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Unique and Unusual on Creative Arts Three Day Weekend

  
By:  Buzz of the Orient  •  2 months ago  •  64 comments


Unique and Unusual on Creative Arts Three Day Weekend
 

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Unique and Unusual on Creative Arts Three Day Weekend

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A ghostly audience for a ghostly show


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  author  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Seek out your most unusual, or unique or strange artistic creation - even if it were an accident or a mistake, and let's see what you've got.  But first of all, check out something unusual and creative that was not appreciated by the general NT population - cakes baked that were candy for the eye, and then sweet for the tooth.  LINK -> 

 
 
 
shona1
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2  shona1    2 months ago

Arvo...just some photos of my walk around the foreshore yesterday on a gloomy Autumn day..

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And to finish off the day with hot chips and chicken salt..not a french fry insight..😁

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

A very nice collection.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

Those are great.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  author  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Besides the ghosts dancing posted by me as the lead photo, there are some others I've taken that I consider unique, unusual, or maybe just accidents or mistakes,  You've probably seen them before, but I've not been taking photos for a while. 

1.  Bird's Eye View

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2.  Supporting herself with her teeth

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3.  Can you guess?  Don't bother,  I accidentally pushed the shutter button while the camera was pointing down

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4.  I named that panda FDR.  Does anyone know why?

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5.  This photo makes me think of the line in the song "Autumn Leaves": "But I miss you most of all, my darling, when Autumn leaves start to fall."

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6.  I named this one 'Leaf Shadows'.  I took this photo of dying lotus plants in a big pool, and then could hardly believe it when looking through the photos of some Chinese photographers I saw an almost identical photo.

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7.  No, it isn't a city skyline, it's stalagmites behind a pool in a cave

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

I like the last photo a lot, but there's always something to be said for an accidental photo of concrete.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.1  shona1  replied to  Gsquared @3.1    2 months ago

Morning G..I do that quite regularly take photos of the ground but usually have my foot in it..

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @3.1.1    2 months ago

I do, too, shona, and I also have some really nice photos of my thumb.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
3.1.3  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @3.1.1    2 months ago

It's been hard to get my foot in my photos when it's usually in my mouth.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1.4  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1.3    2 months ago

Morning..think we have all done that one..

I was slagging off one of my bosses one day and he was right behind me..I thought oh crap...but even get had to agree with me in the end because what I said was pretty spot on..

I kept my job.. never had any more problems with him after that...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    2 months ago

What I forgot to say was that the theatre ghosts photo at the top of the article and the "stalagmites" photo at the bottom were not edited at all save for a little cropping and addition of a simple frame, although they might appear to have been edited.

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

The FDR Panda has the same cigarette with holder in his mouth as FDR.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
3.3.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3.3    2 months ago

LOL.  I KNEW you knew that from before.

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Thomas
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3.4  Thomas  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    2 months ago

I like reflections and ripples...

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Buzz of the Orient
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3.4.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thomas @3.4    2 months ago

'Reflections' is a good word, it can mean what you posted, and even more - perhaps to send ripples through our minds. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4  Gsquared    2 months ago

Pet Hotels, Los Angeles (© G. Gam)  

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Auto Repair (© G. Gam)

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

Yeah, I can see the doggies in the windows in the top photo, and I was wondering if calling it 
"auto repair" was right when a human is doing the repair.  These days with the development of robotics and automation, humans are not as necessary. 

Both good photos, one for subject, other for editing, but that's just my amateur opinion. 

 
 
 
Dig
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4.2  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago

I really like the trees sticking out of the top of the first one. Nice artistic choice.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     2 months ago

Today was a great day for one particular ''Shelter Dog'', Athena was at Marion County Animal Shelter for two years and getting no attention, we work with MCAS and we took her hoping that we could get her adopted she was with us for three and a half years for a grand total of five and half years in shelters. 

My neighbor and his wife (two doors down from us) lost their dog a few months ago and has been moping around ever since so I told him about Athena and how long she had been in shelters and her age, a bit over 14 years old and she deserved a loving home like yours. Well they went over to VOCAL and met Athena and fell in love and Athena was brought to his house today and we were all waiting for her to show. They are in love with Athena and I'm sure that she is with them. The smile on her face was precious. 

She checked out every room in the house, garage included and then out to the back yard that was fenced and checked that out marked her territory came back in the house got some pets laid down on her bed and in a minute was snoring up a storm...

Some days are just better than others.

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

Lucky dog.  Lucky adopting family.

 
 
 
shona1
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5.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Arvo...good on them for taking her in..a win win situation all around..what a lovely story and I hope they have a very happy time together..🐾🐾

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.2.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @5.2    2 months ago

It's nice to see SOME good news these days. 

 
 
 
shona1
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5.2.2  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2.1    2 months ago

Evening...there is always good news around Buzz..but for some reason humans seem to revel in doom and gloom..

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.2.3  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @5.2.2    2 months ago

Yeah, one can get their fill of it these days.

 
 
 
shona1
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6  shona1    2 months ago

Evening...I have discovered I am being visited by some brush tailed possums...aka brushies..

So I have been leaving some apple and banana on my gate and it quickly disappears...

The are noisy buggars and growl and hiss alot..but are very cute..

Easy to see how they get their name.

Not my photos..

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Dig
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6.1  Dig  replied to  shona1 @6    2 months ago

Neat. They're cuter than our possums.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.1.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @6.1    2 months ago

Never saw a possum - don't think there were any in Ontario, although I don't recall ever seeing a pear tree. 

 
 
 
Thomas
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7  Thomas    2 months ago

A continuation of the Reflections and Ripples theme

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Buzz of the Orient
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7.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thomas @7    2 months ago

Although that appears to be a log in a moving stream, I first thought of it as an otter or other water-animal swimming, leaving ripples in its wake.  Let the imagination blossom. 

 
 
 
Thomas
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7.1.1  Thomas  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1    2 months ago

It is an otter swimming in 13th Lake.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.1.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thomas @7.1.1    2 months ago

Hah!!!  I should have stuck with my first thought. 

 
 
 
Thomas
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7.1.3  Thomas  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.2    2 months ago

I have a series of shots of the otter swimming in one direction then the other. This particular image was taken after the otter had just turned, leaving the water behind with confused ripples and the water in front calm with smoother, longer ripples. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7.1.4  Gsquared  replied to  Thomas @7.1.3    2 months ago

One of my favorite things is watching sea otters in Monterey Bay.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.1.5  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thomas @7.1.3    2 months ago

Good thinking.

 
 
 
shona1
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7.2  shona1  replied to  Thomas @7    2 months ago

Arvo..I thought it was a beaver..

But I knew it definitely wasn't a croc.. because it didn't have anything in its mouth..😁

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.2.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @7.2    2 months ago

If it had been in Canada that would have been a definite possibility.

 
 
 
Thomas
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7.2.2  Thomas  replied to  shona1 @7.2    2 months ago

Shona, you could be right. I just looked at it again in a larger format and thought that the head looked more like a beaver, but I couldn't be sure. So I went looking for... Pictures!

I found this article by Max Waugh Photography: Animal Identification Throwdown: Otter vs. Beaver vs. Muskrat

Verdict: It is a beaver. 

 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
7.2.3  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thomas @7.2.2    2 months ago

LOL.  The mystery is solved.

 
 
 
shona1
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7.2.4  shona1  replied to  Thomas @7.2.2    2 months ago

Morning...they are a bit like out wombats, but with a tail..

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devangelical
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7.2.5  devangelical  replied to  shona1 @7.2.4    2 months ago

wombats? what? those poor creatures don't even rate an oz nickname?

 
 
 
shona1
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7.2.6  shona1  replied to  devangelical @7.2.5    2 months ago

Bulldozers on legs..

They go through fences, dig huge burrows and extremely strong...have been known to break legs when they charge you if annoyed..

 
 
 
Thomas
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8  Thomas    2 months ago

And then there is twilight...

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

The info at the bottom right of that photo indicates copyright belongs to Broliver Stagnasty.  Is that you?

 
 
 
Thomas
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8.1.1  Thomas  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1    2 months ago

Yes. He and I are one and the same. That was the alias I used when I first joined NV. I was attracted to the name because it allowed me to sign my posts with my initials: B.S. jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.1.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thomas @8.1.1    2 months ago

Okay!!!

 
 
 
shona1
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8.1.3  shona1  replied to  Thomas @8.1.1    2 months ago

Arvo.. that's funny..🤣🤣

One thing this world doesn't lack is BS..

 
 
 
Dig
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9  Dig    2 months ago

It's the year of the cicada for me. Periodical Brood XIX (local to me) has been out and about for well over a week now, and they are everywhere. Billions of them!

Some quick info...

[in 2024] Broods XIII and XIX — will emerge from their underground lairs simultaneously for the first time in 221 years.

The last time the two broods teamed up, Lewis and Clark began their trek through territories recently acquired through the Louisiana Purchase, the US Supreme Court heard the landmark Marbury v. Madison case, and Thomas Jefferson was president. (source)

These periodicals live almost their entire lives underground as juvenile nymphs eating roots, only to emerge above ground once after 13 or 17 years (depending on the brood) to breed, lay eggs and then die. It's kind of sad in a way.

Here's a map (public domain) from the USDA Forest Service showing the distribution of the various broods. The light blue one heavy in Missouri is Brood XIX, the one I have. It's one of only a few thirteen-year broods. Most are seventeen.

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A few days ago they were really raising a ruckus. I took some photos and shot some video of them. They were especially thick in the mulberry and crab apple trees.

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Here's a video I made with Microsoft's Clipchamp app that installed itself on my computer in a recent update. It's not bad at all. Much better than the old video editor.

The constant loud droning is of course the sound they make to attract mates. It's quite a chorus.

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Speaking of broods, the wrens are working on one of their own. This female has been house sitting almost constantly for days now, so she'll probably have chicks in another week or so.

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And in other news, my electric co-op has been clearing branches away from power lines this spring, and when they got to me they tore the hell out of the yard. There's probably over 600 feet of track ruts like this in total. What a bunch of crap. Hopefully they'll get back out here and fix it all soon. Aside from being unsightly, it makes mowing a complete nightmare.

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shona1
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9.1  shona1  replied to  Dig @9    2 months ago

Evening dig..geez good on them for ploughing up your yard.. total drop kicks... probably end up doing it yourself at least that way it will be done properly..

Do the cicadas go through the night as well or do they stop? I know in NSW the noise of them is deafening..I don't get them down here to cold I think...

 
 
 
Dig
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9.1.1  Dig  replied to  shona1 @9.1    2 months ago
Do the cicadas go through the night as well or do they stop?

They're noisy all through the evening until dark and quiet down after that, but then the frogs and crickets take over. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @9    2 months ago

That was a super cicada reminder.  I got my first lifetime experience with them a few years after arriving in China.  The buzzing didn't bother me that much, probably because it formed a chorus with my tinnitus, which sounds like a varying steam pipe leak.  Now at least you won't go hungry.  Here they roasted and ate them - offered me one to try which I politely turned down.  I did an article on NT a while back about them when the first warning about their coming was announced. 

 
 
 
Thomas
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9.3  Thomas  replied to  Dig @9    2 months ago

Gosh, that was almost an article in itself! Thanks, Dig.

I remember cicadas from my time in AR and MO. Man were they ever loud at night.

 
 
 
devangelical
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9.4  devangelical  replied to  Dig @9    2 months ago

you need to stay on top of them about the yard damage and find out the level of liability they have outside the utility easement, since most state PUC's own the politicians. for expedited service, file a complaint with the state public utilities commission and include pictures, because time is on their side. while they are allowed access to the power lines within their utility right of way, any damage done to your property, they are liable for. back in the 90's I did underground utility replacement and we were required to put the yard back together as if we hadn't been there at all, even within the utility easements. although your project was aerial maintenance, the same rules should apply.

in this day and age I wouldn't expect much in the way of quality work. instead of that hassle, I would urge you to negotiate an advance utility credit in writing for the work needed and do it yourself if possible. depending upon how much damage was done, estimate $2K - $3K per day landscaping labor and materials for a crew of 2 laborers, if you can find out how long the co-op thinks it will take. you can bet that some paper shuffler back at the home office would rather approve the utility credit than to deal with a persistent and annoyed customer.

the easiest way to fix the damage shown is to get some topsoil, fill in the heavy equipment tracks to grade level, and then keep it wet. the embedded grass in the tracks will grow thru the topsoil. it may take a few weeks, but if you use grass seed or fertilizer on just the repair job it will definitely show.*

*I only went back and applied grass seed and fertilizer on repairs when the owners needlessly complained about the imagined damage to their unkempt shitty yards, just to make our repair stand out as the best looking part of their yards.

I made it a fun job. I did all the advance work, met with the home owners, walked out the projects, doxxed their neighbors that had caused the repairs by not calling in the underground locates before digging, called in the new underground locates, scheduled the projects, and called the sheriff in to explain the concept of utility easements to homeowners that refused me access into their yards. the vast majority of home owners I dealt with were very understanding and awesome to work with.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9.4.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @9.4    2 months ago

That appears to be excellent advice.

 
 
 
devangelical
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9.4.2  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @9.4    2 months ago

I forgot you have brown thumbs up to your elbows. if you know exactly what type of grass you have in the yard, putting grass seed in the tracks before covering with topsoil will accelerate the process, but if you don't know the grass variety, you'll soon find out and be reminded every time you look at it...

 
 
 
Dig
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9.4.3  Dig  replied to  devangelical @9.4.2    2 months ago

My grass variety is whatever wants to grow there, lol. It's a wild yard. 

I'll probably find out this week what they plan to do about it. I suppose I wouldn't mind filling in the ruts myself, as long as they provide the dirt. I could throw any remainder in the garden.

Hell, they haven't even cleared away the limbs they cut yet. There aren't very many, which makes all the yard damage that was done to get at them seem pointless. I might just break out the chainsaw and clean them up myself tomorrow.

 
 
 
devangelical
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9.4.4  devangelical  replied to  Dig @9.4.3    2 months ago

oops, I meant green thumbs...

I suppose I wouldn't mind filling in the ruts myself
I might just break out the chainsaw and clean them up myself

I wouldn't volunteer any labor on your part until you find out what they're going to do first, and I'm really surprised nobody from the co-op or the on site job foreman said anything to you...

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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10  Hal A. Lujah    2 months ago

original I was on a night ghost tour in Colonial Williamsburg a while back and I took this random photo of the tour guide inside one of the supposedly most haunted buildings there.  The tour was a little boring and not much different than any other.  One of the hokey stories retold was about how people over the home’s history would see ghost figures in the home that had no faces.  I didn’t even look closely at the photo until a week later at home, since it didn’t look like there was enough light and the photo was no good.  When I did, I saw that there were two people in the photo - the guide and some tourist sitting in a chair in the background.  Weirdly, the only parts of this photo that are blurred are their faces.  I did not alter this photo at all.  Spooky.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @10    2 months ago

Your photo is bigger than the page, and as I was first scrolling down through it, before I got to your comment below it, what flashed through my mind was that this appeared to be a really spooky picture - I didn't realize until I read the comment that I was right. 

 
 
 
Dig
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10.2  Dig  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @10    2 months ago

That's strange. I wonder what the explanation is? Are you sure you aren't messing with us? haha

 
 
 
evilone
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11  evilone    2 months ago

We just got back home from our Washington state vacation last night and here are a couple of the photos I took...

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Dig
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11.1  Dig  replied to  evilone @11    2 months ago

Hope you had a good time. It's cool that the wildlife showed up for you, especially the orcas.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilone @11    2 months ago

Wow!!!  What great memories THOSE fabulous photos will revive for years to come. 

 
 
 
shona1
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11.3  shona1  replied to  evilone @11    2 months ago

Brilliant photos evil..

We have got an elephant seal here at the moment down the harbour..

He rolls up every six months and sloths out..

Not my photo..

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Buzz of the Orient
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12  author  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

And now the weekend has ended on the west coast of mainland America, so this "weekend" article has come to a close.  Thanks to all who contributed.  A.Mac will most likely be opening next weekend's Creative Arts 3 Day Weekend next Thursday night or Friday morning.

 
 

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