherokee family that lived behind us and the children and I made friends. So I was sort of 'adopted' by the family, and in the summer when school was out we spend most of the summer with the Grandmother and Grandfather who lived on the Cherokee rez near Pawhuska OK.

I was a young girl at the time and really didn't know what was going on, but, I was fascinated by the regalia worn by the Shaman and the ceremony itself. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
30  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Just helping to keep this the best non-political, non-religious special interest group on thenewstalkers.

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Kavika
30.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @30    2 weeks ago

What is happening in this photo, Buzz?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
30.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @30.1    2 weeks ago

This was a diorama in the palace in Millenium Park in the ancient Imperial Capital of Kaifeng.  Some offenders are pleading their case before the Emperor, and he provides mercy and forgives them. 

 
 
 
Kavika
30.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @30.1.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks

 
 
 
Raven Wing
30.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @30    2 weeks ago

Awesome picture Buzz. Lots of reality, color and a beautiful story. Very nice.

 
 
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