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Journal Entry: Fri Feb 10, 2017, 3:17 PM
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Leaf Katydid by MagentaMachina


        Within the biological world, more people have likely heard of 'mimicry' or 'camouflage'  than of 'crypsis', but this term is even more encompassing.

"In ecology, crypsis is the ability of an organism to avoid observation or detection by other organisms. It may be either a predation strategy or an antipredator adaptation, and methods include camouflage, nocturnality, subterranean lifestyle, transparency, and mimicry.1"

        If you have ever seen a peculiar leaf stuck to your window, only to realize that it is in fact a katydid, you've been fooled by crypsis. Many animals employ camouflage or mimicry, but it is particularly fascinating within the insect world. Perhaps that's just the plant lover in me, enamored with creatures mimicking botanical forms. :lol: Whatever it is, below are some examples from DA's invertebrate gallery to showcase a bit of this evolutionary wonder.  

The Leaf by MonarchzManGreen Leaf Mimic by MonarchzMan
The most remarkable thing about katydids might not even be their "leaf veins" and twiggy legs, but the fact that often their morphology even mimics the dead, crumbling parts of a leaf.
Costa Rican Leaf Katydid by Hoodoo2060Katydid by dllavaneras
Katydid lichen by X-Alex
Macleay's Spectre by EntophileGiant Prickly Stick Insect by Preradkor
A pair of sticks by WeirdBugLady
Stick Insect (Close-up) by Ramses-Anael
The longest insect recorded to date was a 62.4 centimeter (2 foot!) long stick insect, found last year in China.
Stick Insect - I by alokethebloke
Flatid Planthoppers 50D0005887 by Cristian-MThorn Treehopper by craftworker
Treehoppers have some of the most alien appendages in the insect world, though many species look like tiny leaves or thorns, especially when congregated together on a branch.
treehopper by juandoso
Thorn treehopper - Umbonia crassicornis by ColinHuttonPhoto
Ant mimic spider by dllavanerasAnt-mimic spider III by dllavaneras
Above are two ants... Except they're not ants. :fear: Count the legs!
Bumblebee Mimic by myekehRobber Fly 20D0026145 by Cristian-M
Robber flies look like bumble or carpenter bees.
Wasp Mimic by myekehWasp Mimic Moth by tioedbob
You might steer clear of these two, though they are nothing more than a fly (left) and a moth (right). (Best not to take chances.)
Hummingbird clearwing Moth 2016 2 by natureguyHummingbird Clearwing 1 by seto2112
There are even moths that mimic hummingbirds! These are hummingbird clearwings. 
Geometer Moth larva 20D0036817 by Cristian-M

"Birds must hunt quickly and efficiently; they must find lots of food to feed their hungry chicks and they must do it as quickly as possible to minimize their own exposure to predators. If a caterpillar looks just like a twig, a bird would have to look closely at every twig to find it. Looking like a twig, then, elevates the cost of searching beyond what the bird can afford both energetically and ecologically.2"

Another Leaf by FezzgatorLiving Leaf, Dead Leaf by FezzgatorThe Leaf King by Fezzgator
Hymenopus Coronatus by Mantide
Another h. coronatus wallpaper by pulsarr
Orchid mantis by AngiWallace
The orchid mantis, looking like its botanical counterpart.

        This is supposed to be a feature, not a tutorial, but I accidentally brainstormed a few tips as I was compiling these photos. :paranoid: I have taken entomology in the past, where being able to locate a wide variety of insect species was part of my grade, and I can tell you it's not an overnight thing. It takes a lot of time and effort, and even moreso if you are hunting down insects like these that blend in with their surroundings particularly well.

:bulletblack: Find books and websites on entomology to discover what insect species inhabit your area (or migrate to it). Don't despair if you can't find them—as we have seen here, often their chances of survival are increased by their elusiveness! As with wildlife photography, patience pays off, and you may need a lot of it.
:bulletblack: Look for movement. That may be obvious; insects are not, in spite of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary changes, camouflaged 24/7. When you're trying to find a leaf or stick insect among nothing but leaves and sticks, it might only be a short trip to another bush that catches your eye.
:bulletblack: Look for something out of place. Our brains are good at picking up on patterns, and noticing when something looks a bit off. Look for legs! Antennae! The spiney leg of a mantis, poised to rip the head off of an unsuspecting fly!

If you have some cool insect photographs, feel free to share them with AnimalsPlantsNature!

1 Knowledge Encyclopedia, Crypsis
2 Crypsis: Nature's Camouflage
+ extra credit - a really good overview of how crypsis works within an evolutionary framework: Crypsis (Insects)

devil mantis 001 by macrojunkie


Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Photo by The-Panic

Things Come in Time

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 4, 2017, 9:01 PM
Backlane Beauty by SAMLIM


“Why are all your causes so steeped in gloom?”

“Because it’s the gloomy things that need our help. If everything in the garden’s sunny, why meddle?”
—Downton Abbey


HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL by SAMLIM
Dominika by fineuss Dominika by fineuss
Untitled by IrinaJoanneCatch a cat by cooleater
Snowy Owl 08 January 03 2017 by sgt-slaughter
A diamond in the dark by CindysArt
Frozen Beauty V by Kittyoholic
Frozen Beauty IV by Kittyoholic
Frozen Beauty by Kittyoholic
Conflict by paikan07
Blue Ice by daschristkind
Morning by Trichardsen Hello! by feanutri
Mt Dandenong by JacquelineBarkla
277 by EirikHavre
425 by EirikHavre
434 by EirikHavre
Athyma kanwa kanwa (Dot-Dash Sergent) by melvynyeo
Velvet worm by melvynyeo
Baby Seal by Goldzwerg
Interlude by NB-Photo
Memoris by zadveri


Kristen's Master Feature List

Tue Jan 17, 2017, 10:56 PM


3-9-2017       This became too long for a status message so I'll stick it here. =P I have spent the last three months racking my brain to come up with a new title for my next illustration feature series. They've always been in essence the same: works I admire and favorite, with different angles taken via certain groupings (such as long features with lots of writing gushing over a certain artist, alphabetical listings from a massive list that I kept on paper, grab bag features with little tidbits recently uploaded or found, the result of years of bookmarking illustrators posted as The Attic series with a charming story at the beginning, etc. etc.). Collections of my favorites or otherwise, there are a few reasons to create series: 

♥ They spice things up, so you don't get Illustrations Volume MMXVII. Unless you're into that. I'm not. I can't count that high.
♥ You get feature name recognition; "Oh that's so-and-so's feature! I will take time out of my daily life to view this."
♥ They're just fun to add to, I guess. The bulk of features I see are being run in various series. And it means you don't have to come up with random names every week.

        Anyway, I believe I've finally come up with a name. I have been going through my earliest DA illustrator bookmarks, of which there are hundreds (going back to 2013), and to my horror, a lot of these people are no longer on the site. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not a surprise; time moves on, and people with it, but it deeply saddens me that I won't get to see any more art from these people. And there's another problem: adding a 2013 photo to a photography feature is a little different than featuring a ton of artwork from, say, 2010-2015 from a person who hasn't been online in 70 weeks. I didn't used to care, I admit. Not at all. Art was art, and it was beautiful and I shared it anyway. But now I see people's point; from a feature standpoint, viewers like to look at recent-ish work, and while I'll still be going back through artist's oldest work and probably featuring a lot of that, I am deleting many of the bookmarks of people who simply aren't around anymore. :< The hindsight hurts. There are a lot of people that I could have featured last year who were active, who aren't now. It was with that line of thinking: past, present, and future, that I came up with the name The Time Machine.
        My bookmarks act as a sort of time capsule, except that in the best case scenarios, the artists haven't archived their accounts, they're continuing to add to them into 2017. While I can't really go back in time, I can still delve into past artwork and share some of that, while appreciating what the artists are putting out in the present, and looking towards the future. Who knows, maybe some of those who left may come back someday.
        I'm not quite sure how to go about the series. There are many types of deviants accounted for in the bookmarks, and I'm not sure what cutoff dates I should have in terms of "recent" art. I didn't care much about that when doing The Attic, though nearly everyone was active. At the very least, I have some sense of direction, and quite importantly, a name!

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In an effort to declutter my profile, this is a complete list of my features from autumn 2012 until winter 2016. 2017 features will be added at some point!



These first thumbs are my original series of photography featuresnote that many thumbs are likely broken, indelicately resized or have gone missing over the past five years, and that if things look out of place, know that they looked right in the beginning. =P I can't bring myself to go back and edit this many of them (though I used to do so obsessively) so I try to pretend that they look alright.


Photography I: Almost Autumn    

    Everyone keeps saying that Autumn is here, that it has arrived, that the air is getting cooler, that the leaves are starting to change. We haven't had much of that here yet, except for a cooler shifting breeze; I attend school at 3,333 feet, so it doesn't take too long for the colors to work their way down. Though when it does, it's the most beautiful thing. I am nestled within the Appalachian mountains, among fields and streams and morning fog, and things that turn all sorts of reds and yellows. I would never willingly leave a place that had mountains.
    I love Autumn. It has always been my favorite season ever since I was little. As the warm, long rays of late Summer flood the landscape, we have a very short time to wait, for the absolutely perfect, leaf-scented, chilly world of cute sweaters and pumpkins.
   With this in mind, I went looking for beautiful photographs. 
    I soon dis
Photography II: Like Autumn Leaves
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
-John Muir
 

Everything is flowing -- going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks... While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood...in Nature's warm heart.
-John Muir 

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloam
Photography III: December Feature: 30+ Pieces
Have a few fractals, too. Because lindelokse. C:



:santa: Edit:
Christmas has come and gone, and I hope you all had a splendid one. If the stress or the family were a bit too much for you, just remember life will go back to 'normal' soon enough, and if that's a bit too much for you as well, try to focus on the things you love. I am currently trying to get the Hobbits through Moria. It's almost a new year; let your optimism, whatever bit you have, go wild. 
I'd like to thank every person that has ever bought me a deviantART subscription. I find myself at the mercy of wonderful people like Kencho and miscellaneous administrators and others that have given me subs out of nowhere. I recently received a whopping 15 month sub that I have yet to begin to fathom. ♥ I thank you, sterbenlicht, very much, and all of you, and I wouldn
Photography IV: It's A Beautiful World
"What is uttered from the heart alone,
Will win the hearts of others to your own."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is no question about it. One can see beauty each and every day, if one will only retreat from any confines that surround them, be it solitary rooms or monotonous work;
which is not to say one's room or one's work and what one does in them cannot provide ample sources of beauty; nay, what I say is this: the singular beauty of nature and the appreciation thereof should take precedence in the early morning, and again as the day grows old, and in as much of the time in-between as the institutions man has devised to keep him busy will allow. It should be granted the task of eclipsing with the coming twilight the negative events of the day, with the hope of a better tomorrow.






"What a torment it is to s
Photography V: To The Sea
There once was a young girl
who yearned for the sea.
It was not because she felt
a clear connection to it;
no,
in reality
she was scared of it.
It roared with a power
she was unaccustomed to,
back and forth
across the sands,
freezing foam
rushing wildly to meet her feet.
She squealed
as it caressed her ankles,
flowing behind her
and back out to sea.
She knew how deep it was,
and how vast it was,
and that her eyes would meet nothing
as she gazed out,
save ships on the horizon.

At night, the sea was just as alive
as during the day.
She slipped off her shoes
and let her feet sink
as if into thick snow,
and was led precariously
through deep sand
to the firm water's edge.
She still had the shell
some sea creature made for her--
the first one she found
by the sea.





By day, she would look out
and watch the animals
used to the coast
going on about their live
Photography VI: Tree
\ˈtrē\
a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, 
ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually 
developing branches at some distance from the ground.
-thefreedictionary


"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed." 
-  Ansel Adams




Past Here by intao
Forest of dancing trees by Northstar76
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.  Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all.  But t
Photography VII: From Land and Water
 

 




Gitgit Fall by Hengki24
Photography VIII: Get Close I







There's a whole world living right under our noses-- eating, sleeping, going to war.
How does that make you feel?
Photography IX: Get Close II




Photography X: Human





Photography XI: Art of the Life Sciences


Hypnosis by alexgphotoPaw by Maljaacruising by baspunkthief. by KeremOkayForm and space by PansaSunaveeSo real : XLV by pedroinacio
DQD by duongquocdinh
Fireflies above water by Quit007Mirror of Fairy Fire by Quit007
Crossing the Forest Trail by Quit007 Summer Night Dreams II by Quit007
orangutan by Yair-Leibovich
Photography XII: Mysterious Landscapes


The Cliff by Menoevil
Photography XIII: Into the City


  
Photography XIV: The End of Summer
When Summer lies upon the world, and in a noon of gold
Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold;
When woodland halls are green and cool, and wind is in the West,
Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is best!




When Summer warms the hanging fruit and burns the berry brown;
When straw is gold, and ear is white, and harvest comes to town;
When honey spills, and apple swells, though wind be in the West,
I'll linger here beneath the Sun, because my land is best!
-J. R. R. Tolkien
Photography XV: Chilled to the Bone







autumn by Pete1987

Chateau Nienoord by Oer-Wout
Autumn in my Heart by Oer-Wout
Autumn Fever by Oer-Wout
Photography XVI: The Little Things
 





 eye for an eye by Art-de-Viant
950 by SlevinAaron 940 by SlevinAaron
851 by SlevinAaron
Magic Butterfly by Aurelien-Minozzi
Biosphere by MartinAmm
Photography XVII: 'Tis The Season

"It is the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is the season of the spirit
The message, if we hear it
Is make it last all year"

             -Paul Williams


 


Well, I've met someone who touched my soul
And made my world brand new
There's part of me, a place inside
That now belongs to you

              -Paul Williams



  First Snow by Kara-a
"We feel alone with our personal problems, secr
Photography XVIII: A New Beginning






Connect the cause and effect,
One foot in front of the next, 
This is the start of a journey. 
And my mind is already gone, 
And though there are other unknowns,
Somehow this doesn't concern me.
And you can stand right there if you want
But I'm going on.
And I'm prepared to go it alone.
-Gnarls Barkley
Photography XIX: Creatures Great and Small








 Desert Ant (Cataglyphis sp) by AlHabshi
oops~!! by kimerajam
Comfy Booboo by lieveheersbeestje
Minnie by CookmePancakes
Kiss Kiss by szczurasyArkanys 28 - Fancy rat by DianePhotos
A happy 2014 by SarahharaS1
Photography XX: Africa
This special feature includes the work of three incredible photographers: MorkelErasmus, serhatdemiroglu and catman-suha. Within these galleries, African (and other) wildlife is represented in its natural state, as opposed to the confines of a zoo. There is something beautifully endearing to be found staring into the eyes of a lion cub or mountain gorilla as they lounge about in their startlingly real surroundings. All three photographers have a gift for finding unique scenes and shooting at just the right moment, instilling each photograph with so much more than a snippet of time. They create a story. 
As is the case with many areas of the world, the African continent contains amazing diversity coupled with unimaginable hardship; just as so many humans have a heart-shatteringly difficult time trying to survive, we find similar connections in the animal kingdom, amid reports of poaching, slaughte
Photography XXI: People and Places








Bedtime story by iizmuadagio by kevinsaintgrey
Silent Elegance by MikkoLagerstedt
Noctilucent Night II by MikkoLagerstedt
Light Maze by DanielZrno
and where is the woman ... by KariLiimatainen
Sunflower at Dusk by palmbook
Cloudland Canyon Overlook by rctfan2
Cosmic Genesis by alexandre-deschaumes
Cappadocia Turkey 14 by catman-suha
Cappadocia Turkey 7 by catman-suha
The Storm by JForbes1701
King by LeslieAnnODell
Photography XXII: To Warm The Heart
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
                                                                  -Hal Borland



 



Blue Sphere by JoniNiemela
After The Rain by JoniNiemelaWorld Inside Drop by JoniNiemela
Frozen body, liberated soul by Blossom-Lullabies
Photography XXIII: Endless Forms Most Beautiful




“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us." -Charles Darwin



“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” -Charles Darwin

20.3.2014: Up to the Sky by Suensyan
Little Fisherman: Mink by Nate-Zeman
The Young One by SAMLIM
Photography XXIV: Summer - B/W

 

 
 
Photography XXV: Summer - The Return of the Sun
"Ah, darling . . . as the night whitens into day,
we have loved and slept, bathed and returned to one another--
marveling at the wondrous things we are.
All your incomparable body laughs to my touch,
opens like the roses upon which warm rain has fallen.
O there is no drink like the cup your kisses fill--
there is no peace like the sleep shaped by our love's violence!"


 



 "Your hand finds mine . . . I turn-- 
                                                                    &
Photography XXVI: Summer - Breathe With The Rain
"Says a native writer, Miss Emma Miles, in a clever and illuminating book on The Spirit of the Mountains: '(...)The nature of the mountaineer demands that he have solitude for the unhampered growth of his personality, wing-room for his eagle heart.' Such feeling, such longing, most of us have experienced in passing moods; but in the highlander it is a permanent state of mind, sustaining him from the cradle to the grave. To enjoy freedom and air and elbow-room he cheerfully puts aside all that society can offer, and stints himself and bears adversity with a calm and steadfast soul. To be free, unbeholden, lord of himself and his surroundings-that is the wine of life to a mountaineer."
--Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart





Photography XXVII: Summer - A New Home
"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun."


 
"He often used to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary."
-J.R.R. Tolkien
 




Water drop on a leaf 1920x1080 by vinumathew
Overhead BW by Questavia
"The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out."
-J.R.R. Tolkien
Photography XXVIII: Summer - Birds




 


Here fishy fishy !!! by phalalcrocorax
More than he could chew by Kriloner
RadekDemjan • augenweide • HorstSchmier • Jamie-MacArthur • BogdanBoev • FForns • phalalcrocorax • Kriloner 
Photography XXIX: Lengthened Rays, Shortened Days


 





Of course I am cute - Red Squirrel by Jamie-MacArthur
hide and seek - Red Squirrel by Jamie-MacArthur

La Foret XXXII by siamesesam
La Foret XXXI by siamesesam
the book keeper by pholwises
Idyll by S-Patriot
The Journey Continues by Oer-Wout
swirled by isischneider
autumn is coming by rubynkka
Drifting Away by HorstSchmier
Luminous Landscapes - 16 by HorstSchmier
Edge of the Wood by HorstSchmier
Just another autumn portrait (Part 3) by EinsilbigJust another autumn portrait (Part 1) by Einsilbig
Photography XXX: A Strange Dream







Story of the guardian's sea by etchepare
Seljalandsfoss by mikzn

the dead end by etchepare
The descent II by etchepare
The party by etchepare
Moon stair by etchepare
The eye by etchepare
Single Bird by mikzn
Time by UweLangmann
Ocean Whisperer by Hengki24
Fly Me To The Moons by CapturingTheNight
Photography XXXI: Warmth of the Heart








 
Kristallwelt by Ikarusthefirst
Soldiers of Cold Fortune by rici66
Snowflake 4 by Gallynette
What The Homebound Wanderer Misses The Most by AiniTolonen Two old robins sitting on a snowy fence by AiniTolonen
Photography XXXII: half-scientific
We have explored only five percent of the oceans. Let that sink in. 
:iconhalf-scientific:
Though my university studies were focused primarily on terrestrial life, I have an exceptionally soft spot in my heart for the wonders of the sea (especially mollusks and jellies). 
This feature is only a fraction of the brilliantly colorful underwater photography of passionate marine scientist Alexander Semenov, of Moscow University’s White Sea Biological Station. Check out his page/website/Flikr for more breathtaking shots. [:







Photography XXXIII: Happy Birthday









Ironbridge by uglybug
Enter | Forest of Souls by alexandre-deschaumes
September by sandrawiklander
EAUX-FORTES I by Sylfvr
Fade away by Pajunen

From a series of Autumn on the dresser with books by Daykiney
Still life with a cat by Daykiney

To me.
Photography XXXIV: The Lives of Cats








Le Gardien by Sblourg
Photography XXXV: Earth Day
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
From this green earth; of all the mighty world
Of eye, and ear-- both what they half create,
And what perceive; well pleased to recognize
In nature and the language of the sense,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my moral being.

William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey


 
Photography XXXVI: Moods of May







 
:) by marrgit o by marrgit
broken wing by augenweide
the inevitable end by augenweide
*** by winonaramon
"The wood I walk in on this mild May day, with the young yellow-brown foliage of the oaks between me and the blue sky, the white star-flowers and the blue-eyed speedwell and the ground ivy at my feet — what grove of tropic palms, what strange ferns or splendid broad-petalled blossoms, could ever thrill such deep and delicate fibres within me as this home-scene? These familiar flowers, these well-remembered bird-notes, this
Photography XXXVII: Macro Fashion - Arthropoda








Jaw of death by melvynyeo
Diacamma sp. ant with larva by melvynyeo
BigMeal by fitridoPengharapan by fitrido
Pesta Bunga by fitridoMeraih keinginan by fitrido
Homodes Bracteigutta by melvynyeo
Antennae by melvynyeo
Planthopper Nymph by melvynyeo
Passionvine hopper nymph by melvynyeoCrab Spider with Katydid Prey by melvynyeo
Death by a mantis by macrojunkie
408 by Astroadamo415 by Astroadamo
dragoon by decmeister
Golden Tortoise Beetle by melvynyeo
Fat Katydid Nymph by melvynyeo
El Toro by dalantech
Velvet Worm says.... Thank you! :) by melvynyeo
Photography XXXVIII: The Sweet Bouquet of Memories






 


Seashell NO.2 by Uomo-nella-Pioggia
Lila by anaispopy
The Devil in love I by delusive-dreams
Photography XXXIX: Urban Landscape









TimeLineDetail by telmopieper 
Photography XL: Sweet Tooth 

 





Eclairs by kupenska
Ease my mind by CheckAvailability Pure by CheckAvailability Sweetness by CheckAvailability
Chubby Bunny by kittynn Luna by kittynn
Cocoa pasta with mushrooms,chicken and cream sauce by MirageGourmand
Joconde with Chocolate and Raspberry Entremet by cakecrumbs
Endless Book: complete panorama by dinabelenko
Photography XLI: October Country
“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .” 
Ray Bradbury, The October Country

 






 
autumn teaparty. by ilmari-nen
Photography XLII: October Country II
“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .” 
Ray Bradbury, The October Country
Part I: Photography XLI: October Country









Photography XLIII: Seasons of Life









From the sea i shall rise by mo-ten
wish it could be forever by mo-ten
Morning Sun by Daizy-M
Club26, Sisters by Vint26
Dreamy Morning by Daizy-M
Lady by Daizy-M
child by fabiii
Lovely doll by yushui
Tho by yushui
*** by invisigoth88 Childhood by janskop
It's time for the Doomed Autumn Children by NataliaDrepina
Photography XLIV: Happy Birthday JenFruzz
        Hey! You there! You may know JenFruzz as DeviantArt's Animals, Plants & Nature Community Volunteer. Hailing from Massachusetts, JenFruzz has been on this site herself as a nature/macro photographer for over 11 years. However, what you may not know is that today is her birthday! 

:+favlove: I APPRECIATE:
❥ her well-chosen APN DDs (CVs love suggestions, so why not send her some?! Daily Deviation Guidelines: APN Photography)
❥ her beautiful APN art features and exceptional favourites collections; Jen is passionate about sharing the incredible art she finds here
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Then these are the illustration features of my favorite traditional and digital artists that I was putting out at the same time; includes The Collection Series and Alphabetical Artists, as well as a few one-off type assemblages. 

Illustration I: nguyenshishi and tamypu 
:iconnguyenshishi: & :icontamypu:
        If you look in the right places, you will find deviantART has an incredible amount of illustrative talent. I'm happy I came across these two artists, whose galleries are full of beautiful works in a style that I adore; and, while both styles are inherently different, many similarities exist between them, both in media and in theme. Whether drawn with pencils or in ink, painted with watercolors or digitally illustrated, these are some of the nicest works I've seen on this site. 
I am honored to feature both of you!
.:.♥. nguyenshishi .♥.:.










Memory (3) by nguyenshishi
Dreaming by nguyenshishi
.♥.♥.
Illustration II: SethFitts
:iconSethFitts:
        A plethora of birds, cats, rabbits, hedgehogs, giraffes, insects, trees and other entities parade through SethFitts' gallery, sporting crowns, silly hats and an aura of mystery. His mixed media paintings come alive with deep, colorful tones; prominent brushstrokes, curls, and the smooth curves of the animals' bodies define much of the work. Clippings from books and papers become backgrounds, or singular words/phrases stand out and give voice to the pieces. Themes of time and memory dreamily collide, while the mysterious, the eerie, the arcane, and the humorous each play their part.
Seth has recently illustrated Birds I've Met Through the Alphabet.
SethFitts' gallery contains over a thousand beautiful pieces, each truly one of a kind.
 
Illustration III: Sithzam
:iconsithzam:
        The gallery of Sithzam is teeming with intricate scenes. Patterns, waves, lines and shapes, flowers, branches and other objects creatively cover the tan pages. The compositions come together with an eye towards positive and negative space. Each meticulous drawing is an immense inspiration to me, and there are many other outstanding treasures in his gallery in addition to those shown here. 








Illustration IV: On Vector Art
Some children sit around in their free time (or during slow class periods) doodling fantastic monsters. Eyeballs, horns, tentacles, gaping eye sockets; fuzzy creatures and alien-like ones. The friendly and the not so friendly.
Many of these children never stop drawing. Some in turn choose to develop their techniques within a digital medium. It is a very fortunate thing when the creatures in one's mind live on throughout the years, and not only that, but continually evolve as they reproduce and cover page and screen.
All of the creatures in this feature were created using vectors. As per Wikipedia:
'Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics.
(...)
Vector graphics are based on vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through loca
Illustration V: StudioUndertheMoon
:iconStudioUndertheMoon:
        Like the changing of the seasons, Justyna Kopania's gallery captivates me anew every time I see it. StudioUndertheMoon works with oils, creating dynamic scenes of cities, seascapes and brilliant moons. Oftentimes she focuses her imagination on autumn. A single setting can be represented an infinite number of ways, yet all of them are exquisitely unique works of art.
        Each canvas gives way to brilliant splatters of meaningful color, which blow from the trees in great flowing streams of autumnal movement. Deep reds, oranges and yellows contrast with the dark, subdued sky, sometimes as the light is fading to evening, or as night begins to set in. The bodies of water, the rivers, reflect the shades of cascading colors exploding above them. I've always had a thing for thick brushstrokes, and these works contain delicious
Illustration VI: CuteReaper    
:iconCuteReaper:
If you're searching for something both creepy and incredibly cute this holiday season, look no further than the gallery of CuteReaper.

There are a few things I particularly love about her work.
One of these things is the lighting.


CuteReaper's digital illustrations have a marked glow. Sometimes this acts as illumination in the dead of night: a pale, evanescent separation from the creatures lurking in the darkness that surrounds each girl. 
And where there is light, there is shadow.



   The second thing that sets these illustrations apart, for me and many others, is that the characters are absolutely adorable. 
Illustration VII: Halloween Treat Bag
 
       Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Every year I would dress up as a witch, go to my nana's neighborhood and both trick-or-treat and give out candy and mother's freshly made chocolate cupcakes. Additionally, my elementary school had a lot of caring mothers who funded classroom parties for each holiday—cakes, chips, drinks, treat bags brimming with candy, the works—and they would help the teachers show us how to make delightful crafts. This heightened my love of Halloween, a holiday already falling during my favorite time of year. Pumpkins and colorful gourds, cool weather and crunchy leaves, ghost stories, Halloween specials on TV, autumnal festivals, and enough sugar to last me till Christmas—this was my childhood.
  This feature is a grab bag of some of my favorite
Illustration VIII: The Collection Series - 'One'
     The singularly lovely works included within this feature come from across deviantART, and were made by artists of many illustrative backgrounds; both beginners and professionals mingle—those who specialize in traditional media, as well as those who delve into digital methods. Whether an artist is just beginning to find the sort of art they enjoy creating, or whether they have been doing it for years, makes little difference here, in that I find all of these pieces to be beautiful and inspirational treasures. Many of these styles are representative of the artist, so if you see something you like, feel obliged to explore further! As I always say, these are my favorites—go find what you love!
     This is the first in The Collection Series, illustration features meant to showcase a number of works (in this case, "one") from a various array of artists. I hope you enjoy each feature as mu
Illustration IX: The Collection Series - 'Two'
      Seeing double: the works included within this feature come from across deviantART, and were made by artists of many illustrative backgrounds; both beginners and professionals mingle—those who specialize in traditional media, as well as those who delve into digital methods. Whether an artist is just beginning to find the sort of art they enjoy creating, or whether they have been doing it for years, makes little difference here, in that I find all of these pieces to be beautiful and inspirational treasures. Many of these styles are representative of the artist, so if you see something you like, feel obliged to explore further! As I always say, these are my favorites—go find what you love!
      This is the second in The Collection Series, illustration features meant to showcase a number of works (in this case, "two") from a various array of artists. As the series progresses to three,
Illustration X: The Collection Series - 'Three'
Paintings from The Books of Abarat by CliveBarker. I first read Abarat when I was in middle school, and could not locate another copy until college, where I fell in love with it all over again.
      The trios of works included within this feature come from across deviantART, and were made by artists of many illustrative backgrounds; both beginners and professionals mingle—those who specialize in traditional media, as well as those who delve into digital methods. Whether an artist is just beginning to find the sort of art they enjoy creating, or whether they have been doing it for years, makes little difference here, in that I find all of these pieces to be beautiful and inspirational treasures. Many of these styles are representative of the artist, so if you see something you like, feel obliged to explore fur
Illustration XI: Grab Bag
Here, for your enjoyment, is a selection of singular works by various artists that I have found over the past few months. No specific artist or theme; a 'grab bag' of art, if you will.








 
Illustration XII: yanadhyana
        As evening grows late, innumerable stars boldly dot the night sky. Lamps appear and shine as orbs in the darkness. When it is night, you can feel it; it engulfs you into a world that exists in memory and feeling long after your eyes leave it behind. These worlds are created by yanadhyana.

        yanadhyana is a Russian art teacher whose works have become immensely popular over the years, each deserving a close view to be fully appreciated. 
        Mysterious gardens overflow with stones, vines, grasses and the winding limbs and roots of trees, each mark a paradigm of precision. Her balanced use of lines and shading (while in command of the negative space of her compositions) are combined with stippling and cross-hatching to create impressively high-detailed works.
Illustration XIII: The Collection Series - 'Four'
     The lovely works included within this feature come from across deviantART, and were made by artists of many illustrative backgrounds; both beginners and professionals mingle—those who specialize in traditional media, as well as those who delve into digital methods. Whether an artist is just beginning to find the sort of art they enjoy creating, or whether they have been doing it for years, makes little difference here, in that I find all of these pieces to be beautiful and inspirational treasures. Many of these styles are representative of the artist, so if you see something you like, feel obliged to explore further! As I always say, these are my favorites—go find what you love!
      This is the fourth in The Collection Series, illustration features meant to showcase a number of works (in this case, "four") from a various array of artists. As the series has progressed, it has become increa
Illustration XIV: teaganwhite
:iconteaganwhite:
      Of all the illustrators I have found on deviantART throughout the years, teaganwhite is one if my all-time favorites. Sweet pastels and deep earth tones set the mood in a heartwarming world of wild (and not so wild) animals, fruits, and bones. Throughout her work, the cyclic nature of life and death is a major theme.
 
 
As her profile explains,
"Nature's subtleties and reciprocal relationships between living things inspire her most, and her work typically incorporates nostalgic colors, decorative arrangements of organic forms, and meticulous detail."

 

      Teagan, as a watercolor artist (along with other media, such as ink and digital), is deeply inspiring to me. H
Illustration XV: Six for Saturday
Plump fairies and chibis, excellent scarves, adorable monsters and Kulla the bunny: here are six artists and six of their deliciously colored pieces, representing each member's unique characters.



:bulletred::heart::bulletred:

Tokimeki Illustration :Kulla: by trenchmaker
Chubby Baby Rose Fairy by trenchmaker
:bulletred::heart::bulletred:
Scarf Team Freaks United by ParororoOutlet - Starting 2007 by ParororoNew friends in the rain by Parororo
Even more friends in the rain by ParororoMerfie the Finder by Parororo
Chocolate and Mint by Parororo
:bulletred::heart::bulletred:
Illustration XVI: socar
:iconsocar:
      Socar Myles of Vancouver, BC has one of those galleries that, if it were socially acceptable to do so, I'd :+fav: nearly everything in it. Her unique pen and ink illustrations exemplify natural forms. The interconnectedness of life through birth and death—and from one life form to the next—are pervasive themes. Nature is personified: scraggly tree-men with wise faces, fair maidens of skin and bark, and sentient weeds cover the pages.
 
 
Her poem Ratty's Ghost also happens to be my favorite on this site.
'A sleeping rat gets lost in dreams
Of idle wilds and cunning schemes...'
  
Illustration XVII: nguyenshishi
:iconnguyenshishi:
         My very first illustration journal (back in January 2013) featured the Vietnamese artists nguyenshishi and tamypu. It has been viewed over 3,000 times, more than any other illustration journal, and it brings me wonderful pleasure to present the beautiful watercolors of nguyenshishi to you all once again. Her charming characters coupled with tranquil backgrounds make for relaxed, dreamy viewing.
 

  
 
Bluerain by nguyenshishi
Beautiful in White by nguyenshishi 
Illustration XVIII: Alphabetical Artists [A]AngelaRizza


 

 

Anuk


Owl by Anuk
Melancholic Hedgehog by Anuk
Polar Bear by Anuk
Christmas time by Anuk
Evening With Cat Family by Anuk
Girl with muskox by Anuk
AnnPars
Croissant by AnnPars
Comfortable by AnnPars
Akany89
My Ugly Creature by Akany89
Floating in the Sea by Akany89
Apofiss
autumn dino by Apofiss
cheers to all by Apofiss
team frog by Apofiss
halloween yin by Apofiss worlds apart by Apofiss
Illustration XIX: Alphabetical Artists [B-C]betteo 


BargaoanMS
 


bentolman



BrianKesinger

hide and go seek by BrianKesinger sunday ride by BrianKesinger
courting with otto by BrianKesinger bath time with otto by BrianKesinger
cornproduct
silence by cornproduct
chunk by cornproduct
Checanty
Banshee by Checanty
cathydelanssay
sweet friend by cathydelanssay the fairy of flowers by cathydelanssay
Yuki Onna by cathydelanssay
snow flower by cathydelanssay The little mermaid by cathydelanssay
Illustration XX: bridge-troll
:iconbridge-troll:
        True to his name, the gallery of bridge-troll is filled with trolls, fairies, lumbering giants and gnarled witches; these and other fantastic creatures make up the dreamlike watercolors of Larry MacDougall. His humorous fairy tale scenes are reminiscent of the themes and style of John Bauer (a personal favorite of mine).






Illustration XXI: cornacchia-art
:iconcornacchia-art: 
        cornacchia-art is a digital artist whose delightfully strange fantasy and dark fairy tale paintings feature adorable animals, mysterious potions, endless scheming and, of course, hapless characters. The hilarious scenes never fail to bring a smile to my face. Beautifully colored backgrounds add depth to the works, while the utmost attention is given to every detail in the sharp foregrounds. I especially appreciate her ability to accurately paint feathers, fur and hair, as well as the folds of clothes and other materials. cornacchia-art is always mindful of the interplay between light and the resulting shadows, whether filtering through the trees or illuminating a character's expressive face. Good lighting helps move the viewer's eyes around each painting, as the stories are slowly revealed. Simultaneously, the viewer is drawn in and asked to come to his or her own conclusions a
Illustration XXII: Alphabetical Artists [D-L]gorjuss
 
 
  
dandingeroz 

 
Geometrical Wonders by dandingeroz Natural Wonders by dandingeroz
The Red Deer by dandingeroz Threadless Around the World by dandingeroz Them Birds by dandingeroz
Boban-Savic-Geto 
AC a by Boban-Savic-Geto
AE a by Boban-Savic-Geto
AD a by Boban-Savic-Geto
jhannigan
Totoro by jhanniganThe Descent by jhannigan
KnockOut36
World Peas by KnockOut36
Yesterday and Tomorrow by KnockOut36
Illustration XXIII: imaginism
:iconimaginism:
        If you have been on DeviantArt for any length of time, it is more than likely that you have seen the work of Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera. Chiu is the founder/creative director and Acedera the art director of Imaginism Studios in Toronto, Ontario: "an independent concept art studio working in film, television, gaming, and publishing." They have done design work for many large companies, and are able to work on what they love continuously as independent artists.
        imaginism imbues each character with an expressiveness of face and of form, breathing life into even the quickest of sketches. Numerous media are represented throughout their gallery, from acrylics to digital work. Each of the artists have a style all their own, and yet this is illusive, difficult to pin down, due to the wi
Illustration XXIV: kerbyrosanes
:iconkerbyrosanes:
        Whether he's working in Moleskines or on pieces of poster-sized paper, there is no mistaking that kerbyrosanes is a master of doodles. Using a collection of pens and his imagination, Kerby illustrates scenes that draw you in to investigate every corner, while hidden creatures smile back at you from the page. Random components of his pieces come together to create unified works with key themes of animals (mechanical and otherwise), nature (and its destruction), and more.




Watch Kerby create the above piece, 'Shelter', on his YT channel!




        Adult coloring books have recently seen increased popularity around the
Illustration XXV: Katarinea
:iconKatarinea:
        Katarzyna Katarina, known to the DeviantArt community as Katari-Katarina, is a traditional artist whose chosen medium could be considered a bit nontraditional: she utilizes coffee in addition to her watercolors. Each beautiful painting shows the work of a controlled hand, and is at the same time overflowing with expression. The women are as fluid as the paints themselves, and are highlighted with gold ink and paint which offset the deep brown tones.


 



 catherie by Katari-Katarina
ss vampire rose by Katari-Katarina 
Illustration XXVI: koyamori and Melonkitten
:iconkoyamori: & :iconMelonkitten:
        Over the past few years, watercolor illustrations have quickly become one of my favorite types of art to find on this site. Two incredibly talented and well known traditional artists, koyamori and Melonkitten, have brought their own personal styles to the medium, and stolen the collective hearts of DA while doing so.
        koyamori is a Toronto-based graphic designer and illustrator, whose degree encompasses not only graphic design, but psychology and biology (♥!) as well. As someone personally biased with regards to biology, I've always appreciated the natural elements in her work (her series of terrariums comes to mind). Her pieces are bold and at the same time dream-like. "I love to explore whimsical the
Illustration XXVII: Alphabetical Artists [M-R]moonywolf


morganobrienart




nokeek

Fox tea by nokeek October 26 by nokeek
Castle Book by nokeek Book Elf by nokeek
October 23 by nokeek Yggdrasil tree by nokeek
Tree Home by nokeek
ono-mono
The Big Picture: Creativity by ono-mono
Jackalope Garden by ono-mono
Big Green by ono-mono
Parororo
Inktober compilation 1~9 by Parororo
Inktober compilation 10~18 by Parororo
Inktober compilation 19~30 by Parororo
puimun
Stag Sonata Cycle: Scherzando by puimun
Illustration XXVIII: smokepaint
:iconsmokepaint:
        Polina Yakovleva is a digital artist from Russia, whose iridescent, dream-like paintings warm the heart, no matter how chilly the subject. smokepaint leads the eyes around scenes of deep blues and greens with her bright white snow and warm yellow lights. In addition to people, adventurous mice and wise owls have become common characters. Each of her magical pieces (which can also be viewed on Behance) are as much of a joy as the next, and I especially love her Gingerbread House, Postcard, and Fairy Tales series. She has even designed full-fledged nursery room wallpapers!






Illustration XXIX: MukilteoCasualtie
:iconMukilteoCasualtie:
        Through these illustration features, I've learned that I watch a lot of incredible Russian artists! One more of these is Anna Oparina of St. Petersburg, known to the DeviantArt community as MukilteoCasualtie. She is a traditional artist, whose own personal and classic storybook illustrations are bursting with detail. Within her colorful book series, she features uniquely mirrored pieces which are some of my favorites. They come in sets, with the mirrored image forming in the center of each, though I've only featured one piece or the other here. Check out her gallery for the rest of her amazing work!

 
 
Illustration XXX: pepperin 
:iconpepperin:
        Sarah Madeleine Kronborg, or pepperin, is a traditional watercolor artist from Norway, and someone I have wanted to feature for a very long time. If you wish to learn how to effectively layer watercolors for shading, these are great pieces to study. Each one has a dreamy storybook feel and its own beautiful color scheme, lit by cold moonlight and warm lanterns. It is a style that I adore, and her girls are just adorable. <: 


 

 
 
Visitors by pepperin
Wind by pepperin
Illustration XXXI: Alphabetical Artists [S-Z]Steph-Laberis


SaintMaria666
 
SethFitts
 
thePicSees
 
 Hanna-Belle the parsley faerie... by thePicSees
Sithzam
The Compass by Sithzam
ShangaiLily
Commission by ShangaiLily
Gent by ShangaiLilydoodle series by ShangaiLily
doodle series by ShangaiLily
socar
Hell Dispensers by socar
San-T
Dimensional Warp by San-T
Dark Comedy by San-TReef by San-TChange by San-T
Deep Rift by San-T
Oasis of Serenity by San-T


Near the end of 2015, I began working with TandemFeatures, putting out one feature every Sunday throughout 2016. I think I only missed one day, and went a minute or so into Monday at one point. I am so happy with the types of photography features produced during this time. They all have simple names, moody and colorful themes, and I love them.

In Winter
"In winter, when the dismal rain
Came down in slanting lines,
And Wind, that grand old harper, smote
His thunder-harp of pines,
A poet sat in his antique room,
His lamp the valley kinged,
'Neath dry crusts of dead tongues he found
Truth, fresh and golden-winged."

Alexander Smith (1853)

 

 

 
Day 3 by Z-Nous

making a home by Rona-Keller Christmas The Gathering by JanneO
Christmas apple pie with cranberries by MirageGourmand
Rigel by ChaoticMind75 Silverware by ChaoticMind75
Ordinary miracle by ChaoticMind75
Always: Alan Rickman
February 21, 1946 - January 14, 2016

"I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure."

 
 


A story from Luna Lovegood

Snape by sugarpoultry Always by mior3e
Expecto Patronum (RIP Alan Rickman) by alexiuss
Snape by markdraws RIP Alan Rickman by RaisinDeLoup
R.I.P Alan Rickman by TheKingOfTheForrest
(obvs spoilers)
"Each character I play has different dimensions. I'm not interested in words that pull them to
A Strange Dream II



 


 Rhythmic by Hengki24
Swans by elzix
libertad by existencia5
Summoning All Spirits by intao
dry collodion process (Russel process) 015 by charlesguerin
4005 by donmezerm 4020 by donmezerm
hands and shadows by tunguska-rdm
Friluftsliv
'Friluftsliv' in the Norwegian language translates to 'free air life', but the word embodies an entire philosophy. It is a way of living, one that appreciates a personal communion with nature: simply going outside and being present.









MDFPIA I by jkrabWelcome To The Jungle by ildiko-neer Make it happen by ildiko-neer
GOLDEN GLOW by MartinAmm

Hypnosis by m-eralp
Feeling at Home 
"She lay back and listened to the little domestic sounds of the old house.
The fire whispered, a log shifted at its heart, the dog snored gently after his meal.
Outside, the wind stirred the trees, and somewhere a distant door banged as the breeze caught it.
Gradually, the peace that surrounded her took effect.
It had been a long day, and tomorrow would be an even harder one.
But meanwhile, the children slept as soundly as the dog on the rug at her feet,
and the night enfolded the quiet house."
Miss Read, No Holly for Miss Quinn

 
 
 
 
An Easter Treat






Chocolate Mousse Cake by cakecrumbs
Honey Lavender Infused Mousse by theresahelmerLavender Honey Cupcake by theresahelmer
Adventures of newly hatched chicks by DaykineyDosent taste like chocolate by cosfrog
It's Always Sunrise Somewhere
"This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
John Muir





 
 
The Seat of the Mind by Laanscapes
Dirge For November by RubySummit
Sempiternel by Ikonokl4stTime by Bomb-Creator
A midsummer night's dream by borda
Sunflowers Of Golden Hour by kkart
Epanouissement by Cora-Bokey Stamen of Field Scabious (Knautia L) with pollen by ChaoticMind75
Magical Meadow by GJ-Vernon 
Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue 








old love by Rona-Keller
Helianthus tuberosus by Anette89
floral dream by Rinksy
love is in the air by pfrancke
The Black Moor by HeikoGerlicher
from far away by Rona-Keller
Maintaining Focus
"Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror
up to where you are bravely working.
Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,
here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.
Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralysed.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as birdwings."
—Rumi









Impression 2674 by SUDOR
6011 by donmezerm
Autumn Poetry by VinaApsara
June
“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” 
―Pablo Neruda

 
 



Mediterranean mood by DianaHoffman
Pavlova cake by dinabelenko Make a wish upon a star by dinabelenko
look through my eyes by Rinksy
Maximilian O'Dylan by Delicate-Photography Maximilian O'Dylan by Delicate-Photography
a time for inner warmth by Rona-Keller  Botanical by Cochalita
Pattern by EmiNguyen
Warm Nights






 
On my way by SarahharaS1 Daisy Umbrella by GJ-Vernon
drops by schneids
Ant-snatching Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis sp.) by melvynyeo Crystallize by Yuukon UV Stink bug hatchlings (Pentatomidae) by melvynyeo
Eye by nakkimo
 roses in a bucket 03 by Anti-Pati-ya
journaling by Rona-Keller
Reality is lost by AlexandrinaAna
diary - Wednesday, January 7 by benjoin
my heart is an old tree by dS1GN
Kittens in the hole by AnnetVoronaya None of them went to Paradise by AlexandrinaAna
Through the Countryside









bird24 by markotapio
waiting by schneids


Sunrise Flow by Miguel-Santos

Raindrops by Thunderi
purple by vularia
Afternoon in the countryside I by Isabel-von-Dziaab
The Sixteenth Year: A Birthday Celebration
In celebration of DeviantArt's 16th birthday, here is a look back through the first half of 2016: seven months of beautiful and inspiring Daily Deviations, awarded by the tireless Community Volunteer team.

 
 
 
 
Battlecat_3 by enterry Children book Illustration by gedomenas
Tree House by crazypalette Messages from above / / -cac day 2- by Haluin
Clover by XReichiX
In Search of Flowers by RovinaCaiLuthien and Huan by EKukanova
Canada
        It is my sincerest apology that, even though you will find every province and territory of Canada within this feature [before glitch >:c see bottom], I feel I have not properly represented each region to the extent they deserve. To do so would have taken thirteen dedicated journals, outlining the physical and social geography of each. I do hope, however, that it will provide even a small glimpse into the beauty and magic of this country. I myself have not yet had the chance to travel to Canada, though I hope to do so in the future.
        This is a special feature I put together to surprise a good friend of mine, who happens to live in one of these provinces. I wouldn't tell him what theme(s) I had in mind, only that he would love it. C: He genuinely enjoys looking at my features, and for this (and much more) I am supremely grateful. ♥ This is for you.

British Colum
Tranquility








The Magic Forest by borda
Attraction. by 8moments
sunset by lisans
watch by lisans
the sea by baspunk
A Sunflower is Born by vamosver
Woodland Wreath



As yet the blue-bells linger on the sod 
That copes the sheepfold ring; and in the woods
A second blow of many flowers appears,
Flowers faintly tinged, and breathing no perfume. 
But fruits, not blossoms, form the woodland wreath 
That circles Autumn's brow : the ruddy haws 
Now clothe the half-leaf'd thorn ; the bramble bends 
Beneath its jetty load; the hazel hangs 
With auburn bunches, dipping in the stream 
That sweeps along, and threatens to o'erflow 
The leaf-strewn banks. Oft statue-like I gaze, 
In vacancy of thought, upon that stream,
And chase, with dreaming eye, the eddying foam,
Or rowan's cluster'd branch, or harvest-sheaf, 
Borne rapidly adown the dizzying flood. 
—James Grahame


Dead Leaves Fall and Melt
Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods,
And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt,
And night by night the monitory blast
Wails in the key-hold, telling how it pass'd
O'er empty fields, or upland solitudes,
Or grim wide wave; and now the power is felt
Of melancholy, tenderer in its moods
Than any joy indulgent summer dealt.
—William Allingham



 
 


It's A Trap !... by Dark-Indigo
Leaf... by Dark-Indigo
The Wild by TheFoxAndTheRaven
May The Forest Be With You! by gustiidiaz
Yearning by phoenixfeatherxlight
Young Explorer by TheFoxAndTheRaven
Remote Norway pt. XIX by TheChosenPesssimist a f f e c t i o n by JoseeM25
Far Across the Burning Land






 

FLAME by Mars-Hill
One by iustyn
the beginning of November by Rona-Keller
autumn essentials by Rona-Keller
As vrea sa pot sa locuiesc by AlexandrinaAna Secunda ocupa totul by AlexandrinaAna
when the night by baspunk violin || 2014 by kevinsaintgreyMidnight blue by AlexandrinaAna
Merry and Bright



 
Warming up to Christmas by dinabelenko
Light up your own stars by dinabelenko Self portrait with stars by dinabelenko Ready for Christmas by dinabelenko
A study with stars and sparks by dinabelenko
Another Year

 




 
Pseudoscorpion and Weevil by melvynyeo
Wasp by sxsvexen
God is gone by xrust a lazy day by alfred-georg
The Blue Moment #20 by romainjl Day of darkness by AlexandrinaAna
Snake River Bend by SvenMueller
Untitled by mousseeDamage We Have Done by MilanVopalensky
Sur les traces de Crom Cruach ... by Onodrim-Photography
P I E C E . O F . U N I V E R S E by Onodrim-Photography La Metamorphose by Sylfvr
First time... in paris by phalalcrocorax The green little lady by Julieoftheworldtree
Nature Boy by Yuukon
Fall in Love by LarsVanDeGoor
pumpkin by CliffWFotografie


These three are tandems produced in collaboration with other awesome people through the group:

Contrasts of a Curious Mind #2One of us, Okavanga, has recently posted the first of these Features into the use and meaning of contrast in images, Contrasts of a Curious Mind #1, introducing the idea that contrast in an image need not be confined to aspects of light tonality, but can encompass contrasts as expressed by Johannes Itten, that contrasts of form and shape and quality are important, and further to the idea that contrasts of style, content and approach should also be considered when creating and viewing images. In this second instalment of "Contrasts of a Curious Mind", KristenSpork and Okavanga explore the idea of contrasts in Features, and we are indebted to TandemFeatures :icontandemfeatures: for supporting this endeavour.
We have both chosen two Features from artists on DeviantArt whose works are to be found in the archives of @TandemFeaturesWe have studied
Luck of the Irish Tandemfrom Medoriko & KristenSpork

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
 

 


Dancing Irish



Earth Day - T28




Verschmolzen by Bildmalerin
  
New York, 2250 by Suirebit
Global Warming by KarimFakhouryStargate by CapturingTheNight
Nature earth by FotoNerdz
Seeing Double by PaigeBurressHarvest Sky by CapturingTheNight
Mother Earth by josephine101
Scars are where trees grow by beyondimpression
treepeoples by StefanThompsonLet me out. by Richard-Cederfjard


If you ever noticed that a feature this past year looked familiar, it probably was: these are features I resubmitted through TandemFeatures throughout 2016, so that the pieces would gain a little more exposure, and I would have time during my bad weeks to pile up some new artwork or just laze around. They're mirrors of the originals (the first set of thumbs up top) without their Roman numerals. I wouldn't have had to go to so much trouble if I had submitted all of them through sta.sh in the beginning, alas!

2015 Holiday Projects and Contests.Warmth of the Heart.A Strange Dream.Sweet Tooth.Urban Landscapes.To Warm the Heart.Seasons of Life.The Sweet Bouquet of Memories.Moods of May.half-scientific.Tree.Macro Fashion - Arthropoda.Endless Forms Most Beautiful.The Lives of Cats.Art of the Life Sciences.A New Home.The End of Summer.Lengthened Rays, Shortened Days.October Country.People and Places.The Little Things

As with the photography, I am equally proud of The Attic series. At the start of 2016 and the end of my Roman numeral-obsessed features, I needed a new angle with which to tackle my hundreds of illustrator bookmarks. I wrote a little story and the series was born, and a wealth of new people to watch came out of it. I still have hundreds of people bookmarked. I'm coming for you! 

The Attic I: Foyaland and ullakko
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
Foyaland & ullakko

The Attic II: sanoe
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
sanoe

 
The Attic III: Sieskja
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
Sieskja

The Attic IV: s4yo       
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
s4yo

 
The Attic V: PascalCampion     
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
PascalCampion


The Attic VI: Assorted Artists
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of these incredible artists.


Illustration Grab Bag



 



Petting Zoo by bentolman
You'll Never Melt Again on Me - oil painting by borda
Midsummer by PascalCampion
C: Lana by Melonkitten
The Attic VII: V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
 V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

The Attic VIII: Maaot
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
Maaot



The Attic IX: hiyokoss and Loputyn 
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
morgansketch & Loputyn


Inktober 2016 Feature
        Carved pumpkins are slowly decaying, candy bags are near empty and Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away (a point contested by my Canadian friends). NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Before we put aside the joys of October for another year, I wanted to take a look at some of the amazing creations that came out of Inktober. Here I have showcased a small selection (not all 31 days) from a number of artists, representing only a fraction of the work uploaded by DA members throughout the past month; many artists are still uploading, so continue to keep an eye out! I didn't want to compile these last Sunday because I knew I'd be missing some from the last days.
If you like these pieces or artistic styles, go shower the artists with love!

:pointr: bas
Illustration Grab Bag II

 



 

Tristema Cover (front) by Felideus
The Extraordinary Underwater Circus (cover) by Felideus
Little Quail by AngelaRizza Turkey Gobblers by AngelaRizza
Midnight Tea by ullakko
2017 Pocket Calenders available on Etsy by Foyaland
Aria and the Ghost commission by Parororo
The Attic X: Eleihna, Calmality and STelari  
        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.
On this day, she discovered the work of...
Eleihna, Calmality & STelari 


Finally, early in 2016, we started putting out journals in the then-new AnimalsPlantsNature group created by JenFruzz. A year later, the group is going stronger than ever, and every month the team puts out tutorials, features and interviews with APN photographers from around the site. Here are those that I produced during this time:

Artists of FTP: HeikoGerlicher  
As you may have noticed, April is Flowers, Trees & Plants month at AnimalsPlantsNature! We have already sat down and learned about the fabulous John-Peter, and this week we've had the pleasure of speaking with HeikoGerlicher,  whose love for nature and the medium of photography shines through his colorful and atmospheric work.
Thank you for allowing us to interview you, Heiko! Tell us about yourself, and how you first became interested in nature photography.
:iconHeikoGerlicher:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity for this interview!
I'm now 47 years old and living with my wife in a small village near Coburg, Upper Franconia in Germany. Professionally I am in field service for a stee
  APN Features: Landscape Photography
Spring is flying by, and to usher in the beautiful month of May, we at AnimalsPlantsNature would like to welcome you to our second monthly theme: Landscapes. To kick things off, here's a look at some of the incredible photographic talent displayed by members of the community, all focusing on the landscape.
 

 
   

 
Autumn light... _4_ by my-shots .:Garden of Eden:. by RHCheng
My personal paradise by mescamesh 
  APN Features: Fungi Photography
We at AnimalsPlantsNature hope you have enjoyed Flowers, Trees & Plants month (April), Landscape month (May), and recently Bird month (June). <:
    July is an awesome combination month, featuring Fungi & Geology!
Get ready for more interviews, tutorials, our monthly contest... and of course, features! To kick things off, here is a selection from the community of both new and classic deviations of fungi, and even a few slime molds. :eyes:
  APN Features: Baby Domestics
August is Domesticated Animals month at AnimalsPlantsNature!

        Domesticated animals play a pivotal role in our everyday lives, from providing us with the help and resources we as a society rely on, to being a friend we hug after a long, stressful day. Their baby counterparts steal our hearts (and internet bandwidth), and comprise a large part of the Domesticated Animals sub-gallery. No matter if you love ponies or bunnies, kittens or puppers, there is something for everyone within this highly diverse group. ♥



 
APN Features: Wild Animals - Bears
November is Wild Animals month at AnimalsPlantsNature!
        We hope that you have been enjoying the month so far. There are a lot more tutorials and interviews in the works for the coming weeks, and for my part, I wanted to feature one of my favorite wild animals: the bear.
        Many bears have lived and gone extinct throughout time, but those alive today fall within three of the Ursidae family's subfamilies. Ailuropodinae consists of the giant panda and its subspecies, the Qinling panda (basically a smaller, brown panda). Within Tremarctinae, you've got the spectacled bear, native to South America. Ursinae contains the other six species; that's right—there are only eight species of extant bears. These are the sloth bear, the sun bear, and four in the Ursus genus: the Asian black bear, American black bear
APN Features: Domesticated Animals - Snow Day
In the Northern Hemisphere, our warm days may be (relatively) over for awhile—plants have gone dormant while animals attempt to escape the cold—but AnimalsPlantsNature has not slowed down! In December we bring you four different features that epitomize the beautiful, fun things about winter through the lens (literally) of APN. Here is one of these, featuring furry friends who don't quite know what to make of this cold flakey stuff.
Read more about our Winter Wonderland theme here! ♥


 



 


:heart:

A huge thank you to those of you, old and new, who stick by me!



Another Year

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 1, 2017, 12:04 PM

Flora by Avine
Red Maple I by EmiNguyen
Fleeting Glimpse of You by EmiNguyen Fall on Me by EmiNguyen
Pollination IV by MaaykeKlaver
Perfect Nature 56. by MCN22
Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar by melvynyeo
Planthopper Nymph by melvynyeo
Huntsman spider with prey by melvynyeo Arctiine moth pupa (Cyana sp.) by melvynyeo
Pseudoscorpion and Weevil by melvynyeo
Wasp by sxsvexen
God is gone by xrust a lazy day by alfred-georg
The Blue Moment #20 by romainjl Day of darkness by AlexandrinaAna
Snake River Bend by SvenMueller
Untitled by mousseeDamage We Have Done by MilanVopalensky
Sur les traces de Crom Cruach ... by Onodrim-Photography
P I E C E . O F . U N I V E R S E by Onodrim-Photography La Metamorphose by Sylfvr
First time... in paris by phalalcrocorax The green little lady by Julieoftheworldtree
Nature Boy by Yuukon
Fall in Love by LarsVanDeGoor
pumpkin by CliffWFotografie
Leaf Monster by WolfskussPele's Battle by AndrewShoemaker
Burning Moon by 1darkstar1
Shadowy Drink by kriskeleris
Swimming in reveries by kriskeleris
Tales of Annwvyn by Onodrim-Photography
S W E E T . S O L I T U D E by Onodrim-Photography
Gone by Trichardsen Connection by Trichardsen
Frosty Mornig 13-12-2016 006 by swissnature Wald #43 by HeikoGerlicherImage From A Stolen Time by Ardak


Merry and Bright

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 24, 2016, 9:03 PM
Am wilden Bach by NoireroraFrozen Nest by RaphaelleM
Untitled by Seneptika
Der Winter kommt ... by Saber1705Winter by MikkoLagerstedt
those lazy November days by Rona-Kellermemories in packages by Rona-Keller
Merry Christmas everyone! by Lain-AwakeAtNight Dress rehearsal of the New Year by Daykiney
Christmas Night Cookies by dinabelenkoWarming up to Christmas by dinabelenko
Light up your own stars by dinabelenko Self portrait with stars by dinabelenko Ready for Christmas by dinabelenko
A study with stars and sparks by dinabelenko




Spring by Eleihna Nubian Ibex by Calmality Do not draw their attention by STelari

        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.

On this day, she discovered the work of...


Down the dandelionroad by Eleihna
Under my umbrella by Eleihna Blueberry Braiding by Eleihna
Cuckoo's nest by Eleihna
It's time to sleep by Eleihna
Perch by Eleihna
Little Witch by Eleihna Nightguard by Eleihna
Thunderbird by Eleihna



Revery by Calmality Awakening by Calmality
Migration by Calmality Totem by Calmality
Red Pandas by Calmality Terrarium by Calmality January Birds by Calmality
Second Self by Calmality Dawn Keeper by Calmality
Rendezvous by Calmality
Only They Pronounce My Name by Calmality Prologue by Calmality
Reflection by Calmality



Sweet cold outside by STelari It all starts with one by STelari
Askafroa by STelari Huldra by STelari
The Builder by STelari
Mushroom Reservoir by STelari Owlbrary by STelari
''I think it's a troll garden.'' by STelari
Sparks, stars, fireflies by STelari



APN Features: Domesticated Animals - Snow Day

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 14, 2016, 3:18 PM
AnimalsPlantsNature
Your Home for APN Photography


first snow by vularia


In the Northern Hemisphere, our warm days may be (relatively) over for awhileplants have gone dormant while animals attempt to escape the coldbut AnimalsPlantsNature has not slowed down! In December we bring you four different features that epitomize the beautiful, fun things about winter through the lens (literally) of APN. Here is one of these, featuring furry friends who don't quite know what to make of this cold flakey stuff.

Read more about our Winter Wonderland theme here! ♥


Shenanigans by JaclynTanemura
Little Snowwolf by wind-princess
Chibi loves snow by SaNNaS Han by Olga5
Moonworld by Tiefenschaerfe
Snow Eyes by UnstoppableDogs
Nanouk by Wolfskuss
fly, sheltie, fly! by Maaira Omg it's a tree. by liikavarvas
Lion In The Snow by kataszynoviec
Snow Dog 7015 by Sooper-Husky Snowy kiss by BlastOButter
cute little snowball by Alexaaandra7204 by felativity
playing in snow by Thunderi
Anton by vadalein
A Horse Whisper by Hestefotograf
Blast of Winter by Elvandia


Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Photo by The-Panic

Illustration Grab Bag II

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 4:19 PM


That Perfect Love I Never Had - oil painting by borda

The miraculous candy corn fishing trip by PascalCampion
Dark and rainy. by PascalCampion It s an Artist block kind of day. by PascalCampion
Picking Berries. by PascalCampion

Keep them by CuteReaper

Ghost by morgansketch
Protect by morgansketch Rain by morgansketch

Alone by RadoJavor

Tristema Cover (front) by Felideus
The Extraordinary Underwater Circus (cover) by Felideus

Little Quail by AngelaRizza Turkey Gobblers by AngelaRizza

Midnight Tea by ullakko

2017 Pocket Calenders available on Etsy by Foyaland
Aria and the Ghost commission by Parororo



APN Features: Wild Animals - Bears

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 18, 2016, 2:55 PM
AnimalsPlantsNature
Your Home for APN Photography


Swimming Bear by jonniedee

November is Wild Animals month at AnimalsPlantsNature!


        We hope that you have been enjoying the month so far. There are a lot more tutorials and interviews in the works for the coming weeks, and for my part, I wanted to feature one of my favorite wild animals: the bear.

        Many bears have lived and gone extinct throughout time, but those alive today fall within three of the Ursidae family's subfamilies. Ailuropodinae consists of the giant panda and its subspecies, the Qinling panda (basically a smaller, brown panda). Within Tremarctinae, you've got the spectacled bear, native to South America. Ursinae contains the other six species; that's right—there are only eight species of extant bears. These are the sloth bear, the sun bear, and four in the Ursus genus: the Asian black bear, American black bear, brown bear, and polar bear. Do note that there are many subspecies as well (except for the polar bear); for example, Kodiak and grizzly bears are subspecies of the brown bear, and the eastern black bear, cinnamon bear, and creamy-furred spirit bear of British Columbia are subspecies of the American black bear, etc.

        I hope that this feature will highlight not only the beauty, but the strength, power and majesty of the Ursidae family.

Panda Conversation by couleur
Fu Bao by werram PANDA :P by spooooonge
Spectacled bear 2 by firitheryn Spectacled Bear by JWeber2112
Spectacled Bear by ZaraaLeanne
Sloth Bear Squint at the Sun by OrangeRoom The Greet 3 by Henrieke
Sun Bear by Shadow-and-Flame-86 Sun Bear by DeniseSoden
Sun Bears of Tat Kuang Si by DrewHopper
Asian black bear chilli'n by DjjFoto Asian Black Bear by MattNick
Black Bear Mother and Her Cubs by JonUriah
Such Great Heights by Iamidaho
Childhood by BogdanBoev We nom your ears by La-Vita-a-Bella
Muskwa by raiyning
Tongue story by BogdanBoev
Bear Fight by vinayan
Bears Playing by vinayan
fishing by alfred-georg
Silvertip by Nate-ZemanSwooping for leftover salmon by mercorex
Brown Bear by linneaphoto On the Forest's Edge by tourofnature
Cautious bear (Ursus Arctos) by AlesGola
Attention, Apathy by JovianMonolith Oh, Hello by JovianMonolith
Macabre Mountaineering by JovianMonolith


Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Photo by The-Panic

Far Across the Burning Land

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 13, 2016, 9:00 PM
Frosty morning I by DevilishEvelyn
Victoria Zamaru 7 by NataliaCiobanu



The Tulip Field by borda
T E R R E . D ' E X I L by Onodrim-Photography
Geisterweg by Cormocodran15
The Bear by Miisamm
Paris by TheFoxAndTheRaven
Waiting for the winter. Masyanya hatless by Daykiney Cocked to one side hat by Daykiney
Leblos by PassionAndTheCamera
FLAME by Mars-Hill
One by iustyn
the beginning of November by Rona-Keller
autumn essentials by Rona-Keller
As vrea sa pot sa locuiesc by AlexandrinaAna Secunda ocupa totul by AlexandrinaAna
when the night by baspunk violin || 2014 by kevinsaintgreyMidnight blue by AlexandrinaAna


Inktober 2016 Feature

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 6:38 PM


Inktober 2016 - part 05 by basakward
        Carved pumpkins are slowly decaying, candy bags are near empty and Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away (a point contested by my Canadian friends). NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Before we put aside the joys of October for another year, I wanted to take a look at some of the amazing creations that came out of Inktober. Here I have showcased a small selection (not all 31 days) from a number of artists, representing only a fraction of the work uploaded by DA members throughout the past month; many artists are still uploading, so continue to keep an eye out! I didn't want to compile these last Sunday because I knew I'd be missing some from the last days.
If you like these pieces or artistic styles, go shower the artists with love!



:pointr: basakward's pictures are actually sequential panels to a larger story, featuring the eternal struggle between cats and dogs. I think I even managed not to spoil the ending. I appreciate the expressional characters, and advise viewing the whole series in order. I'm more of a cat person, but these pugs are adorable!

Inktober 2016 - part 06 by basakward
Inktober 2016 - part 11 by basakward Inktober 2016 - part 14 by basakward
Inktober 2016 - part 26 by basakward Inktober 2016 - part 27 by basakward

:pointr: Speaking of cats, here are the first eight days of Weissidian's cat sketches, following the 31 witches prompt. Note the excellent use of black and white, positive and negative space!

Inktober 2016 - Set 1 by Weissidian

:pointr: Because I have to feature something other than cats, here is another set of Inktober sketches utilizing the 31 witches prompt. Owlyjules not only inked her witches, but incorporated watercolors into the mix (one of my favorite media, as you all know by now).

Inktober 2016 : day 3 by Owlyjules
Inktober 2016 : day 2 by OwlyjulesInktober 2016 : day 9 by OwlyjulesInktober 2016 : day 12 by OwlyjulesInktober 2016 : day 10 by Owlyjules
Inktober 2016 : day 16 by Owlyjules

:pointr: redisoj is another artist adding color to his sketches, this time in the form of Copic markers. Check out this work in progress:

InkTober 2016 day 22 by redisoj
InkTober 2016 day 13 by redisoj
InkTober 2016 day 3 by redisoj InkTober 2016 day 24 by redisoj InkTober 2016 day 4 by redisoj
InkTober 2016 day 10 by redisoj

:pointr: The work of IngridTan is exceedingly detailed, with lots of hatching, cross-hatching, filling and shading.

Inktober 2016: Day 9 by IngridTan
Inktober2016 Day23 by IngridTan Inktober 2016: Day 14 by IngridTan
Inktober 2016: Day 5 by IngridTan Inktober 2016: Day 24 by IngridTan
Inktober 2016: Day 8 by IngridTan

:pointr: SillyJellie creates fluid and dynamic shapes with her brush pen (and has the ability to do so even while on a plane), and I enjoyed reading the captions for her sketches. 

INKtober day17| Dance by SillyJellie
INKtober Day2 -balloon pop by SillyJellie INKtober day6 - That awful night bus by SillyJellie
INKtober day 3 - Lanterns by SillyJellie INKtober day 25| Tiger Skin by SillyJellie
INKtober day 19 | The Lil' gift by SillyJellie

:pointr: Not only did zazB create 31 illustrations, he weaved an entire world around them with charming descriptions for each creature. I only wish that I could have featured more of them, and I recommend reading them all!

Inktober 2016 day 1 by zazB
Inktober 2016 day 29 by zazB Inktober 2016 day 21 by zazB
Inktober 2016 day 9 by zazB Inktober 2016 day 12 by zazBInktober 2016 day 16 by zazB

:pointr: muszki's work ranges from surreal to whimsical and back again. He uses Staedtler pens (and a Pentel brush for the last one here), a brand I love. Many of the artists featured here utilized brush pens, which I too have used (Pentel) and highly enjoyed, but there's just something about having fine lines that I can't get away from.

InkTober 27 2016 by muzski
InkTober 07 2016 by muzski InkTober 29 2016 by muzski
InkTober 05 2016 by muzski InkTober 26 2016 by muzski
InkTober 30 2016 by muzski

:pointr: MartchZagorski was the first Inktober artist that caught my eye this year, and not just because of the tan paper. He is another of those artists who packs a ton of detail into his work, which is one of my favorite things to find on this site. So much stippling... Many of the illustrations come with a small bizarre yet incredibly entertaining story as well, so be sure to check those out!

Geometric Grin (Inktober 2016, 1/31) by MartchZagorski
Wail (Inktober 2016, 16/31) by MartchZagorski Eukaryote (Inktober 2016, 5/31) by MartchZagorski
Peel (Inktober 2016, 12/31) by MartchZagorski Entangle (Inktober 2016, 6/31) by MartchZagorski
Look (Inktober 2016, 26/31) by MartchZagorski

:pointr: Finally, Dragarta graces us with some exceptional, anatomically correct animal sketches on delightful tan paper. She used the official Inktober prompt list (which you can find on www.inktober.com, representing each object or idea as an animal.

Inktober 2016 - 7. Lost by Dragarta
Inktober 2016 - 12. Worried by DragartaInktober 2016 - 14. Tree by Dragarta
Inktober 2016 - 22. Little by DragartaInktober 2016 - 10. Jump by Dragarta
Inktober 2016 - 16. Wet by Dragarta

What was your favorite piece that you discovered (or inked yourself!) during this Inktober?

Share them in the comments!




Dead Leaves Fall and Melt

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 23, 2016, 7:38 PM
Soon the leaves will fall by Econita

Now Autumn's fire burns slowly along the woods,
And day by day the dead leaves fall and melt,
And night by night the monitory blast
Wails in the key-hold, telling how it pass'd
O'er empty fields, or upland solitudes,
Or grim wide wave; and now the power is felt
Of melancholy, tenderer in its moods
Than any joy indulgent summer dealt.

—William Allingham

Les spores du Fukai by Onodrim-Photography
C E R N U N N O S . P A T H by Onodrim-Photography
Rootboy by mescamesh
S O M . S I L D R E T by Onodrim-Photography H U L E N by Onodrim-Photography
M I R K W O O D by Onodrim-Photography W O L V E N . A N C E S T R Y by Onodrim-Photography
Green Moth (finally posed) :) by Kisarisary
Untitled by sxsvexen
It's A Trap !... by Dark-Indigo
Leaf... by Dark-Indigo
The Wild by TheFoxAndTheRaven
May The Forest Be With You! by gustiidiaz
Yearning by phoenixfeatherxlight
Young Explorer by TheFoxAndTheRaven
Remote Norway pt. XIX by TheChosenPesssimist a f f e c t i o n by JoseeM25
One autumn day by Swan-Lake Kitten playing by Daykiney
Cinderella by Daykiney
Sleeping gift autumn by Daykiney One more gift of autumn by Daykiney Intoxicating aroma of autumn by Daykiney
Blackberry basket by Daykiney
Spatiu, infinit, de o tristete armonioasa ... by AlexandrinaAna
Window by EmilStojek One More Time... by EmilStojek
Face in the wall by EyeOfTheKatDoubtful by EmilStojek


Woodland Wreath

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 9, 2016, 5:16 PM
*** by OlgaBoyko
Let's Never Stop Falling in Love II by bordaRemote Norway pt. VII by TheChosenPesssimist
The Two Paths by borda
Get Lost In Autumn by Nelleke

As yet the blue-bells linger on the sod 
That copes the sheepfold ring; and in the woods
A second blow of many flowers appears,
Flowers faintly tinged, and breathing no perfume. 
But fruits, not blossoms, form the woodland wreath 
That circles Autumn's brow : the ruddy haws 
Now clothe the half-leaf'd thorn ; the bramble bends 
Beneath its jetty load; the hazel hangs 
With auburn bunches, dipping in the stream 
That sweeps along, and threatens to o'erflow 
The leaf-strewn banks. Oft statue-like I gaze, 
In vacancy of thought, upon that stream,
And chase, with dreaming eye, the eddying foam,
Or rowan's cluster'd branch, or harvest-sheaf, 
Borne rapidly adown the dizzying flood. 

James Grahame

September by Northstar76

Daemmerwald by Cormocodran15
my way of remembering by Rona-Keller
apple pie 2. by ilmari-nen
spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly by baravavrova
Autumn Mood by thrumyeyeRusting Beauty by borda


The Attic IX: hiyokoss and Loputyn

Sun Oct 2, 2016, 2:06 PM


Witchsona by morgansketch They say she got just what she wanted by Loputyn

        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.

On this day, she discovered the work of...
morgansketch & Loputyn

Middle by morgansketch
Hello by morgansketch
Sunshine by morgansketch Nap by morgansketch
Familiar by morgansketch
Light by morgansketch
Not Alone by morgansketch
Snowchild by morgansketch
Cloudy Day by morgansketch
hiyokos by morgansketch
Flower Crown by morgansketch Blue by morgansketch



Poi lasciami libero by Loputyn As I sleep I'm in your head by Loputyn When you lie by Loputyn
Camelia by Loputyn
Monstre Sans Valeur by Loputyn Fortuna Verrai by Loputyn
Shion by Loputyn
Loputyn learns the stories of pirates by Loputyn Hush and please listen by Loputyn
Wonder Underground by Loputyn
Momento Morto by Loputyn
Family portrait by Loputyn
Try to read through my silence by Loputyn
A lot of Maned Wolf by Loputyn



Tranquility

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 25, 2016, 2:42 PM
Tuscany by Mark-Heather
ever and ever by andrewpershinflamingo by andrewpershin
Merzouga 16 by NataliaCiobanu
little friend by Rona-Keller
Hamster and Rose by JulianRad
Where are you? by Mintmount
Last kiss by BogdanBoev
a little owl by Bjorn3009
Fungi-21 by shadowfoxcreative
The Magic Forest by borda
Attraction. by 8moments
sunset by lisans
watch by lisans
the sea by baspunk
A Sunflower is Born by vamosver


The Attic VIII: Maaot

Sun Sep 4, 2016, 5:29 PM


Aware by Maaot

        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.

On this day, she discovered the work of...



Canada

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 28, 2016, 1:51 PM
Escape by JaclynTanemura

        It is my sincerest apology that, even though you will find every province and territory of Canada within this feature [before glitch >:c see bottom], I feel I have not properly represented each region to the extent they deserve. To do so would have taken thirteen dedicated journals, outlining the physical and social geography of each. I do hope, however, that it will provide even a small glimpse into the beauty and magic of this country. I myself have not yet had the chance to travel to Canada, though I hope to do so in the future.

        This is a special feature I put together to surprise a good friend of mine, who happens to live in one of these provinces. I wouldn't tell him what theme(s) I had in mind, only that he would love it. C: He genuinely enjoys looking at my features, and for this (and much more) I am supremely grateful. ♥ This is for you.


British Columbia


Fallen by IvanAndreevich
Typical Fraser by IvanAndreevich I'm on a boat by IvanAndreevich
Starfish Orgy by EvaMcDermott
Magic (OLD) by IvanAndreevich Depth by IvanAndreevich
Moody by IvanAndreevich Rush by IvanAndreevich
Vancouver Fog by snacktime
Vapor River Vancouver by dart47

Alberta


Bow by IvanAndreevich Expulsion by IvanAndreevich
stepping stones by JaclynTanemura Lake Louise - summer flowers by La-Vita-a-Bella Spillway Lake Inlet Stream by slickwilly182 Secrets Of The Valley by Dani-Lefrancois Johnston Falls by Stuzal
celestial by JaclynTanemura Ice Cracks by slickwilly182 Soft As Ice by Dani-Lefrancois Ice Lake Dawn by MarcAdamus Anna's Sunrise by slickwilly182
Peyto Lake by porbital
Explorer by JaclynTanemura The Cloud Parade by MarcAdamus Prairie Skies by slickwilly182
Heat Of Winter by Dani-Lefrancois Patience - Moraine Lake by LukeAustin Mount Rundle by pictureguy
Vermillion Elk by LukeAustin

Saskatchewan


The Farmhouse by lee-orr
Lightning Saskatchewan by pictureguy Saskatchewan Storm by pictureguy
Dawn in Saskatchewan by lee-orr
Castle Butte by lightsoutwordsgone
Saskatchewan Skies by AdamK9
Cold Saskatchewan Morning by Behrfeet Ermine by pictureguy
Mellow Moose by Behrfeet Foggy Flyby by Behrfeet
Stop Bugging the Deer by Behrfeet

Manitoba


Road to Thicket Portage! by JosephTimbury Polar bear-XVII by sedats
Frozen by Stuzal
Wheels Along Boundary Trail by WayneBenedet Pioneer School (3155) by WayneBenedet
October Sunset From Starmound (5893) by WayneBenedet Just A Hint Of... by WayneBenedet
Riding Sunrise by Stuzal

Ontario


No rest for the wicked by MildlyReactive
Niagra falls. by Welcomeinmyworld
How Smooth It Is by Dani-Lefrancois
Frozen Ontario by IgorLaptev Ice on Fire by wb-skinner
Winter in Ontario by IgorLaptev Awaken by wb-skinner
Head in the Waterfall by Zoomer1958
Fox Kits by Les-Piccolo 387 by Les-Piccolo Who's the King of The Kits? by Les-Piccolo
Potts Falls by Zoomer1958
Fall color pop by gigi50 Autumn Pass by JohnMeyer
Hercules Gate Autumn by Zoomer1958 Somewhere in October by IgorLaptev
Boathouse by Zoomer1958

Quebec


Night in Montreal by YuppiDu
Gatineau Park Wallpaper by MichelLalonde Mosaic Living Sculpture - Swan Lady by Kitteh-Pawz
Chaudiere Falls - Quebec by Pi-Unresolved
Pray with me by MichelLalonde Fight to the Top by MichelLalonde
 Why do you always get the best perch? by MichelLalonde


Newfoundland & Labrador







New Brunswick



 

 


Prince Edward Island



 




Nova Scotia




 




Yukon / Northwest Territories / Nunavut





 

 
 
Edit: No, it's not you, it's me; somewhere in my editing the last four provinces+territories glitched out, and I'm not at all sure they will glitch back. >:CCC


APN Features: Baby Domestics

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 17, 2016, 3:33 PM
AnimalsPlantsNature
Your Home for APN Photography


Highland cattle calf by BaalSoulslayer

August is Domesticated Animals month at AnimalsPlantsNature!

        Domesticated animals play a pivotal role in our everyday lives, from providing us with the help and resources we as a society rely on, to being a friend we hug after a long, stressful day. Their baby counterparts steal our hearts (and internet bandwidth), and comprise a large part of the Domesticated Animals sub-gallery. No matter if you love ponies or bunnies, kittens or puppers, there is something for everyone within this highly diverse group. ♥

.knabstruppers. by vadalein
Frisky Filly by KonikPolski:P by Olga5
Mini Shetland by Hestefotograf
Chick chick there by Svennovitch Chicken from archive by PihPuh
[01] That's me by Lill-Lou
Kitten by KateWalkerKitten.... by my-shots    Cute Fluffy Kitten by La-Vita-a-Bella
cool kitten by NaViGa7or
Brave New Kitten by thrumyeye Cute Kitten by thrumyeye
Kitten by Alone-LostInParadise
Puppy Attack by Suzie18
Cuteness everywhere by Suzie18
Nellie by Hiiakay Cobi by Aerizalia
Puppy by kaitengiri
Spring is Delicious by FriendFrog Baby Lamb by StevenDavisPhoto
Blackspotted Lambs II by thrumyeye
Baby Goats by Photography708
Smudge 2 by PatriciaVazquez
Stardom by PatriciaVazquez Freedom by CheckAvailability
the big friend by Kirikina


Journal skin by UszatyArbuz
Photo by The-Panic

The Sixteenth Year: A Birthday Celebration

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 7, 2016, 2:32 PM
Raspberry dragon by GaudiBuendia
In celebration of DeviantArt's 16th birthday, here is a look back through the first half of 2016: seven months of beautiful and inspiring Daily Deviations, awarded by the tireless Community Volunteer team.


Stamens of Light by stroggtank Popeye by DuncanFraser

Dragon City by natsumoka Butterfly's Corridor by zhowee14
Sky Children by Krisahe Little Koi Pond by BettyKwong
Chun-Li, Tea, and Mon-keys by SamYangArt 
Battlecat_3 by enterry Children book Illustration by gedomenas
Tree House by crazypalette Messages from above / / -cac day 2- by Haluin
Clover by XReichiX
In Search of Flowers by RovinaCaiLuthien and Huan by EKukanova
Empathy - in progress by DonatoArts Postnuclearians by Plan-BE
Fields of Gold by andreasrocha
Dragon's Breath by 88grzes
The Maze II - Into the guts by Jessica-Rossier

Pinery by 1Eni1 winter in florence by archipics
Mossy Robo by Sky-Burial Shmup background by TimJonsson Scene #14: 'Ben' by octavinavarro
Mushroom Hand by Raiyumi

La Metamorphose by Sylfvr |I will ..from the sky..for you.. by tuminka
Bright Future by DrewHopper Fairy ginger by Piroshki-Photography
*** by MariaBabintseva cat by monikha
Cloud Angels by Fox2006 A reflection of friendship by Wrightam
Chaotic perfection by OlgaBlair Identity by CyanideMishka
fern by lanaext Wanessa by Rubengda
Bangkok by RunfoxAir Mail by niklin1
Holes In The Sky by MartinStranka Sunflower Knot by KeldBach
Bird as title by BobRock99Industrial Window by alex-xs
Mountain Pass by rainth34 Ant 2 by Nalby1981


The Attic VII: V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 12:23 AM


Entomologist's Wish by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

        Once upon a time, a young child discovered a secret room within her grandparent's home. The door was at the top of a steep staircase, and light from the corridor was all that filtered in to illuminate its darkened corners. It was, of course, the attic, and it had been in use for as long as any of them could remember (and much longer, at that). Her mother and grandmother knew about the room, of course, but to this child it was a hidden thing, brimming with marvelous treasures that astounded the imagination, and were made even more tantalizing by the adults' apparent indifference to the space. Afternoons and rainy days were spent rummaging through this attic, and in it time always seemed to slow down, even stand still.

On this day, she discovered the work of...
Cursed Forest lurkers by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Plantae III by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R Fungi V by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
The Fungus Kingdom by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Serpent analysis by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R Ampikyy anatomy by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Adora in Wonderland by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R Merry Christmas! by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
The Harvest by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Entomology Tab. V by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-REntomology Tab. II by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-REntomology Tab. I by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Entomology Tab. VII by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Lepidoptera obscura species II by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Lepidoptera obscura species I by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

Stag Squid by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

Squid Moth by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R

Cephalopodoptera / tab V by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R Cephalopodoptera / tab I by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Creatures of the Deep Sea by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Aequoreus vita V / Marine life V by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R Aequoreus vita I / Marine life I by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R
Aequoreus vita / Marine life by V-L-A-D-I-M-I-R