PREY Tell, It's Creative Arts Group Three-Day Weekend Time Again!

  
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PREY Tell, It's Creative Arts Group Three-Day Weekend Time Again!
 

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2021 ~ The CREATIVE ARTS GROUP ON THE NEWSTALKERS


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Predator & Prey, Bald Eagle & Salmonoid Fishes

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Hunting for another great Creative weekend.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

yay!!!

I love to watch the raptors at work, and with all the prairie dogs on the high plains here to the foothills, there's lots of work. I'm lucky to live between 2 bald eagle habitats and there are hawks everywhere. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

Hi Mac,

Love all of it. Well done!

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

Beautiful artwork, Mac.

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

Well, if you're hunting, I expect that you'll do it like you fish - catch and release.  So make sure you use binoculars and a camera instead of a gun. 

 
 
 
Dig
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1.5  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    2 months ago

I opened the hawk full size in a new tab. That's a beauty.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2  evilgenius    2 months ago

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Our neighborhood Blue Jay was causing a ruckus the other day because a flock of grackles had taken over our front yard bird feeder. 

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

I never tire of your posting Blue Jays - makes me feel right at home.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3  Gsquared    2 months ago

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© G. Gam 2021

Sunset clouds reflecting in the Lagoon, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands.  If you look closely you can see the waves breaking on the reef. 

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© G. Gam 2021

Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kauai

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© G. Gam 2021

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @3    2 months ago

Beauties all, G. Very well done. The sunset is especially very Spiritual in its combining Father Sky and Mother Earth in the reflection of the sunset on the waters below.  

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @3.1    2 months ago

Thank you, Raven Wing.

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

You have really developed an expertise in your editing - and it didn't take you long to do that.  As for your first picture, you have fulfilled what I consider an important aspect, i.e. to have something man-made, even if a minor thing, included in a photo as you have done with what appears to me to be a bench with a bit of white picket fence behind it, and is that a bird-bath near the centre?  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.2    2 months ago

Oh, and the sunset is quite dramatic.  I never got to see that falls when I was on Kauai. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.2    2 months ago
You have really developed an expertise in your editing - and it didn't take you long to do that. 

Totally agree, Buzz. G's artistic talents have really come to shine very quickly. And they are a great treat for us here. It is really interesting to see a different type of artwork to join that of others.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
3.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.2    2 months ago

Thanks, Buzz.  Considering that as of mid-April I was only posting basic photos with a frame, I think that I'm making pretty good progress.

The first picture doesn't have a bench or fence, but it does show a few of the steps leading up our back hill to a platform where I do have a bench and a view out over the canyon and our local part of the Santa Monica Mountains.  There is a bird bath in the photo.  The first photo actually contains a main photo with parts of two other photos edited in.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2.4  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.2.1    2 months ago

The original sunset photo was beautiful but I enhanced the colors just a bit which made it even nicer.

To reach that waterfall you have to hike two miles on a narrow path in rugged terrain along the ocean cliffs, and then hike about two and a half more miles deep into a wilderness canyon.  You even have to cross the stream several times as part of the  hike to the waterfall.  It is all incredibly beautiful, but it is a fairly strenuous hike and takes several hours to complete the whole trip.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.2.5  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @3.2.2    2 months ago

Thank you so much, Raven Wing.  I have been spending more time working on art projects lately than anything.  I'm having a lot of fun and will have more pieces to share.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
3.2.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @3.2.5    2 months ago

Your time spent on your artwork is obvious, G. I really look forward to seeing your artwork each week, and seeing what new skills you have learned. It really is amazing how far you have come in such a short time, and it is obvious that your inner skills are showing through as well. We can see your enhancement and editing skills are improving every week.

Very well done!

 
 
 
Dig
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3.3  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @3    2 months ago

Awesome, G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @3.3    2 months ago

Thanks, Dig.  I'm really glad you like them.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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4  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Wake up, Everybody!

A PHILLY GROUP!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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4.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  A. Macarthur @4    2 months ago

Looks like lots of folks are still not awake.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @4    2 months ago

Great Video, Mac.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @4    2 months ago

I guess you posted a video, because I can't open it. 

 
 
 
Veronica
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5  Veronica    2 months ago

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Caught this on the top of the hospital I work at.  It was doing it's raptor scream up there.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Veronica @5    2 months ago

Good catch, Veronica. They do like to scream. jrSmiley_46_smiley_image.gif

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

I thought Raptors were prehistoric creatures, or else Toronto basketball players.

 
 
 
Veronica
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5.2.1  Veronica  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2    2 months ago
The word "raptor" comes from the Latin word rapere, which means "to seize or take by force." Raptor is a general term used informally to refer to  all birds of prey . Bird enthusiasts occasionally limit their use of the term "raptor" to refer to birds of prey who hunt during the day.

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So that includes eagles, hawks & falcons.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Running a bit late today........A Shawl Dancer

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Veronica
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6.1  Veronica  replied to  Raven Wing @6    2 months ago

Gorgeous colors.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Veronica @6.1    2 months ago

Thank you, Veronica. I'm glad you like it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @6    2 months ago

That is beautiful.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @6.2    2 months ago

Thank you G.

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

I shawl tell you it's an excellent creation.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.3    2 months ago

LOL! And I shawl thank very much, Buzz. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Carrying forward a random selection of photos from my earlier years in China - many were probably posted years ago, and it's possible you may remember some of them.

1.   A scene in downtown Chongqing, next to the Jialing River

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2.   Traditional Chinese roof lines.

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3.   A museum diorama of the dress of the many ethnic groups in China.

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4.   Not found in the wild west, but in the back garden of a museum in Nanning, Guanxi Province.

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5.   A night view of part of Chongqing.

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6.   Strolling through Ciqukou Old Town, part of Chongqing

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7.   Overlooking Millenium Park, in the ancient Dynasty capital of Kaifeng, Henan Province

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8.   A Pagoda tower, that I think was in the Pudong area of Shanghai.

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9.   I don't remember where I took this photo, but it was among my early ones.

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10.   A diorama of an early train displayed in the Three Gorges Dam Museum in Chongqing.

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Raven Wing
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7.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    2 months ago

They are all very good photos, Buzz. Which gives us an inside look at both the real life activities of the Chinese people and the antiquities, which many of us would not be able to see if not for your generosity of sharing your many photos here with us. 

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

Thank you Raven, sharing my photos is my pleasure.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.1    2 months ago

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Gsquared
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7.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    2 months ago

More very cool photos by you.  Very interesting.

 
 
 
Dig
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8  Dig    2 months ago

An adult male cardinal foraging in the yard with a juvenile.

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Making sure it gets enough to eat.

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I don't know how they find these bugs. I never see them in the grass, but they're obviously there.

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Goldfinches.

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I only have one birdhouse with wren chicks still in it. I think there are four in there. You can see two of them here.

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Raven Wing
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8.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @8    2 months ago

Great photos, Dig. I like the one of the Papa Cardinal and his hungry Son dining in the always open outdoor restaurant. (grin)

 
 
 
Dig
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8.1.1  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @8.1    2 months ago

I've been reading about cardinal nests and thinking about building one to see if I can get some neat video next year. Apparently they won't take to an enclosed nest box, and need some kind of open ledge or platform (perfect for observing with a camera). I have some spare lumber lying around and have gotten the itch to make birdhouses.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
8.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @8.1.1    2 months ago

Please do take some pictures or videos of new bird house as you go along to share with us. That will be interesting to see how you build it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @8.1.1    2 months ago

Have you ever thought of using clear plastic for the sides so you can video/photo the nest?

 
 
 
Dig
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8.1.4  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @8.1.2    2 months ago
Please do take some pictures or videos of new bird house as you go along to share with us.

I'll do that.

Here are a couple of design concepts I've come up with. The first one is a somewhat non-traditional wren house (bigger, with a large entry hole and a roost), and the second is a nesting platform for cardinals or blue jays (but I'll probably end up with robins in it).

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Dig
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8.1.5  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1.3    2 months ago
Have you ever thought of using clear plastic for the sides so you can video/photo the nest?

No, I haven't. I don't know how well that would work. It might make the birdhouse undesirable. Then again, maybe not. House wrens are notorious for building nests in just about anything.

I have thought about the possibility of installing a micro camera inside, though. I've seen people on YouTube doing that.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.1.6  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @8.1.4    2 months ago

Your diagrams are so cool.  Awesome, Dig.

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

I, and I'm sure others, never tire of seeing your wildlife (and garden) photos.

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.3  devangelical  replied to  Dig @8    2 months ago

where's our food delivery?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.4  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @8    2 months ago

Great photos as always, Dig.  You live in a truly wonderful place.

 
 
 
Dig
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8.4.1  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @8.4    2 months ago

Thanks, G. Did you catch the wren video I posted on the front page? 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
8.4.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @8.4.1    2 months ago

That was really a great video, Dig. I really enjoyed it.

 
 
 
Dig
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8.4.3  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @8.4.2    2 months ago

Thanks, RW. Very glad to hear.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.4.4  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @8.4.1    2 months ago

Yes, I just did.  Wow.  It's an amazing piece.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
9  Raven Wing    2 months ago

One to take us on the way to Saturday....one I posted some times ago...

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Buzz of the Orient
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9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @9    2 months ago

Not only an exciting image, but a fantastic framing of it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
9.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1    2 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. I very glad you like it. It was one of my very early creations.The framing is a very unusual wood burl that provided a unique background.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
9.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @9    2 months ago

That is a very dramatic piece, Raven Wing.  Great art.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
9.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @9.2    2 months ago

Thanks G.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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10  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Saturday … Floundering around :

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devangelical
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10.1  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 months ago

... and some are not.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
10.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 months ago

Very imaginative Flounder,  summer fisherman enjoying his trip to the shore.

Well done, Mac!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 months ago

Flounders do make a delicious meal...during any season.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
10.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.3    2 months ago

Looks good, Buzz. Yumm!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.4  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    2 months ago

Great work.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11  Raven Wing    2 months ago

My contribution for Saturday...some of you may have seen it before, but, some may not have. I hope you all enjoy it.

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A. Macarthur
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11.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 months ago

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.  _John Keats

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.1    2 months ago

Thanks Mac, I truly appreciate your very kind words.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 months ago

What's not to like?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.2    2 months ago

Thank you very much, Buzz.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @11.2.1    2 months ago

I think you would enjoy two latest articles I've posted on the Discovery Group.  They might still be noted on the Home (Front) Page if not yet swamped by the political divide. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.2.2    2 months ago

I'll check it out, Buzz. Thanks for the heads up.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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11.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 months ago

That is an interesting grouping, Raven Wing.  Nice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @11.3    2 months ago

That is a Chieftain, his Son and his wife. The women always stand behind in respect of their husbands, not because they are treated as being lowly. It is something that is practiced by women in most Tribes. The women in most Tribes are treated with respect and courtesy.

So they are there to show a part of Native American Culture and Traditions.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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12  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

It appears we've hit a bit of a slowdown this week; maybe it's attributable to vacations or other events. Hope participation picks up.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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12.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @12    2 months ago

I've noticed that too. May be due to the fighting over the Afghanistan situation. I have no interest in that so I prefer to share my artwork here, old and new. I really do appreciate this group to provide us with such a venue to share our work, as I am able to see and learn about things and places I cannot see or do in person. And I know I am not alone.

Thank you.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @12    2 months ago

Maybe the members just need a little "push"....

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Raven Wing
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12.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.2    2 months ago

Great photo, Buzz. Is that a photo of China's Pop group? But, you know I never need a push to come here and view all the great artwork and photos, as well as share my artwork with others.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @12.2.1    2 months ago

It's just a creative effort on the campus of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute kitty-corner from where we live.  As A.Mac knows, I, too, have been loyal to this group. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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12.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.2.2    2 months ago

Indeed I know you are also a loyal fan of this group, and I look forward to seeing your photos of various areas of China. You know that I am a fan of China's history, culture and traditions. I see a lot of different areas of their ancient artwork of all kids in the historical programs that I enjoy watching. They have nothing to do with China's politics, just their ancient history. So your sharing your photos each week helps to bring that all to life for me.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Here is one for Sunday.......

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

I liked that one when I first saw it, and still do.

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

Thank you, Buzz.  That is why I like to share some of the old ones I've posted before, as it gives a chance for others to see the ones they like again.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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13.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @13    2 months ago

Spectacular image.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
13.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @13.2    2 months ago

Thank you G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Here's another to keep the flow going...

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Buzz of the Orient
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14.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @14    2 months ago

The burl so perfectly cuddles the mother who cuddles her child.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.1    2 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. I never cease to be amazed at how many of the wood burls work out so well as backgrounds for the primary images, such as this one. It is just a matter of finding the the right wood burl and the right spot on it to provide the best results.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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14.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @14    2 months ago

Amazing.  The burl framing is so unique.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @14.2    2 months ago

Thanks G. I love working with wood burls of all kinds of trees. Every burl has its own personality and its interesting to match a burl to what I am working on at the time. I have often made some changes to the artwork to work with the burl that offers the best correlation of the two. In the very beginning of creating my artwork I worked mostly with the wood burls, so many of my early artwork is utilizing the wood burls.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15  Raven Wing    2 months ago

One more for Sunday....A Shaman doing a ritual dance.

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Buzz of the Orient
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15.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @15    2 months ago

Another worth while reboot.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
15.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.1    2 months ago

Thank you, Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
15.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @15    2 months ago

Is there a specific purpose for the depicted ritual dance?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
15.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @15.2    2 months ago

Mainly to vanquish evil spirits. Often performed in a ceremony or ritual. It can be for a person, place, or thing, as well as a Tribal gathering.

 
 
 
Kavika
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16  Kavika     2 months ago

My computer is down and I have a brand new iPhone with a great camera. As soon as I figure out how to post photos from my phone I’ll me posting some photos.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
16.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @16    2 months ago

Looking forward to them, Kavika. Your sunset photos are amazing. As well as many others.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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16.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @16    2 months ago

Don't you connect it with a cable?  Does your phone's camera have a zoom capability?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
16.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @16.2    2 months ago

I don’t know about connecting it to a cable and yes it does have zoom capabilities, Buzz.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
16.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @16.2.1    2 months ago

How to transfer files from phone to laptop

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
17  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

I'll leave this open for another few hours since things seem to be picking up.

Thanks to all; see you this coming Thursday or Friday.

 
 
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