Nature's Wonders Sneak Peek Thread

Discussion in 'Show Me The Honey' started by Ken Gilliland, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. McG.

    McG. Admirable

    Dreamer! Huge HUGZ! How are ya?! Ok ok I got a ridiculously bad pattern going. (shrugs) can't help it!
     
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  2. Dreamer

    Dreamer Dream Weaver Designs Contributing Artist

    Haha hey you! Still getting one foot in front of the other and some days the even are going the same way!
     
  3. McG.

    McG. Admirable

    Heeeyyy! Good to see you too Dreamer! Change? That is a long sloooow process. Get me going about the wonders I love seeing, yep I can yammer on I guess!
     
  4. McG.

    McG. Admirable

    I could spend a while or two just watching that, Dreamer! :laugh:
     
  5. McG.

    McG. Admirable

    P7200435.JPG Meep Meep !!
    Hey guys, wanna see another Friend? Hmmm? (Bwa :devil"HA HA ha ha ha ha ha ha!)
     
  6. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Ambitious HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Snakes (and spiders) are on my list. I'm not a huge fan either having been bitten by Black Widows (as a termite inspector crawling under houses) and even a Western Diamondback (while rock climbing many years ago). I do like the two-line racers we get in our yard. They are welcome in the yard, the diamondbacks aren't. Link to Critter sightings in our yard and birds.
     
  7. McG.

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    Thanks for showing off your critters, Ken. You have some I've never seen before, neither in Houston or up here in the panhandle. There are a greater variety of birds in SE Texas than up here. More trees and wetlands. The cutest shot has to be the Skunk Family! :D
    In SE Texas there is a greater variety of just about everything. We have the common mammals like you do. The Bobcats are more clearly marked I think here. We see the occasional gray wolf here, and Puma show up regularly. Specially around the cattle yards. There are a lot of those here too.
    I've seen a few kites here, Mississippi Kites seem to stay around here on the plains. We have the big Ravens, Grackles, Brown Headed Cowbirds, a few Cattle Egrets. Never see the bigger long neck wading birds here.
    I used to get out more with the DSLR and bag of gear. My phone takes the same size image though, so that has become my full time carry one.
    I ought to find someplace that will let me upload to an album. Means I need to snoop around here a bit more eh?
     
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  8. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    That's quite a menagerie you have there in your yard Ken. ;)
     
  9. McG.

    McG. Admirable

    BTW, the ONE family of arachnids I like are the Salticidae. The Jumping Spiders. Their venom is NON-human active. And they don't like to bite things way bigger than they are. The Phidippus Audax (Bold Jumper) may be the sole exception to that biting rule. Those ones are the biggest and have a bad attitude to go with it. Meanwhile, if they are relaxed, having a nice day, they will slowly approach you and sometimes even get on your arm to play in the hair. Like a jungle gym, to them, I think.

    ALL Jumping Spiders have the same type of eye arrangement. Two big ones facing front, those are focusable by moving their retina. Their vision is excellent, and they have greater acuity and color ranges than we can even dream of. They are active hunters, do not spin a web and sit in it waiting for prey to get caught. They DO anchor a safety line before every jump. They also weave a hide for molting, and females often lay eggs in one. Pretty smart little animals too. Remember, the Jumper FAMILY are human safe. They are the only ones with that eye/face arrangement too. The tiny eyes on the sides/top are for detecting light/shadow changes.
     
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  10. JOdel

    JOdel Extraordinary HW Honey Bear

    AM is Alessandro Mastronardi, and yeah, he does a lot of the animals over at DAZ. He's also one of the people behind the LAMH hair system, so a lot of his critters are (or used to be) furry. Although he does have a fairly wide range of alligators and crocodiles as well.
    His modeling has improved a lot since the days when his critters used displacement fur, but I still think Chris and Ken's is better.
     
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  11. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    I have to agree, which is why I'd like to see Ken "eventually" do a crocodile, or alligator. ;)
     
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  12. JOdel

    JOdel Extraordinary HW Honey Bear

    Noggin's old Poser croc isn't half bad.
     
  13. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    I have a couple of his old products, though don't think I have that one.
     
  14. McG.

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    I have the old EF Critters Crocodile and the older CP Alligator. I have several CP reptiles, very few DAZ animals. Well, the Dragons. But Kens Crocodillians would be a welcome inclusion! To say the least. Komodo dragon? Australian Monitors? Guyana? I don't know what that would mean in extra modeling work, but would definitely mean a lot of texture work! I have the AM Macrochelys, which ain't that bad, but...I'm in a collecting humor. ;)
     
  15. McG.

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    Don't laugh too hard y'all, but I really love Noggins Rats! Mainly cause of the Pet Store and Fantasy texture sets. I mean, who wouldn't fall in love with a real zebra rat or a leopard rat eh? :p
     
  16. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Ambitious HW3D Exclusive Artist

    I've not entirely convinced I can do it but my original plans for my lizard did include the Komodo Dragon... I think it's a possibility since I manage to get a decent Gila Monster out of the mesh-- if not, the Lizard could be hybridized into a Komodo standalone model and maybe gators ;). But again, I'm getting way ahead of myself... I still have over 500 birds to upgrade to the new format with Iray and Superfly materials as well as a number of other projects I've promised (Sage Grouse, Peafowl, Potoos)
     
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  17. McG.

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    Oh gee whizzus! (i tink someone stole the *THUD!* emojie!) over 500?!?! whew!
     
  18. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Ambitious HW3D Exclusive Artist

    well, I started with about a 1,000 to convert... so at least I'm about halfway through now lol

    And for those of you who think I've done about every bird possible...

    there are over 10,000 DIFFERENT bird species ;)
     
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  19. Dreamer

    Dreamer Dream Weaver Designs Contributing Artist

    [​IMG] and I thought I was bad with my horse coats lol
     
  20. McG.

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    Guinea Hens! Them cantankerous NOISY walking talking alarm clocks! but they're beautiful and eat LOTS of BUGS! And city folks get all kinds of exercise thinking they can catch em.

    And in case anyone gets the idea I'm a city slicker, here's a pic of MY Houston, Tx.!

    ( pssst! The city is behind me! )
     

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