Description Three white ibises were photographed flying overhead in South Daytona, Florida, joining another two that were part of the flock. Beautiful to watch in flight, ibises look almost silly on the ground, clucking and honking like geese or chickens, but they are so interesting and unusual that they are a delight to see! These birds can be seen in ancient, Egyptian art, and had a spiritual significance to the Egyptian people, with one of their gods being represented as a man with the head of an ibis. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia: The African Sacred Ibis was an object of religious veneration in ancient Egypt, particularly associated with the deity Djehuty or otherwise commonly referred to in Greek as Thoth. He is responsible for writing, mathematics, measurement and time as well as the moon and magic. In artworks of the Late Period of Ancient Egypt, Thoth is popularly depicted as an ibis-headed man while consumed in the act of writing.At the town of Hermopolis, ibises were reared specifically for sacrificial purposes and in the Serapeum at Saqqara, archaeologists found the mummies of one and a half million ibises and hundreds of thousands of falcons.According to local legend in the Birecik area, the Northern Bald Ibis was one of the first birds that Noah released from the Ark as a symbol of fertility, and a lingering religious sentiment in Turkey helped the colonies there to survive long after the demise of the species in Europe.The mascot of the University of Miami is an American White Ibis. The ibis was selected as the school mascot because of its legendary bravery during hurricanes. According to legend, the ibis is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed.A short story The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst uses the sable-hued bird as foreshadowing for a character's death and as the primary symbol.The African Sacred Ibis is the unit symbol of the Israeli Special Forces unit known.
Chris Crowley, South Daytona Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I am an artist living in the Central Florida area. Florida offers photographers and artists opportunities few other places do. The landscapes, cloud formations, scenics, and wildlife here are incomparable.
When I discovered the world of digital photography, I also discovered what became for me, a new art form. Photos became the canvas for more art, and I can alter reality to suit myself, something I think every artist does to some extent! Over the last couple of years, I have developed my own unique style, which is somewhere between fine art and photography. Many of my photos have the look of a painting, and that is intentional. With ever developing technology and new equipment coming on the scene regularly, many people are beginning to be able to take better and better photographs, but I discovered that few people really have the eye of an artist for manipulating the composition, perspective, and lighting to achieve something more than a photograph. Even those whom I've seen produce world class HDR photography, which is very artistic, often lack the depth and mood in their work that I longed for, and so I began working on techniques which were very different, and instead of focusing on equipment, I've honed in on photography as an art form and sought to use it to capture not only a moment in time, but the FEELING of the moment. Art has been doing that for centuries, and photography now offers artists a new way to express the world as they would like to see it, not necessarily as it is.
Since I work as well as do art and photography, and also am active in my church, I have very little time for commenting and responding to peoples' comments on my work. Please bear this in mind, and know that I am not being arrogant or slighting you by not responding, or taking a very long time to respond! I am appreciative, but life happens!
Thank you for stopping by for a peek! I hope you enjoy my galleries!
P.S. Since finances have been tight, I will be reducing the number of my galleries. If anyone is interested in pics of Tigger, you can find them in the Animals gallery! The Sugar Mill Gardens shots, formerly in the Garden gallery, are now combined with my Artwork gallery. I will be gradually adding the garden shots to the Images gallery. Please DO scan through that gallery, as all shots other than animals and artwork will be found there in the future! Thanks for bearing with the changes while things are under construction!
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