Princess in Peacock Feather Mask

Originally posted on Moonlight Gallery:

I was sidetracked from working on my series on medieval knights by this project. I wanted to try drawing in ink again. I did an ink drawing last year, but it was not as complex and challenging as this one. I planned on using some illustration markers I bought recently. I was excited to try them out, but they seem more like water-based markers than traditional ink. I ended up using a Bic Round Stic pen instead. The only thing not drawn with the Bic Round Stic pen in this illustration is the background.

I enjoyed doing this illustration, and I plan to do more ink drawings in the future. I will be getting back to the medieval knights series as well.

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Seeking the Divine

ESO’s La Silla Observatory blanketed in snow as the Sun sets
Cloud City in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.jpg By ESO/M. Tewes (http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1510a/) [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Resembling a cross between the Bespin Cloud City and the ice planet Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, here we see ESO’s La Silla Observatory blanketed in snow as the Sun sets.

 

Searching for signs
Of the divine
In cosmic glory
Beautiful but empty discovery
There’s more to see
In the elusive soul brightness
Not always suspended
In the heavens
Glimpses of holiness
In the loving sacrifice
An act of kindness
Giving hope
To the lost.

 

Sunrises

Here are some lovely sunrise photos to brighten your day. :)

A sunrise from Panchalimedu
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By Ezhuttukari (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
A sunrise from Panchalimedu.
17 October 2010

 

 Sunrise over Veterans Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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By Dori (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Sunrise over Veterans Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
4 April 2009

 

Cape Forestier and Mount Parsons from Sleepy Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
Sleepy Bay Sunrise.jpg
By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Cape Forestier and Mount Parsons from Sleepy Bay, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

 

Sunrise at North Point Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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By Dori (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 us], via Wikimedia Commons
Sunrise at North Point Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11 April 2009

 

The ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Side, Antalya, Turkey
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By Saffron Blaze (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Outside of Wikimedia Foundation projects, attribution is to be made to: W. Lloyd MacKenzie, via Flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/saffron_blaze/
The ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Side, Antalya, Turkey.
21 October 2011, 06:11:35

 

On March 12, 2015, shortly after local sunrise over central Asia, this Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft floated over a sea of golden clouds during its descent by parachute through planet Earth's dense atmosphere for touch down in Kazakhstan
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By NASA/Bill Ingalls [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On March 12, 2015, shortly after local sunrise over central Asia, this Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft floated over a sea of golden clouds during its descent by parachute through planet Earth’s dense atmosphere. On board were Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA and Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Touch down was at approximately 10:07 p.m. EDT (8:07 a.m. March 12, Kazakh time) southeast of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The three were returning from low Earth orbit, after almost six months on the International Space Station as members of the Expedition 41 and Expedition 42 crews.
12 March 2015
Sources: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/16604583049/
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150314.html

 

Fairy Exit

arch made of wild vines

The world
Sings of spring
Cool leaves
In the warm sun
Dance all around me
Yet all I care for
Is this
Strange and secret
Wild door.

What lies beyond
Your viny arch
A golden pond
Or exotic fronds
Or simply more
Spring trees in March?

As I draw near
I suddenly hear
Fluttering wings
Echo
Behind the door
Are they birds
Or something more?

I rush to see
But all I saw
Was not a door
But an ancient wall
And the cool leaves
Still dance in the sun
As I ponder
What was there
But is no more.

Baby Birds

After seeing a photo of an owl fledgling this afternoon, one thing led to another, and I found some baby bird photos that I want to share with you this week. Be prepared for cuteness overload! :)

 

Baby Peacock, Woodpecker, and Flamingo

I have seen many photos of adult peacocks, woodpeckers, and flamingos, but I do not think I have seen any baby photos of these birds. I fixed that problem!

 

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) chick.
Baby peacock.jpg
By .EVO. (originally posted to Flickr as baby peacock) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) chick. Dysmorodrepanis 04:26, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
11 June 2005, 21:50:48
Source: originally posted to Flickr as baby peacock

 

Baby Red Bellied Woodpecker
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By Mike’s Birds [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Baby Red Bellied Woodpecker
16 June 2011, 07:18
Source: Baby Red Bellied Woodpecker

 

Baby Flamingo
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By Laika ac from USA (Baby Flamingo) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Baby Flamingo
20 June 2013, 17:41
Source: Baby Flamingo

 

Just Cute

I have seen baby ducks and owls before, but I liked the pose of the ducks in the first photo and the mother owl and baby owl together in the second shot.

Baby Ducks
Baby Ducks lined up on log.jpg
By New Jersey Birds (Baby Ducks) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Baby Ducks
22 June 2012, 05:36
Source: Baby Ducks

 

Spectacled Owl Mother & Baby
Spectacled owl family.jpg
By Steve Wilson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pokerbrit/3718105140/) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Spectacled Owl Mother & Baby
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pokerbrit/3718105140/

 

Free Riders

No explanation is needed for these photos. :)

A female of Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor) carrying three of her six cygnets on her back.
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By Fabbbio [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
A female of Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor) carrying three of her six cygnets on her back.
12 May 2009
Source: Own work /? Original image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilcantiere/3528015814/

 

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) with Young
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By Donna Dewhurst
Public Domain Image
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) with Young
Source: Fish and Wildlife Service

 

 Female Goosander (Mergus merganser) carrying five ducklings on her back in Munich, Germany.
Mergus merganser qtl3.jpg
By Quartl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Female Goosander (Mergus merganser) carrying five ducklings on her back in Munich, Germany.
4 June 2011

 

Thank you for taking the time to look at this post, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! :)