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These are the most recent additions to my gallery. Feel free to take all the time you want exploring the vast collection of art which I have submitted to dA as well as the huge collection of fine work from the many fellow deviants I have encountered and added to my favourites and watch. I am thanking you in advance.

Random Favourites

Here we have a random sampling of favourite artworks chosen for their artistic excellence rather than technical perfection. You can find many different styles of great art within the Favourites Gallery, arranged in folders by topic of interest, including photographs, 3D renders, traditional art and literature. Be sure to visit them all and send each artist a comment. Enjoy!

Random from Bolivia

Viva Bolivia! This wonderful and diverse country in South America is home to many Andean people, aboundant life, and the Charango. It is a place of high snow covered peaks and lush steamy lowland jungle.

This collection of wonderful artwork is only a small part of the vast Favourites Gallery here at the Slow Dog's Place. Please visit the Favourites Gallery to see the entire collection in greater detail.

There are over 13,510 images in the Favourites Gallery, a little bit of something interesting and enjoyable for everyone. If you like them be sure to post a comment or give a fave to the artist.

Many styles of art are chosen from the hundreds of wonderful friends and loyal watchers here on dA, as well as works visited during random browsing sessions.

Quispe Torrez Professional Charango hecho en el Alto, Bolivia.


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"We could prevent a lot of unnecessary hatred, strife, and war if everyone in the world could all just understand and have the courage to say, 'My religious beliefs/non-beliefs are my opinions/preferences. They will most likely never be proven/disproven in my lifetime. They may not be the same as yours, but they are no greater, nor lesser than yours.' This would remove a huge source of needless conflict from the world."



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Llama Patrol

Bolivian Llama
Winter Fashion

A well dressed Albino Llama
Ready for Winter in the Altiplano


Llama Badge PNG by KomodoEmpire
Llama Wave by KinnisonArc

Llama Herding on deviantART

chasing llama by fear-the-brilliance:iconllamatruckplz:run llamas run by fear-the-brilliance

:bulletred: ~ If you view an artwork and add it to your favourites,
give a comment to the artist and perhaps a llama, too!
:bulletred: ~ If somebody gives you a llama,
give them a llama in return.
:bulletred: ~ The first time you visit somebody's page,
show them you liked their art with a llama.
:bulletred: ~ Trade a llama if offered a point
from somebody who wants a llama from you.
:bulletred: ~ If somebody adds your art to their faves,
give them the gift of a llama as thanks.


What is a Llama?

Llamas airborne!
Bolivian llamas gather around to look at us

The llama (Lama glama) is a South American camelid, widely used as a pack and meat animal by Andean cultures since pre-hispanic times. They are everywhere in Bolivia. Many Native folks keep them as loving pets and hard working farm helpers. Llamas are very loyal creatures.

The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is between 1.7 meters (5.5 ft) and 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall at the top of the head. They can weigh between approximately 130 kilograms (280 lb) and 200 kilograms (450 lb). At birth, a baby llama (called a cria) can weigh between 9.1 kilograms (20 lb) and 14 kilograms (30 lb).

Llama on patio by Philip Greenspun,
An albino llama enjoys resting at Machu Picchu, Peru

Llamas are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd. They can be trained to work as a team and are highly obedient, though temperamental at time as most camalids all over the world are known to be.

Overall, the fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. The Natives weave it into colourful fabric to make the famous Awayo and Apaca garments worn by the local rural folk who live in the mountains of South America.

Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for several miles. They enjoy pleasing a loving master who rewards them for a job well done.

Llamas on National Geographic
A llama wonders among the ruins in the Chilean Andes

Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago as the watershed moved and the climate changed. Humans had not yet appeared in America, being found in Africa at that time.

By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago) camelids were extinct in North America, around the time modern light skinned humans appeared in Sweden. Note that the Native Andean humans had appeared in the mountains of South America much earlier. Their culture was highly advanced by the time the fair skinned folks arrived in America about 800 years ago.

As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation northward from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the US and Canada.

Click this WIKI to learn more.

Featured Llama Stampage

Llama Badges by eggyLlama love by OnWingsOfBlueLlama Whore by PatrickRuegheimer
:thumb160521480:Official: Llama Farmer stamp by pencilandpaperaddictllama by o-pie
Llama Stamp by Kaoz-CommanderRandom Acts of Llama by Kawaii-Demonic-ThingNinja Llama Stamp by PsychoMonkeyShogun
started with a llama by m0onjadeLlama Traders Tavern by Khalitzburg

I herd llamas on my deviant farm. The little buggers are everywhere on dA. Be it known that if you visit my page and I see your ike, you will get a llama from my farm. If I visit your page, I will leave a llama behind to give you love and respect. Also, if I add one of your works to my favourites, you will get a llama. And finally, everybody who gives me a llama will get one, a simple swap from your corral to mine. I do not buy llamas with points. However, I will trade a llama for a point from you. These points will be given to fellow deviants as awards of merit and appreciation.

My Herd of 6,801 Llamas

Current Llama Wrangler
Since September 3rd, 2013

Llama Rampage by KinnisonArcSuper Llama Pursuit by KinnisonArc
Ninja Llama Assault by KinnisonArcFancy Llama Chase by KinnisonArc

Going out, 5,374

Coming in, 1,427

Out of every five llamas that come to my farm, only one gets to stay in the local herd. They breed rather quickly. I like finding homes for them. I am currently herding Fancy Llamas which will grow in numbers large enough to become King Llamas. I need only 1,083 more of these furry friends from the Altiplano of Bolivia in order to advance my herd to royalty.

The Fancy Llama
When the herd reaches 1,000 llamas

fancy llama by KGBigelow

Llama Club by easydisplaynameSuper Llama Club by easydisplayname
Albino Llama Club by easydisplaynameSuper Albino Llama Club by easydisplayname
Ninja Llama Club by easydisplaynameFancy Llama Club by easydisplayname

Featured Lllama Art

Ninja Llama by TrollGirl

Mystical Llama by SaiyaGina

Da Ultimate Llama Collection 3 by booboojim

Llama levels by =computercomedyguy



Ranger Ricardo
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Stamp - Charango by fmr0


Greetings and best wishes to all fellow deviants and other visitors who come here. I am the Slow Dog, also known as Ranger Ricardo, Yellow Team Leader with the Alcoa Ridge Runners, a local Blount County group of hikers who go out on weekend hikes and camps along randomly chosen trails in the backcountry areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rest Stop on Little Greenbrier Trail by slowdog294
Ricardo and Ellen resting at Little Brier Gap - GSMNP

I believe in helping folks find real lasting joy every chance I get using the meager talents given to me. To this end, the artwork I have made and submitted to dA is presented in topical folders within my gallery, along with the thousands of favourites collected over my decade of dA membership. With the best of regards, I thank you very much for visiting my little corner of deviantART. Everyone is always welcome here.

J. Tyson Forker Top Spotlight Wide by slowdog294
J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer

On these pages, you will see the grandest of mankind's musical creations up close and personal in all its glory, the King of Instruments, the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ of the Silent Movie Age. You will also see beautiful landscapes, lovely women, and places where humans have lavished fantastic splendor upon homes, churches, and castles of all sizes. Tucked in between all this, you will find other objects of man's desire as well as the creatures who share this planet with us. Please enjoy your visit.

Who I Am and What I Do

So how would one describe me? Obviously, I am a flower child of the '60's, a mild mannered farm boy from East Tennessee who loves music and art, living by the way of the Hippy and following the teachings of Pachamama. Some would call me spiritual yet somewhat pagan, being a scientist by nature, a rather retiring and crusty old professor who holds Jessie Crawford, Uncle Albert and Madre Terra in the highest of reverent esteem.

Quality Jam Time by slowdog294
Quality jam time with Doctor Zander

I like music in all its forms. I am an active musician, though I officially retired from the industry years ago. Folks in the Theatre Pipe Organ world know me as the Bone Doctor. At Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, Blount County, Tennessee, I am known as Guru. Every Friday night, one can find me playing mountain music with those whom I grew up with, fellow students, close friends, cousins and family.

Standing among giants by slowdog294
Standing among giants - GSMNP

I am a man who enjoys nature with a passion. Hiking and camping in the remote backcountry are the ultimate forms of rest and recreation for me among a few close friends. It is what I do on most weekends these days.

The Country Gentleman

I an outgoing in public. However, I am a gentlemen with the ladies. To me, women are the artwork created by the Makers. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours, and they are all beautiful, each in their own wonderful way.

House Rules by slowdog294
Camp at Kepart Shelter - GSMNP

Women deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, adoration and equality as humans, for they are better equipped to handle stressful scenerios, and as an added bonus, appreciate art in ways men cannot.

Of Hobbies and Passtimes

When I am not building computers or making music, I can be found outside doing the greenskeeping, gardening, riding my bike, or observing the sky and woodlands during hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hiking Twenty Mile Loop by slowdog294
Getting hiking bearings - GSMNP

I enjoy scale model construction, bowling, rollerskating and swimming. Diving from high places is a real thrill. I also enjoy flying in small airplanes. Anything that goes fast or has lots of power is pleasure for me, because I am a thrill seeker at heart. Boys never grow up. They just get bigger toys.

Ready For Liftoff by slowdog294
Space Shuttle Discovery on Pad 39A
1/144 Scale Revell Plastic Model Kit

Men go from being content commanding the playpen to taking over the world. I simply want to become one with Nature and have fun doing it. The trick to living happy is remembering what made you happy to begin with as a child. As I was growing up, two things thrilled me the most. Romping around in Nature and human space travel. As a middle aged man, these items still bring me great fascination and joy. And all my life, the music has never stopped playing...

East Tennessee is a unique place. To be found here are some of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth, where virgin undisturbed woodlands still grow. Folks who live here hold this magical land in such high reverance that a large area of wilderness, encompassing over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, has been set aside as a nature preserve known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ranger Ricardo at Andrews Bald by slowdog294
Ranger Ricardo at Andrews Bald - GSMNP

Over a half million acres of mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and streams combine with diverse wildlife, hardwood and evergreen forests to greet over nine million visitors per year. It is the most visited National Park in the United States, straddling the Tennessee/North Carolina border along the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy being outdoors and hiking in this wonderful place enough to have a strong desire to lend a helping hand to the land I call home.

Get Involved

The Smoky Mountains National Park has no admittence fee. Keeping it attractive for visitors while making sure that Nature stays in balance requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Many opportunities await folks who come here, not only to have fun and get away from it all, but also, to learn about the park and take part in the stewardship of this national treasure.

Visit the official website of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association and shop for books and hiking supplies, park souveneers, and fine mountain foods.Volunteer for duty with the National Park Service - Get involved!

There are three ways to get involved if you share my passion for the wilderness. Obtain a job as a Park Ranger. Join the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Become a member of the Volunteers in Parks program. You can help us make a difference. We can save the wilderness for those who follow in the years to come. Click on a logo above to get started on your journey.

Park Rangers and Volunteers

Park Ranger Dale Ditmanson by slowdog294
Superintendent Dale Ditmanson - GSMNP

There are two kinds of personnel working within the staff of the National Park Service. There are the real Park Rangers, proudly wearing their trademark campaign hats, appointed federal lawgivers who get paid to work for the Department of the Interior. These hard working men and woman carry guns and proudly wear the arrowhead patch on their left shirt sleeve and a badge above their left shirt pocket. Without these legendary American Icons, the park would not exist. We all owe the Park Rangers a great debt of gratitude. The Park Rangers are the true heroes of the wilderness.

Ranger Patch by crimsonacquittal
National Park Volunteer

Then, there are the many people who work tirelessly without pay right beside the Park Rangers. They do not carry guns but they do wear a Ranger uniform with the Volunteer patch on the left shirt sleeve. These enthusiastic and dedicated workers are part of the official park staff. Their reward is knowing the National Parks will be around for future generations to enjoy. As a dedicated park advocate, I am working toward enrolling in the service of the Volunteers in Parks. My intentions are to adopt a backcountry hiking trail with primative campsites to care for.

Call of Duty

Ranger Ricardo on Buckeye Trail 14 by slowdog294
Ranger Ricardo on Buckeye Trail

During the everyday responsibilities of working in the Smokies, the Park Rangers depend on the Volunteers, forming a great team of enthusiastic folks with an unlimited passion for sharing the love of Nature and preserving it for everyone to experience in the years to come. Hard work is always a prelude to more fun than you ever thought possible. We have a lot of work to do in these mountains, and we have a bunch of fun doing it. Join us and live the adventure.

The deviantART Heroes

:heart::iconshinyheartplz:dA Heroes Stamp by BrigetteMora:iconshinyheartplz::heart:


Deviants like BrigetteMora, Lissaburd and oibyrd are constantly featuring their fellow deviants, whether supporting their causes, pimping their contests, or featuring thumbs of their devs. Others like DarthSammo and DarkOmen713 have helped fellow deviants suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. timfiredog helped a friend with the relocation of her mother after a house fire. Friends like cdmalcolm, JIMCAREYPHOTOGRAPHY and JunkbyJen have been helping victims of Breast Cancer, and encouraging support for Breast Cancer awareness. All of these heroes daily assist their fellow deviants, and deserve some community love. They have all earned the title of dA Hero.


Rules of Engagement

:bulletred:~ Be kind to your fellow deviants.
:bulletred:~ Never post destructive comments.
:bulletred:~ Do not claim my art as your own.
:bulletred:~ If you use my art as stock, link and credit.
:bulletred:~ You do not need permission to use my art.
:bulletred:~ You do not have permission to steal my art.


Official Beta Tester

Official Beta Tester

I beta test shit. by inktoastWindows ver.2.0 by RekizdChange by SinMarai

I am an official beta tester. I am a member of the bug reporting team here on dA. I am also a member of the Microsoft Developer Team. I enjoy finding things that are not quite right and figuring out a solution. I have beta tested dA since becoming a member of this great community in 2004.


I use Internet Explorer as a default browser, but that does not mean I use it all the time. I also use other major browsers to proof my web designs, in order to make sure my work is consistent and uniform across platforms. A well designed site will look the same on all computers worldwide, regardless of the OS and its apps. I run WHQL drivers on Intel and AMD Radeon compatible hardware.

IE stamp by MeisterMaximumO_o by Kaboose-18Windows Stamp by Stollrofl

I hear a lot of folks throwing off on Microsoft. It is easy to do unless you become aware of the sheer complexity of creating an operating system that will run well on a huge list of hardware that can be assembled and programmed in a myriad of mostly unknown and unpredictable ways by people who often know little about computers. My hat is off to this great company and the many hard working developer teams worldwide.

I have served as an Official Beta Tester for Google and Microsoft since 1994.
I have been a Premium Member and Official Beta Tester at DA for over nine years. I design high end cutting edge computing solutions for the music industry.

Gigabyte GA-7PESH3 by slowdog294

I still own and operate older 32bit computers.
I also have some newer 64bit machines.

:hypermind::iconinternetexplorerplz::iconwindows7plz:Website Notepad - Stamp by ConDecepticonWindows 7 by Tantawi:iconintellogoplz::iconatiplz::hypermind:

I support the following MS OS packages:


I work with the desktop and server varients as well as the new mobile apps.



Waiting for Recovery by gunstar1GOING FOR A STROLL by archangel72367
Against All Odds by ArraxxonShuttle into the Blue by trekkie604
The ISS Station by 2753Productions
The ISS Station by 2753Productions

NASA - Expanding mankind's mind and world since 1956


Walnut Hill Productions Home Page

WurliTzer Support Stamp by slowdog294MidiTzer Support Stamp by slowdog294Proud to be a TPO player by slowdog294Organist stamp by slowdog294
"It's all about the King of Instruments!"

Pappy's Passing - Update

Tue Dec 24, 2013, 6:32 PM
I Swear It's True by SevenRosesThanks by tRiBaLmArKiNgSStamp - Charango by fmr0Fake Pageviews by Sedmallama by o-pie

Park Ranger Icon -- Danger Dan by Miarath
Danger Dan

Opening Message

Pappy with soprano uke by slowdog294
Pappy playing Zander's Uke

On May 14th at 7:50PM, Ricardo's dear Pappy passed on to the other side. After 90 years going on 91, he completed his mission on planet Earth and was promoted to Glory as he slept peacefully during the last three days of his long life. He faced his last moments here with dignity and honer, his heart filled with the love of his five children who gathered around him to give safe passage home.

Sasha Follows Pappy

Cat Dog by slowdog294

Sasha, the beloved golden retriever who graced the House of Blue Flowers as guard dog and best friend to Little Black Cat and her gang of humans for almost fifteen years, followed Pappy across the Bifrost Bridge into Valhallah on Sunday, May 18th, 2014. She loved Pappy so much that she decided to follow and make sure he got where he was going. Her body was lain to rest, wrapped in a shroud of white, beneath the green grass in the south lawn among the elder trees of Rock Garden Woods. Ricardo was sad and, for the first time since Pappy went over to Paradise, felt very alone without his hero on Earth and his big yellow wolfie buddy.

Army Buddies in the Woods

Fighting Creek Trail 01 by slowdog294
Walkway connecting the VC and HQ
Sugarlands, GSMNP, Sevier County, TN

On Veteran's Day of 2013, Ranger Ricardo took his Pappy and Pappy's best friend Tommy Fagg on a hike around Fighting Creek at the Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Most of the leaves were gone, but there was still some beautiful colours left in those woods. These men have given new meaning to the word Veteran. Not only are they proud Army men who served duty in Germany and France during WWII, they are also local Townsend boys who have long since come of age.

Note that Pappy was ninety years old and Tommy was eighty-eight on the day of this trek into the wilderness. It had been some years since the good fellows had been in the boot. The trail is a 1.4 mile loop that begins and ends behind the Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. After walking to and from the car, total distance was almost two miles, since the car was parked at the south end of the Visitor Center. Although young folks would say this is a short walk, Pappy considered it to be a challenge.

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Approaching the trailhead at Fighting Creek
Sugarlands, GSMNP, Sevier County, TN

Pappy is known by his friends as Honest Abe. He grew up in Townsend and went to school with Tommy. They have both lived hard lives working dangerous jobs for many years. For a lot of Pappy's adult years, Tommy had gone away to Alabama. Recently, after Tommy's lady went to Glory, he came back to Tennessee to be with Pappy and live out his golden years among his real family, as he puts it. Pappy welcomed him with open arms, as did the rest of the Mogridge clan.

Fighting Creek Trail 05 by slowdog294
Tommy Fagg and Pappy Abe
Fighting Creek Nature Trail

Pappy has had some cardiac issues all his life, being born a blue baby and in his elder days, succombing to a heart attack which left him with 30% functionality remaining in his heart. Tommy is in much better shape, but years of smoking tobacco has given him a mild case of emphasema. Tests have shown that he still has 98% lung capacity. Since these two members of the Green Team have been found to be fit enough to make the trip, we set off to the Sugarlands to hike the Fighting Creek Nature Trail.

Hiking the Fighting Creek Trail

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Fighting Creek Nature Trail
Sugarlands, GSMNP

The Fighting Creek self guided nature trail is a lovely stroll in the forest and is a typical sample of the lay of the land in the Smokies, featuring many species of green life forms marked with interpretive plaques. Every tenth of a mile has a small post with a number telling hikers how far they have come. There are fourteen of these posts along the way. Tommy and Pappy took note of each one as they went past.

Fighting Creek Trail 08 by slowdog294
Tommy and Pappy Abe cross footbridge
Fighting Creek Trail, GSMNP

The trail starts at an intersection where the concrete sidewalk takes visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Park Headquarters building. A large "You Are Here" sign installed at the trailhead shows the entire route and surrounding areas, including Cateract Falls and Gatlinburg Trail. Next to the sign is a box with leaflets which explain the trail in great detail. There is an honorary 50 cent price for the leaflets.

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Changing terrain on Fighting Creek
Sugarlands, GSMNP

Our two interepid elder hikers needed no leaflets and headed straight away down the narrow dirt path leading into the woods. They would amble among dense groves of trees, encounter a really strange elder tree, and cross a fine old foot bridge as they trekked deeper into the backcountry. The path would get steeper as they made the journey up the hill to the John Ownby log cabin.

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Pappy and Tommy at the first summit
Fighting Creek Trail, GSMNP

The woods were beginning to show signs of the coming winter, although the leaves were still colourful with the golden afternoon light filtering down into the forest. Shades of bright yellow gave way to crimson reds, punctuated by the ever present green of the coniferous trees. The forest floor was a thick mat of bright leaves.

Fighting Creek Trail 25 by slowdog294
Last of the fall colours
Fighting Creek Trail, GSMNP

As the trail climbed further up the hill, it became steeper and the woods grew thicker and more colourful. Bears are usually active in this part of the park, but today, the team would not see them. Most of the tree nuts in these woods were already on the ground after the bears and squirrels had come through and eaten what they wanted many days ago.

Fighting Creek Trail 35 by slowdog294
Tommy admires the John Ownby Log Cabin
Fighting Creek Trail, GSMNP

Finally, we arrived at the John Ownby Log Cabin, one of the oldest structures in the park. Built around 1820, this single room dwelling is a fine example of the many houses which used to populate this land before the park came to be. It was at this cabin where we had a minor incident.

Fighting Creek Trail 36 by slowdog294
False trail at Fighting Creek
Sugarlands, GSMNP

While Tommy and Ricardo were inspecting the cabin, Pappy Abe wondered off to continue on what he thought was the trail. It turned out to be a false trail made by bears which had taken many other hikers before him on that same erronious trek across what looked like a small foot log spanning a ditch into the woods beyond. It was here where Pappy fell into the ditch and Ricardo had to call for Tommy to come and help Pappy climb out.

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Making the return journey
Fighting Creek Trail, GSMNP

Tommy and Ricardo helped Pappy out of the ditch and dusted him off. Pappy suffered no real damage except for an abrasion on his right shin. Since he is relatively strong for his age, Pappy was never in any real danger. And so, the team continued their trek back down the mountain to arrive at the Sugarlands before nightfall.

Fighting Creek Trail 43 by slowdog294
Park Headquarters
Sugarlands, GSMNP

  • Mood: Emotional
  • Listening to: The sound of endings and beginnings
  • Reading: The loneliness within
  • Watching: The yard where my dog used to be
  • Playing: Stringed instruments
  • Eating: Laquita's fine home cookin'
  • Drinking: Chocolate milk and Coca Cola

Journal History

Ricardo's Beginnings

Although I go by Ranger Ricardo here on dA, I was born Richard Elmer Mogridge of William Edwin Mogridge and Mary Naomi Perkins in Maryville, Tennessee on October 21st, 1956. I grew up in Townsend, Tennessee on the farm known all over Blount County as Fallbranch Hollow. I am primarily of Scottish descent, though the 1/8 Cherokee blood in my veins from my Dad's side of the family dominates my genetics.

The land I grew up in, which is mostly wooded, was originally purchased in 1930 for 10,000 dollars by my grandparents on my father's side, William Frederick Mogridge and Mary Alice Walker, who had relocated there from their previous home in Zainsville, Ohio where my father was born in 1923. Most of my people are from New York.

The beautiful farm is famous for a spring fed waterfall located at the north end of the property where a limestone cliff of 115 feet in height separates the mountains above from the valley below. It is lush woodland that looks like a fantasy scene straight out of a Walt Disney movie.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only three miles east of the farm, now owned by Romulus Myers, Attorney At Law, who purchased the 40 acre tract from the family in 1976 for 100,000 dollars. Today, it is worth over a million.

Happy Birthday, Jack. by manda-louTownsend, TN 2 by r3w1nd
Gatlinburg Tenn. by SybiezDowntown Knoxville - JFG by robicus

In the Spotlight


:iconspotlightplz: ~ Featured Organs ~ :iconspotlightplz:

What could be more awesome than the King of Instruments, the Mighty Pipe Organ? These magnificent mechanical marvels are among the largest machines constructed by the hand of man. No other musical instrument approaches their sonic power or frequency range.

Here in the spotlight are a few of the amazing pictures of pipe organs I think deserve extra exposure. Think of this little widget as SD's, or Slowdog's Deviations, sort of like the DD's given by the dA admins.


by =Passacaglia28

Tesla Seesharp by tebladConvention Center Console by rwparker
Left Unenclosed Diapason by Passacaglia28Mission Center Organ 10 by sojh85

There are over 15,270 images in my Favourites Gallery. Please take some time to enjoy a few of them. If you add one to your favourites or a collection, be sure to drop the artist a comment of appreciation and perhaps give them a llama as well.


slowdog294 has started a donation pool!
1,445 / 1,000,000

The 1,000,000 point donation drive is now open. First to donate and get things started is my fellow TPO enthusiest, David Irwin, from Ashland, Virginia, also known on dA as Passacaglia28. Thanks, Dave, for getting the ball rolling!


New devID by Passacaglia28

St. Anne's Church by Passacaglia28Mongomery House by Passacaglia28
York House by Passacaglia28M. P. Moller 2-20 Pipe Organ 6 by Passacaglia28

The Slow Dog wants to give back to dA what has been given to him, the pleasure of great art. Loyal patrons and wonderful friends who have enjoyed his art for over six years are owed many thanks. Words are not enough. He must do more.

One Million Points

To that end, a donation pool has been set up to collect a massive amount of dA points, to be given to various deviants as contest prizes and awards of artistic merit. One million points are to be collected before the contests begin. We are talking about major awards and prizes here.

Support Points Stamp by bigfunkychikenPoints by QuidxProxQuo
no points for llamas stamp by izka197
Points Stamp by ERHBuggyPLEASE DONATE POINTS stamp by KawaiiLizzie

A lofty goal. One million points. Not for my use, instead, to award all my fellow deviants so they can get subscriptions and receive their favourite deviantSTUFF. This is a long term project, so there will be no time limit. However, when the bar hits one million, the contests will begin. Here is a teaser...

:bulletblue: Best 3D TPO Render

:bulletblue: Best Clothed BBW Render

:bulletblue: Best Alien Planetscape

:bulletblue: Best Windows Desktop Wallpaper

:bulletblue: Best Artistic Nude BBW Photo

And so on...

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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for favs!
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geeegnome Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fave. 
You have a nice gallery. 
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photomark Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You are a very interesting person.

I like the fact you follow Pachamama,I have looked into that in the past as I am a Pagan but my heart will always be with Ceridwen TBO

I love the healthy tech arguments we have, its refreshing.
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mizuuumi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for all of your comments and support! It means a lot! Sorry I couldn't have replied earlier, I have been incredibly busy. Your feedback has been a great end to a stressful week though, so thanks again! :-)
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WhyAyeMann777 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
my friend,

the way you take photographs of nature is similar to the way i experience it. Vivid, unique and full of life. Thank you so much for sharing : )
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