JANUARY 14, 2022 ~ Creative Arts Three Day Weekend

  
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JANUARY 14, 2022 ~ Creative Arts Three Day Weekend
 

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It's Winter, and an Old Man's Fancy Turns to Fishin'.

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    5 days ago

First things first; if you haven't seen this article, why not check it out now.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    5 days ago

Can you provide an explanation of the top photo?  In the bottom photo, teaching a son (grandson?) to fish - as the saying goes, then he can feed himself for a lifetime unless he's a "catch and release" advocate.  Here I was teaching my son how to fish...

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For those interested in boats, I had a 70 hp Evinrude (Johnson) motor on a 14.5 foot tri-hull bowrider, and it could sure go fast.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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1.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    5 days ago

The top photo is a spin fisherman on the bank of a mountain lake at sunset. A flair makes the twilight a spiritual moment in time.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    4 days ago
it could sure go fast.

... eventually.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @1.1.2    4 days ago

I don't understand your comment.  I wasn't planning on zipping away since that was right in front of my lakeside 4-season chalet, one of the best spots for catching bass on the whole lake. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.4  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1.3    4 days ago

I grew up around boats. yours wasn't a ski boat is what I meant. if your boat was a glastron, my grandpa had the same tri-hull boat.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2  evilgenius    5 days ago

Not quite fishing weather on the big lake yet... although I heard I missed the surfers out the other day (it was double digits below 0).

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devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  evilgenius @2    5 days ago

that must be an ice-croc center left...

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @2    5 days ago

People can surf in a lake?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.2.2  evilgenius  replied to  Gsquared @2.2    5 days ago

They do. 

Surfers from around Minnesota knew something special was brewing over Lake Superior this week. A strong winter storm Tuesday was forecast to create giant swells on the big lake, and, hopefully, some of the best surfing conditions in years.

There are also para-surfers.

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Gsquared
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2.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @2.2.2    5 days ago

Amazing.  Para-surfing I can imagine because it doesn't require waves, just wind, but board surfing on a lake is a surprise.  If there are giant swells, I guess so.  Cowabunga!  (You have to be old enough to remember that one.)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2.2.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.3    5 days ago

Cowagupa! Are we on the same page, my friend?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.5  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.2.4    5 days ago

I've never heard "Cowagupa".  "Cowabunga" was the surfer's yell during the 60's, although the claim is that it originated on The Howdy Doody Show.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.2.6  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @2.2.3    5 days ago

20 ft waves are commonplace on Superior, brah.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2.2.7  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.5    5 days ago

Ask me almost anything about Howdy Doody.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.8  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @2.2.6    5 days ago

That's big.  I've seen huge waves in Hawaii.  Massive to the point that the surfers got out of the way and did not try to ride them.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.9  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.2.7    5 days ago

I used to watch Howdy Doody on TV when I was a little kid.  I loved that show.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.10  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.3    5 days ago

I can assure you that the Great Lakes can build up some pretty big waves - sometimes they can be deadly, as unfortunately learned by the crew aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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If you want to hear the story in song, check out Gordon Lightfoot singing his composition, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Youtube.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.11  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.10    5 days ago

I know that song.   

My only experience with the Great Lakes was flying over Lake Michigan to land at O'Hare on our way to somewhere.  It was flat, like a lake.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.12  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.11    5 days ago

I was born and grew up in a city at the western end of Lake Ontario, and as a kid spent my summers at my grandmother's cottage on the beach strip of land that divides the western end of Lake Ontario from Burlington (Hamilton) Bay - much time swimming in Lake Ontario.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.13  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.12    5 days ago

I was born and grew up in Los Angeles.  We used to go to the beach and swim in the ocean and go body surfing a lot.  I did that in Hawaii many times, also.   I never got into board surfing, but I will never forget one particular wave I caught body surfing Hanalei Bay on Kauai (my favorite spot) where my ride was so long, as I came up I spotted an old surfer guy on his board staring at me with his jaw dropped.  He couldn't believe it.  I always body surfed with fins, so I got great rides.

Growing up, my grandparents had a swimming pool.  No waves.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2.14  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.2.7    5 days ago
Ask me almost anything about Howdy Doody.

how did he get elected POTUS in 1980?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2.2.15  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  devangelical @2.2.14    5 days ago

Howdy Doody ran for President of the Kids of America. Ballots were printed on the end seals of loaves of Wonder Bread, a Howdy Doody sponsor, of course.

It was 1948.

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Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.16  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.2.15    5 days ago

I thought we weren't going to be getting into politics in this group, but tell me, was Howdy Doody a Democrat or a Republican?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.17  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.13    5 days ago

Was Hanalei Bay the beach on Kauai that ended at mountains that came down to the sea, and just before that there was a lagoon where I snorkeled and marveled at the multicoloured fish.  There were no buildings anywhere near it, but it was half a century ago.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.18  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.17    5 days ago

I think you might be referring to Ke'e Beach which is at the end of the road 7 miles past Hanalei.  Hanalei is a large bay.  Ke'e is small and has snorkeling.  Although you didn't know, the small rise just above Ke'e Beach is the site of one of the most important archaeological sites in Polynesia.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.19  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.18    5 days ago

I just checked photos of Ke'e Beach and I think you're right - I believe that's the one. Right at the far end of the beach just next to the mountains, there was a lagoon formed by a kind of low breakwater where I snorkeled.

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Kathleen
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2.2.20  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.19    4 days ago

It would be nice to put a chair and umbrella there and relax.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2.2.21  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.16    4 days ago

Howdy Doody was neither Republican nor Democrat; he ran on the PUPPET GOVERNMENT TICKET.

His platform had a number of strings attached.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.22  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.19    4 days ago

Yes, that appears to be Ke'e Beach.  I've been there many times.  Not only is there a significant archaeological site on the rise at the base of the mountain, it is also one of the key locations related to the Pele legend.  Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano. 

The archaeological site consists of two ancient Hawaiian temples, or heiaus.  Hawaiian people still conduct ceremonies there.

Ke'e Beach is also the beginning of an amazing hiking trail, but that is a story that requires a very lengthy description.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.23  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.22    4 days ago

I don't recall seeing any temples there, but I don't think I looked up into the hills - didn't know about them.  It was back in the early 1970s and hippies built and hung out in raised tree houses in the trees lining the beach at that spot - if you look closely you can see a person standing at the shore.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.24  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.23    4 days ago

The heiaus are low stone ruins.  You can't see them from the beach.  You have to walk up the path to find them.  Most heiaus, and there are quite a few on all of the Hawaiian islands, are only low stone walls and platforms.  

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.25  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.23    3 days ago

Here is a photo of one of the heiaus at Ke'e Beach (taken from the internet).

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People often leave offerings, such as the flower lei on the right in the photo.

For anyone who might be interested, here is a link to more information about the heiaus at Ke'e: 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.26  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.25    3 days ago

Thanks for posting that, and the link to the lore.  Had I known about the helaus at the time I would have gone to see it.  My mistake was not educating myself about Hawaii before I went, and I paid for that with the bad luck I earned by not being aware of Pele's curse upon anyone who takes a piece of lava rock home from the big island. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.27  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.26    3 days ago

I have tried to visit heiaus on all of the islands.  I have also visited archaeological sites in other parts of Polynesia that I have traveled to.  I usually read up on places we are going to visit.  I think it makes the trip more enjoyable.

Taking a piece of lava is a big faux pas.  Even taking rocks is not cool.  One of my local friends told me, if every visitor took a rock, we wouldn't have an island left!   I have collected some beautiful shells there, though.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.28  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @2.2.27    3 days ago

When I learned about Pele's curse I threw the rock into the ravine behind our home. It wasn't until later that I learned that to break the curse I had to return the rock to the island, so I looked for it but could never find it again.

 
 
 
Ender
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2.2.29  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.2.28    3 days ago

Can a curse rub off on people?

(He asks as he backs away slowly)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.30  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @2.2.29    3 days ago

LOL. I don't think so, and I think it can actually rub off.  I've been pretty lucky since I moved to the other side of the world more than 15 years ago.  And since I use a pseudonym here, Pele has obviously lost track of me. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.3  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @2    5 days ago

I love that photo, by the way.

 
 
 
Veronica
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3  Veronica    5 days ago

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The beginning of a very cold winter's day.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.1  shona1  replied to  Veronica @3    5 days ago

Morning Veronica...

Now that looks damn cold...even the sun does not want to come out....

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Veronica @3    5 days ago

Shiver me timbers.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.3  Gsquared  replied to  Veronica @3    5 days ago

That is a great photo.

 
 
 
Kathleen
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4  Kathleen    5 days ago

A snowy backyard.. I don't get much snow, this is the most since we moved here. I live only 5 miles from the ocean.

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shona1
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4.1  shona1  replied to  Kathleen @4    5 days ago

Morning Kathleen..

What a great backyard you have...the snow looks lovely but just a tad chilly...

 
 
 
Kathleen
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4.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  shona1 @4.1    5 days ago

Good Evening Shona, 

Thank you, it was a treat to see the snow come down in my area...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @4    5 days ago

Did you at least have a snowball fight?

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
4.2.1  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.2    4 days ago

Haven't done that in years...next time we will : )

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kathleen @4    5 days ago

Now, that looks cold.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5  Gsquared    5 days ago

Studies in Black and White

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

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Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

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Statue of King Charles I and view from Trafalgar Square down Whitehall toward Big Ben, London

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evilgenius
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5.1  evilgenius  replied to  Gsquared @5    5 days ago

Sweet images. I'm starting to get really excited for our spring trip!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @5.1    5 days ago

Thanks, EG!   I know you're going to have a great time.  Are your plans finalized yet?  The last time we discussed it, you were still working on them.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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5.1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.1    5 days ago

Yes, everything is set and deposits are paid. We fly out the end of May. We decided to do the formal tour because of my FIL's health. This way we don't have to drive and if he gets too tired he can always go back to the bus. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @5.1.2    5 days ago

Wonderful.  Your itinerary looks good.  We haven't been to Scotland yet.  Maybe sometime.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5    5 days ago

Terrific photos, very professional. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2    5 days ago

Thanks!

 
 
 
Dig
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5.3  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @5    5 days ago

Really, really nice, G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @5.3    5 days ago

Thanks, Dig.  I've been doing a lot of black and white work with my photos recently.  I'm sure I will post more.

 
 
 
Dig
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5.3.2  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @5.3.1    5 days ago

You achieved a nice, rich contrast in those, making everything crisp and distinctive. They look great.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.3.3  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @5.3.2    5 days ago

Thanks, Dig.  I really appreciate it.  I'm very happy with the way they are turning out.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @5    5 days ago

Love the B/W photos. G. Some don't need color to have a very vibrant personality. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @5.4    5 days ago

Thank you very much, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6  Raven Wing    5 days ago

Friday is here again......

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shona1
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6.1  shona1  replied to  Raven Wing @6    5 days ago

Peace love and contentment...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @6.1    5 days ago

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

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6    5 days ago

Not having ever had an affinity for horses, it took me a while to learn about the magnetic relationship between a human and his horse (or is it between a horse and his human?).  You exhibited it beautifully with that image.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2    5 days ago

Thank you, Buzz. I have been a horse lover all my life, and started to ride them bareback before I could even walk. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @6    5 days ago

Terrific image, Raven Wing.  Really nice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @6.3    5 days ago

Thank you, G.  I'm glad you like it. The oneness between horse and rider does not only apply to the adults.

 
 
 
Kavika
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7  Kavika     5 days ago

A bitterly cold early winter morning in Ocala, FL. 

I had to shovel my way out of the house, the sidewalk and driveway were filled with sand.

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shona1
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7.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @7    5 days ago

Morning Kavika..

Yes same here, had to sweep up all the gum leaves before I could back the car out...

Shocking the things we have to do...in warm weather...

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @7.1    5 days ago
Shocking the things we have to do...in warm weather...

I know, but someone has to do the dirty work. jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @7    5 days ago

You had to shovel the sand away?  Was there a sandstorm?  LOL.  A very peaceful scene - good photo.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @7    5 days ago

Bitterly cold?   Did it get below 60?

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @7.3    5 days ago

It was so cold that I had to wear socks with my flip flops.

 
 
 
shona1
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7.3.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @7.3.1    5 days ago

Starting a new fashion trend...

Flip flops..??

You are worse than the Kiwis calling them jandals??

There thongs...🐨🐨

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7.3.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @7.3.1    5 days ago

I've had to wear socks recently, too.  When I have to wear socks, it's cold.  And I can't wear shorts.  Those are our seasons in L.A.  Long pants or shorts.  You know all about that, of course. Although it did warm up for a few days.  It even got to 80 one day this week.

 
 
 
shona1
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8  shona1    5 days ago

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Morning..

This is a storm that hit my town last week..

Copped the lot, wind, torrential rain and hail...the biggest I have ever seen about 2.5 centimetres across.

Did quite a bit of damage around town..

 
 
 
Kathleen
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8.1  Kathleen  replied to  shona1 @8    5 days ago

Wow! That does look pretty though...

Sorry about all the damage.

 
 
 
shona1
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8.1.1  shona1  replied to  Kathleen @8.1    5 days ago

Morning..

Considering when you see damage else where from massive storms we did get off light...

Some shops buildings got flooded..cars got hail damage and some roads flooded.

No damage at my place but felt sorry for the koalas in the trees..lot of leaves got shredded and was like confetti on the ground.

Even the birds were on the ground sheltering under or behind tree trunks...

Mother Nature was letting us know she is still boss...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @8    5 days ago

That's an excellent photo of an impending storm.  Never saw hail that big - are we on the way to The Day After Tomorrow?

 
 
 
Dig
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8.3  Dig  replied to  shona1 @8    5 days ago

That's a spectacular cloud photo. Very cool.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.4  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @8    5 days ago

That is an amazing photo.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.5  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @8    5 days ago

Looks almost like a Derecho. Those are really fascinating, but, also very dangerous.

 
 
 
Kavika
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9  Kavika     5 days ago

Your photo is both beautiful and terrifying at the same time.

 
 
 
shona1
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9.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @9    5 days ago

Yes it was weird weather...I was starting to think maybe it was the birth of a tornado...

We had a massive hail storm as well it was close to cracking the windows...I have seen on TV when tornadoes form over there you get huge hail...

Bet they were glad on board the ship they were in the harbour...

 
 
 
Kavika
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9.1.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @9.1    5 days ago
We had a massive hail storm as well it was close to cracking the windows...I have seen on TV when tornadoes form over there you get huge hail...

At times that is true, usually, the hail is within a thunderstorm where tornadoes tend to form.

Being on the ship was probably the safest place to be.

 
 
 
Dig
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10  Dig    5 days ago

Goldfinches with winter coloration.

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Finally saw a purple finch. First one of the year.

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Today's sky at high noon. Not a B&W, that's really how it looked. There's a winter storm moving in.

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Buzz of the Orient
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10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @10    5 days ago

Super shots - last one sure looks cold.

 
 
 
Dig
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10.1.1  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    5 days ago

It was actually pretty warm today. The cold doesn't get here until tomorrow, bringing a few inches of snow with it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.2  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @10    5 days ago

Great photos, Dig.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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10.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @10    5 days ago

Fabulous photos, Dig. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11  Buzz of the Orient    5 days ago

Some odd shots you may have seen before, and some you havn't.

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Dig
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11.1  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    5 days ago

Very summery. 

One thing about having seasons, there's always something to look forward to. Now I'm looking forward to flowers and greenery again.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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11.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @11.1    5 days ago

....and vegetables.

 
 
 
Dig
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11.1.2  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1.1    5 days ago

You know it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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11.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    5 days ago

All nice photos.  I especially like the first one and the last one, which is just great.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11    5 days ago

Very beautiful photos, Buzz. The first one is really fascinating. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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13  Kavika     5 days ago

Last week we visited Silver Springs State Park in No. Ocala. The Silver River starts there as natural springs which can produce up to one billion gallons of water in 24 hours and the water temp is a constant 74 degrees year-round and the river is crystal clear. The Manatees come here in the winter because of the water temp. Any water temp of 68 or below will kill them. The Silver River flows into the Ocklawaha River and that flows into the St. Johns river. 

Interesting bit of history this is the dock where a lot of Lloyd Bridges and ''Sea Hunt'' was filmed. No swimming because the Silver River is loaded with gators. 

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A view down the river. On the far upper right-hand side, you can see a boat. It is blocking a cove where the Manatee is mating. Manatees are highly protected in Florida. 

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This is a ''Wild Devil Dog'' very rare and can only be found in the Silver Springs area. She followed us home and took over the house. 

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Raven Wing
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13.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @13    5 days ago

I gather from the look you have not mentioned that she is not the boss........good plan. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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13.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @13    5 days ago

Nice photos - have you been looking for the Fountain of Youth yet?

 
 
 
Kavika
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13.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.2    5 days ago
have you been looking for the Fountain of Youth yet?

Yes, sometime in December I posted photos of the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
13.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @13.2.1    4 days ago

A more important question, did you drink from it?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
13.2.3  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.2.2    3 days ago

I did and it tastes terrible.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
Professor Quiet
13.2.4  Steve Ott  replied to  Kavika @13.2.3    3 days ago

Sulfur water? I remember as a kid, there used to be a lot of sulfur springs around Apopka.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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13.2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @13.2.3    3 days ago

We should ask Red if it had the desired effect.  Think of the movie Cocoon.

 
 
 
Dig
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13.3  Dig  replied to  Kavika @13    5 days ago

Beautiful pics.

I am so glad gators only live down there along the coast. Dangerous reptilian monsters lurking around would totally ruin the joy of nature for me, lol.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
13.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Dig @13.3    5 days ago
Dangerous reptilian monsters lurking around would totally ruin the joy of nature for me, lol.

But they are part of nature, Dig. and they also live inland. Silver River is 80 miles from the coast.

No worries though this time of the year they are in their ''sleep mode''.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14  Raven Wing    5 days ago

Saturday is on its way.......

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     A Chief and His Newest Warrior

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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14.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @14    5 days ago

Perfect!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @14.1    5 days ago

Thank you very much, Mac.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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14.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @14    5 days ago

Another masterpiece by you, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @14.2    5 days ago

Thank you, G. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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14.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @14    5 days ago

Excellent image - it appears the newest warrior has no fears of a great warrior.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.3    5 days ago

Thank you very much, Buzz. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15  author  A. Macarthur    5 days ago

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Pennypack Creek, Philadelphia, PA.

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    5 days ago

Great photo, Mac. That creek looks quite busy!

 
 
 
Dig
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15.2  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    5 days ago

It's certainly pretty, but what's going on with the water?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @15.2    4 days ago

A steep, rocky gradient drops off into a plunge pool. The geology and gravity cause the water to churn and aerate, creating the turbulence you see.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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15.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    5 days ago

Seems a lot more turbulent than most that you've been posting.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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16  author  A. Macarthur    4 days ago

original

Sand Dunes, Ventnor, N.J.

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Dig
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16.1  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @16    4 days ago

There's something classic about that. I like it.

 
 
 
devangelical
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16.2  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @16    4 days ago

nice amac. I thought that bird was something on my screen and put my fingernail to it... ha ha ha

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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16.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  devangelical @16.2    4 days ago

You scratched a seagull's back. He owes you one.

 
 
 
Dig
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17  Dig    4 days ago

It's started snowing. Probably won't get much, though. It's too warm. Most of it already fell as rain.

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Kavika
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17.1  Kavika   replied to  Dig @17    4 days ago

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Buzz of the Orient
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17.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17.1    4 days ago

???

 
 
 
devangelical
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17.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @17.1    4 days ago

chili today, hot tamale...

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1.1    4 days ago

in response to Dig's snow in MO.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
17.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17.1.3    4 days ago

My comment meant that because you probably copied it from googel and directly pasted it without saving it to your picture library first I cannot open it. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17.1.5  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1.4    4 days ago

Oh, ok I'll find it again and repost it. 

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Buzz of the Orient
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17.1.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17.1.5    4 days ago

Oh, okay, thanks, got it.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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18  Raven Wing    4 days ago

Happy Saturday all......

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Buzz of the Orient
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18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @18    4 days ago

Your choice of frame adds to the great image, it makes that image even more splendid. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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18.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1    4 days ago

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

 
 
 
Steve Ott
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19  Steve Ott    4 days ago

My grandfather, me and my brother, 1958.

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devangelical
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19.1  devangelical  replied to  Steve Ott @19    4 days ago

did you guys do any good there?

 
 
 
Steve Ott
Professor Quiet
19.1.1  Steve Ott  replied to  devangelical @19.1    4 days ago

The only memories I have of that time are the photos. It wasn't about catching anything, though, it was about being with my grandparents whom I consider my parents. They are the ones who really taught me the lesson of lire.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
19.2  Kavika   replied to  Steve Ott @19    4 days ago

Great photo, Steve.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
Professor Quiet
19.2.1  Steve Ott  replied to  Kavika @19.2    4 days ago

Thanks Kavika. It is amazing how clear the pictures from my gandmothers Brownie camera are.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Steve Ott @19    4 days ago

A wonderful memory captured and preserved - well done.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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19.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Steve Ott @19    4 days ago

Very nice, Steve. Reminds me of my Paternal Grandfather when he would take me with him fishing. My Brother didn't like fishing, but, although I only caught one fist in my young life, only to have it smack me in the face and fall back into the water on the other side of the pier we were on, I really liked to go fishing. There is always more to see wherever you are than just staring at the bobber to see if it goes up and down to let you know you have a fish.

Grandfather raised his own fishing worms, so they were nice and plump and the fish loved them. 

Great memories for sure.

 
 
 
Steve Ott
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19.4.1  Steve Ott  replied to  Raven Wing @19.4    4 days ago

Good memories for sure RW.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19.5  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Steve Ott @19    3 days ago

Steve,

Check your private notes.

A. Mac

 
 
 
Steve Ott
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19.5.1  Steve Ott  replied to  A. Macarthur @19.5    3 days ago

Thank you very much A. Mac.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19.5.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Steve Ott @19.5.1    3 days ago

My pleasure.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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20  author  A. Macarthur    4 days ago

A real good 2 days! Thanks to all and keep it going!

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Rain Forest Flora

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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20.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @20    4 days ago

That's a fabulous photo, Mac. With all the varied flowers and greenery, it is very enticing. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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20.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @20    3 days ago

That is very beautiful.  Where is that?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
20.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @20.2    3 days ago

Florida. Disney World, Pandora.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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21  Raven Wing    4 days ago

One more to welcome Sunday......

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Steve Ott
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21.1  Steve Ott  replied to  Raven Wing @21    4 days ago

Very nice RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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21.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Steve Ott @21.1    4 days ago

Thank you very much, Steve.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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21.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @21    3 days ago

Well done.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
21.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21.2    3 days ago

Thank you, Buzz.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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22  author  A. Macarthur    3 days ago

Cold … but beautiful!

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© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Dig
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22.1  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @22    3 days ago

That is beautiful. Did you adjust the colors any? Vibrancy, maybe?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
22.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @22.1    3 days ago

I lightened overall then slightly bumped up the saturation.

 
 
 
Dig
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23  Dig    3 days ago

The storm was a bust – in my area, at least. I only got half an inch or so.

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I missed getting a shot of the pileated woodpecker in flight because I was changing settings when he flew off. Figures, right? I could've kicked myself.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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23.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @23    3 days ago

No complaints; you posted an outstanding group!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
23.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @23    3 days ago

Great photos, Dig. You are refining your in-flight and take-off technique very well. 

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
23.2.1  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @23.2    3 days ago

Thanks. I've been struggling with cloudy days and low light, but I've certainly learned more about the various camera settings and how they work together.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
23.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @23.2.1    3 days ago

Your time spent learning more about your camera and how it works and settings, shows in the increased quality of your photos. From my end, it is fun to watch how others improve their techniques and the quality of their photos the more they learn and share with us here in this group. And we get to enjoy the results of their hard work. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
23.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @23    3 days ago

You did good enough.  As Scarlett O'Hara said "Tomorrow is another day."

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
24  Raven Wing    3 days ago

Hello Sunday!....

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
25  Buzz of the Orient    3 days ago

Welcome back, Chief.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
26  Raven Wing    3 days ago

Til next we meet......

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A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
26.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @26    3 days ago

RW is TheNewstalkers' Picasso!

An elegant, abstract beauty of an image.

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

Thank you so very much, Mac. Your compliment is appreciated. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
26.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @26    3 days ago

As A.Mac says, a Picasso, but with a Native American touch.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
26.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @26.2    3 days ago

Thank you, Buzz. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
26.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @26    3 days ago

My first thought the moment I saw this piece was that it is "Picasso-esque" in a Native American genre, and that seems to be the consensus.  Excellent piece.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Expert
26.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @26.3    3 days ago

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

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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27  author  A. Macarthur    3 days ago

Another outstanding weekend; THANK YOU ALL.

Will close up tomorrow around noon … maybe later since it's MLK day.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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28  Gsquared    2 days ago

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29  Gsquared    2 days ago

 
 

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