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Photo and caption by Kristina Truluck
U.S. Army Spc. Phillips, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, talks with a young boy in the Matekzi village of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan on September 30, 2011.
(My note: May God keep them both safe.)
Photo and caption by Amy Cloutier
My children and their friends were catching fireflies one night, and this is a picture we took of a firefly lighting up in one of their hands.
(My note: To tell the truth, I have always thought these are really faeries!)
Hi Cheryl and Lynn.
Cheryl thank you for Lynn's group! I joined so I can learn more
Beautiful Doe with her baby fawns Cheryl!
Sorry I am not posting every day. I am doing some major packing because my big move is probably Thursday/Friday! I can't wait to get settled, but it will take a while. I have been living in caos since Mom died Sept. 4th.
Glad you enjoyed the mama doe picture, Lynn. I guess we imagine what it would be like ourselves if we had triplets and were single parents! lol
I want to spend more time in your other group so I hope Barb and Mary too and anyone else who has been here and sees this link will join us. I have some catching up to do.
What a wonderful picture of the doe and her fauns, Cheryl. Thanks so much for posting it. Thank you too, for directing Barb to my link for the lessons.
Thanks Barb! Lynn taught me how to do the stars in another one of her groups. It's really fun and relaxing. And there are other wonderful things to create that she teaches. Have a look when you get a moment.
I'm embarrassed to say that I never knew how walnuts grew!
Photo and caption by Thomas Tolla
While driving along a country road in the early morning hours I noticed three fawns waiting in a field. Much to my suprise they were waiting for mom to arrive.
(My note: Can you imagine how busy this mom is?! She's amazing.)
Cheryl great photos of the Northern Lights! I love your twinkling stars you added!
And the picture of the woman in Egypt does look surreal. I thought it was a painting at first!
Wow look at what the walnut is encased in. That looks almost like what the chesnut was incased in my new back yard. I didn't know they were inside another shell! Look at how green that is. Thanks Cheryl I just saw the chesnuts on the ground this week like that!
This is the first time in my life I have ever seen how a walnut grows!
Photo and caption by Robin Loznak
October 19, 2011: The exterior husk of a walnut in partially removed to show the ripening nut inside on a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2011. Walnut trees are native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia and were introduced into Western Europe in Roman times or earlier. In North America walnuts are mostly cultivated in California, but they also grow very well here in southern Oregon.
I find this picture kind of haunting and surreal. It looks as if times haven't changed one little bit since Jesus walked the Earth.
Photo and caption by Alexander Nesbitt
A woman, wrapped in the traditional blue robes of the Siwa Oasis, enters her family home in Egypt.
Lynn, your creations are GORGEOUS!! Each time I thought I liked a certain one the best another one would come along that I liked best... then another and another. I escape to the other group where all the links are posted and play with them for relaxation. It really is a creative way to be expressive and relaxed!
Thank you so much for supplying us with those links. One must keep learning to keep the brain active and happy.
That's a lovely picture of the Northern Lights, Cheryl. You added just enough twinkling stars to make it believable. I'm glad you're having a good experience with the Editor program. I love it, myself. With lunapic you can do so many things. I make my mandalas in sumo, though. If you, Mary and Barb are interested, here's the link to my animations page in another group. You can see how I really relax....that's when I'm making my little creations.
I cheated a bit on this picture and added some twinkling stars from the Online Editor Program. Thanks, Lynn. I am enjoying trying it out along with Lunapic too! Very relaxing.
Photo and caption by Kyle Anderson
The Cree believe that the Northern Lights are the souls of the departed ascending to heaven. With northern prairie displays like this, it's hard not to believe. Captured north of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan, Canada.
I'm glad you both like the gorgeous flower, Lynn and Barb. It reminds me of a white dress made of very thin, sheer, fluffy material that flutters in the breeze! I would love to be there to watch it open.
Cheryl thank you for this beautiful flower! Good luck with Care2 Lynn. I pray it won't act up on you anymore.
Cheryl, what a gorgeous flower that is! As you say, too bad most people don't get to see it but at least they can smell the beautiful scent that blends into the night air. It must be heavenly.
Care2 is acting up again. Every time I try to post in some of my groups, it automatically goes to the home page. That's the trouble I was having a few months ago when I couldn't post for well over a week. Grrrrrr!!!! I'm going to copy this so I'll have it and won't have to type it over again, should it not go through. Fingers crossed.
Photo and caption by Josephine Inac
October 3, 2011: This rather unique plant blooms only at nighttime and gives off a sweet scent. This is locally known as dama de noche and the whole neighborhood awaits its opening. This is my first time to see this flower from my aunt's garden and I'm glad to have witnessed it bloom. I love the eerie feel of the picture as we used a night lamp against it and used a digital camera to capture its beauty.
(My note: Imagine, most of us will never see this gentle, beautiful, magical flower. But it sounds as though there are many people who get to see and appreciate them).
Oh my isn't this baby just adorable!!! And I see a bird hatching from an egg as a miracle!!! I just love this baby. Thank you Cheryl
I don't know why there is black in this group hug.
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He's a look-like-a-hairy-snail miracle!
he looks a bit like a hairy snail lol very cute
Hi Lynn and Mary. It would be very hard to guess what kind of bird this is. When I first saw the picture I thought he/she was related to a snail... no legs and feet. lol
It truly is like looking at a miracle because these little ones ARE miracles! So perfectly created.
these are so wonderful i'm agog thanks sisters
Aw, look at that baby canary. So tiny and precious. One would never guess that it would turn out to be a colorful canary!
And for today, we get a baby bird 'fix' seeing as how we don't have any little ones to watch for a while. Doesn't he/she look like a little miracle? I would never ever have guessed a canary!
Photo and caption by Constantin Chajinicolaou
September 19, 2011: This is a newborn canary. It is about two-days-old.
I'm glad you like the camel picture, Barb. It seems to impress many of us because most of us probably don't know that much about them. I know they spit at people *spit* and that one has to watch out for that. lol. But there doesn't seem to be much info. about them as to their intelligence, socialness with each other, etc. Anyway, this camel seems to respond to kindness very nicely!
I love the camel picture Cheryl!
HI THERE LYNN! I think we might be in this room together! I'm having good luck today.
I'm happy you see what I see in that picture. He looks quite young so I'm happy there's a generation of kindness going on. He's showing love and respect for that animal and I would bet the camel knows it.
Cheryl, how can you not love that kind young man? The camels are laying down with him right in the middle and he seems to be petting the face of the camel he has his hand on. The camel seems quite content and looks as if he's sleeping or just about falling asleep. That's trust in its truest form.
Photo and caption by Thomas Barry
Photo was taken at sunrise in the Sahara in Morocco on May 13, 2011. I was enchanted by the tenderness and affection of the camel man with his camels. With all their reputation for nastiness, the camels are quite gentle and calm. We rode them from a camp we'd stayed in the previous night to see the sunrise.
(My note: I love this kind young man!)
Wow Beautiful Cheryl! I love the dolphins!
Look at the joey in the momma's pouch
Photo and caption by Sarah Jones
I had just finished photographing surfers when this school of dolphins came through. For once I had my camera with me and was able to get the shot!
(My note: I sooooooo wish I could have been there to see this!)
Photo and caption by Dianne Meyer
We are frequently visited by kangaroos on our rural property in Queensland. Each and every day they bless us with their company. In this photo the joey decided it was time to return to the security of his mother's pouch. As you can see it has gone in head first like a diver entering a pool. It is hard to imagine that this joey had started life off as a one inch hairless creature climbing through the fur of its mother to reach the pouch a few months earlier.
Photo and caption by Sonali Nathwami
September 20, 2011 - This was taken at Nairobi Animal Orphanage. This young cheetah managed to get hold of leftover Easter decoration ribbons on its fence and was playing with it and refused the other young cheetahs trying to take it away from him.
(Babies will be babies in whatever form they are!)
Hi Lynn and Barb and everyone. Oh that baby is so beautiful, Lynn!
Barb, I wanted to be like Jane Goodall too. I wish there had been some sort of school we could have gone to before heading out into the jungle or wherever these babes were that needed care and attention - especially protection.
I feel like I am looking in a mirror when I look at him. I know that's funny because we don't look quite the same, lol -- but there is a human quality that looks right back at us when we see so many of the primates. There is recognition of something in ourselves.
Thanks, Lynn. Such a beautiful picture!
Yes Lynn and Cheryl I always loved Jane Goodall and wanted to be like her when I was a teenager.
Lynn I love the baby orangotan picture
How can one not love this face? The innocence and yet, the wisdom eminating from those eyes, are something you have to acknowledge and admire.
That looks like at least three of us followed Jane Goodall on her amazing travels. What an amazing life she dedicated herself to, and she's still active.
Photo and caption by Lauren Reidenberg
Local politicians congregate in Corozal, Belize.
(My note: I know Belize isn't a big place, but this is down-right, down-home country livin' on a different scale. I think they must have just been taking a coffee break or something.)
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Very beautiful Gorilla Cheryl. Lynn I have followed the work of Jane Goodall, too.
Cheryl, what a beautiful picture of that magnificent animal. I've always followed the wonderful work of Jane Goodall and her primates. Thanks for posting the picture and your note on it.
Photo and caption by Craig Smith
This mountain gorilla let me get within fifteen feet. As I took his picture we connected as if we were speaking to each other.
(My note: I have always had a special place in my heart for "primates" as we call them. What magnificent moments this man shared with this beautiful gorilla as they looked into each other's soul)
Photo and caption by Nazir Badar
These are Bengal Tigers. I studied their habits for months until I was able to take this photo at Maharajbagh, Nagpur, India, which houses these tigresses in a large enclosure. In this picture I like the revealing claws and shining water droplets.
I think the belief system behind "Animism" is fascinating, and it even existed in Christianity (I was surprised by that). I'll have to continue my studies on that part. I certainly believe that animals have souls - as you say, Lynn - the way Mandy looks at you, and Mary - you must feel the same with your three furbabies, and Barb - you and I have smarty-pants little birds that are so smart I can't help but believe they certainly have souls too. I remember when I had so many Chihuahuas who were so darn smart and I just knew "that look" they gave me definitely had a soul behind it.
In fact, I KNOW that animals have souls because I had the spirit of one of my dogs come back to me when I was mourning him so much. That's another story, but I KNOW it wasn't a dream. Honest to goodness, it was an amazing experience!
There is a Divine spark in all life, as I see it, even plants. What makes them grow and bloom, etc. - life. I believe there are different levels of life but to what extent I don't know. My Dad was into microscropes most of his life, and honestly, if you could see things grow and do unimagineable things when they are smaller than the eye can see, it boggles the mind. It's as if many of these tiny things have minds of their own.
Anyway, I am going to post today's picture.
Hi Cheryl, Lynn, Mary. I love that cute lizard too. And that little girl isn't afraid of the soldiers. That's good!
And I now believe that everything has spirits like rocks, trees, plants and animals of course. I use to when I was young but people told me I was crazy.
The earth is a living thing only on a larger scale and we live on the earth. The earth is alive, it moves. I truly believe a rock can have a spirit. Animism is the right way. Our planet should go back to this way of thinking.
I think the older ways are the right ways. Our current society and values to me are very wrong. We do not have any right to say what isn't spiritual or not and should respect everything.
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Hey there dear Lynn! Good to see you. I have a feeling that that little one reminds the troops of back home and family. Some seem to be looking directly at her, perhaps thinking of their little girl or boy.
Wonderful picture, Cheryl. Even babies knew that our troops wouldn't harm them. Thanks for posting that uplifting photo, love.
Maybe Mr. Lizard needs a straightening wand, Lynn. lol
This is a National Geographic picture but I'm sorry I did not get the name of the photopher or a caption. I think it speaks volumes on its own, though. That baby girl obviously wasn't afraid to be there.
What a cute little member of the lizard family, Cheryl. I like that tail that curls up. I wonder if it uses hair rollers every night to keep it in shape.
Photo and caption by Noel Hawkins
Noticed this adorable little female Chamaeleo jacksonii, high atop a native Ohi'a lehua tree, while hiking the Manoa Valley rain forest on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
It really is an interesting concept or belief. The fact that living creatures have souls to them is pretty well the same as what us pet owners believe. I find it interesting that they may not even know about molecules, etc. but it's almost a factor in their belief.
I'm going to turn this thread around so it won't take as long to load, hopefully. That first picture takes a while for me.
Interesting concept, Cheryl. I am very spiritual, but I'm not sure that I believe that non-human entities such as rocks are spiritual beings.
Although I do believe that Mandy is part human. She's so darn smart and looks at me with those intelligent eyes that seem so human, it's kind of scary. I'm not being facetious. I truly feel that some animals are endowed with a spiritual quality that is almost human-like.
(cont'd) - I am really having trouble posting right now. When I hit "preview" it tells me they can't process my request and try again later. sheesh.
Rest of Info. above:
Throughout European history, philosophers such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, among others, contemplated the possibility that souls exist in animals, plants, and people; however, the currently accepted definition of animism was only developed in the 19th century by Sir Edward Tylor, who created it as "one of anthropology's earliest concepts, if not the first".
According to the anthropologist Tim Ingold, animism shares similarities to totemism but differs in its focus on individual spirit beings which help to perpetuate life, whereas totemism more typically holds that there is a primary source, such as the land itself or the ancestors, who provide the basis to life. Certain indigenous religious groups such as the Australian Aborigines are more typically totemic, whereas others like the Inuit are more typically animistic in their worldview.
Definition of word "Animism": (we were talking about this recently!)
Animism encompasses the beliefs that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical (or material) worlds, and souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in all other animals, plants, rocks, natural phenomena such as thunder, geographic features such as mountains or rivers, or other entities of the natural environment. Animism may further attribute souls to abstract concepts such as words, true names, or metaphors in mythology. Animism is particularly widely found in the religions of indigenous peoples, including Shinto, and some forms of Hinduism, Buddhism, Pantheism, Christianity and Neopaganism.
Throughout European history, philosophers such as Aristotle and
Some scholars believe that the Yi are descended from the ancient Qiang people of today's western China, who are also said to be the ancestors of the Tibetan, Naxi and Qiang peoples. They migrated from southeastern Tibet through Sichuan and into the Yunnan Province, where their largest populations can be found today. They practice a form of animism, led by a shaman priest known as the Bimaw. They still retain a few ancient religious texts written in their unique pictographic script. Their religion also contains many elements of Daoism and Buddhism. Many of the Yi in Liangshan and northwestern Yunnan practiced a complicated form of slavery. People were split into the nuohuo or Black Yi (nobles), qunuo or White Yi (commoners), and slaves. White Yi were free and could own property and slaves but were in a way tied to a lord. Other ethnic groups were held as slaves.
Yi woman in traditional dressing
Photo and caption by Chan Yizhi
September 1, 2011: Waza Weigui nationality, moved to Small Liangshan, Yunnan Province from Big Liangshan, Sichun Province in early 1980s. Now he is a villager of Daganhe Village, Chanzhanhe Township, Ninglang County. Waza family is one of the five black Yi aristocratic families during the slavery. In this picture Waza and his four grandkids are in front of his house.
Wikipedia Information re the Yi Families:
Some scholars believe that the Yi are descended from the ancient Qiang people of today's western China, who are also said to be the ancestors of the Tibetan, Naxi and Qiang peoples. They migrated from southeastern Tibet through Sichuan and into the Yunnan Province, where their largest populations can be found today.
They practice a form of animism, led by a shaman priest known as the Bimaw. They still retain a few ancient religious texts written in their unique pictographic script. Their religion also contains many elements of Daoism and Buddhism.
Many of the Yi in Liangshan and northwestern Yunnan practiced a complicated form of slavery. People were split into the nuohuo or Black Yi (nobles), qunuo or White Yi (commoners), and slaves. White Yi were free and could own property and slaves but were in a way tied to a lord. Other ethnic groups were held as slaves.
Photo and caption by Megan Preece
A baby long-tailed macaque peeks out from under his mother’s arm at the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali.
Hey, that's a good story, Mary. It's pretty funny to think about discovering you're not on the 'island' you thought it was! lol
I'm wondering why the bird went there on top of the whale... maybe he just has a sense of humour and wanted to go for a ride!
this is so cute theres an old irish story about st brendan getting lost at sea and landing on an island when the island started moing he got off just in time it was a whale and it went underwater this reminds me of that story thanks Cheryl
Photo and Caption by Michelle Maderer
While riding through the sand dunes in Natal, Brazil, we came across this baby monkey—all he wanted to do was play.
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Photo and Caption by James Wang
A bird having a piggy-back ride from a walrus at Sea World in San Diego, California.