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Early Start to Creative ArtsThree Day Weekend
 

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Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Early Evening Sky, Bermuda

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

First Things First … Click on the Link Below

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

Beautiful lighthouse image, Mac. The red and blue sky makes an amazing background for the lighthouse tower.

 
 
 
shona1
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1.2  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

Morning...love lighthouses..have two here..

Always guiding through the night, to bring loved ones home...

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

That's quite a colourful image.

Lighthouses are a nice part of my memories.  When I spent my childhood summers at my grandmother's cottage at Burlington Beach, on the strip of land between the far western end of Lake Ontario and Burlington (a/k/a Hamilton) Bay, which was split by the Burlington canal to allow the iron ore ships and others to pass between the two bodies of water.  There were two lighthouses on the piers of the canal.  These images are from the internet.

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Although I have been to Bermuda, I don't recall seeing any lighthouses or bright pink clouds there, but I certainly remember the beautiful pink sand beach.  

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    2 months ago

I think we have the only lighthouse in the world that is in the middle of a four lane highway.   Haha

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.2  Ender  replied to  Ender @1.3.1    2 months ago

This is a live cam from it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @1.3.1    2 months ago

Oh oh.  I can't open YouTube.  No stills?

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.4  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3.3    2 months ago

I don't think I have a pic of it myself. Here is one from the internet.

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Buzz of the Orient
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1.3.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @1.3.4    2 months ago

Okay, that's a good one.  Thanks.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.4  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

Between your image and the two from Buzz, we get to enjoy three really nice lighthouse photos.  Cool.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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1.4.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @1.4    2 months ago

Illuminating additions so-to-speak. Thank you.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.4.1    2 months ago

I second that emotion.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.4.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.4.2    2 months ago

You, and Smokey Robinson.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.4.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @1.4.3    2 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
shona1
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2  shona1    2 months ago

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My water Lily that just came out yesterday..

Dedicated to my ex boss who passed away last week..58 years old.

We had a few battles, from photocopiers to blow flies...I won them all..

See you in the stars Baetzy...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

That's a beautiful water lily.  Although I've seen many of them here, yours is the best I've seen.  

58 is much too young to pass on.  My age is the reverse (85) and thankfully I'm still kicking - but now I am a little concerned because Chongqing is now in lockdown mode due to the covid virus.

 
 
 
shona1
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2.1.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    2 months ago

Arvo Buzz...yes it is to young and to many people I worked with have passed this year..

I never thought I would out live him, but I guess that is not in our hands..

Yes it is a pretty water lily, I thought it had carked it as it was in to small a container..so moved it to the fish bowl..no fish the kookas (kookaburras) got them all..seems very happy in there and got the most pads it has ever had..😃

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Buzz of the Orient
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2.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @2.1.1    2 months ago

Good move.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @2.1.1    2 months ago

Very nice arrangement.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

That is a beautiful flower.

 
 
 
Ender
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2.3  Ender  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

I would love to grow those.

I tend to kill everything though.

 
 
 
charger 383
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3  charger 383    2 months ago

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Last Friday I noticed my rose bush had put out some late pink roses, the frost this week got them.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  charger 383 @3    2 months ago

Late perhaps, but still thumbing their pretty noses at the weather.  Roses, noses, I could have made a poem about that.  LOL

 
 
 
pat wilson
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3.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1    2 months ago

Abraham Lincoln - We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @3.1.1    2 months ago

I have to remember that quotation and apply it when I comment on political matters. 

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.3  shona1  replied to  pat wilson @3.1.1    2 months ago

Arvo Pat...sort of similar to JFK and what you can do for your country I think it was..

Excellent quote by Lincoln..

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2  Gsquared  replied to  charger 383 @3    2 months ago

I like that photo.

 
 
 
charger 383
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3.2.1  charger 383  replied to  Gsquared @3.2    2 months ago

Thanks

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4  Gsquared    2 months ago

Images from Kek Lok Si Temple, Pulau Penang (Penang Island), Malaysia

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Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago

I'm knocked out by each one of those photos.  I could stare at the top one for hours and meditate.  The second one is amazing.  The third one should hang in an Art Gallery.   Give up your profession and become an artistic photographer. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1    2 months ago

Thank you very much, Buzz.  All three images are based on photos I took at Kek Lok Si Temple on the island of Penang in Malaysia.  Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia and one of the largest in all of Southeast Asia.  It was a beautiful complex on about 10 acres and it was an amazing place to visit.

The top image incorporates a photo of a very large statute of Quan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.  The middle image shows a wall with a series of statues in one of the garden areas.  The bottom image includes a photo of a very beautiful tower that is part of the temple complex.

And hey, after 42 years as an attorney, I am definitely ready for something else!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @4.1.1    2 months ago

Not only do I know about GuanYin, the Goddess of Mercy, but s statuette of her adorns the small Buddhist shrine in our home - my wife and her family are Buddhists.   As for your practice, I quit 5 years earlier than your 42 years.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

 The [Beauty] of the Night - in China  (Chapter 2)

A Light in the Dark

by Marius Laun   

There's always a hope
A glimmer of light
When darkness enshrouds you
In an endless fight

It shines bright
and lightens your soul
It lifts you up
and casts the back the dark

Just hold on tight
and never let go
till the light is the winner
and the darkness is gone.

Keep searching for
that special light
Its a glorious thing
A wonderful sight

Through all your life
It will save you pain
So when you find it
You only have gain

As I've indicated previously, I'm not getting around much to take photos these days, and now the virus has taken hold in Chongqing, and our building is locked down, but I'm happy to stay home with my computer and the TV, and my wife is the one person from our apartment entitled to go out to purchase our needs.  So none of these photos are new, and you may have seen some before.

1.  I took this photo in Liuzhou, in Guanxi Province.

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2.   During Christmas the trees along the streets are lit up across the road from where we live in Chongqing.

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3.   During Chinese New Year these trees just outside the door to our building get decorated and lit up.

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4.   This is the open area in front of our building, which is in the background. Shops and restaurants line the area on two floors.  Usually it is quite busy, but today, due to the city's lockdown, perhaps only one or two people can be seen from our front balcony.

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5.   A few years ago we took a bus to a small village in the mountains of Chongqing to visit my wife's cousin.  It was during Chinese New Year so the streets were lit up in celebration. 

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6.   A fruit store in the mall shown in picture number 4 above.

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7.   A view of the northern area of downtown Chongqing, taken from across the Yangtze River.

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8.   A moored boat-restaurant seen while we were on our nighttime cruise of the canals in Suzhou.

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9.  The waterfront of downtown Chongqing, a photo I took when we were on a boat in the Yangtze River. 

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10.   The malls on Nanbin Road, that runs along the Yangtze River, across from downtown Chongqing, taken during Christmas. 

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shona1
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5.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    2 months ago

Stay safe you and yours..🐨🦘

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @5.1    2 months ago

Thank you Shona.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    2 months ago

That is a terrific series of photos.   Very colorful!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5.2    2 months ago

Thanks GG.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6  Kavika     2 months ago

They're back....The white Pelicans have arrived for the winter. The first four came to their winter home last Saturday. The rest of them will be coming home in the new few weeks and staying until March. 

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Gsquared
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6.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @6    2 months ago

Pelicans are awesome.   

 
 
 
Ender
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6.2  Ender  replied to  Kavika @6    2 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
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6.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @6    2 months ago

I wasn't aware that pelicans migrate from farther north - I always thought they always spent their time in Florida.  So they're "Snowbirds" the same as Canadians.  LOL

 
 
 
evilgenius
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7  evilgenius    2 months ago

Time to fill the winter bird feeders...

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A. Macarthur
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7.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  evilgenius @7    2 months ago

Yup!

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Kavika
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7.2  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7    2 months ago

In Florida, we have the Zamboni ice machines out to clear the lakes for the Pelicans...Oh, wait that's MN, not Florida.

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evilgenius
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7.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @7.2    2 months ago

We only got a couple of inches here by the tip of the lake. Up both shorelines there was some lake effect snow. Still nothing like what Buffalo is getting right now. Oofdah!

 
 
 
Ender
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7.2.2  Ender  replied to  Kavika @7.2    2 months ago

We actually got down to freezing temps. Unusual for us.

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.2.3  Kavika   replied to  Ender @7.2.2    2 months ago

We go down to a bone chilling 50 degrees last night. Long underwear, a parka and a fireplace are needed here for that type of weather.

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.2.4  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.2.1    2 months ago
Oofdah!

Yabetcha.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @7.2    2 months ago

jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif   Thanks for my first laugh out loud of the morning.  The city in which I was born and grew up is Hamilton Ontario, which is in what I always knew was the Buffalo snow belt, but now they have a new name for it - "lake effect snow".  So I grew up with lots of snow - my brother and I even built an igloo from it in our back yard and tried to sleep in it one night.  I've just noticed that the "lake effect snow" has just deeply covered the "Buffalo snow belt" again.  Thankfully, though, just like you, I'm going to spend the rest of life without ice, snow and frost. 

 
 
 
Dig
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8  Dig    2 months ago

So much for fall color. Most of the leaves are down and I received a light snow the other day. Nothing like what's happening in other places, of course, but it was the earliest I've seen in years. I actually got another dusting last night.

It's been cold lately. Feels more like January than November. It barely got above freezing today, even with full sun. It's too early for that and I'm not liking it. I wasn't done with fall yet, lol.

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It was the first snow ever for two new apple trees I planted this past spring. I suppose I need to tie them up better. No worries, though, the one that bent over stood right back up when the sun came out.

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An uncommon sighting for this time of year – a female eastern towhee. I usually only see this species in the spring.

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Buzz of the Orient
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8.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @8    2 months ago

Ah, the memories....

 
 
 
Ender
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9  Ender    2 months ago

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Gsquared
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9.1  Gsquared  replied to  Ender @9    2 months ago

Great photo!

 
 
 
Ender
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10  Ender    2 months ago

A glimpse of me.

I don't think I have changed that much...

(I loved that coat)

My mug showing off my post pandemic haircut. It is longer now...

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Now I know why some of my pics, like the one above these use to get a blackout spot on the corner...

I am a dumbass. Have new phone and case now.  Haha

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @10    2 months ago

When I was a young child I had long blond hair as well, but during my quasi-hippie weekends during the '60s I already didn't have enough hair to compete with others. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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11  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

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© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    2 months ago

A nice photo, that is a reminder of my days at the beach I referred to in my first comment above.

 
 
 
Kavika
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12  Kavika     2 months ago

Good morning from Stone Creek, Ocala FL.

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

"Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day....."  R-C.a5cf848ffcaaf05bedb33ed772eff13a?rik=ljtPwTZ2B%2f4yaw&riu=http%3a%2f%2fthemescompany.com%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2f2012%2f03%2fMusic-Notes-on-Graph.jpg&ehk=si%2bhKPbUKu2idi5%2bo7jyE1e40nm6soON4goETtifKi8%3d&risl=&pid=ImgRaw&r=0

 
 
 
Kavika
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13  Kavika     2 months ago

Red Lake College (Ojibwe), Red Lake MN.

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Not my photo.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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13.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @13    2 months ago

I've seen images of that college before - what magnificent and appropriate architecture..

 
 
 
Gsquared
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13.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.1    2 months ago

I have, too.  It is really cool.

 
 
 
Kavika
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14  Kavika     2 months ago

Hi, we're snowbirds here in Stone Creek for the winter, just flew in from Minnesota. We met this guy named Kavika and he said we were not snowbirds but white pelicans. Man, does he have us confused, anyhow the horses are very cool and friendly. 

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A. Macarthur
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15  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

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Ender
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16  Ender    2 months ago

I found another one. I think I have a twitchy hit the button finger.

I don't know how else I end up with these weird pics...

Not my butt by the way.

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Buzz of the Orient
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16.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @16    2 months ago

Think of it as an illustration of modern art - frame the photo, put a caption to it, hang it in a gallery and make yourself rich due to people having unbelievably bad taste and too much money.  

I accidentally pressed the shutter button while my camera was facing down, so I framed this photo, added a caption that was a line from "Anthem", a song by Leonard Cohen, and maybe I should sell this one to the Museum of Modern Art.  LOL

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"There is a Crack in Everything, That's How the Light Gets in."  (Anthem, by Leonard Cohen)

 
 
 
Ender
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16.1.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @16.1    2 months ago

Sometimes I can only wonder.

One time I opened my phone and the home picture was my Nephew giving me the finger...

 
 
 
Ender
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16.2  Ender  replied to  Ender @16    2 months ago

Add caption...

I was blind, now I can see
You made a believer, out of me
I'm movin' on up now
Gettin' out of the darkness
My light shines on

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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17  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

The dialogue I just had with Ender has given me an idea for next weekend.  I will try again to post a challenge that should be fun for those of us who can edit our photos, and those that are posted on these articles.  We should all be able to copy any photo posted and save it to our individual photo libraries.  Then those of us who have an editing program can edit the photos and then post our edited versions as a reply to the original posted photo.  I will be asking everyone to post a photo that they think was a lousy photo that they took, or a mistake like I did with that "crack" photo.  We will all post permission to edit and repost our original photos.  Edit the photo to try to make a good photo out of the bad one and post the result as a reply to the original.  I will provide an example of what I mean.  I hope members will have fun with this.

 
 
 
Kavika
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18  Kavika     2 months ago

This is a very famous lighthouse...Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota overlooks one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world. Gitchi Gumi (Lake Superior). The cliff it sits on is 130 high and the official range of the light is 22 miles.  Remember the Edmond Fitzgerald.

Photo from the internet.

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evilgenius
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18.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @18    2 months ago

The Split Rock Lighthouse at the scenic stop at 150mm. They symbolically run the light one night each year in mid November.

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Kavika
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18.1.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @18.1    2 months ago

The fascinating history of Split Rock Lighthouse.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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18.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @18.1    2 months ago

From the article linked above by Kavika:

"The beacon shines to mark significant occasions, like the anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald each November 10."
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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18.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @18    2 months ago

In his song about the Edmund Fitzgerald tragedy, Gord Lightfoot calls Lake Superior Gitchi Gumi.

 
 
 
Kavika
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18.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.2    2 months ago

Gitchi Gumi is the Ojibwe word for Lake Superior it translates to ''Great Water''.

Here is a link that explains how important Gitchi Gumi and the Apostle Islands are to the Ojibwe people.

Madaline Island in the Apostle chain of islands is our Jeruselum. To us, it is known as Mooningwaanikaaning.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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18.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @18.2.1    2 months ago

That was a very interesting article.  It mentioned fiddleheads, reminding me of how much I used to enjoy them, but I have never seen any in China.  The article makes it pretty obvious that if the environment were left in the hands of the native people, we wouldn't be in the fix that we are today. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Will keep this going until later this evening.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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20  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Calling it for this week. Thursday being Thanksgiving day, I’ll either post early, or, wait until Friday. We will see.

Thanks to all.

 
 

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