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Life does not always give you exactly what you ask of it. Life is not a gumball machine, hungry for quarters.

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Life does not always give you exactly what you ask of it.  Life is not a gumball machine, hungry for quarters.

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[Mydas Flies are large, heavy-bodied wasp mimics.  They are a velvety black, with the 2nd abdominal segment being a bright orange-yellow, orange, or reddish orange.  Blackish wings have a bluish or purplish sheen.  Mydas Flies are frequently seen on flowers and they presumably feed on nectar (they were once thought to feed on other insects).]

Wasp-like but harmless! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Wasp-like but harmless! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Weekly Review #17

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Good evening, bloggers! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’m not feeling my greatest today, so be prepared for today’s blog to be a short one.

 

Halloween has taken over my every minute. With props and decorations………its going to be quite a show. We still have a good bit to do and only have two weeks left until the party. I just hope everything works out and that we have a full house!

 

Just one book review today. Another great request I received via Author Alliance. By the way, my request total is closing in at 60 now.

The Eternal Fountain of Youth by Thomas Peace has a lot to offer, from topics of time, death and fear to God, life and eternity. It’s an honest perception of humans……how we act, how we live. Thomas takes us on an unique journey of true discovery. A discovery of…

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Reblogged this excellent display of compassion and heartfelt giving! Superb!

Friend Nature: Artist D.A. Hartley

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I was approached to paint murals in a new hospital wing for Children’s Hospital, Central Valley. The project entailed 150’ of nurses’ stations, eight hospital rooms, and an examination room. I called for help, and my son Charles Gilbert helped me for this month long project. My son was attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and left his studies for this project, I dropped out of the teaching credential program I was in. We dedicated our lives just for a month, and had the most enjoyable time with this project!

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We decided upon a theme for each room, a location in Africa, India, Australia, China.

We then focused upon what scenes we wanted to portray.

Thinking of the children, and the suffering and healing they would experience here,

we chose family scenes of Mother and Child.

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We hold our hands together… be the sunshine…

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Without the things that you perceive… you (as you are) wouldn’t exist.  Consciousness (largely) is what it perceives.  So the next time that you see something, realize (please) that you are not (in essence) separate from it (i.e., you are not separate from your perceptions).  What you see is a part of what you are.  When you see some beautiful sunshine… it is you.  When you see the atrocity (i.e., darkness) of man to man — or the (brilliant) heartfelt compassion of man to man — it is you.  The perceiver is the perceived.  In deep wisdom, there is only a perceiving… and that perceiving (if it is seen sagaciously) is eternal.
This, believe it or not, is applicable fundamentally at our core… besides perceptually; we are not separate from each other; we are all one.  You can hold your hands apart… but they are not separate.  The left hand can “think” that it is apart from the right hand, but it is not.  Hold something within your hand; it is — in a big way — you.
The following is an excerpt of lyrics from Anderson Bruford  Wakeman Howe… the self-titled album by four alumni of the progressive rock group Yes:  Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, and Steve Howe.  (Jon Anderson, the alumni singer of Yes, gave me permission to include the lyrics of a couple of his songs within my book.  He offered these lyrics free of charge… which is awesome!)
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Always the way it seems
Just hear your voice
In all the songs of the earth
Nothing can come between us
You’re a brother of mine
We hold our hands together
Be the sunshine
Nothing can come between us
Be the sisters of time
Just hear your voice
in all the songs of the earth
Nothing can come between us
Nothing can come between us
Nothing can come between us
So give it all the love you have
Never be afraid to show your heart
So give it all the love you have
There is a special reason to come true
So giving all the love you have
Never be afraid to show your heart
So give it all the love you have
There is a special reason
There is a special reason this time
Long lost brother of mine
Seeing your life for the first time
Long lost brother of mine
Watching me walk in the full moon
Long lost brother of mine
Waking this dream everlasting
Long lost brother of mine
Seeing my life for the first time
Long lost brother of mine
Seeing me fly like an eagle
Long lost brother of mine
Watching me walk in the full moon
Long lost brother of mine
Seeing my life for the first time
Long lost brother of mine
Waking this dream everlasting
So it’s there
Putting one into one special reason
Yes it’s there
Putting “one into one one another”…
Sure can! Sure can! Sure can!
It’s a certain dimension
Coming at us for the very first time
It’s the second attention
Realising it all of the time
Re-defining this long lost passion
For the living we’re in
This will be the first of many
I be telling you
Long lost brother of mine
Walking away from illusion
Long lost brother of mine
Singing the sisters of freedom
Long lost brother of mine
Seeing the fathers of wisdom
Long lost brother of mine
Seeing my life for the first time
So it’s there, putting one into one special reason
Yes it’s there, putting “one into one one another”…
So it’s there, putting one into one special reason
Yes it’s there, you can see what you want to see
Long lost brother of mine…
Long lost brother of mine…
Long lost brother of mine…
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Tom with Katy (1)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Tom with Katy (1)… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Tom with Katy (2)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Tom with Katy (2)… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Tom with Katy (3)... by Thomas Peace 2013

Tom with Katy (3)… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Stopping violence isn’t easy…

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.      Stopping violence isn’t easy.  There is plenty of violence in America and in the world.   More laws may help (but only to a very limited extent)… but more than that we need to offer people more educationally.   We need to fundamentally change (as a society) at a level much deeper.  We need to change to where there’s not so much separation… separation between others and separation between education and (integral, deep awareness beyond mere “knowing”).   If we teach people to merely be competitive, to take from others, to exploit and use others… we will have failed.  Many are the product of their education… and laws will not confine those who are determined to exploit them.  These things are age-old; they are not anything new.

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.      The sharper men’s weapons,

.      The more trouble in the land.

.      The more ingenious and clever men are,

.      The more strange things happen.

.      The more rules and regulations,

.      The more thieves and robbers.

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Stopping Violence isn't easy... photo by Thomas Peace 2013

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Suffering is universal; we are all part of the totality of it…

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.     Suffering is universal; we are all part of the totality of it… and (together) we can go beyond it.  

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.   Sometimes going beyond mere representative images and symbolic patterns (as what thoughts are)… is a fundamental way of truly transcending suffering.  Such a “going beyond” is silent, perceptive, non-fragmentary, and devoid of mere separation and indifferent distance.

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I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all
oppression and shame;
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with
themselves, remorseful after deeds done;
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying,
neglected, gaunt, desperate;
I see the wife misused by her husband—I see the treacherous seducer
of young women;
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be
hid—I see these sights on the earth;
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny—I see martyrs and
prisoners;
I observe a famine at sea—I observe the sailors casting lots who
shall be kill’d, to preserve the lives of the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon
laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these—All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look
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See, hear, and am silent.

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Purple Passion... photo by Thomas Peace 2013

Purple Passion… photo by Thomas Peace 2013

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Death Immense Is Not So As A Little Innocence…

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.     Youth is growing down… when they are slowly losing their innocence

.     and are turning into more second-hand, dead copies of mere so-called 

.     grown-ups.    Never grow up… never lose your innocence.

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.     a little innocence,although it were

.     as red as terror and as green as fate,

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Praying Mantises… and Primitive Notions of Entropy…

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.     Universal order eternally smiled at the limited, rather barbaric,

.     miseducated, ironclad notions of entropy… as certain minds,

.     after tha debate, star t ed 2 d tear e oar eight 2 knot in 8 all… & fine

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Praying Mantises will make a quick meal out of other insects within their vicinity, which is a rather entropic situation for the prey, but a rather non-entropic situation for the Mantises.  (Universal order, by the way, isn’t going bye-bye.)

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At one time, I had a Praying Mantis as a pet… in a large terrarium.  I fed it thawed frozen brine shrimp (daily) from my fingers.  It lived for a very long time and laid huge egg sacks full of many eggs (that I put in our backyard).  Female Mantises can lay fertile eggs even without ever coming into contact with a male Mantis; in such cases, the babies are exact clones of the mother.  (If they do mate with a male… the females sometimes eat the male’s head off… or consume much of his body.)  My pet Mantis really enjoyed climbing around on my fingers often.  I was with my pet Mantis on the day that it died; it continually kept kissing its arms/legs all around… as if it were saying “good-bye” to itself.

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Mantis (1)... hanging out with Tom...by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (1)… hanging out with Tom…by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (2)... hanging out with Tom... by Thomas Peace  2013

Mantis (2)… hanging out with Tom… by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantids are meticulous groomers!

Mantis (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Peeking over the antenna… right into the camera eye!

Mantis (5) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (5) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Going beyond the conventional…

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.     Life is meant to be lived (with vibrant awareness)… not mere

.     (second-hand) imitation; perhaps you shouldn’t spend it

.     looking through dead images that others instilled in you.

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.     “Or you are abominably wicked;

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.     I said:  “I will, then, be a toad.”

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Self Portrait... by Thomas Peace 2013

Self Portrait… by Thomas Peace 2013

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One safe and quiet blade of grass…

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.      (Note:  The following is rather subtle… and may be difficult for many to grasp.

.      Please examine it carefully… and with a mind that has dropped — at least for a

.      while — its ironclad, conventional background and inherited prejudices.)      😉

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.     One safe and quiet blade of lofty, unconventional grass,

.     withstanding the traditional rain, soars higher (to the truth of

.     her) than millions of trampled, overpowered, fallen 

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Leaf of Grass byThomas Peace 2012

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Photos of Unusual Allosaurus Dinosaur Fossil Vertebra (150 Million Years Old)…

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The name Allosaurus was derived from the Greek, and it means “different lizard.”  It was considered “different,” by paleontologists, because its bones were a lot lighter than in dinosaurs previous to its existence.  Its bones were much lighter because they were riddled with many more air channels and blood vessel channels that previous species of dinosaur did not have as much of.  This allowed it to be faster and more nimble for its size,  which are great benefits to a big, meat-eating animal.

As most of you probably know… Allosaurus was a huge, carnivorous dinosaur.  It occurred in the Jurassic Period, around 150 to 155 million years ago.  The following is a photo (not taken by me) of an Allosaurus skeleton on exhibit (at the San Diego Natural History Museum).

Allosaurus (San Diego Natural History Museum)
Allosaurus (San Diego Natural History Museum)

The following are photographs of an Allosaurus vertebra (backbone) that I purchased at one time.  The vertebra comes from southern Utah.  The vertebra was split in half; then each half was polished (on the side where the split occurred) to show the beautiful cells and spaces within the bone.  Certain dinosaur bones (in certain isolated localities) become (over millions of years) permineralized by various minerals that permeate into the bone cells over time.  Depending what the minerals are… the colors (within the bone spaces) can be of many different types… some very beautiful.  This particular Allosaurus specimen has white crystallizations within… which look quite nice.

After I had the bone in my possession for a while, I noticed that one of the halves had a couple of places (on it) that were entry ways for pneumatic diverticulae.  Pneumatic diverticulae, in the more evolved of the dinosaurs, were branches and channels — that would come from the air sacs and lungs —  that would bore into and through the bones, enabling air (from the lungs) to be stored and transported.  (So, unlike mammals, they could transport and store air within their bones!)  Some of these channels would (later) progress to the outside of the body (and allow gases to be emitted out of the organism).  Younger dinosaurs do not have these, at first; they grow and increase (and branch out more and more) as the animal ages.  Many birds have this.   A turkey wing — that someone is preparing for consumption — may have a little hole in the skin here or there.  These are the exit chambers of the pneumatic channels!  (A young turkey may not have these holes;  most turkeys sold — to consume — are young turkeys).   Birds are actually evolved from (and they are) dinosaurs.   Many mammals, including humans, have cranial pneumaticity (exclusively in their heads)… but only dinosaur/birds have the very advanced postcranial pneumaticity (as well as an advanced form of the cranial kind).

Mammals (such as we humanoids) do not have this advanced kind of respiratory system.  Ours is much more primitive.  You won’t hear this taught in public schools; they, of course, continue to put on airs of superiority for our species!  (I tell things straight, though, just as I do in my book.)  One of the reasons why dinosaurs had such a monopoly over mammals for millions and millions of years has to do with their superior respiratory systems.  In dinosaurs (and birds), special air sacs and pipework keep (new) fresh air coming into their lungs consistently.  Air flows into a bird’s lungs only in one direction.  Air from the (pre-lung) air-sac that puts air into a bird’s (or dinosaur’s) lungs is always being replenished with fresh air.  Air from another (post-lung) air-sac that comes “from” their lungs… always is pushing out “old-used” air.  The lungs never get the bad (used) air coming in with the fresh.  Air only travels in one direction through their (i.e., dinosaurs’) lungs; their lungs are not the inefficient “in and out” kind (like blowing in and out of a paper sack) like ours (i.e., the mammals’) are.  In fact, the lungs of dinosaurs (and birds, which are a small type of dinosaur) do not ever move; only the air-sacs around them move!   Our lungs (of mammals) that move with the ribs, muscles, and diaphragm around them, breathe in the same bad air that we were trying to exhale (and through the same pipework too);  that is very inefficient.  That is one of the reasons why dinosaurs reigned supreme for so many millions of years… until that 6-mile-across asteroid wiped most of them out (except for the birds); the impact of that asteroid also wiped out 70% of all species on earth.   Mammals, during the time of the dinosaurs, were always small, mostly nocturnal, and would hide under rocks (which is one of the reasons why we survived that impact); there were no large mammals during the time of the dinosaurs… because the dinosaurs were too dominant over the mammals.   Most dinosaurs were a lot more hot blooded — the average body temperature of birds is 105 degrees Fahrenheit —  a lot better at breathing… and (hence) a lot more sprightly and agile than the mammals.  (The dinosaurs were not “sluggish,” as we were once — not long ago — taught.)  If that asteroid would have missed the earth… they would still be the dominant ones… and who knows what they would have evolved into…

The following is a photo of the two halves of an Allosaurus vertebra with crystal cells (after polishing).  Weight: 5 lb 10 oz

The cells, which once were air channels and passageways for blood vessels, are now filled with crystallized minerals (various silica, calcite, dolomite and other minerals).

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Allosaurus Dinosaur Split Vertebra by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Dinosaur Split Vertebra by Thomas Peace c.2013

Note (in the photo below) the larger oval crystal section around the center; look to the right and (especially) to the left of it to see where the pneumatic diverticulae have entry-ways (fossae pleurocels, or pneumatic pores) that enter the vertebra bone from the air sacs/lungs!  If you look at such a dinosaur vertebra, you will see little spots here and there on its sides; these are the entry-ways (fossae pleurocels/pneumatic pores) that go into the bone.  This vert was cut just at the “right spot” (i.e., right where the pneumatic diverticulae enter the bone… as pneumatic pores); the guy who used to polish these didn’t have the faintest idea about what these entry-ways were!    I’ve sent pictures of this to, and have corresponded with, a noted paleontologist.  (The action of the pneumatic diverticulae functions almost like an organism within an organism; it is a very advanced stage in regard to breathing physiology.)

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Allosaurus Vertebra (1) by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (1) by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Some close-ups…(please note, in the first of the following photos, the entry-way — the pneumatic fossa, or pneumatic pore — going into the vertabra )…  It’s the “spear-shaped” chamber on the left.  (It would form a convoluted passageway throughout the vert in ways we can’t simply see via a slice-view.)

Allosaurus Vertebra (2) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (2) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (3) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (3) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (4) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (4) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (5) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (5) by Thomas Peace c.2013

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[A subsequent post,we’ll have, is: Photos of fossil Troodon Dinosaur (the “intelligent” dinosaur)]

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Highly Recommended:

Cool DVDs of Allosaurus:

You can get these at amazon.com or at ebay:

Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special

Jurassic Fight Club:  Season One

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Photo of 300 Million Year Old Damselfly Fossil that I found…

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Here’s a photo of a 300 million year old fossil of a Damselfly that I found in the Mazon Creek area (of Illinois).  Mazon Creek is world famous for the soft bodied fossils of animals and plants from the Pennsylvanian Period.

The entire piece is a little over 6 inches wide.  The Damselfly is  toward the lower right section, is facing right, with its hind-end abdomen (on the left, tilting down below the wings).  If you look closely at the fossil, under the head to the right, you can see little fossilized legs; these legs were (apparently) kicking at the time when the insect became entrapped in mud or sediment (hence the darker impression under the head from the kicking/struggling).  There are sections with Pennsylvanian foliage, also fossilized on the piece.

I mentioned the fossil in the comment section of Jerry Stolarski’s blog… and he requested that I post a photo of it.  So here it is…

300 Million Year Old Damsel Fly fossil Thomas Peace c. 2013

300 Million Year Old Damsel Fly fossil Thomas Peace c. 2013

Below is a photo of Damselflies in a mating ritual.  Note that, after millions of years of evolution, their abdomens are a lot thinner and streamlined.  Why would that be advantageous?   Well, it could enable them to fly better… and it would prevent their great enemy from getting a lot of extra nourishment… thus keeping their enemy’s population down!

Damsel fly mating ritual Thomas Peace c. 2013

Damsel fly mating ritual Thomas Peace c. 2013

Below:   Their archenemy not getting as much nourishment 300 million years later!   (I’ll post some pics of spiders in 55 million year old Baltic Amber in the future.)

Spider & Damsel fly by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Spider & Damsel fly by Thomas Peace c. 2013

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3D Nature Photographs…

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These are 3D nature photos that I’ve taken; they’re (like my writings) not superficial!  They are best viewed online via the use of a Pokescope 3D Viewer.  One can order these easily online.  Or one can do it by utilizing the “Eye-cross” method.”   I can do it instantly… I’m so accustomed to it.  However, it may be a bit difficult for a “newbie.”  The Pokescope 3D Viewer is better (and it would work best by looking at the pictures while not enlarged).  Viewing the photos on the 3D camera LCD or on a printed 3D lenticular is best.

Here’s how to view (via the Eye-cross method):

First, left click on one of the photos (to enlarge it); you can later return simply by clicking on the left return arrow.

1.Sit around three feet from your computer screen.  Put your fists together about one foot in front of you.

2. Lift your index fingers up and keep them about 2 inches apart (and pointing slightly toward the bottom of the middle of the two pictures).  Still keeping your index fingers mostly pointing up (and two inches apart), cross your eyes and try to produce a steady floating image of a “virtual” finger that is between the two real fingers.

3. Once you get good at making that steady “virtual” finger… take a look at the middle “virtual” image behind it; it will be 3D… and will stay locked in place (and focused) once you get “good at it.”  Enjoy!   (It takes practice!)

Alternate Method:   (You still have to cross your eyes correctly…but it’s more cool, by far…)  Another good way to do it…(that I invented)…  is to make “Fake 3d Glasses” with your own hands; first put your open hands against your face (just outside of each eye, with fingers pointing up… like visors); then cup your index fingers and thumbs together to make “glasses”;  look at the middle 3D image as before.  The palm of your left hand should block your left eye from seeing the left picture (but enable your left eye to see the right picture); the palm of your right hand should block your right eye from seeing the right picture (but enable your right eye to see the left picture).  As you look through your fake human glasses… your palms should be cupping to block the necessary side pictures, while allowing the middle virtual picture to exist exclusively on its own!   Sweet!   😉

Let me know if you were able to do it.  Otherwise, just look at the enlarged (though not as clear) pictures in 2D.   Some people are better at it than others; it takes practice!

My 3d camera shows 3d images on its LCD screen (without needing 3d glasses), which is really cool.  It’s a Fujifilm  FinePix Real 3D  W3.    One can order 5×7 inch permanent 3D pictures, of photos that one has taken, that one can view (without the need for 3D glasses or needing to do the 3D method described above); the 5x7s are made with special lenticular coatings (to make them easily seen in 3D).

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3D Dandelion and Bee photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

3D Dandelion and Bee photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Ladybug photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Ladybug photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Bee's Friend, Man's Enemy by Thomas Peace c.2013

Bee’s Friend, Man’s Enemy by Thomas Peace c.2013

Fledglings by Thomas Peace c.2013

Fledglings by Thomas Peace c.2013

Jiminy Cricket by Thomas Peace c.2013

Jiminy Cricket by Thomas Peace c.2013

Lacewing by Thomas Peace c.2013

Lacewing by Thomas Peace c.2013