BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & ONE BUCK on CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  4 months ago  •  184 comments


BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & ONE BUCK on CREATIVE ARTS THURSDAY/FRIDAY
 

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American Robin, Male

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Downey Woodpecker, Male

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Another Butterfly Collage

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    4 months ago

Don't be put off by image subjects beginning with the letter "B" … all letters of the alphabet are acceptable.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    4 months ago

Beautiful photos all Mac. The little deer and butterflies are truly adorable.

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1    4 months ago

You just can't have enough butterflies, can you?

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1    4 months ago

I say the more butterflies the better!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.1.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @1.1.1    4 months ago

At times they help me to wing it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @1.1.1    4 months ago

I was sitting on a large dead tree trunk at the side of the Skyline Drive while passing through the Shenandoah Mountains. I had taken some pictures after conducting a Reunion ceremony with my Ancestors, whose homeland was the Shenandoah Mtns and valley. As I was resting and looking off up the vast valley that stretched before me, I was suddenly swamped by a huge migration of butterflies. They were all over me, in my hair, on my clothes, fluttering around my face, I could hardly see anything. 

I knew they would be moving on soon, so I just sat there and enjoyed the moment that I could share with Mother Nature's gift. My Friend I was with took a picture of me engulfed in the myriad of an unknown number of beautiful butterflies. I would never have dreamed of having such a wonderful and inspiring experiance.

So...no, I can never have too many butterflies. (smile)

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.6  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.5    4 months ago

Great story!  

(By "you" I really meant all of us... and you, too!)

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.7  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.1.4    4 months ago

That's funny.

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.9  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.5    4 months ago

Let me get that right... including you, too!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.10  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @1.1.9    4 months ago
 including you, too!

No worries G. I understood that you meant the collect 'you'. (smile)

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    4 months ago

As always, wonderful art.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    4 months ago

I can post a picture of a buck and a Robin as well ...

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Even the butterfly being done...

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But I'm not able to do a woodpecker...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    4 months ago

Because if I did I'd get a ToS violation penalty.

 
 
 
Kavika
1.3.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3.1    4 months ago

LOL, good one, Buzz.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    4 months ago

ROFL....love your humor Buzz. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2  Raven Wing    4 months ago

Here is a Thursday sharing...

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A. Macarthur
2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @2    4 months ago

Very nice; the cloudy middle ground and black background set the subject off in effective layering.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1    4 months ago

Thanks Mac.

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

Another striking and powerful image!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @2.2    4 months ago

Thanks G.

 
 
 
pat wilson
2.3  pat wilson  replied to  Raven Wing @2    4 months ago

My first thought seeing this was Kabuki Theater. It was the face paint. 

Very impressive image !

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  pat wilson @2.3    4 months ago
My first thought seeing this was Kabuki Theater

Thanks Pat. When I lived in San Diego that was a Japanese restaurant that held Kabuki dances on Fri and Sat nights. They were truly amazing. And the bright colored faces and costumes were fascinating. I went there on Sat nights, as there weren't as many people to roam around during the dances and carry on like idiots trying to mimic the dancers. It's been gone now for several years. And the food was awesome too.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Raven Wing @2    4 months ago

And here is a new one for Friday.....

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Buzz of the Orient
2.4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4    4 months ago

I REALLY like the Friday one.- the image, the colours, the frame - perfect.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.4.1    4 months ago

Thanks Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
2.4.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4    4 months ago

Just beautiful!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @2.4.3    4 months ago

Thanks G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4    4 months ago

OK...here is a question for you all.

First, I have been waiting for someone to mention it, but, so far no one has. So my question is.....

Looking at the artwork above, how do you see it in the frame? There can be at least two different views. So...what do you see?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4.5    4 months ago

Does it look like the primary image is positioned sitting inside the frame?

Or..it is sitting on the front of the frame that looks like a box?

Do you see it differently?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.4.7  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4    4 months ago

The vignetting is very effective and visually implies a "sympathetic soul" IMO. Great portrayal.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.8  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.4.7    4 months ago

Thanks Mac. This was something new for me to try. I wanted to try to create an image that would have more than one way to see it. And not everyone sees the same thing the same way others might, I thought it might be interesting to see how others saw the positioning of the primary image in relation to the frame. 

I suppose there is a bit of imagination that is also involved in how some people see things. At times I can look at the same thing and see many different ways it looks. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.4.9  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4.8    4 months ago

My Masters thesis was entitled, "The Roll of Presupposition in the Perception of Art." It was based on a premise that, we are, each of us, the sum total of our experiences to any moment in time, and, what we expect from any given work of art, or, how we "feel about" Art generally, is strongly predicated on that sum total.

Somewhere in my house is that typewritten (pre-word processing) thesis. Maybe I'll track it down.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.10  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.4.9    4 months ago
Maybe I'll track it down.

That would be great to see. What I am able to do now is something I thought I would never be able to do, as my free-hand art is totally abysmal and no where recognizable.

But, once I learned how to use PowerPoint and its many features, I learned I could create artwork that I could only dream of before. Both my Father and Brother were great artists, it just flowed naturally from them. That they took it so lightly always disappointed and frustrated me, as they had little interest in doing what I wanted so desperately to do. My Father passed on the love of art to me as he did to my Brother, but, not the talent. 

That I can finally put my love of art and imagination to work, the joy is endless, and don't just have to dream of what I want to create anymore.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.4.11  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.4.5    4 months ago

It's an optical illusion - we are capable of seeing it both ways. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.4.12  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.4.11    4 months ago

You got it right, Buzz. There are at least two ways to see it. My first try at something like this. I really had to work to get the look I wanted, as not everyone sees things the same way. 

That is one of the fascinating things about artwork. It not only allows the viewer to see it, but, also to use their own imagination about what they see, or think they see. 

The really hard part for someone like me with no real training, is to figure out how to "put on paper", so to speak, what my mind sees and thinks. For me, nothing comes easy, but, it is well worth the effort, and a sense of accomplishment and growth.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2    4 months ago

(The Thursdy sharing image)

Stunning image as usual - but please explain...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.5    4 months ago

Which photo are you talking about Buzz? The one above with the young woman, or the one above participating in a Fancy Dance in full regalia?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.5.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Raven Wing @2.5.1    4 months ago

OK...got my head screwed on straight again now. You spelled it out properly and I read it wrong. Nothing new there.

The artwork for Thursday represents a Tribe member dressed in full regalia to participate in the Fancy Dance, one of the favorites of not only the Tribe members, but, many visitors to the POW WOW's and other celebrations. 

There are many different types of dances that members of various Tribes participate in. Listed are the most popular dances;

  • 1 Grass Dance. Grass dance is one of the oldest and most widely used dances in Native American culture. ...
  • 2 Hoop dance. ...
  • 3 Fancy Dance. ...
  • 4 Women's Jingle Dress Dance. ...
  • 5 Women's Fancy Shawl Dance. ...
  • 6 Stomp Dance. Practiced by the Chickasaw tribe, the traditional stomp dance begins with an announcement by  one of the ground leaders, indicating that he will be leading the song. ...
  • 7 Ghost Dance. ...
  • 8 Sun Dance. ...
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.5.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.5.2    4 months ago

When Kavika and I posted vintage photo-essays ot Native Americans, there were images of some of those dances, but of course they were still photos, and no colour, so they did not show the beauty inherent in those activities. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.5.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.5.3    4 months ago

A great part of the various dances is their regalia. Each Tribe has a little different style for these dances, but, basically aolng the same line. 

The hoop dance is amazing. The timing and the convoluted and intricate steps working with the hoops is fascinating to watch, especially when the music is rather fast.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.5.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.5.4    4 months ago

A photo Kavika and I posted on one of our photo-essays:

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Raven Wing
2.5.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.5.5    4 months ago

Thanks Buzz. With the large attachments to their feet, it makes it even more difficult to maneuver threw the hoops. This is a very good example of what the hoop dance is about. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
3  evilgenius    4 months ago

I just now did this edit for that client that has been asking me for black and whites for their office. I took the photo in early April of last year - 

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Raven Wing
3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @3    4 months ago

Very nicely done, EG.

 
 
 
evilgenius
3.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Raven Wing @3.1    4 months ago

Thanks. I like it better in color, but all their office wall art is black and white. 

This one was taken on that same day down at the harbor. I don't know if I like it or not... 

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Gsquared
3.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @3.1.1    4 months ago

I like it.

 
 
 
evilgenius
3.1.3  evilgenius  replied to  Gsquared @3.1.2    4 months ago

Thanks G

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @3.1.1    4 months ago

I like it too, EG. It has a great view with the bridge in the far distance and the grasses growing up close. Great spectrum.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @3.1.1    4 months ago

In a way the foreground frames the photo - and provides the illusion of depth.

 
 
 
Kavika
3.1.6  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @3.1.1    4 months ago

I like it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
3.2  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @3    4 months ago

You can hear the water rushing over the rocks.  Very nice!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @3    4 months ago

A terrific photo - I can understand why someone would want to hang it in their office.

 
 
 
Kathleen
4  Kathleen    4 months ago

I took this picture driving back home. 

Its Baltimore under storm clouds, and it starts with a B. : )

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Buzz of the Orient
4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @4    4 months ago

Baltimore was the first American city I was ever in - my mother took me there in a basket, and it was also the last Americn city I was ever in - I returned after a year in China for my son's wedding there. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
4.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1    4 months ago

I never lived in Baltimore, but I would drive there for baseball games, Inner Harbor and restaurants. 

Only one? It’s not as nice as years ago unfortunately. My parents grew up in Baltimore when it was nice to live there. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @4.1.1    4 months ago

By "Only one" did you mean have I only been in only one American city?  I think I've been in a lot more American cities than a lot of Americans - even shared ownership of a golf condo with my brother in one. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
5  Gsquared    4 months ago

© G. Gam 2020  The Mediterranean Sea at Antibes, Côte d’Azur.  Vive la France!

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Raven Wing
5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @5    4 months ago

Very nice, G. Beautiful with the sailboats in the distance and the crystal blue water.  Well done!

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1    4 months ago

Thank you Raven Wing.  It was a beautiful spot.

 
 
 
pat wilson
5.2  pat wilson  replied to  Gsquared @5    4 months ago

I was there ! Did you like the Picasso Gallery ?

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  pat wilson @5.2    4 months ago

Yes.  We really enjoyed our afternoon in Antibes.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5    4 months ago

A fabulous photo.  Just how many countries have you visited in your lifetime?

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3    4 months ago

Thank you.   I have visited 22 countries, I think, unless I am forgetting any.  I'm including American Samoa as a country even though it is an American territory.  Some of them I have been to more than once.  We were supposed to visit 7 more on our cruise of the Baltic that got cancelled in June because of the pandemic.  That was a big disappointment.

Does Texas count as a country?  I had to go there for work one time...  And my wife's nursing school class from the Philippines held their class reunion there a few years ago for some reason.  At least I got to see the Alamo...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5.3.1    4 months ago

I've visited or lived part of my life in 17 countries. It does give a person a perspective of and respect for many different cultures - something very obviously missing in some ot the NT members here that are criticial of anything that isn't American. 

As for Texas, been there more than once - was at a conference in Dallas where Ann Richards spoke. Wow, was I impressed - thought she should have been elected POTUS.  Ate a huge steak at the Traildust there and fortunately didn't wear my tie.  I bought cowboy boots at Sheplers in Arlington - slept over in a trailer in a trailer park there, and ate the best beef brisket sandwich I've ever had at a tiny restaurant in Forth Worth. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.3.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.2    4 months ago

I have never lived anywhere but the good ol' U.S.A.  Traveling is very broadening, and exhausting sometimes, I'm afraid.  I have learned a lot traveling.  I always try to learn something of the language and interact with as many of the local people as I can.  I hate to admit that I have never been to Canada.  We will get there one of these times.  I should be able to communicate with them, no problem!   Some of the British people, the Australians... forget about it.  I was often asking them to repeat what they said.  (Haha)  And I have been to England twice.  Love it there.

I was a huge fan of Ann Richards.  What a great lady!  I admire her daughter, Cecile, and I think she does good work.

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.3.4  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.2    4 months ago

To be even more specific, I have only lived in our beloved California.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.3.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5.3.3    4 months ago

I don't think you would find Canada much different from the USA, save for Quebec, especially Quebec City which gives you a taste of Europe, and the fact that the cities are cleaner.  The Rockies are on both sides of the border, and the Maritime provinces can't differ much from seacoast towns in Maine and Mass. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.3.6  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.3.5    4 months ago

I would like to visit Quebec and the Maritime provinces.  British Columbia, too.

The seacoast towns in Massachusetts are really nice.  Maine is still on the must see list.

 
 
 
Kavika
5.3.7  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @5.3.6    4 months ago

The forest of British Columbia has one of the rarest bears on earth, ''The Spirit Bear'' (kermode bear)

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Gsquared
5.3.8  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @5.3.7    4 months ago

That is very interesting.  I have never heard of it.  There must be interesting legends.  I will check it out.  Thanks for telling us Kavika.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.3.9  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @5.3.7    4 months ago

I have heard of this bear, but, never seen it before. A truly amazing example of how mysterious Mother Nature is.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

 
 
 
evilgenius
5.4  evilgenius  replied to  Gsquared @5    4 months ago

wow! beautiful shot,

 
 
 
Gsquared
5.4.1  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @5.4    4 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
 
Gsquared
7  Gsquared    4 months ago

© G. Gam 2020  Iris

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Raven Wing
7.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @7    4 months ago

A beauty of an Iris. And the presence of the two buds give the feeling of the continuation of life. Well done!

 
 
 
Gsquared
7.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @7.1    4 months ago

Thanks!   That photo was from an iris show I went to, not one we grew.  I think the photo may have been even nicer with a frame.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @7.1.1    4 months ago

You did a good job of taking a very nice photo. Close enough for us to see the details, and I can almost smell its aroma.

 
 
 
pat wilson
7.1.3  pat wilson  replied to  Gsquared @7.1.1    4 months ago

Was there a backdrop ? If not how did you exclude the background ?

Very nice, looks like a watercolor painting.

 
 
 
Gsquared
7.1.4  Gsquared  replied to  pat wilson @7.1.3    4 months ago

Thank you!

The background was a wall. The iris was cut and in a vase.  It is an interior shot.  It was taken at the annual San Fernando Valley Iris Society show.  There are always a lot of very beautiful irises.

 
 
 
Kavika
7.1.5  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @7.1.4    4 months ago

I dated a girl named Iris from the SF Valley. She was a bit of a wallflower. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
7.1.6  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @7.1.5    4 months ago

Hysterical!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.1.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @7.1.5    4 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @7    4 months ago

A lonely iris?  Interesting colour variation on the petals.

 
 
 
Gsquared
7.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.2    4 months ago

No, it had plenty of company.  I never knew how many color (American spelling) variations irises had until I started going to the Iris Society shows.

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Buzz of the Orient
7.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @7.2.1    4 months ago

What a superb array of flowers.  I think the only time I ever went to a flower show was to see orchids.

 
 
 
Gsquared
7.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.2.2    4 months ago

That is just a small sample of the irises they have on display at the shows.  There are several tables with beautiful irises.  These are the main prize winners.  We grow a few orchids.  They do very well in our kitchen window.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8  author  A. Macarthur    4 months ago

I have posted an article separate from this, somewhat related to the Arts … I hope some of you will visit it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @8    4 months ago

An awesome article Mac. I love it.

And your exciting adventure as a young lad is very inspirational.

 
 
 
Gsquared
8.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @8    4 months ago

I enjoyed reading your article very much.   

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @8.2    4 months ago

Thank you, G; I haven’t posted many such articles for many months and to know you enjoyed this one is gratifying,

 
 
 
Gsquared
8.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.2.1    4 months ago

You're very welcome.  Please post more!

 
 
 
pat wilson
9  pat wilson    4 months ago

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A. Macarthur
9.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  pat wilson @9    4 months ago

Really quite striking, Pat!

 
 
 
pat wilson
9.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  A. Macarthur @9.1    4 months ago

This bush is at a home a few streets away. Love the colors.

I'm doing a lot of walking to shed lockdown weight, ugh.

 
 
 
Gsquared
9.2  Gsquared  replied to  pat wilson @9    4 months ago

Very beautiful!  Fantastic colors.

 
 
 
pat wilson
9.2.1  pat wilson  replied to  Gsquared @9.2    4 months ago

Thank you Mother Nature !

 
 
 
Gsquared
9.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  pat wilson @9.2.1    4 months ago

Yes.  We owe her everything and ought to act like it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9.3  Raven Wing  replied to  pat wilson @9    4 months ago

That Hibiscus is just so beautiful. Love the way it spreads out from the center to the bright yellow edges. A great photo Pat. Job well done!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @9    4 months ago

That's a great flower - the colours are quite amazing - nice photo.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
10  author  A. Macarthur    4 months ago

One more then off to bed …

A Family Portrait of Deer Ones …

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 © A. Mac/A.G

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    4 months ago

Beautiful Mac. And very enchanting. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
10.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    4 months ago

Nice editing job. Are you sure they're family?  LOL

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
10.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.2    4 months ago

Not likely family. The buck and doe are from Southeastern PA, the fawn from the Poconos. All three shots are from different years.

Artistic license.

 
 
 
Kavika
11  Kavika     4 months ago

Photo of a very rare Piebald whitetail deer in a Minnesota river bottom. (photo from the internet)

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Raven Wing
12  Raven Wing    4 months ago

Wow!! I have never deer a seer like that before. That is a beautiful deer, and very unusual. Thank you for sharing it with us. Most interesting.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
13  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

Okay, since today is a B-day..

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I will consider it a day to post Buddhas.

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evilgenius
14  evilgenius    4 months ago

An orange day lily from next to my front door.

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A juvenile american robin making a lot of noise in my front yard.

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Raven Wing
14.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @14    4 months ago

A beautiful orange lily. Nice shot!

All types of birds seem to like interacting with me. Maybe because my Mother was of the Cherokee Bird Clan, so it is my nature to love interacting with them. jrSmiley_74_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
14.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @14    4 months ago

The robin is the first bird I became familiar with.  When I was a kid my bedroom withdow overlooked our back yard where robins nested every Spring and raised their little ones. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
14.3  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @14    4 months ago

Beautiful orange day lily!

 
 
 
evilgenius
15  evilgenius    4 months ago

An orange day lily from next to my front door.

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A juvenile american robin making a lot of noise in my front yard.

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Kathleen
15.1  Kathleen  replied to  evilgenius @15    4 months ago

Beautiful tiger lily.

 
 
 
Gsquared
17  Gsquared    4 months ago

© G. Gam 2020  Buddha, Cambodia

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Gsquared
17.1  Gsquared  replied to  Gsquared @17    4 months ago

I edited this photo (above -- something I'm experimenting with a bit) and that was a mistake.  The original as I took it has better composition.

© G. Gam 2020  Buddha, Cambodia

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(Thanks for allowing me to indulge myself.)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
17.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @17.1    4 months ago

The Buddha that I posted above that was lying on its side was known as The Reclining Buddha - which is what I suppose yours is called as well. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
17.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1.1    4 months ago

Yes, I believe so.  I also was informed that The Reclining Buddha represents the dying Buddha, or Buddha who has already died.

 
 
 
Kathleen
18  Kathleen    4 months ago

512 Here is a wave I caught breaking. Some beach time...

B for Beach... 

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Buzz of the Orient
18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kathleen @18    4 months ago

Your photos cause my mind to return to my childhood summer days at my grandmother's cottage at Burlington Beach, at the far west end of Lake Ontario - the lakeside beach looked just like that.

 
 
 
Kathleen
18.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1    4 months ago

I took that a few days ago.  Where I go, it’s hardly anyone around.  So it’s safe.

It brings back memories for you....

 
 
 
Gsquared
19  Gsquared    4 months ago

Nice photos!  I want to jump right in and cool off.  It's over 100 degrees here today.  Too hot to leave the house.

 
 
 
Kavika
20  Kavika     4 months ago

Day Lilly from our home on Table Rock Lake, MO.

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Buzz of the Orient
20.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @20    4 months ago

LIlies are such fantastically exotic-looking flowers.  I just wish they didn't smell so bad. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
20.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @20    4 months ago

I love the look of the lilies, they are really impressive. I like looking at them, but, can't have them close around me. Their aroma vapor is very toxic to me, much like the Gardenias. Just a few whiffs of their vapor can put me in a serious allergic reaction. Same with roses. So I avoid being very close to them at any time.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
21  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

REMINDER TO ALL:  Don't forget to check out A.Mac's "Fantasy" article...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
21.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21    4 months ago

Indeed, it is an amazing article.

 
 
 
Gsquared
22  Gsquared    4 months ago

I took this photo at an art museum in Los Angeles a couple of years ago.  I do not remember the name of the artist or I would give credit.  The space was too tight to fit the entire work in the photo, therefore, the bottoms of three of the legs are not showing.  I thought it was pretty amusing, and very great.  

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Gsquared
22.1  Gsquared  replied to  Gsquared @22    4 months ago

I just looked it up.  It was the Broad in downtown L.A. and the artist is Robert Therrien.  The work is entitled Under the Table (guess so!) and it was created in 1994.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
22.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @22.1    4 months ago

Was it built for Goliath, or Fezzik (Andre the Giant) in the movie The Princess Bride?  Maybe for Carl from the movie Big Fish?

 
 
 
Gsquared
22.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @22.1.1    4 months ago

As a dining room set, it was built for someone with a large appetite... a very large appetite...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23  Raven Wing    4 months ago

Here is an oldie for Saturday. Hope all have a great weekend.

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Buzz of the Orient
23.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @23    4 months ago

Yes, another not so oldie, but very goodie.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @23.1    4 months ago

The Hopi have many Goddesses also represented in the form of Kachina Dolls. This one is the Goddess of Corn. I truly like their art form, it is very different from many others among the Native American Tribes. Each Tribe has their own expressive and beautiful art form, many of which represents many of their beliefs and traditions. 

What is really interesting is to view a collection of the artwork from different Tribes and be able to tell which one represents which Tribe. 

I have not mastered that ability as yet, but, it is fun to take the challenge. And I have surprised myself at how many I do know, the Hopi being among them.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
23.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @23    4 months ago

Could easily be a stained glass window (in Disney World's Wilderness Lodge which has a number of pieces of Native American art and genre photos).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @23.2    4 months ago

Thanks for the compliment Mac. I have never been to Disney World, but, I have heard that it truly is a very fascinating place.

 
 
 
Gsquared
23.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @23.2    4 months ago

It does look like it could be a stained glass window.  It is another great piece by Raven Wing.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @23.2.2    4 months ago

Thank you G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
23.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @23    4 months ago

You are an exceptionally talented artist.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
23.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @23.3    4 months ago

Thank you for your very kind words G. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
24  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

Keeping it going - another Buddha.

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Raven Wing
24.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @24    4 months ago

Very beautiful Buzz.  One thing I have always admired about the Chinese throughout their rise as a country through the centuries, is their outstanding artwork and architecture. Their use of a myriad of bright colors and designs is fascinating. Some seem to be a little overwhelming at times, but, their attention to detail in their work is awesome.

I have to thank my Mother and her love of all things Chinese as I was growing up that passed on her fascination with their passionate artwork. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
24.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @24.1    4 months ago

I agree with you.  Chinese artwork and architecture are among the greatest contributions to human civilization.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @24.1.1    4 months ago

Others that really impresses me are the Mayan and Egyptian artwork and architecture. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
24.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @24.1.2    4 months ago

Again, I agree.   Many cultures throughout history have developed very impressive arts and architecture, including, of course, cultures present today.  We just have to look around and it is there for us to see.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @24.1.3    4 months ago
We just have to look around and it is there for us to see.

And many of the ancient ones that have been hidden for centuries and forgotten are now being discovered and brought into the light again for us to learn from and enjoy.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
24.1.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @24.1.4    4 months ago

A perfect example of that is the relatively recent (1974) discovery of the Terra Cotta Warrios of Xi'an (Chang'an).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @24.1.5    4 months ago

I still can't get over that discovery. Such a massive artistic endeavor each one of them with unique features. Every time I see a picture of it I am simply awed by it. It truly boggles the mind.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
24.1.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @24.1.6    4 months ago

Massive it is, and they are still discovering more of them.  The Emperor wanted to have an army in the afterlife.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
24.1.8  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @24.1.7    4 months ago

So totally unrealistic indeed. It is as amazing and fascinating to me as the pyramids. So vast, unbelievable and hard to believe.

 
 
 
Kavika
25  Kavika     4 months ago

Photo of the Jade Buddha at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. 

He is dressed differently in each picture and this is not unusual and the covering are in gold.

This is off the internet. All my photos of Thailand are in the old form (film) and have not been transferred.

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Raven Wing
25.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @25    4 months ago

Those are really awesome. The Thai are greatly artistic and these are just an example of of their great talent.

 
 
 
Gsquared
25.2  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @25    4 months ago

Thanks for posting those photos Kavika.  It was fairly small and where they had it situated it was difficult to photograph.

 
 
 
Gsquared
26  Gsquared    4 months ago

There were so many tourists the day we visited the Grand Palace in Bangkok (Royal Palace), but it was truly a spectacular place.  These are not great photos, however, they give some idea of the beauty and grandeur of the Palace complex.

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Gsquared
26.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @26.1    4 months ago

It is stunningly beautiful, and that is a VERY cool post Kavika!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @26.1    4 months ago

It is indeed a very beautiful place. Awesomely unique and ornate. Maybe if I get reincarnated the world will be a much better place to come to and I will be able to roam the world and visit all these wonderful places. 

The Asian artistry is like seeing a fantasy come to life. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
26.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @26.1.2    4 months ago

I believe that your art could (and should) be on exhibit in museums and galleries all over the world, and they would happily have you attend openings everywhere.  Even giving talks and lectures educating people about your magnificent art and the culture it represents.  I'm not joking. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @26.1.3    4 months ago

Thank you very much for your very kind words, and I truly appreciate them.

If I were much younger, and in better physical condition, I might think about. However, that would not be something doable, nor enjoyable, for me at this point in my life. 

I am very happy creating my artwork and sharing it with my NT and personal family and Friends who enjoy it is great reward for me. And the encouragement and support is very much appreciated. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
26.1.5  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @26.1.4    4 months ago

I understand.  Traveling is getting increasingly difficult for me, although we still have quite a few places we would like to see as long as I can still walk.  On the trips we have taken the last 3 years I needed to use a stick (I refuse to call it a cane!) for any walking because my low back arthritis is so bad.  I even had low back surgery a few years ago.  The reality of aging.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26.1.6  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @26.1.5    4 months ago
for any walking because my low back arthritis is so bad.

I have scoliosis and spinal stenosis in my lower back as well as osteoarthritis. It is not operable so I have no means of treating it other than cortisone shots, which only last for about 2 1/2 months. I also have arthritis in both hips, but, is not to the stage yet for hip replacement surgery, just a lot of pain on both counts, and they adversely affect each other. So I now have to walk with a 'stick' as well. 

I am sorry now that I did not take better care of my body when I was younger and am paying for it now. But, when I look around at some others I feel blessed that my ailments are all I have to worry about. My health otherwise is very good, and I have not even had a cold in years. And being able to walk even with a 'stick' beats being confined to a wheelchair. 

 
 
 
devangelical
26.1.7  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @26.1.4    4 months ago

I'm a big fan...

 
 
 
Gsquared
26.1.8  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @26.1.6    4 months ago

I, too, have severe scoliosis with the arthritis, non-operable.  At least with the walking stick I can keep going, in pain, of course.  Otherwise, I limp like crazy and need to sit down every few minutes.  It's no fun.   And because of severe arthritis in my thumbs, it hurts to hold the stick!  But, what is one going to do?  We have to keep on.  I had a near death experience from septic shock because of complications from a different type of surgery in February 2007, had to undergo a major follow-up surgery 3 days later, was on a ventilator unconscious for a couple of days (before ventilators became... fashionable?) while my life was saved by the wonderful ICU doctors and nurses, was hospitalized first for 5 weeks, then for another week 5 months later after a 3rd surgery to finally fix the original problem, and took a good year to recover.  I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  I wasn't ready to check out then, I guess.  I still had too much to do, and we have done a lot of traveling since then.  Life is fragile.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26.1.9  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @26.1.8    4 months ago

I am so very glad that you are now able to still be mobile on your own with the help of cane, and you can still enjoy life to the fullest possible. I refuse to surrender to things that I cannot control. I just find a way to work with or around them as much as possible. I blame myself for some of my ails, as I was too busy making a living doing things that taxed my body more than I knew at the time. When we are young we think we are invincible, and only when we get older do we learn just how fragile we humans really are. (grin).

The best thing is to keep on keeping on to the most extent possible. One of the things that not only brings me great joy, but, also keeps me focused and lifts my spirits, is my artwork. I can express not only my own beliefs and feelings, but, who I am as a real person. And that is part of the joy of life.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
26.1.10  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @26.1.7    4 months ago

Thanks dev. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
26.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @26    4 months ago

It certainly appears to be more ornate than the Forbidden City.

 
 
 
Gsquared
26.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @26.2    4 months ago

It is more ornate than the Forbidden City.  The Grand Palace complex is smaller than the Forbidden City, but more colorful.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
27  JaneDoe    4 months ago

A few beach shots.

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Here comes the sun

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A. Macarthur
27.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  JaneDoe @27    4 months ago

These are fine shots … perfect exposure, great contrast, color and composition.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
27.1.1  JaneDoe  replied to  A. Macarthur @27.1    4 months ago

Thank you, I appreciate the compliment.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
27.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @27    4 months ago

Yoiu made the Beatles song run through my mind.  LOL.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
27.2.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @27.2    4 months ago

And I say it's all right 😁

 
 
 
Raven Wing
27.3  Raven Wing  replied to  JaneDoe @27    4 months ago

Beautiful photos Jane. Very serene and relaxing, and Spiritual. Becoming one with Mother Earth in heart and soul.

 
 
 
JaneDoe
27.3.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Raven Wing @27.3    4 months ago

There is nothing like a sunrise on an empty beach. You are right very serene and relaxing. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
28  author  A. Macarthur    4 months ago

Another strong showing for our Thursday/Friday feature. Thanks to all and maybe we can take it into Monday.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
29  Raven Wing    4 months ago

Monday...Monday......here it comes your way....

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Buzz of the Orient
29.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @29    4 months ago

Very very good - has a "religious" quality.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
29.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @29.1    4 months ago

Thank you Buzz. And I was going for a Spiritual feel to it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
29.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @29.1.1    4 months ago

"Spiritual" is what I meant - if you can believe it I had a mind lapse and used the word "religious" as having similar meaning. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
29.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @29.1.2    4 months ago
I had a mind lapse and used the word "religious" as having similar meaning. 

I am glad you could see what I was aiming for. With artwork, the artists aim may be to project a particular meaning to the image, but, others may not see that way at all. Much like a book...5 people can read the same book and 2 out of the 5 may have a different interpretation of the story. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
29.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @29    4 months ago

Every one of your images is very powerful Raven Wing.  Great art.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
29.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @29.2    4 months ago

Thank you very much G. My reward for what I do is the appreciation and enjoyment of those who see them.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
30  author  A. Macarthur    4 months ago

Monday it is … for another 9 minutes at this posting.

original

Purple Loosestrife Abstract

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
30.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @30    4 months ago

That is really beautiful, Mac. Love the frame affect. Very simple, yet, it says all there is to say. Nicely done. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
30.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Raven Wing @30.1    4 months ago
Love the frame affect

That should read effect not affect.

 
 
 
Gsquared
30.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @30    4 months ago

Exquisite is the best word I can think of to describe this piece.  Really very beautiful.

 
 
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