Busy Family Weekend for Me, So, Pretty Much, the Group will Self-Monitor (Which is the General Protocol Anyway)

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  6 days ago  •  195 comments


Busy Family Weekend for Me, So, Pretty Much, the Group will Self-Monitor (Which is the General Protocol Anyway)
 

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    6 days ago

Bring it on!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    6 days ago

Enjoy the time with your family. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 days ago

Another enticing stream shot.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2  Raven Wing    6 days ago

One for Thursday.......

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devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @2    5 days ago

alright RW, I've been dying to ask you for years. there seems to be a lot of similarity among a good portion of the NA women in your art. I guess I mean very few subjects. am I right or no? who is she?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @2.1    5 days ago

The similarity is that they are all incredibly beautiful!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @2.1    5 days ago
who is she?

She does not have a name. Just a vision of the mind. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @2.1.1    5 days ago

Thank you, G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2    5 days ago

A fascinating creative image, but I would lessen the framing a bit. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2    5 days ago

Thanks, Buzz. In what way should I lessen the framing?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.2.1    5 days ago

You used 5 frames, which is somewhat excessive and distracts from the image.  You did use the colours from the image which is good.  The inner brown one and very thin light coloured one surrounding it are good, but I would remove the three outer ones and replace them with just a thin black outer frame, like this:

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Now the focus is entirely on the image.  I realize that my taste and opinion are mine, and you may feel very differently, so please don't be upset by my suggestion and do what you like the best. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.2    4 days ago

Thank you, Buzz. Good suggestion. And no offense taken by your suggestion. It is a good one and I will keep it in mind.

However, I actually only used three frames, as for 2 of the 3 frames have attributes meant to enhance the primary image. One of the 2 frames has a shadow, and the other one has a 'glow' attribute. 

I truly respect, and appreciate, your different aspect suggestions, It is fun to see how our versions differ. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
CB
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2.2.4  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @2.2.3    4 days ago

Guys, I find the discussion of frames interesting. Having now looked at both framings several times over, I strikes me that Raven's choice of framing style forces me to lean in, where Buzz's framing leaves me sitting (or standing) upright in my chair. Can that be the point(s)?

Also, I can't shake an observation so I will mention it, Buzz's framing reminds me of a poster-styled framing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  CB @2.2.4    4 days ago

Thank you, CB. You are correct in why I chose my framing idea. It is to visually draw one into the image. I find it very interesting that the choice of framing by different artisans, and armatures such as I am, can have a different effect on those who view them. But, what a boring world it would be if all the framing was the same by all. The framing, or the lack of any, can have an effect on how different viewers see the primary images. 

Thank you for sharing how the different framing of the image influences how you view it. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.2.3    4 days ago

The number of frames - 5, 3, whatever is not really the main point I was making.  The outer light coloured frame draws my attention away from the image.  That one and the thick black one distracts.  The rest of the frames in your additional images below enhance and benefit the images, rather than distract from the images, and IMO are more cohesive to the images.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  CB @2.2.4    4 days ago

Different strokes for different folks.

 
 
 
CB
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2.2.8  CB   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.7    4 days ago

Well! (Spoken in the likeness of, "Bewitched" Samantha Stevens.)  :)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.2.9  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.6    4 days ago

I do understand your point, Buzz. But, I choose the framing that I think gives the image the results I want for the artwork. 

And I fully understand that no matter what type of framing I choose, it will not please everyone. 

Thanks again for your interesting input.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.10  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.2.9    4 days ago

Notwithstanding the feelings of others about what I had to say, and your politeness in dealing with it, I've decided that "Chacun à son goût" and I'm going to keep my big mouth shut (at least about images, if nothing else).

 
 
 
CB
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2.2.11  CB   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.10    4 days ago

No, I love what you shared. The concept of a poster is not a bad look: it is a different look. And honestly, I love them both equally. I mean it from my heart. Do share as often as you like. Why? Because you matter (too)! :)

Buzz, indeed. One of the characteristics I like and approve of in your comments is open frankness. You 'give' and it works for me! I'm all in for that. So if you read anything in my comment(s), internalize that I respect realness above all else.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.2.12  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.10    4 days ago
and I'm going to keep my big mouth shut

Please don't Buzz. At least with me. Your comments have helped me broaden my imagination, creativity and techniques. And I truly do appreciate them. 

I have a lot more to learn regarding my images, and you, Mac and others who make suggestions help me to learn more. So please keep up the good work.  jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
CB
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2.3  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @2    5 days ago

Oooh! I love this one "action" shot!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  CB @2.3    5 days ago

Thank you, CB. Very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     6 days ago

End of the day, Stone Creek, Ocala FL.

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A. Macarthur
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3.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @3    6 days ago

We’re running out of blue ribbons!

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.1.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @3.1    6 days ago

Thanks, Mac.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.2  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @3.1    6 days ago

Arvo Mac...

Time for some gold medals...

Enjoy your family time..hope Mrs Mac is going well... often think of her..

I am in the wars at the moment fractured a rib..walked into a door frame.. thought it hurt a bit at the time...🙄🙄

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @3.1.2    5 days ago

So sorry to hear of your fractured rib, shona. Take care and don't over do. Hope you recover soon.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.4  devangelical  replied to  shona1 @3.1.2    5 days ago

ouch! get well soon shona, and stop acting like a teenager...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @3.1.2    5 days ago

Oh my, you've been framed.  Hope you recover soon. 

 
 
 
CB
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3.1.6  CB   replied to  shona1 @3.1.2    5 days ago

Okay Shona1, when you get well enough let me know: I manage the unofficial NT 'SICK, LAME, AND LAZY LIST' I would love to remove you when it right.

CAUTION! Do not laugh out loud! It's a 'bruiser'!  Get it: "A bruiser?"

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.7  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1.5    5 days ago

Arvo Buzz.... clever... didn't think of that one...

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.8  shona1  replied to  CB @3.1.6    5 days ago

Arvo CB....groan..you and Buzz should start up a comedy session...

Yep all good.. instead of stacking into the door frame you "wood" have thought I should have avoided it in the first place ..

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.1.9  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @3.1.8    5 days ago

If looking for humour, there's a joke in my first comment on the carbon dioxide & beer article I posted. 

 
 
 
CB
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3.1.10  CB   replied to  shona1 @3.1.8    5 days ago

I sorry! I don't mean any real harm to come to you! But do take care and remember that laughter is medicine at some level and some times we all need a good 'topping off!'

Cheers, dear Shona1!

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.11  shona1  replied to  CB @3.1.10    5 days ago

Nah all good CB...you have an excellent sense of humour as I do...to my own detriment at times...

It's quite funny really when I think about...the doctor was quite amazed I hadn't even noticed it.. until days later...

We breed them tough in the Land Down Under.. enjoy your day...

 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @3    6 days ago

It looks like the sky is on fire!  Wow.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.2.1  shona1  replied to  Gsquared @3.2    6 days ago

Arvo G..that was what I thought at first glance as well...flames....

A to familiar sight unfortunately for us and you mob during the Summer...

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @3.2.1    6 days ago

Hey shona.  Yes, especially here in California.  Even as a kid growing up sometimes we had fires with a visible glow at sunset and during the night in the hills surrounding the valley where I lived.  Now I live in the hills and I get concerned any time I hear about a local fire, or  notice smoke.  Fortunately, my neighborhood has never had a fire threat, but areas very close to us have.

I hope you heal quickly and feel better!

 
 
 
shona1
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3.2.3  shona1  replied to  Gsquared @3.2.2    6 days ago

Yes know that feeling very well here...see it and smell it all to often..

I dread it went the sun goes blood red and the North wind is like a furnace...

No mention so far but we usually send over our firies to help out over there if needed...the same as you do for us...

We have not forgotten the US firies that perished here helping us out two summers ago... They were treated as if they were our own and we were devastated they lost their lives so far from home...

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2.4  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @3.2.3    6 days ago

We all have such tremendous respect and gratitude for the firefighters.  They are real heroes!

There were two or three fires in the last couple of years that polluted the air so badly, it was unsafe to go outside.  I wore a mask just to get the mail from our mailbox, which is down the driveway next to the street.  A couple of times we could smell it in the house.  I did not like that.  We have had ashes falling many times, too.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.3  shona1  replied to  Kavika @3    6 days ago

Arvo Kavika.. brilliant photo enough to send shivers up my spine as first thought was bushfire...

But very pleased to see that is not the case...

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.3.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @3.3    6 days ago

Thanks, shona. I'm quite familiar with the wildfires got way too close to one and it was touch and go for a time. 

I have some friends that are wildfire fighters, in fact one team is in California right now fighting the McKinney fire in northern CA. right on the Oregon border.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.3.2  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @3.3.1    6 days ago

Native Americas are some of the best wildfire fighters in the world. We have 7 Hot Shot Teams (they are highly trained and experienced) and they go into the belly of the beast. 

In addition to the Hot Shot teams we have thousands of additional fire fighters that are involved most everywhere in the US and some foreign countries as well.

This is a photo of the Geronimo Team (Apache).

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Gsquared
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3.3.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @3.3.2    6 days ago

Those are HEROES.  Every one.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.3.4  shona1  replied to  Kavika @3.3.2    6 days ago

Stay safe firies...

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.3.5  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @3.3.4    6 days ago

One of the most famous and also one of the very best is the ''Apache 8'' an all-woman team that has been together for 30 years. They even made a documentary about them.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.3.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3.3.2    5 days ago

True heroes that don't get as much appreciation as they deserve. They are truly a very valuable force to the US and other countries, and willing to put their own lives on the line to save the lives of others, be it human or wildlife.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.3.7  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3.3.5    5 days ago

I remember that documentary. An amazing group of women who are indeed a fires worst enemy. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.3.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3.3.2    5 days ago

It's no surprise to me that the Native American firefighters are best, because I think it takes a lot of courage to be effective, and I learned about Native American courage when I taught my students about the Native American high steelworkers. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.3.9  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.3.8    5 days ago

Mohawks working on the original World Trade Towers 1966-1972. 

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Raven Wing
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3.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3    5 days ago

WoW! Now that really is an amazing shot, Kavika!  The way the clouds are mixed amid the glow of the setting sun is truly awesome indeed.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3    5 days ago

All I get is a tiny image and a code - I can't open it.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.5.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.5    5 days ago

That's strange. I posted it the same as all the others on the article.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.5.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3.5.2    5 days ago

Maybe it's the source.  Did you take the photo, or is it copied from the net - if the latter then if it is copied to your computer picture library and posted from there it would probably work fine. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.5.4  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.5.3    5 days ago

I took it and downloaded it from my phone to documents and then posted it. Just like I do 99% of my photos.

Can you see it now?

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CB
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3.5.5  CB   replied to  Kavika @3.5.4    5 days ago

Oooh!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.5.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3.5.4    5 days ago

Yes, no problem.  If you did it exactly like you did it before then the problem is a mystery.  Nice pink sky - photo is similar in that silhouetted way to the sunrise one I posted below. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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4  Kavika     6 days ago

Atlas launch from Cape Canaveral this AM.

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shona1
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4.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @4    6 days ago

Sort of looks like a tornado at first glance.. excellent photo...

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @4.1    6 days ago

Did you notice the trail shadow in the lake?

 
 
 
shona1
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4.1.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @4.1.1    6 days ago

Yes mirror image ..you certainly live in a great place...and even have rocket launches in your own backyard...

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1.3  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @4.1.2    6 days ago

We sure do and we actually had two launches yesterday. One in the early morning and one last night around 7pm.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.2  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @4    5 days ago

Love this shot!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @4    5 days ago

A fantastic catch.  Were you waiting for it, or did it just happen unexpectedly?

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3    5 days ago

Knew it was going to happen since they post the time that the launches will take place.

 
 
 
CB
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4.4  CB   replied to  Kavika @4    5 days ago

STELLAR!

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     6 days ago

Four birds taking off in order. Stone Creek, Ocala, FL.

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Photo by the Stone Creek Photo Club.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @5    5 days ago

That is a very great shot! 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.2  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @5    5 days ago

Excellent photo.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5    5 days ago

Wow!!!

 
 
 
Dig
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5.4  Dig  replied to  Kavika @5    3 days ago

That's an awesome image. 

Is it really four birds, or a composite of the same bird in different positions?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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6  evilgenius    5 days ago

The swamp/bog is very low on water right now, but it still looks beautiful.

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Kavika
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6.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @6    5 days ago

Beautiful, EG.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @6    5 days ago

Some of Mother Natures' artwork is often done in areas where they go unseen. Thank you for sharing these great shots, EG.

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.1  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @6.2    5 days ago

It's beautiful indeed! I love it when nature 'shows off!"

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @6    5 days ago
"...but it still looks beautiful."

It sure does.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7  Raven Wing    5 days ago

Fridays' new one.....

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                        One of the many sacred birds

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @7    5 days ago

In Cherokee, it's Walela (hummingbird)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @7.1    5 days ago

Yes it is. Thank you for adding that information. And they are a very varied species, in colors and territories. What are they called in Ojibwe? 

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @7.1.1    5 days ago

Naanookaashiin

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @7.1.2    5 days ago

Thanks, Kavika. Always interested to learn other NA languages.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @7    5 days ago

A terrific image nicely framed.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.2    5 days ago

Thank you, Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8  Gsquared    5 days ago

           

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                                                                    The Accordion Players, Avignon

                                                                                  © G. Gam

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @8    5 days ago

oh, man ...!?!

psychedelic accordions could be a bad trip...

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @8.1    5 days ago

Don't bring me down, man.

 
 
 
CB
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8.1.2  CB   replied to  Gsquared @8.1.1    5 days ago

'Old boy' is RAD! Those lead guitar licks could have been more 'liquid' for psychedelic purposes, in my opinion. But, he be quite interesting playing like that! :) STELLAR!

The music sounds familiar: What is the name of the song?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  CB @8.1.2    3 days ago

The music sound familiar to me, too, but I don't know the name of the song. 

I like that the musician is playing all of the instruments.

 
 
 
CB
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8.1.4  CB   replied to  Gsquared @8.1.3    3 days ago

He gets my attention for a job well done! Sounds good the second time around too! Someone down in the Youtube comment section mentioned Pink Floyd's, "Wish You Were Here" - and it does sound like the great Pink Floyd. And that could explain the "acid" effect to the sound!

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (PULSE Restored & Re-Edited)

If this young dude did pull from Pink Floyd, I forgive him (this time) for not acknowledging the sampling. But only this time!

 
 
 
Kavika
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8.2  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @8    5 days ago

Very cool, G. Could be accordion players on acid.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @8.2    5 days ago

Thanks, Kavika, but, actually, when creating colorful pieces, rather than drug-induced hallucinations (sorry, dev), I'm influenced by the Fauve artists like Matisse, or neo-Impressionists such as Gauguin, adding my own 21st Century take, of course.  I'm also influenced by my mother, who was a brilliant colorist and a wonderful artist.  Sometimes I like a lot of color.  I just think it looks kind of cool.

With that said, we recognize that anyone viewing a work of art will see it through their own filter.

 
 
 
Kavika
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8.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @8.2.1    5 days ago

My wife loves Matisse's work.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @8.2.2    5 days ago

Your wife has excellent taste.  I love Matisse's work, too.  He was a fantastic artist.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @8    5 days ago

You did a great job with that one, GG.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.3    5 days ago

Thanks, Buzz.

 
 
 
CB
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8.4  CB   replied to  Gsquared @8    5 days ago

How nice! It really is!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.4.1  Gsquared  replied to  CB @8.4    5 days ago

Thank you very much, CB.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @8    5 days ago

You really outdid yourself with this one, G. Totally awesome! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.5.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @8.5    5 days ago

Thanks much, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Kavika
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9  Kavika     5 days ago

Blue skies and fluffy white clouds. A beautiful day in Stone Creek, Ocala FL.

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A little music accompaniment by the great Willie Nelson.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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9.1  pat wilson  replied to  Kavika @9    5 days ago

Florida has wonderful skies.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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9.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @9    5 days ago

Looks like a very peaceful and pleasant day.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9    5 days ago

The kind of sky I don't get to see very often where I am.  What is the song - I may be able to find it on the sites I can access. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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9.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.3    5 days ago

Willie Nelson 'Blue Skies''

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9.3.1    5 days ago

I've got this one (LINK) ->

 
 
 
CB
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9.5  CB   replied to  Kavika @9    5 days ago

"Big Fluffies" - you go, Florida!  Love the song choice too! First time hearing the Willie Nelson version! ;)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10  Buzz of the Orient    5 days ago

No more B&Ws from my Canon F1, but here is a sunrise shot I took with that camera from the dock of our lakeside home that you've already seen a photo of.  Early in the morning my ex and I would brew fresh coffee to make a couple of mugs of "Gull Lake Coffee" (2/3 coffee and 1/3 Bailey's Irish Cream), sit out on the dock and watch the sunrise over the lake to the north-east.  We called our Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier "Baillie" because of her colour.  Unfortunately we never got to see the sunsets unless we boated out onto the lake.  You can see the morning mist rising off the water, and we would listen to the calls of the loons.  It was a great time. 

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Gsquared
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10.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    5 days ago

Nice scene.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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10.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    5 days ago

A very peaceful and serene photo, Buzz. Great shot.

 
 
 
CB
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11  CB     5 days ago

Okay, I have this lily in a large container in my yard:

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This thing is so dang-gone beautiful when it opens. And it does not stay open long! Look at the detail! Can any of you filter it? It looks like a 'cathedral' in there! :)

 
 
 
Kavika
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11.1  Kavika   replied to  CB @11    5 days ago

That's stunning, CB.

 
 
 
CB
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11.1.1  CB   replied to  Kavika @11.1    5 days ago

So tempting. How can any insect not enter in? I don't feel I have done it justice in catching its detail. And with all it delicate beauty in closes up in a matter of a day or so.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  CB @11    5 days ago

This is not my day for opening images - I can't open yours.  It starts at the top and then stops - can only see the top of the image.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  CB @11    5 days ago

Holy smoke - I just went back and the image opened no problem.  What do you mean by "filter it"?

 
 
 
CB
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11.3.1  CB   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.3    5 days ago

Hooray!  Help it look better. I lightened it before I uploaded it with my simple program. But, in reality, that flower was 'humming' with depth which I think I, or my phone 'washed' out a bit. You like it as is? Then, maybe its cool!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  CB @11.3.1    5 days ago

I was watching movies for a while, and now I see that Raven has done the trick. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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11.4  Gsquared  replied to  CB @11    5 days ago

That is sensational, CB!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.5  Raven Wing  replied to  CB @11    5 days ago

See if this is a bit clearer, CB. I hope you don't mind, but, I cropped the image to just the blossom it shows the center of the blossom a bit better. It does sort of look like what you suggested.

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CB
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11.5.1  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @11.5    5 days ago

Sensational! Now you can see more of the details, depth, and the colors 'pop' now! Sometimes nature can take my, your, our breath away!  Nature did that!! Thank you so much, Raven Wing for helping reveal its inner sanctum of beautyLOL! You can almost imagine the 'bedrooms' back towards the 'rear walls.'

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.5.2  Raven Wing  replied to  CB @11.5.1    5 days ago

You are most welcome, CB, any time. Always glad to help when/where I can. Glad it is what you wished for.

 
 
 
CB
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11.5.3  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @11.5    4 days ago

I think this is so well filtered, I want to drop another exciting image related to it. This morning I went out to a pleasant surprise! The lily is blooming yet again! (The top picture is from a different bloom.)

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"Trouble" is for me, I can't tell if it is ready to open up or is closing from a bloom already!

Anyway, I have placed a filter ("NEKE") effect on it and some lighting and clarity effects to give it a surreal aspect. See I am trying, y'all! Look at how delicate and 'stringy' nature can fashion itself. Just amazing!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.5.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  CB @11.5.3    4 days ago

Ah, until now I didn't understand what you meant by "filtered" - I guess you mean an edit that changes the image in some way.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.5.5  Raven Wing  replied to  CB @11.5.3    4 days ago

A great photo, CB. Those buds look like they are almost ready to pop open. 

 
 
 
CB
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11.5.6  CB   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.5.4    4 days ago

I am 'filtering' on this image. I don't have Abode Photoshop or Fireworks but found some 'editing' software on my windows 10 in the picture folder. :) So I did "somethings' to this image of mine and. . .look at it. I am proud of myself. Why? Because each time I come by to see it-it looks more surreal!

 
 
 
CB
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11.5.7  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @11.5.5    4 days ago

Pop open? I will know soon if it is 'to come' or 'to done' as I will look at it each day until it buds or wilthers and drops off! If it opens, I will take a pic of it in all its glory (in the best nature lighting I can gain) and while in its glory I will name it: RAVEN.

I hope it blooms!  (Smile.)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.5.8  Raven Wing  replied to  CB @11.5.7    4 days ago
I will name it: RAVEN

Lol!! Thank you for the honor, CB. And I hope it blooms as well. I look forward to seeing the new blossoms.  (smile)

 
 
 
CB
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11.5.9  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @11.5.8    2 days ago

Hi Raven (again)!

Followup. Well, it does appear that since Sunday my Lilly plant at 11.5.3 have started to hang face-down towards the cement/ground. It likely signified that I missed the brief window of blossom. So sorry for me, us. On a positive note, I will pay special attention to the next time it blossoms and take a decent image of it open-wide! That nature 'ordeals' so to make such stunning beauty only to shut it down in a mere matter of hours speaks volumes about how much beauty nature can create in excess.

Cheers!

 
 
 
shona1
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12  shona1    5 days ago

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A winters day here...

Roll on Summer...sand, surf and sun cometh...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @12    5 days ago

Looks kind of cold.  We're having 39 - 41 C here, for weeks. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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12.2  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @12    5 days ago

Great shot, shona. It does look like a warm summer day at the beach.

 
 
 
CB
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12.3  CB   replied to  shona1 @12    5 days ago

Shona1 I have to ask a 'basic' question now: If it's a "winters day" in Australia now. . . what month are you (all) in? Did I misunderstand the meaning of the phrase?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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12.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  CB @12.3    5 days ago

In Australia, and the entire Southern Hemisphere, it is August now just like it is here.  However, the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.  This is because of the Earth's tilt as it orbits the sun.  If the Earth didn't tilt, there would be no seasons.  In the equatorial regions, where the tilt is less pronounced, the difference between the seasons is minimal to non-existent as you get closer to the Equator.

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.2  shona1  replied to  CB @12.3    5 days ago

Yes it's our winter here at the moment..it's August... spring is approximately three weeks away..1st September is Spring...

Summer is coming 1st December..I always pine for summer in winter...

Hence my comment summer cometh..but not here at the moment...I am over the cold now.

Today was 15oC not swimming weather for me but some people were in with wet suits on....


 
 
 
JBB
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12.3.3  JBB  replied to  shona1 @12.3.2    5 days ago

Can you confirm or refute that the swirling vortex of southern hemisphere toilets are counterclockwise thus opposite of those north of the equator? When I was in Australia it seemed they did but I thought it might have been just that your toilets were engineered differently, like your cars driving on the left...

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.4  shona1  replied to  JBB @12.3.3    5 days ago

Evening jbb...yes it is correct... first thing I noticed when I was in the States...water going down the drain over there is opposite to us...

No the dunnys (toilet) are exactly the same as yours engineering wise. The water just goes down in the opposite direction..

See you mob have got it all wrong...

Your seasons are all up the creek, you drive on the wrong side of the road and you are always behind us.. your today was our yesterday...😁😁

 
 
 
JBB
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12.3.5  JBB  replied to  shona1 @12.3.4    5 days ago

Thanks for clearing that up. This all makes me wonder if the toilets swirl at all right on the equator, or if the bottom just falls out...

 
 
 
CB
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12.3.6  CB   replied to  Gsquared @12.3.1    4 days ago

This I understand and know! However, I am struck by August being the depth of summer (hottest month) in California and winter in Australia. I had not heard it expressed out-loud before. Thank you, G'squared for sharing! :)

 
 
 
CB
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12.3.7  CB   replied to  shona1 @12.3.2    4 days ago

Fascinating. "Our" earth is so fascinating. And then there are the tropics! How strange is our home. It would be nice to experience it all. Thank you for sharing.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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12.3.8  Gsquared  replied to  CB @12.3.6    4 days ago

I assumed you did know that.

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.9  shona1  replied to  CB @12.3.7    4 days ago

Morning CB...yeah it's the same at Christmas time..we are all sun, surf and sand..bliss!!.

Most of you mob are in blizzards, freezing your arses off and shoveling snow..we get snow in winter but it's mainly in the high country and on the mountain ranges... occasionally it comes down to the lower altitudes etc..I have never seen snow here, had to go to England for my first taste of it.

We have much the same climates as you, tropics, deserts, temperate etc... but 90% of the population clings to the coast line.. living in the Outback does not really appeal to the majourity of us.. 

Yes mother earth is a fascinating world and she soon let's us know when she is not happy.. and that is becoming more frequent..

 
 
 
Kavika
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12.3.10  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @12.3.9    4 days ago

And they said I'd love the mountains. 

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shona1
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12.3.11  shona1  replied to  Kavika @12.3.10    4 days ago

Oh no...a frozen roo!!...he is certainly well off the beaten path..

Did you happen to see the lady who got attacked by a koala?? Was on the news here..she was trying to get it off the road and it went for her...she went a gutser (fell over) getting away from it..

Was rather funny..they aren't always cute and cuddly..🐨🐨

 
 
 
CB
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12.3.12  CB   replied to  shona1 @12.3.9    4 days ago

I presume your "outback," which we hear a lot about in conversational tones about Australia, is similar if not equivalent to our 'heartland' which is in the middle of the country? And in California valleys it gets relatively cold, but nothing like a deep freeze snow drifts thing (except in the high country). I have never seen deep, depressing snow! Never used 'heating oil' either. Finally -now- I am trying to picture Shona1 speaking with a genuine Australian accent! (I can't help myself.)

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.13  shona1  replied to  CB @12.3.12    4 days ago

Yes flat plains and desert for thousands of kilometres...dry and very unforgiving. Alice Springs is really the only majour town in the centre of Australia.

The rest is cattle stations (ranches) and First Nations People land and reserves..

There are also massive mining operations out there as well, most people can only hack it for a year or two.. isolated hot and they are known as FIFOs...(fly in and fly out).. big $$ but bloody hard work..

Your heartland has majour cities, sweeping plains, mountains and life if I remember my geography correctly...here its dirt, dust, flies and the same type of country for thousands of ks..

Some cattle stations are bigger than some States in the US...a harsh life but some people thrive in it...me I have to be by the sea...

 
 
 
Kavika
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12.3.15  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @12.3.11    4 days ago
Was rather funny..they aren't always cute and cuddly.

Especially if they feel threatened.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.3.16  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @12.3.11    4 days ago
"Was rather funny..they aren't always cute and cuddly."

Neither are panda bears - they are still wild animals.  There stories about people trying to hug them, and end up in hospitals.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.3.17  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @12.3.10    4 days ago

Caption:  "Hey, where did my hole disappear to?"  

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.18  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.3.17    4 days ago

Arvo Buzz....umm roos live out in the open air..they don't have holes etc...they shelter under trees and out in the paddocks.

Occasionally they get into trouble by going into shops, houses, sheds etc but they are plain dwellers...

Have them around here and often see mobs of around 20 sitting or lying down in the paddocks...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.3.19  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @12.3.18    4 days ago

LOLOL.  I thought that was a photo of a rabbit standing on its hind legs.  My vision is waning, which is why I upgrade my font to 14pt so I can read it over before posting (when I remember to do it - maybe memory is getting to be a problem as well....)

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.20  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.3.19    4 days ago

Seeing he would probably be about 6 foot tall, I would be running for the hills if that was a rabbit...

No worries you gave me a good laugh for the day..🦘🦘🦘

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.3.21  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @12.3.20    4 days ago

LOL.  It's hard to judge the size of the animal from the rest of the picture, but in any event I'm glad I could make you have a good laugh.

 
 
 
Kavika
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12.4  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @12    4 days ago

Hurry up summer.

 
 
 
CB
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12.5  CB   replied to  shona1 @12    4 days ago

It's funny. Just now I looked at the 'winters day' image and the forefront look liked dark-blue ocean water and the background waters joined the sky! Nice illusion effect!

 
 
 
shona1
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12.5.1  shona1  replied to  CB @12.5    4 days ago

Was taken inside the car...was a tad chilly out and was eating hot chips (fries) watching the world go by..

People were in surfing and paddle boarding..stuff that to cold for me I am afraid.. a seal was out there as well...no whales though..

 
 
 
CB
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12.5.2  CB   replied to  shona1 @12.5.1    4 days ago

Just beautiful sharing without the 'fuss' :) .  Thank you immensely.  I love seeing this.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13  Raven Wing    5 days ago

One for Saturday...

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Buzz of the Orient
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13.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @13    5 days ago

Excellent, Raven.  I like that one very much.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.1    4 days ago

Thank you, Buzz. Very glad you like it.  

 
 
 
Kavika
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14  Kavika     4 days ago

Good morning from Stone Creek, Ocala FL.

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CB
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14.1  CB   replied to  Kavika @14    4 days ago

♫ Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I've got a beautiful feeling, everything's going my way. ♪  That looks like . . dawn's early light?

 
 
 
Kavika
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14.1.1  Kavika   replied to  CB @14.1    4 days ago
dawn's early light?

Yes

 
 
 
CB
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14.1.2  CB   replied to  Kavika @14.1.1    4 days ago

And I bet you had your favorite cup of coffee in hand too! :)  What A Life!

 
 
 
Kavika
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14.1.3  Kavika   replied to  CB @14.1.2    4 days ago
And I bet you had your favorite cup of coffee in hand too!

Yes I did and we call it, ''Black Water Medicine''...

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
14.1.4  CB   replied to  Kavika @14.1.3    4 days ago

It is wonderful to have a place like this, to come and see some of the beautiful surroundings we're all blessed with and may take for granted. Certainly, this week, my eyes have become open to this group!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @14    4 days ago

Great shot, Kavika. What a beautiful sight to wake up to in the morning. It sets a very tranquil mood.

 
 
 
shona1
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14.3  shona1  replied to  Kavika @14    4 days ago

Morning Kavika...very similar to my dawn here this morning...the Maggies (large black and white birds about the size of a crow) have built a nest in the Gumtree out the front of my place...and were warbling away..

I put some of my cats fur outside after combing her, they soon swooped on it and it's now lining their nest... nothing like recycling.

Will have to fish out the binocs and start watching them...

 
 
 
shona1
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14.3.1  shona1  replied to  shona1 @14.3    4 days ago

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The Maggie's that have built a nest out the front of my place..

 
 
 
Kavika
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14.3.2  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @14.3.1    4 days ago

I remember the Maggie's well.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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14.3.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Kavika @14.3.2    4 days ago
I remember the Maggie's well.

I remember her farm.

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's Farm, no more
No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's Farm, no more

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.3.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @14.3.1    4 days ago

I think the first bird I saw here was a magpie.

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Raven Wing
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15  Raven Wing    4 days ago

One more for Saturday....

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Buzz of the Orient
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15.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @15    4 days ago

Yet another very good one.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1    4 days ago

Thanks, Buzz.

 
 
 
shona1
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16  shona1    4 days ago

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Back out at my favourite beach...

Surf's up ..

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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16.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @16    4 days ago

A great photo, shona. While the actual temp may be cold, it looks like a warm, sunny summer day at the beach.  jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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16.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @16    4 days ago

A nice photo - a very friendly looking sky.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17  Raven Wing    3 days ago

One of my very first creations.....

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      Young girls helping their Sister prepare for her wedding

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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17.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @17    3 days ago

If ever I've seen a great start, that has to be it - not only a wonderful image, but tells a wonderful story.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1    3 days ago

Thank you very much, Buzz. Very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Kavika
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18  Kavika     3 days ago

Before I retired my business took me all over the world, which, combined with personal travel allowed me to see some of the most beautiful, and at times, the most remote places in the world. 

This is one of my favorite places.  An Orthodox church overlooking Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia. North Macedonia is a small landlocked country in the Western Balkans.

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Photo from the internet.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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18.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @18    3 days ago

Looks like a very lovely and interesting place to see indeed.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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18.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @18    3 days ago

I believe that those who travel and experience multiple cultures, traditions and magnificent views like that one develop the ability for greater tolerance and comprehension - and I think one can notice that from the differing attitudes displayed by the comments on NT. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
19  Kavika     3 days ago

I mentioned a few weeks ago that many of the residents in Stone Creek have been planting Monarch Butterfly-friendly plants as well as those friendly to bees. 

This is a plant at my neighbor's house and four beautiful Monarchs on it. 

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shona1
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19.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @19    3 days ago

Morning...looks like it is working...great to see...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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19.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @19    3 days ago

Both the blossoms and the Monarchs are truly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing them. 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
19.2.1  CB   replied to  Raven Wing @19.2    3 days ago

It is indeed! The plant is as stunning as the butterflies!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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19.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @19    3 days ago

That is amazing.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @19    3 days ago

That is a magnificent image to see - the result of taking ecology seriously. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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20  Raven Wing    3 days ago

One more for Sunday...

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Buzz of the Orient
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20.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @20    3 days ago

Interesting, please describe.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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20.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @20.1    3 days ago

Thanks, Buzz. Not much to describe, just the Chief of a Tribe and his wife standing next to each other during a ceremony.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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20.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @20.1.1    3 days ago

Is he holding a "talking stick" or is it a symbol of his authority (it could be both?)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
20.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @20.1.2    3 days ago

It's the symbol of the Chief.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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21  author  A. Macarthur    2 days ago

Thanks for an exceptional article of imagery & comments; back from a family weekend and next time I will post an interesting image from that weekend. 

See you then.

 
 

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