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    My favorite sort of thread has a barely controlled randomness. That being whatever delightful thing pops into your head.

    The focus, broad and perhaps fuzzy, is animals: actual, mythical, imaginary, allegorical, and so forth. . .

    Three examples:








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    I'll take a chronological approach, with a newly-discovered species of extinct felo-reptilian: the Kittysaurus.


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    Happy Holidays!


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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures



    When we visited Great Blasket Island, off the Dingle in Kerry, there were seals frolicking in the breaking waves. Kept my eye out for a wee selkie, but no luck.



    If you don't know what a selkie might be, here's a clue:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post


    When we visited Great Blasket Island, off the Dingle in Kerry, there were seals frolicking in the breaking waves. Kept my eye out for a wee selkie, but no luck.



    If you don't know what a selkie might be, here's a clue:

    There's a great Irish movie about the island and selkies. I can't remember the name of it, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    There's a great Irish movie about the island and selkies. I can't remember the name of it, though.
    Different island, Inishmore, but the film is wonderful.



    There are quite a few traditional songs about selkies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
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    There's a great Irish movie about the island and selkies. I can't remember the name of it, though.
    Different island, Inishmore, but the film is wonderful.



    There are quite a few traditional songs about selkies.
    Ah yes, that's the one. My late wife and I saw it not long after it first came out. That was too long ago to remember its name or the island's name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by An old bloke View Post
    There's a great Irish movie about the island and selkies. I can't remember the name of it, though.
    Different island, Inishmore, but the film is wonderful.



    There are quite a few traditional songs about selkies.
    Ah yes, that's the one. My late wife and I saw it not long after it first came out. That was too long ago to remember its name or the island's name.
    Good hint, do not know it yet.
    Amazon Prime streams it, will take a look

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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    Hope you like it. It's a sweet-natured film that treats a legend in a matter-of-fact way, free of hocus-pocus and CG awfulness.

    Instead of thinking about Christmas, elves, reindeer, etc. I've been thinking about unicorns.

    There are many images of the beast in artwork over the ages, leading up to the sparkly-pink kiddie verions of the present day.

    One old story has it that the way to catch a unicorn is to take a virgin into the forest and have her wait, holding a mirror. When the unicorn approaches, it will be hypnotised by its mirror image.


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    my own interpretation of a therizinosaurus.

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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    Lovely concept for the thread, Chip - thanks! Here's a drawing done by a friend of mine (with a fountain pen) when he found out I was happy with a new instrument:

    Last edited by Jon Szanto; December 20th, 2021 at 01:30 AM.
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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Lovely concept for the thread, Chip - thanks! Here's a drawing done by a friend of mine (with a fountain pen) when he found out I was happy with a new instrument:

    I smiled the instant I saw ths. It reminded me of my childhood and the great art that adorned children's books in the 1950s.

    Your friend is truly a talent on the level of Beatrix Potter.

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    Jon– that is brilliant! Heaps of thanks.
    Last edited by Chip; December 20th, 2021 at 06:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    Christof– Great drawing. Here's another phantasmagorical reptilian—


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    More about the unicorn.

    The Vikings sold and traded the tusks of the narwhal, an arctic sea mammal unknown in medieval Europe. The tusks were seen as proof of the existence of unicorns.



    "In all likelihood, the Vikings initially got the horn they traded from the Inuit, though they themselves would have hunted the whale for its horn as well. At one time, it is surmised that a Viking traded a horn with a European trader who assumed that it came from a unicorn, and thus the myth was born. As this whale lived only in the far north, the Vikings were able to exploit the legend of the unicorn and the belief that the narwhal’s horn held magical properties. By Medieval times, people firmly believed that unicorn horn had magical properties. It was said that a cup carved from unicorn horn would protect the person drinking from it; they could never be poisoned, as the cup neutralized any poison placed in it. The horn was also supposed to cure melancholia or depression."

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/...unicorn-horns/


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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    How about a Goldfink?


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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    ...or the Groucho fish?


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    Default Re: Fanciful Creatures

    A favorite illustrator, Chiara Bautista, has done a series of imaginative unicorn drawings.

    I make up stories to go with her drawings. Feel free—











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