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Sitting next to a small stream like that looks like a nice place to relax and meditate.
I needed that small stream ! Thanks, A Mac.
A beautiful photo, Mac. Very serene and Spiritual. Looking at that photo I can almost smell the freshness of it, and the wonderful combination of all the flora and fauna of the surrounding forest.
A much needed visual antidepressant at this point. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is very much appreciated.
Was once the caretaker of an abandoned geodesic dome commune back in the day.
Just a couple of miles away from a place/studio called Caribou Ranch.
Left it when all the trees were killed by borer beetles and the road to it collapsed as a result.
Shopped for years in the store that Joe Walsh's ladies said was sad.
Joe liked "store is sad" over "story's sad". He anguished over that line.
He eventually recorded it so it could be heard either way.
The local groceries in Ward and Nederland were kind of sad compared to big city stores.
Back to my 1970s Canon F1 film 35mm SLR shots - this one was taken on a trip we took to Ottawa. I was standing on a hill just behind Canada's Parliament buildings looking down at the Ottawa River and took this photo. It was a shot taken against the sun reflecting off the ripples in the river. If I knew then what I know now about "Rule of Thirds" I would not have filled the photo so much with the sailboat, but would place it and its shadow slightly smaller in the bottom right corner with more river background.
In any event, in my darkroom I printed it on a very special paper, a paper that was silver instead of white in order to give it more sparkle, but perhaps because of the scanning and copying and pasting that sparkle is kind of muted.
It's amazing photo, Buzz. Even if it doesn't 'sparkle', it is still a very interesting photo.
Here is one of my very early ones....
Native American Fire Bird
Is it the fiery temperatures these days that is prompting you to post fiery images? You did a good job in depicting the swirling flames.
Thank you Buzz. Maybe it is the heat these days that is influencing me. (big grin)
That is gorgeous. I love it.
Thanks Veronica. I'm very glad you like it. One of my hardest early efforts. I learned a lot doing this image that has been very beneficial in going forward.
In May my wife bought me an aquarium background kit (from CurrentUSA) with frosted glass film and an led light system. I put it on the community fish 40g tank that will look completely different by this time next week (hopefully).
Then I took the other 40g aquarium and put the frosted glass window film I got from our local home improvement store and an old Philips Hue lightstrip behind it.
The 1st one is brighter, but I have better control on the second including color and timing.
They are really impressive, EG. The last one is awesome. Well done!
Actually, you're even kinder to fish than those who catch and release - you guarantee not only that nobody is going to catch and eat them (I plead guilty) or any other predators. Maybe we should create a reward for that.
Oh, just reread my comment. I meant "an award", not "a reward".
wtf? get hit in the head with a puck when you were a kid? jk
I never was much of a hockey player.
You spent too much time with the band... : )
I only played professionally once, it was to a university audience when I accompanied a folk-singing duo with my Appalachian dulcimer.
Built and stocked a 2 acre pond on my ranch about five years ago.
have yet to try to hook and eat one (never had a taste for fish).
Throw in handfulls of fish food and they boil the water.
I canoe, rowboat, swim and they follow me like pets.
Pardon my butt but I'm having lunch. Stone Creek, Ocala, FL.
A couple of days ago a calf got through the fence and spent the morning wandering around people's yards munching on plants...LOL it's the most excitement that Stone Creek has seen in a long time.
LOL! Butt that is quite alright. Enjoy your lunch!
Even though it may be a big contributor to greenhouse gas and global warming, it can provide some nice meals for meat-lovers.
The photo was taken behind the 15th green on the Stone Creek GC two evenings ago.
At first I didn't think that was real. Looks almost like a fantasy pic.
Great photo, Kavika. Very well planned and focused. The beautiful flowers and other plants in the foreground give the serene background a very poster-like appearance.
Very well done!
A very nice view. Taken from the spot where my ball would likely have ended up.
My babies patiently (NOT) waiting for me to finish dressing so they can have breakfast.
The one is giving you the stink eye. Haha
Yea, he always does when it is meal time & I am not moving fast enough for his liking.
Aww...those are such little sweethearts to patiently allow Mom to get dressed before breakfast. (big grin)
They look patient enough to me. My Fidget would be yelling at me.
This is an old one I took. I first posted this on the vine back in the day. Some people didn't think I took it and did a google search with it...
My magic mushroom...
I know at some time in my life I sat under the magic mushroom.
An excellent photograph, which, I will not identify by biological name for no other reason that a "wrong" identification could become a serious error.
The consensus back in the day was Fly argaric.
There use to be a name I called them, I can think of it right now.
That's a great photo. Very vivid and clear to show all the details of the mushroom.
Thanks. Believe it or not, I took it with an iphone.
I remember seeing it. I didn't think it was real.
ha ha ha, I remember the online debate about that picture on NV.
Just be sure to scrape off the white spots before ingesting.
Strychnine poisoning is not fun and will screw up a nice high.
Magic Water … the sun breaks through the forest on a summer morning.
I like that one. The gold.
That is not only very beautiful, but, very Spiritual as well. Another of Father Sky and Mother Earth's gifts to us.
Very well done, Mac.
A unique image - it says "Wake up, all you sleepyheads - a new day has arrived."
© G. Gam
Where in Paris is this? Love your use of color.
Thanks, Perrie. It is composed from two photos I took, a photo of an architectural detail at Notre Dame Cathedral that I overlaid on a photo of a door pediment, which was in the 5th or 6th Arrondissement.
You got to see it before it burned.
I did. I've been to Notre Dame several times. One time I there and it happened to be the 44th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. They had a big ceremony going on with a lot of older men in uniforms. It was really something to experience.
Happily, they are restoring Notre Dame now. It is very beautiful and one of the great monuments in the world.
Very interesting shot, thanks. I first visited the cathedral in1978 and then took my wife in 1991. I supported the 50th Anniversary of D-Day and was in Paris for preparations and several events. The one day, while on vacation in Nashville, I walk into an establishment with my wife and friends for lunch and the fire is on CNN - devastating. I would love to be back in two years for the re-opening.
When ever I visited the cathedrals in Europe I was filled with awe, Awe for the architecture, the technology used t build it and the sacrifices made to erect these works of art.
Thank you. It's been a few years since we were last in Paris. My wife and I were recently discussing going again one of these times coming up soon. It is such an amazing, beautiful, wonderful city. It would probably be best to go after Notre Dame has re-opened. I remember watching the news of the fire on TV and being absolutely horrified.
The cathedrals in Europe are astounding.
As soon as I saw that image and read "Paris" I had a feeling it had something to do with Notre Dame Cathedral, although I have never been to France.
While I dearly love Paris, my wife and I have also had wonderful trips on the rest of France. We quit smoking on a one month trip that started in Dijon, and then we went slowly down to Nancy and the Rhone river and then throughout Province. Every time we wanted a cigarette, we had a glass of wine. Sacrifice our livers for our longs, LoL
Too bad you never made it there. It's a very beautiful country.
We spent our last trip to France entirely in Provence and the Cote d'Azur. We were there for over two weeks and had a really great time.
Well, I did do Spain and Gibralter, Switzerland, England and Wales, but I'm sorry I never got to France and Italy.
Always wanted to go to Spain. Been my dream of mine. Funny thing is, my tattoo is a fleur-de-lis.
I did that too. So amazingly beautiful. Took trains up and down the Cote d'Azur. Just breathtaking. One of my dreams is to go back and spend two weeks or so in Paris and nearby areas, Versailles and others.
A great image, G. Very well overlaid. Vibrant colors.
Thank you, Raven Wing.
A new one....
A Navajo Maiden visiting her Wolf companion in the desert.
That's a beautiful image.
Thank you very much, G.
Yet another great image for the coffee table art book.
Thanks, Buzz. Glad you like it.
Keeping in tune with Native Americans the setting sun on the Dine (Navajo) reservation.
Photo by Wanda Begay.
Thanks, Kavika. A beautiful photo. I have seen many of those on my several crossings trips across Arizona in my life. The sunsets are truly amazing, and very Spiritual.
The northern lights are known to the Ojibwe as Waawaate. This photo was taken at Voyageurs National Park in north central Minnesota. It is considered one of the darkest spots in the US.
To the Ojibwe our ancestors can at times be seen in the lights. As a kid growing up in the area I saw the Waawaate many time. It is unforgettable.
Photo by the NPS.
I wonder if to the left and the right those would be planets rather than stars.
They could be, Buzz.
You can see the stars sprinkled all across the sky, but those two show up much brighter, which could mean they are planets rather than stars. Back in Toronto I had a telescope, and with it I could see Saturn with its rings and Jupiter with four of its moons.
Stars twinkle planets do not.
The Northern Lights in the forest, also from Voyageurs National Park.
Photo by NPS.
Sounds like a very interesting and awesome area. The beautiful and mesmerizing Northern Lights are another amazing gift to us from Father Sky and Mother Earth.
Unique sunset was taken last week at Stone Creek, Ocala, FL.
Photo by Stone Creek photo club.
Unique is right - sort of a V for Victory.
Award worthy image!
In America minority protesters are treated differently than non-minority protesters.
This isn't Selma Alabama in the 1950s, it's Standing Rock SD in 2016 turning dogs on non-violent Native American protesters.
Photos are not always fun and beauty, throughout history photos of violent reactions to peaceful protests have at times motivated the world.
Here's one for Saturday...
Father Sky watching over Mother Earth
"You talkin' to me?"
Since we're into "skies," OK.
Arches National Park
That's a real beauty, Mac. Very Spiritual as well.
This is an amazing photograph, thank you for sharing.
I'll give it a shot...
This one is reflections on water, one of my favorite subjects.
And this is another of my favorite subjects, Li'lBit
Good beginning; keep it going and thanks to all who have gotten us underway.
''Battle of the Rock'' Rainbow River, Ocala FL.
I think the one is trying to get a little action...
Looks like they are trying to create their own little 'Turtle Island'. (grin)
LOL, good one.
This photo is not mine, but my daughter's. She took it last night when her hubby and Matt went to get the best Italian ice in NY.
I think the shot is amazing. Kind of has a Hopper feel to it.
Nothing better on a hot, humid day. My favorites are pistachio, mango and of course, lemon.
best Italian ice in NY.
Do they have spaghetti or pizza ice? how about veal parmesan ice?
When your really looking for a unique treat …
Try a Lizard on a Stick! This alone is worth the trip to Vancouver, B.C.! (Talk about Reptile Dysfunction)
Lizard on a Stick
Tastes like chicken.
Not very appetizing to look at. Does not spur my hunger bud. But, that is just me. I have eaten a variety of various foods, such as snake, octopus, goats eye, and others. And while the lizard might taste great, their outward appearance just does not set my mouth to watering. However, I am the venturous type, and if presented with the opportunity, I would not hesitate to at least give it a try.
Doesn't look like any meat on them.
I would get one and see if it could fly. Freak some people out...
Okay, I know about beavertails, but that's new to me. Is it somehow connected to the west coast native tribes?
I have never heard of Italian Ice before. What does it consist of?
I can only describe it as better than a snow cone. I have never had real though. Only prepackaged kind.
better than a snow cone
Ahh...thanks Ender. I have enjoyed many a snow cone, especially in the hot summer. There was a sow cone stand now far from where I lived growing up, so I would go there and get their combination cones, one each of the cherry/strawberry, orange, pineapple and coconut flavors in a circle around the top. But, I never tasted one with Italian flavors.
It is smoother, not as icy.
Lived in an old Italian castle in Denver with an old Italian grocery next door.
During summer our driveway became packed because of his Italian Ice.
We came to a deal.
Free parking for his customers for free Italian Ice for me and my band.
Sounds like a good deal for both sides.
A very good example of Street Photography.
It does have a Nighthawks feel to it.
Here's one for Sunday that's not so old, but, not so new......
A Warrior and his War Pony
There was a movie I saw a while back about some war. Can't remember what it was and really only remember this part....
Two sides of a battle with barbed wire and things between them. There was a horse caught in the middle of the battle field. Both sides offered a cease fire and each side sent someone out there to try to free the horse.
Don't recall seeing that kind of movie, Ender, but indeed Native American Warriors from most, if not all, Tribes do highly respect all animal life. To many Tribes, horses are also considered to be Spirit Guides or Spirit Totems, so to injure or kill one would be a big No No.
I could not say if that is what the event in the movie you saw was trying to present or not having not seen it myself.
It just struck me and stuck with me. That they would stop fighting to save the horse.
Then they ended up both wanting to take the horse back with them.
Man, that is really all I remember about that movie.
Sounds like a great movie. I would like to see it myself.
I think you're talking about ''War Horse'' a Steven Spielberg production.
That is it. Thank You.
Thanks for the name, Kavika. I will look it up.
Saw War Horse. Great movie!
A good image in an interesting format. Next time try posting something not so borrowed and not so blue. LOL
I just realized that some might not have understood my comment, it was a response to Raven's comment...
"Here's one for Sunday that's not so old, but, not so new......"
As many of you know I'm an art collector and have a fairly wide range of artists and styles. One of my favorites is James Bama, I have four of his works but this one is one that I really want to add to my collection.
It's entitled ''Young Plains Indian'' the young man is a member of the Crow Nation. This is what Bama had to say about the painting.
'' Bama snapped a picture of this young man as he rode by at one of Montana's annual Crow Fairs. "He could have been living in 1879, not 1979."
That pic is just stunning.
Bama will take a photo of a subject and then paint the scene from the photo. That is exactly what happened to create this painting.
A great painting indeed. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Looks much like a painting.
It is a painting done from a photo that he took of the young man.
I bet that is worth a few coins.
It sure is. When it was going to be published back in 1980/81 I could have purchased it at what is called pre-pub pricing around $400 if I remember correctly. I purchased another of his paintings instead...LOL I could kick my own ass if I wasn't so old.
It would have been worth doing a collaboration of his works.
One more for Monday.....
A Hopi Kachina Doll
BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY
That is a truly great shot! Totally majestic in every way.
It was taken yesterday. The eagle was on my neighbors roof just a couple of houses down from us. We have two resident bald eagles in Stone Creek.
Are they mates or two males? How wonderful that they are residents there.
They have been here for a bit more than 2 years but we have not seen any chicks. Their nest could be in the wooded pastures just over the fence from us so we would know for sure, that a nest could be in that timber.
Thanks for the additional information. I just think it a bit odd that two males, being territorial as they a known to be, would be residing in the same local area. But, I am by no means that knowledgeable about male Bald Eagles, so it could very well be the case.
Have a few eagles out here on the prairie. What I don't have is your lens!
Saturday I rode a train pulled by this just restored steam locomotive from Reading, PA to Jim Thorp PA. Locomotive is Reading 2102, T1 class, 4-8-4 type. Great ride, beautiful scenery
I love the old trains.
My favorite train trip was Silverton to Durango on a narrow gauge coal burner.
Back in the late 1970s the Southern Pacific RR had refurbished Pullman cars from the 1930s. Stunningly beautiful. They hooked it on to one of the freight trains and we had a wonderful trip from LA to Seattle.
What a fantastic way to travel.
I took that ride in the Fall of 1986, a gorgeous journey.
I have great nostalgic memories of steam trains and the sound of their whistles echoing in the night from when I was a kid staying in my grandmother's cottage, putting pennies on the tracks to flatten them. Last train I took was a super-speed one travelling at over 300 kmh and very comfortable airplane-type seating.
Jim Thorpe, PA, just down the road from my place in the Poconos!
Jim Thorpe, PA
During our layover at Jim Thorpe, I also rode the Leigh Gorge Scenic train and that valley is very pretty. Had a good weekend!
Back in the 60s used to hop on a train and just hope I didn't get caught. It's an art form.
Back then I didn't care where the train was going.
This thread is too good to close, so, a few more hours at least,
Iz be a patriot.
Thanks to all for outstanding posts and comments. See you Thursday night!