This Creative Arts Three-Day Weekend will Begin Tonight * … Wednesday

  
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This Creative Arts Three-Day Weekend will Begin Tonight * … Wednesday
 

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* I'll be heading to the woods tomorrow (Thursday) morning, so, I am posting this week's article tonight (Wednesday)

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

I felt like doing some "illustrations" for a change. But, everyone should post what they feel like posting. I will look in throughout.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

Your top two images are quite unique and interesting, but the Salmon Run one is fabulous - you could make a fortune doing signs and advertising with creations like that. 

 
 
 
shona1
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1.2  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

A/noon Mac..

They look absolutely fantastic..Thank you.

Enjoy your trip into the bush..

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.3  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

Interesting images.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

Great images, Mac. I love the one of the Kitty.  (smile)

 
 
 
pat wilson
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2  pat wilson    3 months ago

Awesome images !!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

Just some memories of my first year in China...

My colleagues took me to a jojoba orchard.  Jojobas are like dates.  They are dried in the sun and get wrinkled and look like prunes, and are quite sweet.  This is a very old jojoba tree.

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We were given bags at the entrance, and allowed to pick the jojobas and pay for them determined by weight on the way out.  However, in my case it was two for the bag and one for my mouth, and I paid for that the next day for eating them raw. 

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A street market in Zhengzhou, where I lived for my first 10 or so years in China.  It recently suffered massive flooding.

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Longmen Grottos near Luoyang.  Two students invited two of us for a weekend in their home city.

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The view through a window of the man-made lake at the Emperor's Summer Palace near Beijing.

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My nephew's sister-in-law gets married.  Although it was a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, they chose to be in western dress rather than in traditional red silk.

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I'm on the Great Wall on a very cold windy day.

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The cable car up the mountain to Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Zen Kung Fu.  I was on a cable car going in the opposite direction when I took this photo.

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Those are just SOME of the experiences I had in my first year here.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    3 months ago

Evening....great photos Buzz...

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    3 months ago

Great photos.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @3.2    3 months ago

Thanks GG.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    3 months ago

Great photos of a wonderful tour of various areas in your first year in China. While I am not fond of China's current politics, I am very fond of its magnificent history and artworks and ancient culture. While it has many museums to enjoy, there are many more areas of great interest just in the entire country as a whole.

Thank you for posting so many of your wonderful photos to share with us, and allow us to see through them what many of us are not able to see in person.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @3.3    3 months ago

And I'm not fond of America's "Tonya Harding" current politics method towards China either, but thanks for your comments about my photos.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.3.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.3.1    3 months ago

You're welcome, Buzz. I don't let any country's politics get in the way of how I enjoy their history, traditions and culture. While their politics represents the views of their government, the country represents all the people who live there, many of which many not feel the same way as their leaders.

And that can be said of America and most other countries. And what is here today in America can be way different in a thousand years.

 
 
 
Kathleen
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3.4  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    3 months ago

Nice collection of photos...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @3.4    3 months ago

Thanks, Kathleen.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

Thanks, Shona1.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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5  evilgenius    3 months ago

This American Goldfinch was on my backyard fence last night. He didn't mind me taking pictures of him, but he didn't want me too close either.

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Gsquared
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5.1  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @5    3 months ago

That is a beautiful bird.  Wonderful color.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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5.2  evilgenius  replied to  evilgenius @5    3 months ago

A second shot of the same finch.

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Gsquared
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5.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @5.2    3 months ago

An even nicer photo!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @5.2    3 months ago

He does indeed look like he is enjoying the photo shoot, and giving it his best pose for you . (grin)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.3  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @5    3 months ago

Great photo, Dig.  I once had one of those beauties trying to feed off of my hummingbird feeder near my front porch. My Father was sitting out on the porch and I could hear him laughing. I went to see what he thought was so funny and sat next to him and watched as the clumsy little bird tried to get a drink from the feeder. The owner of the feeder territory left no time in taking the big bird on to protect his territory and its feeder. But, the bigger bird would not be deterred by the little guy.

Needless to say it was a riot to watch the on-going back and forth between them up until the Hummer decided enough was enough and began to get serious peck the intruder heartily on the head. Soon the intruder decided it was not worth a serious injury and left. Then the Hummer flew around and around the feeder as if clearing the air of the intruder before enjoying a drink from feeder for himself and reclaim his territorial supremacy.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6  Kavika     3 months ago

A double rainbow over Big Arlington Pond in Stone Creek. Ocala, FL. 

I was listing to starboard when I took the photo. jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

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I overcompensated and I'm listing a bit to port on this photo. jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

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Gsquared
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6.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @6    3 months ago

Nice, Kavika.  Rainbows means rain.  I'm jealous.  It's been over 100 degrees here every day for the last week.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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6.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Gsquared @6.1    3 months ago

It was raining here this morning. I tried to grab some fog photos but I mist.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6.1.2  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @6.1.1    3 months ago

LOL is that like ''Play Misty for Me''...jrSmiley_2_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
evilgenius
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6.1.3  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @6.1.2    3 months ago

hmmmm.... I was watching that on my smart phone and mist an important call informing me of fowl weather. People kept bumping into ducks and chickens in the fog.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6.1.4  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @6.1.3    3 months ago

As long as they didn't run into Foghorn Leghorn they should be OK.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @6    3 months ago

Great photos of the double rainbow, Kavika. It has been triple digits on and off here, but, not unusual in the Inland Empire for this time of the year. I would sure like to share some of that rain here.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @6    3 months ago

Great catch.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7  Gsquared    3 months ago

Sunset over the lagoon, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands 

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This is an image I created from underwater photos taken while snorkeling on Kauai.

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On the island of Tutuila, American Samoa

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
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7.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Gsquared @7    3 months ago

Beautiful shots G. I especially like the first one. Very mood evoking. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @7.1    3 months ago

Thanks, Perrie.   I love that photo.  Rarotonga was a beautiful island.  I spent a week there.

The tropical fish image took hours of editing until I got a final version I liked.

I like the impressionistic quality of the photo from American Samoa.  The impressionistic quality was created using effects tools.

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @7.1.1    3 months ago

That photo of Samoa looks like it was taken from ''Two Dollar Beach''..

When you were in Samoa did you ever go to Tisa's Barefoot Bar?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @7.1.2    3 months ago

It could be "Two Dollar Beach".  It's been a long time since I was there, and you would know better.

I don't think we went to Tisa's Barefoot Bar.  Is that at "Two Dollar Beach"?

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1.4  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @7.1.3    3 months ago
I don't think we went to Tisa's Barefoot Bar.  Is that at "Two Dollar Beach"?

No, it's another couple of bays down, it's in Alega Bay.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @7    3 months ago

Wonderful photos, great creativity and beautiful editing, G. Very Spiritual and enchanting.

Well done!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @7    3 months ago

Wonderful photos - I snorkelled on Kauai too.  There was a logoon at the far end of a beautiful beach that was lined with palm trees, and some hippies were living in makeshift tree houses there.  The colours of the fish in that lagoon were amazing.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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7.3.1  pat wilson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.3    3 months ago
The colours of the fish in that lagoon were amazing.

My daughter and I were swimming at a beach near Poipu. There were large flat fish that were a beautiful aqua blue color. My daughter's swim suit was the same color and she got out of the water because they kept following her around, lol.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @7.3.1    3 months ago

Following her around..LOLOL.  We stayed in a hotel at Poipu Beach, but that was almost half a century ago when it was about the only hotel near the beach. 

 
 
 
Dig
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7.4  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @7    3 months ago

They're all nice, but I really like that sunset in the first one, G. The cloud reflections are fantastic.

 
 
 
Hallux
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8  Hallux    3 months ago

the angry trill of raccoons

full sweaty nights

running salt into eyes-

the words are gut heavy

and hard to move

 

angels slip their sheets

to cover the moon

leftover stars blink in disbelief-

the words are now shields

and will not move

 

love failing to time

falling to lack of restraint

flailing in memories wind-

the words are now worlds apart

and have stopped to move

 

i carry the weight of three lost words

that were meant to carry the wind

fault is to one who speaks the words-

too soon, too soon, leave some room

too late, her heart is not moved

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Hallux @8    3 months ago

A wonderful poem, Hallux. Very emotional, and telling of one's true heart.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @8    3 months ago

Did you write that?  Very effective conveyance of feelings.

 
 
 
Hallux
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8.2.1  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.2    3 months ago

I did.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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8.2.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Hallux @8.2.1    3 months ago

Great addition to the thread and the GROUP! A major thank you!

 
 
 
Hallux
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8.2.3  Hallux  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.2.2    3 months ago

TY

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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9  Raven Wing    3 months ago

A rerun from an earlier time to share today.....an Eagle Dancer...

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Buzz of the Orient
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9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @9    3 months ago

An Eagle dancer?  Not a Raven Dancer?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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9.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1    3 months ago

Yes Buzz....he is an Eagle dancer. The Raven dancers were from the Alaskan Tribes.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @9.1.1    3 months ago

Okay, they do look similar.  Kavika and I posted a Famous Photographer article quite a while ago that showed a Raven Dancer.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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9.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.2    3 months ago

As with many different Native American Tribes, there is a lot of similarities in their culture, traditions, beliefs, dances, arts and crafts, and many other ways. The different Tribes have their own version of them, but, as many Tribes come from the same hereditary ancestry, there are bound to be such similarities among them.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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9.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.2    3 months ago

Sorry that it took me so long to reply on the Raven dancers.....here is a photo of a Raven Dancer in full regalia.....

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Buzz of the Orient
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9.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @9.1.4    3 months ago

Yes, and this is the one on the Famous Photographer article that Kavika and I posted

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Raven Wing
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9.1.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.5    3 months ago

A great photo, Buzz. The Raven has a prominent role in the mythologies of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, including the Tsimishian, Haida, Heiltsuk, Tlingit, Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish, Koyukons, and Inuit. The Raven in these indigenous peoples' mythology is the Creator of the world, but it is also considered to be a trickster god. With the Raven perceived as the Creator, many Haida myths and legends often suggest the Raven as being a provider to mankind.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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10  Hal A. Lujah    3 months ago

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I found these two frogs in my backyard.  Thought it was interesting that they were basically the same but one was black.  Finding frogs in my yard is weird too, since I live in a well manicured subdivision and the nearest water source is at least 1,000 feet away.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
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10.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @10    3 months ago

I believe they are Toads not Frogs. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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10.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Dean Moriarty @10.1    3 months ago

Holy crap!  You are alive.  Nice to see you Dean, and thanks for the correction.  You are correct.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
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10.1.2  Dean Moriarty  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @10.1.1    3 months ago

Thanks, it’s nice to see you too. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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10.1.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dean Moriarty @10.1    3 months ago

Hey Dean! Good to see you.Indeed, they are toads.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @10    3 months ago

Nice to know they hang out together, so they aren't racist.  Your great photos make them look big enough to eat a mouse.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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10.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @10    3 months ago

Very interesting find, Hal. They do resemble each other, just different colors.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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11  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

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Smallmouth Bass this evening.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    3 months ago

Nice looking catch, Mac. Never saw a small mouthed Bass, just the big mouthed ones.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @11.1    3 months ago

It's no different than the NT membership - some with big mouths, others with small ones. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1.1    3 months ago

I think that can be true anywhere. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    3 months ago

Come on A.Mac, it looks like a minnow. Maybe that's because of the scale.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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11.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.2    3 months ago

It was about 8 inches, a second year fish.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.2.1    3 months ago

LOL.  Isn't it great to be able to enlarge our photos.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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11.2.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.2.2    3 months ago

How many minnows did you catch today?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.2.3    3 months ago

How about did I eat any fish today?

 
 
 
devangelical
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11.3  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    3 months ago

I hope you packed a can of chili, just in case of this kind of thing happening...

 
 
 
Kathleen
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12  Kathleen    3 months ago

In one of my hanging baskets on my front porch there is a nest of bird eggs. The mother and father both check on them. Not sure what kind of birds they are, house finches or wrens. I took a quick pic and then now staying away from them. I will let the plant die. I want them to feel safe. A snake was on my porch the other evening and I chased it off with a broom. So it looks like I am going to have to keep an eye out

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Buzz of the Orient
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12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @12    3 months ago

That's going to be a continuing scenario for your photos as the days go by, but you know to stay away until the chicks start to pop their heads up, then you should be able to photo the continuing happenings between the parents and the chicks as they grow, using a zoom to keep a distance.

 
 
 
Kathleen
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12.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1    3 months ago

I don’t have a zoom in camera, so I think I am going to stay clear and check for any predators.

They keep flying in and out all day. Fun to watch though.

 
 
 
Dig
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12.2  Dig  replied to  Kathleen @12    3 months ago
Not sure what kind of birds they are, house finches or wrens.

Could be wrong, but they look like house wren eggs to me - that ring of speckles.

 
 
 
Kathleen
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12.2.1  Kathleen  replied to  Dig @12.2    3 months ago

Thanks Dig, I was thinking the same thing. They are little too.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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13  evilgenius    3 months ago

I have multiple aquarium projects planned for the next few months. This brand new 20g cube came last week and will be the first to get done. This quick snap from last weekend is the beginning of an idea for it's new aquascape. I don't know exactly what fish will go in here. I'm thinking a pair of apistogramma cacatuoides . I have some of the plants and a few more coming. The light comes in today's mail. The rest of the hardware is already in the back hidden compartments. I've never used a setup like this before so it'll be a new experience. I'm hoping I can get water in it by tomorrow afternoon. I also need to figure out how to get better pictures of this without all that background reflection.

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evilgenius
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13.1  evilgenius  replied to  evilgenius @13    3 months ago

Here's a shot with the light and some minor changes.

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Kavika
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13.1.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @13.1    3 months ago

I'll predict that the new aquarium will be outstanding.

In my prior life, I was known as '''The Great Karnac''..

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @13.1    3 months ago

"In the beginning......."

Looking forward to seeing the finished tank.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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13.1.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  evilgenius @13.1    3 months ago

Many TANKS for these updates!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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13.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @13    3 months ago

You create great aquariums.  I wonder if the fish appreciate it.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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13.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.2    3 months ago
I wonder if the fish appreciate it.

The fish (and shrimp) do benefit from the plants and hardscape. Depending on the fish there are hierarchies, territories, breeding habits and feeding habits. So fish can find safe places around the aquarium from other fish among the plants, rocks and wood. Also microfilm and algae builds up on the surfaces of everything in the tank and the shrimp as well as some fish will eat that. 

A new big thing in the hobby is biotopes (and biotope inspired) which just means that people are starting to setup the tanks as if it were a small slice of where the fish would be found naturally in the wild. I'm seeing a lot of the Rio Negro river setups online these days. I may do something like this in a tank at some point too as it really interests me.

 
 
 
Dig
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13.3  Dig  replied to  evilgenius @13    3 months ago

That thing looks huge. That's going to be awesome.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Happy Friday everyone......A Hopi Shaman.......

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Buzz of the Orient
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14.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @14    3 months ago

Very good, and excellent framing choice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.1    3 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. I'm very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Now moving onto Saturday, here is one of my favorite oldies.......

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Buzz of the Orient
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15.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @15    3 months ago

The epitome of "Oldie but goodie". 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1    3 months ago

Thanks Buzz.

 
 
 
shona1
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16  shona1    3 months ago

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Anoon...Fozzy bear asleep in the gumtree in my backyard...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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16.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @16    3 months ago

He must feel your tree is a safe place to sleep. How cute is that!

 
 
 
shona1
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16.1.1  shona1  replied to  Raven Wing @16.1    3 months ago

Evening Raven..Yes I watch over them as does everyone around here..They clomp along the fence at night and head off for other gumtrees. They like my fence as when it was replaced I had it built extra high..Namely because I had "ferals" living next door who were a pain in the arse...The Koala's love it so it was well worth the extra expense.. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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16.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @16.1.1    3 months ago

Great idea about the fence height. It gives some extra protection for the Koalas, as well as helps keep the other critters from invading your space.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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16.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @16.1.1    3 months ago

Can a kangaroo jump your new high fence?

 
 
 
shona1
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16.1.4  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @16.1.3    3 months ago

Evening..the Eastern Grey's which we have around here would struggle..the fence is approx 2 metres high..but if you had a Big Red like the one's in the Outback he would jump it with ease...

 
 
 
shona1
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17  shona1    3 months ago

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Fozzy bear on the move..my fence is a Koala Highway..

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @17    3 months ago

It must be fun to have such cute visitors to watch. Thank you for sharing these great photos.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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17.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @17    3 months ago

I was thinking the same thing as Raven, that you have a lot of interesting wildlife around you.  Glad to see you starting to photo them for us.

 
 
 
shona1
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17.2.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.2    3 months ago

Evening Buzz. Still can't work it out how send photos on my phone so send it via my lap top..bit of a saga but it gets there in the end.. technology is not my friend..

 
 
 
Kavika
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17.2.2  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @17.2.1    3 months ago

Love the photos, shona. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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18  Hal A. Lujah    3 months ago

This is my view at morning coffee on the patio.  The feeders are quite busy this morning.  It’s nice that everyone gets along - too bad humans don’t share that trait.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18    3 months ago

Nice to have the birds around in the morning.  How old do you think that tree on the left is.  This isn't a criticism, but a suggestion - have you thought of adjusting the size of your posted photo so it fits the frame so we don't have to scroll to see the whole photo?  Or that only a problem for me that I can't see the whole photo without scrolling?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
18.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1    3 months ago

Hmmm - on my phone the photo fits the screen.  I don’t even use a computer anymore so I don’t know how it shows up on a monitor.  This is apparently the effect of using the “original” setting for photo size, which is what Amac suggested when I lamented about the low resolution I was getting when I used other settings.  When I upload the photo it is huge like you describe, but once it is posted it ends up fitting the screen of my phone but at the maximum resolution.  If I choose “384px-xlarge” this is how it looks.

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The tree is probably as old as our house - about 30 years.  It’s quite large now and creates a hell of a mess around November when the leaves finally decide to fall off.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
18.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18.1.1    3 months ago

384 px comes out kind of small - "original" is the largest.  I use 800 px - try that and see what happens.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
18.1.3  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1.2    3 months ago

800

This is 800px.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
18.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18.1.3    3 months ago

Still just a little bit too large, but almost there.  With your phone, do you have something that will act as a mouse?  If you post the photo, then click on it you will see little squares in the corners of the photo.  If you click and hold on a little square you can drag the picture smaller or larger.  If you can't do that, then try 512 px.  The width of your photos is okay, the problem is the vertical size.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18.1.3    3 months ago

For others who might need help with how to resize your photos and/or images, you can find how to do that in the NT Help section:

How To Resize Pictures In Comment Windows

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
18.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18    3 months ago

An incredibly powerful yet serene image! WOW!

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
18.3  pat wilson  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18    3 months ago

Is that a sculpture on the side of the tree ?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
18.3.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  pat wilson @18.3    3 months ago

Yes it is.  It’s part of my collection that I had hanging inside the house but it’s so hideous that I moved it to the tree a few years ago.  Sometimes the squirrels will perch themselves on it.

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pat wilson
Professor Guide
18.3.2  pat wilson  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18.3.1    3 months ago

A version of the Green Man.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
18.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18.3.1    3 months ago

If you give me permission to do so, I can adjust your photos to fit a full page so members will not need to scroll up and down to see the photo.  Obviously you aren't able to do it using a phone.  If you wish I can adjust all your photos when I see them - only to fit the page, no other adjustment, but I won't do it without your permission.  It's up to you. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18.3.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @18.3.1    3 months ago

Looks like that could be a version of the 'Grapes of Wrath'. (grin)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
19  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Saturday once again........

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
19.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @19    3 months ago

Adding to the first word that runs through my mind when I fook at one of your creations - "religious".  The next word, "The Three Sisters".

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
19.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @19.1    3 months ago

It is a different version of The Three Sisters, Buzz. But, why would you think of the word religious? Just curious.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
19.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @19.1.1    3 months ago

It made me think of stained glass windows I've seen on houses of worship.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
19.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @19.1.2    3 months ago

Ahhh I see. Thank you for the explanation.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
20  Dig    3 months ago

Flying bugs. :)

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And a goldfinch to go with EG's.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @20    3 months ago

Beautiful Flutter Bys. Are those Dragon Flies?  And the lovely resident Finch. Great photos Dig.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
20.1.1  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @20.1    3 months ago
Are those Dragon Flies?

Yeah, common whitetails. An adult male and an immature male.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @20.1.1    3 months ago

I have never seen any like that before. Thank you for sharing them with us so we can learn more about the different types of critters who share our world.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
20.1.3  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @20.1.2    3 months ago

I guess I could have identified the butterflies, too. I'm pretty sure they're all Eastern Tiger Swallowtails. The yellow ones are males, the rest are dark morph females (they're dimorphic, some are yellow like the male but with more blue on their backs, others are dark like the ones above).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @20.1.3    3 months ago

They're all beauties, Dig. Some may be more colorful than others, but, they re all beautiful in their own way.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
20.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @20    3 months ago

Outstanding group of images!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
20.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @20    3 months ago

A flagwaver among the butterflies?  Oh, checkered wing colours.

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
20.4  Kathleen  replied to  Dig @20    3 months ago

Really nice, always loved butterflies.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
21  Kavika     3 months ago

This photo is above the clouds over Stone Creek and was taken by a neighbor with his drone. You can see a parasailer in the photo. 

Pretty darn impressive.

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Dig
Masters Guide
21.1  Dig  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

That's amazing. It's like something you'd see in a magazine.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
21.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Dig @21.1    3 months ago

I agree, it really is spectacular, Dig.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
21.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @21.1.1    3 months ago

I had a chance to talk to the person that took the photo. There is a correction, it wasn't a photo taken from his drone but he took it from a Paramotor (paraglider with a motor)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
21.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

WoW! That is just awesome! It is so surreal to be real. Kind of other worldly.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
21.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

That gets filed under “UNFORGETTABLE!”

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
21.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

Fascinating.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
22  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Sunday is just around the corner......

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
22.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @22    3 months ago

Do you know the song that Dean Martin sings "When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That's Amore".

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
22.1.1  charger 383  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @22.1    3 months ago

I like that old song

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
22.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @22.1    3 months ago

Oh yes, I do remember that great song. One of Dean's best in my opinion.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
23  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

original

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

© A. Mac/.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
23.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @23    3 months ago

That's a beauty, Mac.

 
 
 
shona1
Sophomore Participates
24  shona1    3 months ago

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Morning...Just a little tacker...a Huntsman Spider..

About the size of one and half hand spans..

What a cuttie...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @24    3 months ago

What'a whopper! Me and spua spuas are not kindred souls, so to speak.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
24.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @24    3 months ago

One and a half hand spans???  Would scare the s*** out of me.

 
 
 
shona1
Sophomore Participates
24.2.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @24.2    3 months ago

Anoon Buzz...Nah he is harmless..

He doesn't bite, sting, snap or eat you..So that is pretty good for us..They are good fly catchers...There is one thing I do dislike..They have a nasty habit of dropping on you from the ceiling...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
24.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @24.2.1    3 months ago

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @24.2.1    3 months ago

I had a couple of hopper spiders that lived rent free in my apt when I lived in No VA, and they would follow me around the house room to room. And one liked to zoom down its silk and hang just in front of my face. They were harmless so I didn't evict them, as they kept the creepies at bay.

 
 
 
shona1
Sophomore Participates
24.2.4  shona1  replied to  Raven Wing @24.2.3    3 months ago

Anoon Raven...yes most are harmless but we do have funnel webs and red backs.. they can and have killed people...and white tails give a nasty bite that often leads to gangrene and amputations etc...

So those ones are in the nasty category...

I use to feed a spider at work.. had a web on my window sill and would squash flies and drop them in the web. Spider would rush out and drag it back inside. My boss sprung me one day so I told him what I was doing...

Said I was following the companies clean and green policy...

Rolled his eyes and went out the door shaking his head and muttering.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
24.2.5  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @24.2.3    3 months ago

a state of war has existed between the arachnids and myself for decades. they started it. the ones that dare cross in front of me face certain death. inside my home, even an 8 legged sprint across the floor is no match for the devastating impact of my size 12EEEE nike's. chemical warfare starts this fall.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24.2.6  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @24.2.4    3 months ago

Most of the spiders around here are the harmless ones, and like the little lizards that help keep the ants at bay, the little spiders help control the flies and other creepies. So both are most welcome in my areas. Although, I prefer that they stay outside, sometimes some will find their way inside as nothing here is air tight. When I find them inside, I simply gather them up and put them outside. Depending on what kind of spider they are. Nasties are dealt with a bit differently, and more cautiously.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24.2.7  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @24.2.5    3 months ago

I was scared to death of spiders of any kind when I was young, as we lived in Texas for a several years and the tarantulas there were everywhere, as were the Widows. I would find tarantulas in my bed, in my shoes in the closet, in my clothes drawers, and Widows hanging from my closet shelves. So every time I saw a spider I would spaz out and scream to high heaven. It wasn't until we moved to California that I was finally able to live in somewhat peace. I am not totally fond of them, but, I tolerate them as most of them do serve a purpose for the good.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
24.3  devangelical  replied to  shona1 @24    3 months ago

uh, no. cricket bat, just before bedtime...

 
 
 
shona1
Sophomore Participates
25  shona1    3 months ago

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I didn't take this photo but it is a Male Blue Wren..I get them in my garden and they are very hard to photograph...They dart around to much and never still for long...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
25.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @25    3 months ago

What a cutie! And its colors are beautiful.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
26  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

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© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
26.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @26    3 months ago

Ohhh WOW! That is an amazing work of art, Mac. Very interesting and enjoyable.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
26.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @26.1    3 months ago

Never have to feed ‘em or change the filter.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
26.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @26.1.1    3 months ago

Very true. And they don't poop either. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
26.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @26    3 months ago

Scintillating.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
27  evilgenius    3 months ago

The little jar terrarium I made up last year was overgrown so I added a couple of new ferns and replanted everything in this little 5 gallon aquarium. I’ll have to find a tight fitting cover for it to keep the humidity in, but until then I’m using plastic wrap. 

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
27.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @27    3 months ago

Way cool, EG. Do you use any of the plants that you grow in this tank in any of your aquariums? Or is this just for enjoyment?

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
27.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Raven Wing @27.1    3 months ago

This is mostly for my enjoyment. I am planning a kind of paludarium setup in my 45 gallon tank. It will have a waterfall into a pool of water where there may eventually be some fish. I am planning on using some of these plants in that depending on how I can get everything setup. This will be a big project for me. Unfortunately I used most of the rocks I was planning on using for this waterfall in the aquascape for the 20g up above. I think I'll go rock hunting locally now for some fish safe granite for this new project.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
28  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Sunday is here again, and time for another artwork from yester year......

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
28.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @28    3 months ago

Your yesteryear images are still shining brightly.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
28.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @28.1    3 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. Some of the old techniques are as good as new.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
29  Kavika     3 months ago

I did not take this photo, but it's a river in north-central Florida (where I live). You probably shouldn't go swimming at night.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
29.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @29    3 months ago

Uhhhh....I'll take an indoor pool and give them their space in the river. jrSmiley_85_smiley_image.gif   jrSmiley_51_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
29.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @29    3 months ago

At night?  Are you kidding?  You should NEVER go swimming there.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
29.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @29.2    3 months ago

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Rainbow Springs and the Rainbow River is about 1/2 hour from our house.

It's not unusual to see paddleboarding on the river right by gators. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
30  Raven Wing    3 months ago

So until next week, a more recent rerun.....

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
30.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @30    3 months ago

I don't recall what I posted a couple hours ago when I saw this - yet another case of a disappearing comment, but of course it's a great combo of image and frame.  Maybe this time this comment will stay put for a little longer. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
30.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @30.1    3 months ago

Thanks Buzz. I didn't see the earlier one either. But, at least I am seeing this one. Your comments are always appreciated.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
31  Dig    3 months ago

For everyone suffering through drought, fires, excessive heat, or all three, here's a little ASMR therapy for you. 

I put the camera on a tripod, set it out on the porch, and shot some video of a rainstorm today, zoomed in a little on the garden gate.

5 minutes of cool, refreshing rain with distant thunder. Nothing else. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
31.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @31    3 months ago

The perfect storm! 

Nicely done.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
31.1.1  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @31.1    3 months ago

I don't know why the rain is so hard to see in it. I think the site compresses videos a lot more than it used to when you upload them, reducing detail.

Here's a shorter one from earlier in the storm that seems to have better rain detail. Slightly different sound, too.

These videos might seem kind of lame to some folks, but hey, if a person hasn't seen rain in a long time...

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
31.1.2  pat wilson  replied to  Dig @31.1.1    3 months ago

Better audio and video with this one.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
31.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @31.1.2    3 months ago

Strange.  I preferred the first one.  No thunder on the second one that I could hear. 

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
31.1.4  Dig  replied to  pat wilson @31.1.2    3 months ago

I thought so, too. It looks like I need to stop compressing my videos so much before I upload them, if the site is going to give them another huge round of it.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
31.1.5  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @31.1.3    3 months ago

There was a little, but it was farther off.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
31.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @31    3 months ago

Thanks for that - very refreshing.  I always loved thunderstorms.  We've had a few good ones here lately.  At my lakeside home we had a big velux window in the sloped ceiling over our bed, and I really enjoyed the nighttime storms while in bed. 

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
31.2.1  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @31.2    3 months ago

The good thunder and lightening didn't get here until after I was done filming (dead battery). There were some real boomers. It's a shame I couldn't catch any of that for you.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
32  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

Thanks to all for another successful weekend.

 
 
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