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New Fractal Flame Slide Show. Ten more cuties to dazzle your eyes! Baked in my oven to happy degrees.
Fractal Flames Red Mansions
You asked for it and here they are. Over a hundred beautifully crafted fractal flames that range from the purest and most textured reds imaginable to blends of red as accents to other colors. A true heart full of reddish colors in full color.
INCREMENTS: A NEW JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH NOVEL. Some background history on the cover and its creation.
hought it would be fun, and maybe even a little helpful to tell how I came about a cover for one version of my front covers for Increments, my new Amazon and Smashwords novel.
As you can see above this is one of those beautiful photos taken in the Northern latitudes where the Aurora Borealis does its incredible fractal flames flares in the sky on a nightly basis.
I'm sure people living there probably get used to it, or not. I've never met anyone who lives there. Anyone reading this who lives in that area of the world, I'd love to hear from you about this phenomena, it's so awesome.
So having the above beautiful flare of lights, I thought I would incorporate that into another image.
Combine this above images and some sweet photoshoping, a nice Victorian gentleman silhouette and a flare of my own kind, along with titles and you have what is below.
I added next a cavern scene to complete the piece, and the shades of green imagery.
I'm working on a different computer or I would add all the elements of the final cover, but you kind of get the idea from what I've posted.
In Photoshop it's a matter of layering your images, pulling some up or down, right or left, then maybe adding a green shader layer with some blending to color correct and create the monotone green colors.
Hope this was fun for you.
Slide Show. Fractal Flames. Mint, Pink Champagne, Grape and Raspberry flavors are served up for your eye pleasure!
It's been a long week. Getting all the classrooms ready for the surge of children wishing Summer weren't so short.
Teachers exhausted as they struggle to get everything perfect for the kiddies.
Oh and did I mention...exhausted.
Most people have no clue how much background work that teachers go through. I do. I teach. And believe me, it's no picnic!
Anyway, here's a fresh batch of nicely minted Fractal Flames fresh from the flame factory by John Pirillo. Me!
Fractal Flame Slide Show. Freshly stirred swirls of orange marmalade gently sprinkled over vanilla skies. Enjoy!
Today's batch of Fractal Flames is all orange themed. So I am nicknaming them the Orange Marmalade Squad. A fresh and varied bunch of orange swirls generously dipped in vanilla, to give a panoply of visually stimulating delights.
A new flourish of pastel colored Fractal Flame swirls of delight.
Mint and Orange Sherbet Slideshow of Fractal Flames liberally sprinkled with vanilla wafers and creamy milk.
New Slide Show of Fractal Flames. A bowl of mint and orange sherbert prepared on a vanilla wafer.
Opar, the fabled land that Tarzan visits in Return of Tarzan. Some history about it and a boatload of images.
Opar (fictional city) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Opar.
Opar Tarzan location Creator Edgar Rice Burroughs Genre Fantasy adventure Type Lost city Notable characters La Opar is a fictional lost city in Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of Tarzan novels.
Burroughs may have named it for his hometown at the time he wrote the original Opar novels, Oak Park, Illinois. He may also have taken the name from the Biblical reference to Ophir, whence King Solomon supposedly received a cargo of "gold, silver, sandalwood, precious stones, ivory, apes and peacocks" every three years, via the Red Sea, which was presumably somewhere in Africa, but of which hardly anything else is known.
The city first appeared in the second Tarzan novel, The Return of Tarzan (1913), and was revisited in the fifth, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (1916), the ninth, Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1923), and the fourteenth, Tarzan the Invincible (1930). Exiles from Opar also appear in Burroughs' juvenile story "Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, with Jad-Bal-Ja, the Golden Lion" (1936, later published as the second part of Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins in 1963). The events of this story occur between those of Lion and Invincible.
Contents In Burroughs Opar is located deep in the jungles of Africa. Portrayed as a lost colony of Atlantis in which incredible riches have been stockpiled down through the ages, the city's population exhibits extreme sexual dimorphism caused by a combination of excessive inbreeding, cross-breeding with apes, and selective culling of offspring. Consequently, female Oparians appear perfectly human, while male Oparians are apelike brutes. The ruler and high priestess of the city is Queen La, who on her first encounter with Tarzan falls in love with him, and subsequently carries a torch for him. Tarzan, already committed to Jane Porter, spurns her advances, thus endangering his own life, as the religion of Opar condones human sacrifice. Yet he returns to the lost city time and again to replenish his personal wealth from its hoarded treasure.
In Farmer Main article: Khokarsa Opar is also the setting of Philip José Farmer's novels Hadon of Ancient Opar (1974) and Flight to Opar (1976), which expanded the idea of Opar into a pre-historic world (some 10,000 years ago) in which Africa had two huge linked inland seas, which were the cradle of a pre-Egyptian civilization. This primeval empire was based on an island in the more northern sea, taken to be Atlantis in the Tarzan books; the city of Opar, located on the more southerly sea, is portrayed as having been a small back-water in this much larger realm, called Khokarsa. Farmer's novels mix characters from the Tarzan series (Farmer maintained that the character Sahhindar is the time traveler John Gribardsun from his novel Time's Last Gift, in which it is strongly hinted that Gribardsun is in fact Tarzan) and H. Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain series ("Laleela" and "Pag", here renamed "Lalila" and "Paga").
In other media On film, Opar was seen in the early Tarzan movies The Adventures of Tarzan (1921), based on The Return of Tarzan, and Tarzan the Tiger (1929), based on Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, as well as the more recent film Tarzan and the Lost City (1998). Opar also appeared, in the guise of a generic African village, in Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957), in which the Oparians were led by the male chief Chief Ogonooro (played by Orlando Martins) rather than the female queen/priestess La.
Opar has also appeared in some of the television series based on the Tarzan books. Most notably it appeared in the Disney TV adaptation, with La still ruling. However, the city's populace are humanoid leopards called the Leopard Men, who act as La's soldiers and servants. When La's sceptre is destroyed, the Leopard Men are reverted into their original leopard forms, La disintegrates into dust and Opar crumbles into oblivion. Even after the release of the Leopard Men, La's spirit possesses Jane and she (briefly) revives the city and creates statue warriors until Tarzan and a native African shaman interfere. Opar is again destroyed and La's ghost is condemned to be trapped inside a rat's body.
Whoeey! New Fractal Flame Slideshow. A whole crock full of stewed Fractal Flames cooked with the sweetest of colors and swirls, & rainbows.
Been working on some of these flames by turning them into three dimensional objects. Very, very time consumming. Hope to have a batch of those to show in the next week or so.
Been so busy on getting my bookstore put together that it hasn't left a lot of free time. Even had to backoff on two of my blogs, which I loved doing. A person only has so many hours to do things.
But fun is coming. Some very different takes on fractal flames.
Keep your eye on the slideshows.
Slide Show. Brand New spectacular colors and splashes of rainbows draped across white fields of light. Eye candy to feast the soul!