It's Getting to be that Time of Year ! CREATIVE ARTS THREE-DAY WEEKEND … November 26, 2021

  
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It's Getting to be that Time of Year ! CREATIVE ARTS THREE-DAY WEEKEND … November 26, 2021
 

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Yup! THAT time of year.

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Time to get it goin'.

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

Morning Mac.. Lovely photos..Snow scenes always look so spectacular. Especially at Christmas time.

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

Looks cold!

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

Love the shout out to NT in the intro. Snow scenes are really lovely, but, for me, the real stuff is too cold. (Brrr)

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

So Winter has finally happened - and those 3 are all great depictions of it.

Where we are now, frost and snow do not happen, but from when we were farther north in Zhengzhou, it did, and melted in a day.

The first snowman my wife had ever made (her hometown is where we are now).

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Snow-capped mountains in the distance towards the far western China.

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A Christmas card image?

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Memories of a Canadian winter - the ravine behind my brother's home in Dundas, Ontario, Canada.

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Raven Wing
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1.4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.4    2 months ago

Lovely snow photos, Buzz. Looks like your beautiful Bride had a fun time building her first snowman. Well done!

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.4.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.4    2 months ago

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shona1
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1.4.3  shona1  replied to  Kavika @1.4.2    2 months ago

Nope.... not a single snow flake here either...sun blue sky and rotten strong wind...but we can't have everything...

Poor Fozzie bears will be hanging on. There are five here in the trees at the moment...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.4.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @1.4.2    2 months ago

No more frost, ice and snow for the rest of my life as well.

 
 
 
shona1
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2  shona1    2 months ago

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Morning...I did not take this photo...It is sunrise at a small sea side town called Port Fairy...I love going there...

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

Power of the magic hour.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.2  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

Beautiful, shona.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.3  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @2    2 months ago

Very nice!

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     2 months ago

This is was in our local newspaper and the link was sent to me by another of our members, Katpen. I'm quite sure this is our community of Stone Creek.

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Gsquared
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3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

Amazing colors.

 
 
 
GregTx
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3.1.1  GregTx  replied to  Gsquared @3.1    2 months ago

Red sky at night, sailors delight...

 
 
 
shona1
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3.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

Anoon Kavika.. stunning..we are lucky we get such brilliant sun rises and sunsets in our parts of the world ..

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

The colors are truly amazing. Even a great artist would be hard pressed to compete with Father Sky in the awesome color combinations he shares with us.

 
 
 
KatPen
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3.4  KatPen  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

Yes, Kavika.  The Ocala newspaper did say "Stone Creek".    "The Sandalwood Phase of Stone Creek in Ocala".

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.4.1  Kavika   replied to  KatPen @3.4    2 months ago

Thanks, Kat.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4  Gsquared    2 months ago

Zhouzhuang Courtyard

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Raven Wing
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4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago

Beautiful, G. Love the effect, it really brings out the colors. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @4.1    2 months ago

Thanks. Raven Wing.  I'm glad you like it.

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

I'm sure you're having a lot of fun playing photo-editor.  That one is really effective.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.2    2 months ago

Yup.  A lot of fun.

Thanks!

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.3  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @4    2 months ago

...flashback...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Friday's here at last.....

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

The Three Sisters?  Whether or not, quite striking. 

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

Yes, that is another version of "The Three Sisters.", Buzz. Various Tribes have their own version based upon their own Tribal style of artwork. For those who are not familiar with the story of "The Three Sisters", it is basically how each 'Sister' represents one of the three basic Native American food staples, Corn, Beans and Squash. These foods can be grown together and compliment each other. They also work together to help nourish and support each other. The image below shows how the plants grow together.

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Gsquared
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5.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.1    2 months ago

That is really interesting.  It's a great image, and knowing the story behind it makes it that much better.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.1    2 months ago

Back in Canada we had a small statuette of The Three Sisters carved from an antler.  Before leaving for China I gave all our paintings and artifacts to my ex-wife, knowing that one day they will end up with my kids. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.2    2 months ago

Thanks G. Glad you like the artwork and the story.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.3    2 months ago

A very wise decision, Buzz. I am sure they will appreciate what you have left to them, a part of you that they will remember.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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6  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Although I posted the article much later than usual, we are off to a fine start.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    2 months ago

Well, THANKS for GIVING it to us.

 
 
 
shona1
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6.2  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    2 months ago

Anoon Mac.. perfect timing for me as I am usually late on the scene..but not this Saturday for a change...

 
 
 
devangelical
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6.3  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    2 months ago

I'm thankful for this happy place.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @6.3    2 months ago

Me too. And not only for a place to share my own artwork with others, but, to enjoy that of others and their own contributions to the group.

It definitely is a 'happy place'......

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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7  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Sometimes, I get carried away with a particular image … like with this one.

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Trial Island Lighthouse, British Columbia, Canada

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Buzz of the Orient
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7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    2 months ago

WOW.  That is a fabulous image.  They've been having a real tough time in British Columbia lately.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    2 months ago

That is a fantastic image, Mac. The cloud formations and coloring are really amazing. A lot of power in them, as if challenging the light of the lighthouse.

Very well done!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

Almost exactly two years ago I attended my second Expat Thanksgiving Banquet at the finest hotel in downtown Chongqing.  It was not held this year nor last year because of everyone being super-careful about crowding indoors, even though there have been almost no cases of the coronavirus in our city-state of Chongqing.  But here's to the memory of it, the only days I've eaten turkey and all the trimmings for many years.

Both the turkey and the ham were delicious.

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Cream-cheese stuffed salmon rolls and chopped veggie salad.  A few different salads as well.

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Many varieties of cheese.  Chinese people rarely eat cheese, and I think only know about the cheese that's in a McDonald's cheeseburger, and on a pizza.  Even the supermarkets only carry processed cheese slices and cream cheese.  I have to go to the big METRO box store to get a variety of imported cheeses. 

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Dessert Table. There was also an ice-cream cart with various Haagen-Das flavours, and cakes and pies, including pumpkin pie and apple pie.

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This was my FIRST plate of food, followed by another and maybe even more.  Turkey, ham, creamed pasta, sauteed mushrooms, green beans, delicious stuffing underneath, cranberry sauce, delicious bread rolls (already almost finished).   Didn't bother with mashed potatoes with gravy because I could get that at home, did have some cream of mushroom soup first.

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Well, at least I can look at the photos this year.....

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

That all looks like a grand feast, Buzz. Hopefully they can resume the Thanksgiving feast again next year. 

 
 
 
shona1
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8.2  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    2 months ago

Anoon...a foodies heaven...what a spread...

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.3  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    2 months ago

ham? wtf?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @8.3    2 months ago

I'm nonsectarian, dev.  There is a mazuzah on our doorpost and a Buddhist shrine in the living room. I love oysters, scallops and shrimp, and if you didn't eat pork you would starve in China.

 
 
 
Kavika
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9  Kavika     2 months ago

Thanksgiving Dinner at Kavika's house. Master Chef was Red, with support from Judy (SIL) and Elaine (neighbor)

For Buzz, there is a sweet potato with Mandarin orange.

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

LOL.  I've got sweet potatoes coming out of my ears. My wife had bought about a bushel of them, and I eat a mandarin orange every day.  What I really want is stuffing, good old fashioned bread stuffing....

 
 
 
Kavika
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9.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1    2 months ago

There was plenty of bread stuffing on that plate as well, Buzz. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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9.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1    2 months ago

I'm with you. I'd be happy with just a plate of stuffing smothered in turkey gravy.

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

I'll take Grandmother's cornbread stuffing and turkey gravy. I made it myself for the family Thanksgiving dinner since I was 20 y/o, as I was the only one in the family who could make cornbread stuffing like Grandmother did. And I was the official turkey baker since I was 25. Sometimes it was a pain, but, it was really an honor. 

But, now that it is only me and my Yoda Girl kitty, I have passed the recipes on to my Granddaughter, and she does her Grandmother proud as well. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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9.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @9    2 months ago

What a great spread, Kavika. Red and her helpers really laid out a grand feast. I love sweet potatoes.

Bon Appetit!  jrSmiley_101_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
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10  Kavika     2 months ago

The World Esquarian Center in Ocala is decked out for the holidays. I love the sign.

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shona1
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10.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @10    2 months ago

Morning Kavika... one thing you mob always do well over there is Christmas lights etc..be it in the cities or neighbourhoods..and especially when there is snow around...

It is so good to see the Christmas spirit is still very much alive and well..the trees look fantastic...

 
 
 
Kavika
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10.1.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @10.1    2 months ago

Thanks shone, the few photos here do not do it justice. There is so much more on the next trip there, it's only 4 miles from the house, I'll take more photos of the decoration in the hotel, simply, outstanding. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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10.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @10    2 months ago

Looks like a fun place to visit. Lots of cheerful decorations. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @10    2 months ago

Great decorations.  But are they going to start celebrating Easter during Christmas?  Now that I think of it, Americans are being told to buy their decorations early because of the supply chain tieups.

 
 
 
shona1
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10.3.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.3    2 months ago

Morning buzz...we cop hot cross buns here on boxing day...the supermarkets say it is due to customer demand...

Yet to see anyone demand them on boxing day... one year they put Easter eggs out on boxing day at the entrance as you walk in.. Someone kicked the whole display over.... they have never done it since....

 
 
 
Kavika
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10.3.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.3    2 months ago

There seem to be plenty of Christmas decorations in all the stores, I haven't seen any empty shelves.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11  Raven Wing    2 months ago

An oldie for Saturday. Hope you enjoy it....

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Kavika
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11.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 months ago

Sure do enjoy it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @11.1    2 months ago

Thank you Kavika. Glad that you enjoy it. (smile)

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

I don't recall seeing it before (but remember that at my age I'm starting to forget things) and I do think that the frame creates a feeling of action and excitement to the inner image. 

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

It has been a good while since I first posted this one. I think it is the first time I have posted this one to the Creative Arts group.

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

Beautiful work of art, Raven Wing.

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

Thank you very much, G.  

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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12  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

The Beauty of Winter along a Woodland Stream.

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

That's a real beauty, Mac. 

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

That certainly is the beauty of winter.  Glad I'm seeing it in a photo and not standing there, although I guess I do miss the crisp air on a day like that, and how it used to feel like it was pinching my nostrils.  However, for me, the absolutely most beautiful scene of winter was a freezing sunny day after a freezing rain has turned the barren tree branches and everything else into a sparkling crystal paradise.  

 
 
 
Dig
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12.3  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @12    2 months ago

That's a beauty. Love the sky.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Heading into Sunday, so here is one that is not so old....

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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

Dreamy.

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

Thanks, Buzz. Glad you like it.

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

Another beautiful piece.

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

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

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14  Raven Wing    2 months ago

And one more for Sunday....

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Kavika
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14.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @14    2 months ago

This one is different than most of your artwork. I like it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @14.1    2 months ago

Thank you, Kavika. I'm really glad you like it. It was one of my experiments with framing, and it just seemed to fit this one of the Shaman.  

 
 
 
Dig
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14.1.2  Dig  replied to  Kavika @14.1    2 months ago
This one is different than most of your artwork.

That's what I was thinking, too. It looks like a painted portrait.

Pretty cool, RW. I like it. I don't think I've ever seen a Native American with a beard like that.

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

Wonderful accomplishment on your part.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.2    2 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. That is one Shaman you would not want to fool with. (grin)

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

He has a great look on his face with what appears to be a bit of a grin.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @14.3    2 months ago

Thanks, G.  It would not be wise to ignore his divinations. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @14.3    2 months ago

IMO he looks wary.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.3.2    2 months ago

Maybe, like many Native Americans, he does not like his picture being taken. jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

One for yesteryear … it was old when I photographed it, but, I could not resist changing the color and surface texture appearance. I like it better than the original. I believe the viewer can see the passenger car's soul.

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Raven Wing
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15.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 months ago

It is indeed very impressive, Mac. And your effects added to the antiquity of the passenger car. One can almost see the passengers on board enjoying their travels. 

Very well done, Mac. You did the old passenger car proud.jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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15.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 months ago

Superb choice of colour, and your method in making the subject stand out.  Nostalgic.

 
 
 
charger 383
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15.3  charger 383  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 months ago

What is the name on the car?   

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15.3.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  charger 383 @15.3    2 months ago

"Catskill Mountain Railroad," (New York State)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 months ago

I think I can replicate this effect to varying degrees and am thinking about trying it on some of my restorations from the early 1900's and before. A great  thing about digital.

Maybe next article. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @15.4    2 months ago

Looking forward to seeing them, Mac. I really like the antique effect that really brings out the real life look to the older items. 

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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15.5  Nowhere Man  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    2 months ago

The Twilight Zone effect.... 

I love it....

 
 
 
Dig
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16  Dig    2 months ago

It hasn't snowed here yet, but here's some from last winter.

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

I was a Blue Jays' fan even before the baseball team - from watching them from my bedroom window during my childhood.  The sky in the third photo is stunning.

 
 
 
shona1
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16.1.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @16.1    2 months ago

Anoon Buzz..think you just answered my question to Dig..

 
 
 
shona1
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16.2  shona1  replied to  Dig @16    2 months ago

Anoon dig... fantastic photos..is the bird a Blue Jay??

 
 
 
Dig
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16.2.1  Dig  replied to  shona1 @16.2    2 months ago

Yes, color isolated on a black and white background.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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16.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @16.2.1    2 months ago

This is interesting.  You answered Shona 1's question 2 minutes before she asked it.

 
 
 
Dig
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16.2.3  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @16.2.2    2 months ago

Must have been some kind of bug. No crystal ball here. :)

 
 
 
GregTx
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16.3  GregTx  replied to  Dig @16    2 months ago

Those are gorgeous Dig. Thank you for posting them. I also really enjoy your photo essays of your garden.

 
 
 
Dig
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16.3.1  Dig  replied to  GregTx @16.3    2 months ago

Thanks. Sorry that the garden blog got cut short this year. None of my fall stuff wanted to grow except for the peas, even after a couple of different plantings in different places. I blame the seed, lol. I was so frustrated with everything that I just said to heck with it. When things don't want to grow my heart just isn't in it.

 
 
 
charger 383
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16.3.2  charger 383  replied to  Dig @16.3.1    2 months ago

I liked you garden reports, hope you do them next year.

I am thinking about next year's garden and have big plans.

I dug up several small tomato plants and have them in a window with a grow light, don't know how they will turn out 

 
 
 
Dig
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16.3.3  Dig  replied to  charger 383 @16.3.2    2 months ago

Big plans? I'm looking forward to hearing about that next year.

Good luck with your winter tomatoes.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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16.4  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @16    2 months ago

Wonderful photos, Dig.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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16.5  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @16    2 months ago

Very "Ansel Adams"! Nice work.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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16.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @16    2 months ago

Very beautiful, and very amazing images, Dig.  Very nicely done. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dig
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16.6.1  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @16.6    2 months ago

Thanks RW. Everyone else, too.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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17  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Thanks RW; When I made the changes, I was thinking about the “cars memory of thousands of passengers” - ghosts of decades of travelers. I did not write that thinking it would be far fetched! But you sensed that and made me very happy. Thank you so much.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @17    2 months ago

You are very welcome, Mac. I love your artwork, no matter kind it may be. Much of it touches my heart, and my Soul. 

I am very glad that my comment made you happy. I could 'feel' the true happiness that the passengers must have felt when riding in that car, and I could almost see the smiles on the faces of the many passengers that the car itself seemed to exude. 

Again, you are most welcome. (smile)

 
 
 
Kavika
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18  Kavika     2 months ago

A sunset and good night from Stone Creek, Ocala FL.

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Buzz of the Orient
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18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @18    2 months ago

Magnificent!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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18.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @18    2 months ago

Absolutely amazing, Kavika. Love the silhouette of the bird in the lake, and the trees outlined on the far side of the lake. The fire in the sky is in contrast to the soft blue of the very calm water surrounding the bird. Just gorgeous. 

 
 
 
Dig
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18.3  Dig  replied to  Kavika @18    2 months ago

That is a really good shot, Kav.

Awesome.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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19  Gsquared    2 months ago

That truly is magnificent and absolutely amazing.

 
 
 
Dig
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20  Dig    2 months ago

Woo Hoo! I just ordered PaintShop Pro Ultimate 2022, the brand spanking new version of my photo editor. It's supposed to have the latest and greatest AI (for magic wand borders, making things sharper, removing noise, etc.) I hope it's a noticeable improvement over my older version. If not I'll be pissed. :)

I got a 50% off pop-up notice on my screen earlier, for Cyber Monday I guess. The Ultimate version includes a bunch of free stuff like Aftershot 3 for working with raw images, Painter Essentials 8, several artistic brush and effect add-ons for the main program, WinZip 25 compression software (which will hopefully make resizing easier than the way I do it now), some coloring book thing that I think makes comic strips (not sure about that, though), and some other stuff.

I have like 20 products to download now, just from that one purchase. Christmas came a little early, lol.

Half-off makes the ultimate version only $50 at the moment, and the non-ultimate version is only $40. Here's the link if anyone might be interested — PaintShop Pro 2022.  

Click on the 'learn more' buttons there for more info. It's basically a cheaper alternative to Photoshop, but even the 2019 version I have now is jam-packed with tools and features. The new one should be even better. It's also a one time purchase and you own it, not a monthly or yearly recurring subscription like so many other companies are trying to sell these days.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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20.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @20    2 months ago

Way cool, Dig! Sounds like a really great editing tool and more. And what a great price! 

Now...when it come, don't open it. Put it away until Christmas Eve. Then take it out and put it in your stocking, or under the tree, as a gift from Santa. Then on Christmas morning you can open it and then install it. Then play with all the great new stuff. (yeah, like you can wait that long to play with your new toy. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif )

We will expect to see some of that new stuff in the following weeks artwork you share with us. (big grin)

Have fun, we look forward to seeing some real amazing stuff from you. A new camera and now new software. You are on a roll!  jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Dig
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20.1.1  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @20.1    2 months ago
yeah, like you can wait that long to play with your new toy.

Haha. It's all electronic delivery (downloads), no hard copies to put under the tree.

I've already installed the new version of the main program and started poking around. It does seem noticeably better. More powerful and smarter. There's several new features, too. I'm diggin' it.

I haven't installed the add-ons yet, or any of the other programs. I'll get to that stuff later today.

Have fun, we look forward to seeing some real amazing stuff from you.

Don't hold your breath, though. I still feel like I'm learning, and there's still an awful lot of luck involved for me when it comes to getting really good pics to work with. The light quality really seems to matter with my camera, because of the small sensor, I suppose.

A new camera and now new software.

The camera isn't so new anymore. I'm trying my best to wear it out. Over 14,000 shutter operations so far, in less than a year. That may not be a lot for the pros, but it sure is a lot for me. I've taken so many that sorting through burst groups and deciding what to keep and what to delete actually feels like work sometimes, instead of a fun hobby. It can be downright stressful, lol.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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21  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Closing it down after another great participation!

See you all on Friday … AND THANK YOU ALL!

 
 

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