Welcome at any Time, Photo Essays, Collages, Montages … CREATIVE ARTS Thursday/Friday Article

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  2 months ago  •  131 comments


Welcome at any Time, Photo Essays, Collages, Montages … CREATIVE ARTS Thursday/Friday Article
 

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Photo Essays, Collages, Montages …

√ To be clear, any member of the GROUP, can post a CREATIVE ARTS article at any time, a single image, etc., multiple images, etc. and/or Photo Essays, Collages, Montages, Poetry, Drawings, etc. . 

√ Because PHOTO ESSAYS, etc. are more "labor intensive" than the posting of individual, not necessarily related images, etc., I leave it to members to decide, if/when posting such articles, whether to do so either as part of our Thursday/Friday feature, or, as stand-alone articles.

√ Any member can post a Photo Essay, etc. as an INVITATION to other members to post an Essay, etc. on the same subject … but THIS SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN A CHALLENGING/COMPETITIVE SPIRIT, rather, to expand the scope of the GROUP.

NOTE: I will post the regular THURSDAY/FRIDAY feature later today, but first, we can hopefully have some discussion on the above.

A. Mac


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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Let me know what you think … pro/con … examples … I'll be posting definitions/descriptions of Photo Essay, Collage, Montage, etc. in this thread.

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

I understand why A.Mac would prefer that challenges or contests are not preferred, keeping it all on a friendly basis instead - after all, this site struggles enough through political challenges.   However, photos or photo-essays calling for a specific theme, such as pink flowers, unique photos, city colours at night, trees, pets, may suggest ideas for photos to post.  

 
 
 
evilgenius
2  evilgenius    2 months ago

I'm all for anything that expands the group here! I will do some photo essays as time allows and maybe a video or two. Also if people want to read it, I'll dig up my old article on How To Photograph Fireworks and post that later next month. I just got a set of Neutral Density filters for my ultra wide lens. I can't wait to get out and use them. That might make a good photo essay! 

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

Looking forward to it and thank you!

 
 
 
TTGA
2.2  TTGA  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 months ago

EG, a friend of mine set up a fireworks shot some years back.  He had professional level equipment, so he could do some things that were pretty sophisticated.  Over in Bay City, MI they have a large fireworks show every Fourth of July and send the shells up over the river that divides the town.  When the fireworks starts, they shut down all of the street lights in that vicinity producing almost perfect darkness.  My friend set up his tripod in an unobstructed area on an island in the river and focused the camera on the area where the shots were going to go off.  Once the lights went down, he opened the shutter and left it open for the entire show.  The picture (unfortunately, I don't have a copy) turned out really fantastic.  He got the entire fireworks show in one picture.  Of course, he did it with a film camera.  I don't think that technique would be possible with a digital.

Mac, I think that I'll set up the series about the Robins that we talked about earlier as an essay, maybe later today.  It's really too long to put on the Thur/Fri article and might present difficulties for the other folks who are putting pictures there, so on the regular Thur/Fri article, I think I'll put up the lunar shot I sent to you, unless you want to use it.  Let me know if you do; I have some other, older, shots that I could use too.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  TTGA @2.2    2 months ago

Post whatever and however your images work best for you! Your "Robins" series  could be posted as "Part 1", "Part 2," in the Thursday/Friday articles or, as stand-alone.

As for "fireworks", I believe I have perfected a technique over the years … example …

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TTGA
2.2.2  TTGA  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.2.1    2 months ago

Now that one is spectacular.  Disney??

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.2.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  TTGA @2.2.2    2 months ago

EPCOT in Walt Disney World … I have dozens of fireworks photos from there.

 
 
 
Ender
2.3  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @2    2 months ago

I posted one a while back. Forget where. A vid of some of the fireworks we set off one year.

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

It's good to post treatises and articles to improve photographic technique as stand-alone, but also for them to appear on the "PAGES" facility of the group where their titles are permanently visible and accessible to members as a compilation textbook on photography.

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     2 months ago

Hopefully, this will expand the group. I'm not worth a damn when it comes to taking photos. What if I posted an essay on the internet. I'm thinking of one right now that would be beautiful.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
3.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @3    2 months ago

What if I posted an essay on the internet. I'm thinking of one right now that would be beautiful.

If you mean "from" the internet, as long as it's properly credited, or, its link is posted, that should work.

 
 
 
Kavika
3.1.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @3.1    2 months ago

Yes, ''from'' the internet. 

OK, I'll try to put it together.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
4  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

"Concepts" could work as essays; for example, a pair of images that shoe "complimentary colors" … one predominantly RED, the other, predominantly GREED, BLUE/ORANGE, PURPLE/YELLOW, or an IMAGE in FULL COLOR along with the SAME IMAGE in BLACK & WHITE or SEPIA, etc. . Two pictures, one with a TYPICALLY LARGE SUBJECT, along with a TYPICALLY TINY OBJECT. The concept representations themselves could be CREATIVE. There's no limit!

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

I know I could post one predominantly RED, but not so sure I could find one that's predominantly GREED.  

Just kidding, A.Mac.  I do lots of typos myself.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
4.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1    2 months ago

"GREED" is appropriately the color of money, Buzz.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
5  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

CONCEPT: LIVING THINGS: Great vs. Small.

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IDEA: Objects around the house photographed with a smart phone … healthy food vs. unhealthy food, etc.

 
 
 
sixpick
5.1  sixpick  replied to  A. Macarthur @5    2 months ago

Nice!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
7  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

What happened to EG's dog photos?

 
 
 
JaneDoe
7.1  JaneDoe  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    2 months ago

I was wondering that too. Beautiful dog!

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.2  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    2 months ago

I got confused and deleted it. I'll repost.

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  evilgenius @7.2    2 months ago

Meet Kobe. On Tuesday evening we picked up this one year old American Staffordshire Terrier - Boxer mix from the Chequamegon Humane Association in Ashland, WI. Kobe is 40 lbs of cuddle!

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Both images were taken with an iPhone 11 Pro Max & Edited in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020.

 
 
 
TTGA
7.2.2  TTGA  replied to  evilgenius @7.2.1    2 months ago

He's beautiful EG.  Sorta like our Bryzzo.

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Cute, friendly and one of the best watchdogs I've ever seen.  Lots of false alarms, though.  He'll bark if a burglar tries to get in, if my grandsons try to get in or if a jogger is three blocks down the street.  Better than an alarm clock since one of our neighbors goes jogging every morning at 7:15.

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.2.3  evilgenius  replied to  TTGA @7.2.2    2 months ago

That's a cute pup you got there!

 
 
 
Kavika
7.2.4  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.2.1    2 months ago

I love that dog and better yet you rescued him...

I work with the bully breeds at our local shelter getting them socialized and ready for a furever home.

I just finished working with Angel. She is 60 lbs and 5 1/2 years old and was horribly abused. (I won't go into it) and now she is totally leash trained, house trained, good with other dogs, not cats though and loves kids. She is ready for her forever home. 

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Ender
7.2.5  Ender  replied to  TTGA @7.2.2    2 months ago

Mine will bark at anything that moves. Even if she sees a neighbor leaving their house.

Kind of like the dog version of the boy who cried wolf.

 
 
 
Ender
7.2.6  Ender  replied to  Kavika @7.2.4    2 months ago

60 lbs? Lightweight.

Last time the vet weighed mine she was 98.

 
 
 
Ender
7.2.7  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @7.2.1    2 months ago

Cute but I don't think I would be sneaking into your yard.  Haha

Beautiful colour.

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.2.8  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @7.2.4    2 months ago

Yeah, I'm partial to the Am Staff. Kobe's going to need a little work. He's not as attentive as he needs to be yet, and I don't think anyone's worked with him beyond sit. He's very intense. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.2.9  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @7.2.4    2 months ago

Thank you for all you do to help these poor animals find a new way of life, and a new forever home where they will be loved and happy.

 
 
 
Kavika
7.2.10  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.2.8    2 months ago

How long was he in the shelter?

This really pertains to most shelter dogs. It takes them 3 days to figure out where they are, 3 weeks to start to understand their role, and 3 months before they are fully in their role as a dog with people that love them. 

If you don't have a crate for him, it would be best to get him one and set it up in a quiet place. He needs to decompress and this is a great way for him to do it. It's also his ''safe place''.

This is a great list of do's and don't when you adopt a shelter dog.

https://ontariospca.ca/blog/adopting-a-shelter-dog-10-tips-for-a-successful-adoption/

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Again, thank you for saving Kobe.

 
 
 
TTGA
7.2.11  TTGA  replied to  Ender @7.2.5    2 months ago
Kind of like the dog version of the boy who cried wolf.

That would sorta be like the wolf who cried boy.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.2.12  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @7.2.1    2 months ago

He blends in really nicely with the upholstery.  Just kidding.  He looks really loveable.

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.2.13  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @7.2.10    2 months ago

Kobe is originally from Alabama and was in the shelter back in December. I don't know how long and then he came back for about a week before we picked him up. There was something about him getting into it with the neighbor's dog, but no one saw the start and the shelter staff said they didn't have any issues with him there with other dogs. Cats yes, other dogs... no.

We were actually looking for a crate today. There are some online, but we are trying to find one locally so we have it now. He's doing pretty well. We got him to sleep at the foot of the bed last night, but yesterday during the day we were both out during the whole morning. He has separation anxiety for sure. He chewed a bit of the trim by the back door, Knocked everything off and away from every window he could get to.  

Kobe is super focused on the wild rabbits around the yard. He watches where they've run to and is more focused on finding them than doing his business. 

 
 
 
Kavika
7.2.14  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.2.13    2 months ago

Yup, separation anxiety for sure. 

It seems that he has a strong ''prey drive'' not unusual for a dog of any type.

Remember everything is very new to him, he's going to make mistakes but that is part of the deal. Be patient with him as he needs to find his way with your help. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
7.2.15  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @7.2.14    2 months ago
Remember everything is very new to him, he's going to make mistakes but that is part of the deal. Be patient with him as he needs to find his way with your help. 

Oh yeah. He's a good boy. We are all just adjusting to each other and finding our balance. B just texted  he's snoring loudly and farting something awful. 

 
 
 
Kavika
7.2.16  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @7.2.15    2 months ago
he's snoring loudly and farting something awful. 

LMAO, well pitties are known for snoring and farting...Welcome to the club.

 
 
 
sixpick
7.2.17  sixpick  replied to  Kavika @7.2.4    2 months ago

That's a good thing you're doing Kavika.  Angel looks like she would be an angel.  How can someone abuse any animal is beyond me.

 
 
 
Kavika
8  Kavika     2 months ago

These are wildlife photos by Thomas Magnelsen.

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A. Macarthur
8.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @8    2 months ago

One of my favorite photographers! "All MAMMALS"!

I visited his Gallery in the Denver Airport. 

 
 
 
Kavika
8.1.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @8.1    2 months ago

I have a couple of his art books and we went to his gallery in Park City Utah.

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

Recollecting the Famous Photographers series, many of which we worked together on. 

 
 
 
Ender
9  Ender    2 months ago

Photo essays are fine and I have posted some before. I just think they are more like an article and usually don't get much traction.

That is why I like your weekly postings. They are inclusive and encourage participation.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
9.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Ender @9    2 months ago

Photo essays are fine and I have posted some before. I just think they are more like an article and usually don't get much traction.

It's hard to know … the subject, the number of photos … individual preferences … I think the best way to proceed is to post what one cares to share and hope it connects with who is on the board, and/or who comes bye once it's posted.

 
 
 
Ender
9.1.1  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @9.1    2 months ago
 
 
 
A. Macarthur
9.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Ender @9.1.1    2 months ago

Thanks for the link; I missed that essay first time around, probably it came at the time my wife's cancer was diagnosed and kept me off the site … and lots of other places.

 
 
 
Kavika
9.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Ender @9.1.1    2 months ago

I remember that essay, it was fantastic. The Elephant Queen I loved it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @9.1.1    2 months ago

I thought that was an excellent photo-essay, not only for the photos themselves, but for teaching me things I never knew about.  So, as you can see, with 26 comments, it was certainly not a waste of time.  I'm the champion here for having the fewest comments on my photo-essays.  LOL.

 
 
 
Ender
9.1.5  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.4    2 months ago

I did enjoy your China ones. Got to see places I never would.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @9.1.5    2 months ago

For the time being I will post China photos only on this group and the Discovery group.  I'm a target on the Front Page, and anything Chinese is a provocation with a lot of members these days,

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10  Raven Wing    2 months ago

These are all beautiful essays. Mother Earth and Mother Nature are truly great artists who share their wonderful wide variety of beauty with us. From the large and small of life forms, and the bright and colorful to the stark and colorless that represent the many different aspects of the world that surrounds us.

Thank you all for sharing your choice of what makes life enjoyable for you for others to enjoy as well. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11  Raven Wing    2 months ago

My essay for today is a sampling of varied plants where Mother Nature does the math.....

An aloe

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Arizona Lily Pad

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Crussalas Buddha Plant

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Fractal Cabbage

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Romanesco Broccoli

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Hoya Pub

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When mankind thinks they are so much smarter than Mother Nature, these beautiful samples of her mathematical genius proves them wrong. 

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

FRACTALS, are patterns that the laws of nature repeat at different scales. A number of years ago, a study was done that involves stirring one color of paint into another with analysis of the patterns formed … it resulted in a field known as THE MATHEMATICS OF CHAOS … which, unlike what that name implies, determined that a mathematical phenomenon, rather than a chaotic one, existed. Your essay illustrates the phenomenon as it exists throughout nature.

 
 
 
evilgenius
11.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.1    2 months ago

I watched a whole television episode on art, nature and fractals. It might have been a PBS Nova episode, but I no longer remember.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @11.1.1    2 months ago

I studied Fractals in art class when I was in high school. Our Teacher was a big fan of fractals, and opened the door to a lot of areas where fractals came into play. I was not very good at freehand art, as my hand was much too free and undisciplined. Unlike my Father and Brother who were wonderful freehand artists. I envied them so much, as there was so much I wanted to create in art. And they took their artistic ability so much for granted.

Thankfully, in later years the computer opened the door to a new way for me to create what I have dreamed of being able to do for so many years, and has allowed me to express my inner self in my own way.

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

Humans cannot compete with the beauty of Mother Nature.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @11.2    2 months ago

Very true. All we can do is sit back and enjoy, admire and appreciate what she shares with us. And just about the time we think we have seen everything, she up and shows us a whole new side of her.

Mother Nature is her own 'Neverending Story'.

 
 
 
Ender
11.2.2  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @11.2.1    2 months ago

Last night I read one about the rarest flowers in the world. A lot of them were Orchids.

A top one is the Corpse Flower.

Amazes me that a lot of them have a symbiotic relationship that makes it almost impossible to thrive with it.

The Ghost Orchid needs a particular fungus to survive.

 
 
 
Veronica
11.2.3  Veronica  replied to  Kavika @11.2    2 months ago

I agree completely.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.2.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @11.2.2    2 months ago

Indeed the Corpse Flower is a very unusual plant, and one that Mother Nature must have had a bad day to create. The flower is beautiful, but, the smell is totally obnoxious. It is also the largest flower on earth. It smells like a dead body, thus the name Corpse Flower.

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Ender
11.2.5  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @11.2.4    2 months ago

There are two on some lists that are from the US.

One is a tree/bush that no longer grows in the wild.

The Franklin tree is unique and belongs to the tea family of shrubs Theaceae . Although this sizeable flowering shrub is common in many states, it no longer grows in the wild. All the ornamental plants today come from seeds that were saved in the 1700s. It is thought that the last wild Franklin tree died off in the early 1800s. 512

Another one is one that is becoming rare, an American waterlily.

The white American waterlily is a beautiful aquatic plant that is becoming rare in some states of the U.S. The stunning feature of these water lilies is the large white flower that floats on a large leaf. Flowers measure up to 12” (30 cm) in diameter and have pure white petals. The overall shape is like a star and there are yellow stamens in the center of the flower. 512

It is a shame what we take for granted.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.2.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @11.2.5    2 months ago
It is a shame what we take for granted.

It really is. These are such beautiful flowers. Thank you for sharing them.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
11.2.7  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Raven Wing @11.2.4    2 months ago

What cracks me up is that people actually pay to see and smell it at the Huntington Library.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.2.8  Raven Wing  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @11.2.7    2 months ago

I went for a showing one year, some time ago, and I could only stand to be there for a few short minutes. The smell was so bad it made my eyes water. So I'm with you.....anyone who would pay to have their stomach turn wrong side out within a few short minutes have way too much money to spare. Just looking at it is bad enough, and should be a harbinger of what awaits them.  jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

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

....or where Mother Nature is capable of creating beauty that Man is incapable of competing with.  Even J.M.W.Turner could not match the beauty of a great sunset, but could only attempt to replicate it. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.3    2 months ago

Very true, Buzz. Even Man at their best cannot surpass the natural beauty of Mother Nature.

 
 
 
Veronica
12  Veronica    2 months ago

So this is where everyone is.  I was looking for people and here you all are.  

When I finish building my fairy garden I will post pictures.  I have to fix my fairy house - got a little damage when it was stored last fall.  I do love the pictures.  I find them relaxing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Veronica @12    2 months ago

Please, Please do share it with us. I think we would all love to see your Fairy Garden.

 
 
 
Veronica
12.1.1  Veronica  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1    2 months ago

I am hoping to get to the garden store soon to get some pretty flowers.  I also have a hummingbird garden that is not doing so well this year.  Could be the snow that keeps falling - had another freeze warning last night.

 
 
 
Ender
12.1.2  Ender  replied to  Veronica @12.1.1    2 months ago

Yeah I read a polar vortex is supposed to hit this weekend. A lot of places are going to get colder than normal weather for this time of year.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Veronica @12.1.1    2 months ago
Could be the snow that keeps falling - had another freeze warning last night.

And it looks like there will be more snow falling your way soon. I really miss my garden. I so enjoyed working with the plants and seeing them grow.

I have no green thumb for house plants. Even false ivy turns yellow and shrivels up for me in the house. But, growing things outdoors seems to be my calling in that regard.

 
 
 
Veronica
12.1.4  Veronica  replied to  Ender @12.1.2    2 months ago

Yep, Western NY is supposed to get snow.  I am not impressed.  

 
 
 
Veronica
12.1.5  Veronica  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1.3    2 months ago

I have a problem with house plants as well.  I can do outside flowers & veggies (and tomatoes).  I have great success with geraniums (even when we bring them in for the winter).  But inside plants shrink away from me.  As a Wiccan it is a little embarrassing to say plants don't like me.

 
 
 
Ender
12.1.6  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1.3    2 months ago

Same here. House plants run from me. The best I had was an Orchid that lasted about a year. Never did bloom.

I fare better with outdoors.

I did order my new tree for the front yard. Was kind of hard to find and expensive. Hopefully it comes in good shape and I can get it to grow.

 
 
 
Veronica
12.1.7  Veronica  replied to  Ender @12.1.6    2 months ago

I will have to take a pic of the tree my hubby dug out from the foundation of the house.  He replanted it out front and it is now over six feet & leafing......  When the rain and snow stop I will get a picture.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1.8  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @12.1.6    2 months ago
Hopefully it comes in good shape and I can get it to grow.

Fingers crossed on your new tree.

Right now I have two pots with aloe veras in them. A lot of aloe veras in them. No matter how often I cull the plants they just keep pupping and growing more. So I stopped culling them, and they are still pupping away. I have given away a lot of the pups to neighbors here as I don't want to throw away healthy plants, but, they are pupped out as well. I don't want to put them in the ground as they will multiply to readily.

However, one neighbor has a brown thumb for plants so I give her new pups every few months, and she passes them on to her Friends and family. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Ender
12.1.9  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1.8    2 months ago

It cracks me up when you say that. Pups.  Haha

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1.10  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @12.1.9    2 months ago

She was really surprised her when I first asked her is she wanted some aloe pups. She thought they were some sort dog pups and said, "No thanks, I don't want any more animals than the one I have." We both laughed when I explained they were baby aloe vera plants called pups.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
13  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Lookin' good; let's keep it going. I was going to use this article as "informational/inquiry" as opposed to our regular THURSDAY/FRIDAY … but this WILL BE OUR REGULAR THURSDAY/FRIDAY. I will be posting some pictures later.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
14  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

Chipping in to the discussion …

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Raven Wing
14.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @14    2 months ago

What adorable little chippies! How sweet!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
15  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

I'll be back later wtih more comments and posting - a hospital visit is required (NOT covid-19, no worries).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
16  Raven Wing    2 months ago

I will add a bit different kind of thought to the list...

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

An interesting thing I've noticed about that creation, is that it is hard to keep my eyes remaining focused on only the man's face or the bird's head.  The focus tends to travel back and forth, which may be meant to have the effect of unity of the two, rather than separation.

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

I think the reason for the interaction between the two is that the human is a shape shifter, meaning that they change their appearance back and forth between the two of them. Thus, the attention is indeed meant to be focused on the two of them, as they are actually one in the same, and show how they shift from one character to the other, depending on the circumstances at the moment.

So your understanding of how their focus is intended is correct.

 
 
 
TTGA
17  TTGA    2 months ago

Just put up an essay on the main group.  It's called ROCK n ROBIN.  Hope you enjoy it.  I haven't put one up here yet but I have a pretty good nature shot, well kind of a  natural shot actually.  I was experimenting with my new camera the other day and got this one. I tried it again this evening using a tripod but there were high clouds (you don't notice them except through a telephoto lens).  Couldn't get the pictures to focus.  This one was taken on a clear evening about a week ago.  47 power optical zoom and then digital zoom on the computer.

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TTGA
17.1  TTGA  replied to  TTGA @17    2 months ago
 
 
 
A. Macarthur
17.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  TTGA @17.1    2 months ago
 
 
 
evilgenius
18  evilgenius    2 months ago

Early Saturday morning in Canal Park, Duluth MN.

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A. Macarthur
18.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  evilgenius @18    2 months ago

EG, the bottom photo is classic "Middle America".

 
 
 
evilgenius
18.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @18.1    2 months ago

It was odd not seeing any cars on that street. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
18.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  evilgenius @18.1.1    2 months ago

"Social Distancing/Quarantine-in-place"?

 
 
 
evilgenius
18.1.3  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @18.1.2    2 months ago

Yes.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @18    2 months ago

Maxfield Parrish colours in the top photo, and down memory lane in the second one. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
18.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.2    2 months ago

I studied the techniques of Maxfield Parish (a Philadelphia artist, BTW) and how he achieved the colors in his paintings. He never mixed pigments, using colors as they were in their tubes, and rather than mixing pigments, i.e. Red + Yellow = Orange, he would produce translucent "glazes", one on top of the other to "mix" them optically rather than physically (chemically)! Each layer would have to dry before laying another on top, so Parish would put the painting in the sun to dry before each successive layer … and on, and on. To achieve the "stained glass feeling of his paintings, he'd begin by priming his canvasses with the most opaque white ground … a highly reflective one so that as light passed through each translucent layer of color, it would reflect back off of the ground and back through the layers! 

I could go on, but I'm sure this is not as interesting to most people as it is to an obsessive analyst like myself.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @18.2.1    2 months ago

I assume, then, that Parrish's unique technique for mixing and applying colours to his paintings, explains why the colours in many of his paintings are quite unusual.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
18.2.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.2.2    2 months ago

Parish's colors were "mixed" optically rather than chemically … this by the transmission of light through translucent glazes to a reflective white ground color which were transmitted to the viewers' eye. Analogously, think of layers of colored glass stacked upon one another with a projector-like light behind transmitting the optical mix.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
18.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @18.2.3    2 months ago

Complex, unique and very effective.  You may recall I once posted an article about Maxfield Parrish's works on this group.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
19  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

ABERRATION OR ANOMALY?

A photo of mountains in Sichuan Province.  This double exposure was not intended, and happened by itself in my camera - it has not been edited.

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Ghosts appeared in a photo I took in a theatre - I added  colour saturation to the photo and framed it.

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This is neither an aberration nor an anomoly, but only appears to be.  Although it looks like a city skyline taken from across a body of water, I took this photo inside a cave that was lit with coloured lights, and it has not been edited, only framed. 

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Kavika
20  Kavika     2 months ago

These photos were taken by Conrad Tan. I just discovered his works a month or so ago. 

These are of a black wolf taken in NE Minnesota, an area that grew up in. We would see wolves quite often and they were not a ''scary or evil animal'' as they are portrayed in books/film. They are one of the most magnificent animals on earth. Highly intelligent and with a strong social structure. Sadly man has come close to bringing them to the edge of extinction in the lower 48 and many parts of the world. 

They are also an intricate part of the Ojibwe creation story and are held in high respect by us. There is NO HUNTING of wolves on native reservations in MN.

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Buzz of the Orient
20.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @20    2 months ago

Those eyes!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
20.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @20.1    2 months ago
Thoe eyes!!!

Indeed! So piercing! They seem to penetrate into one's soul.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
20.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @20.1    2 months ago

My cat has those same eyes.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
20.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @20    2 months ago

Wow, those are intense wolves. Their eyes really stand out! Great photos!

 
 
 
Kavika
20.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @20.2    2 months ago

It's a series of photos of just one wolf, Perrie.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
21  1stwarrior    2 months ago

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Raven Wing
21.1  Raven Wing  replied to  1stwarrior @21    2 months ago

OMG! Now THAT is too funny! jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
21.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  1stwarrior @21    2 months ago

Suggested photo caption:  "Here's lookin' at YOU, kid."

 
 
 
Raven Wing
22  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Here is one of my very early creations of a woman Shaman, and using a very unusual wood burl as a background.

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Buzz of the Orient
22.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @22    2 months ago

As I've said before, I'm running out of superlatives...so.....

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Raven Wing
22.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @22.1    2 months ago

Thank you Buzz. jrSmiley_12_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
23  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

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Moment/Getty Images

This is not my photograph, but it is similar to something I actually saw when I went on my cruise down the Li River through the Karst Mountains of Guanxi Autonomous Region, from Guilin to Yangshuo.  I saw almost this very  thing yet either failed to photograph it or lost the photo if I did.   I have already posted a photo essay on my cruise through the mountains.

https://thenewstalkers.com/buzz-of-the-orient/group_discuss/7948/li-river-cruise-through-chinas-karst-mountains

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23    2 months ago

Great photo, Buzz. Beautiful birds and scenery as well. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
23.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @23.1    2 months ago

Well, as I said, it isn't my photo - but I wish it was, it could have been something similar. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23.1.1    2 months ago

What kind of birds are those? They don't really look like ducks or geese. At least not that I have seen before.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
23.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @23.1.2    2 months ago

I believe they are cormorants.  Their necks are longer than they appear in the photo.  They are the ones who do the fishing, the man doesn't.  They have big strong beaks and a band is put around their necks so that they cannot swallow their catch, but bring it back to the raft.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23.1.3    2 months ago

Thanks Buzz. It's a bit hard to tell what they are from the angle of the photo.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
23.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @23.1.4    2 months ago

This is a really good article with lots of photos that explains cormorant fishing.

https://livingnomads.com/2017/12/cormorant-fishing-guilin/

 
 
 
bccrane
23.1.6  bccrane  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23.1.5    2 months ago
We have cormorants here mainly out in Lake Huron, but here they are an invasive species and when they go inland to smaller lakes and ponds they can decimate the fish in those bodies of water. So far this year I have counted four on our lake, since this is a new lake and we are still trying to establish the fish population, if they stick around any longer they will disappear.
 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.1.7  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23.1.5    2 months ago
This is a really good article with lots of photos that explains cormorant fishing.

Thanks Buzz. Very interesting reading.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
23.1.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @23.1.7    2 months ago

My experience there was quite different from the one in that article.  I flew to Guilin  about 13 years ago, before I had met my wife, to meet a date and had arranged for a private tour with an English-speaking guide to accompany us there and on the cruise down the Li River through the Karst mountains to Yangshuo.  It was when we arrived at Yangshuo that I saw the cormorant fisherman on his raft just off the shore - probably there to pose for photos. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.1.9  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23.1.8    2 months ago

Sounds like a very enjoyable trip. I am learning many things about the history of China in watching some of the historical drama episodes, from the Ming Dynasty and before. Then from the Ming Dynasty to when China began. While modern day China looks little like the early days of the country, many of the names of today do sound familiar from those early years.

The stories you share here bring those days into reality. (smile)

 
 
 
Kavika
23.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23    2 months ago

I absolutely love that photo, Buzz.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Speaking of birds.....here is something some of you might enjoy....

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Buzz of the Orient
27  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

My daughter in Toronto has been in lockdown for a while, but she told me it wasn't that bad for her because she can work from home, and she has her dog to keep her company.  He's a rescue dog, named Clark, 8 years old and she says he's extremely well behaved and friendly.

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bccrane
27.1  bccrane  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @27    2 months ago

Is that a Tri-colored Aussie?  When we bred Aussie's (14 years ago) we had a few that looked like that.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
27.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  bccrane @27.1    2 months ago

I'll ask her, but it was a rescued (shelter?) dog so she might not know, and it could be a mix.

 
 
 
TTGA
27.1.2  TTGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @27.1.1    2 months ago

Looks a lot like a Border Collie Buzz. 

Oh yeah THEY'RE BACK.  Spotted the first Hummie of the year this afternoon.  Didn't have the camera set up but I will tomorrow.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
28  author  A. Macarthur    2 months ago

I'll come back to this later to comment about CORMORANTS et al, but I want to post this week's Thursday/Friday article.

Thanks to everyone who made this thread an interesting success!

 
 
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