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Age-old Organ. :iconmariomastr:MarioMastr 5 4 Wurlitzer :iconcapndeek373:CapnDeek373 6 2 Martin Ott Organ :icondoubletake:DoubleTake 2 3 Slowdog color :icongrauenart:Grauenart 2 6 Dream color :icongrauenart:Grauenart 5 6 Mighty Moller: Stop Tabs :iconrwparker:rwparker 3 12 Organ :iconchronophontes:Chronophontes 13 31 The Riviera Organ :iconsuperpower-pnut:superpower-pnut 6 2 Organ Pipes :iconlucifersdaydream:LucifersDaydream 3 5 Vampire Belle plays the organ :iconrancidom:rancidom 79 14 Organist Me :iconmystiquedeep:MystiqueDeep 3 9 Chiesa di Padre Pio - organs :iconkwizar:kwizar 10 8
The King of Instruments

Marvel at these magnificent music making machines, giant boxes of whistles driven by air power. Found in churches, schools, theatres, homes, museums, parks, restaurants and skating rinks, they have been painting pictures in people's minds since the Bronze Age.

Newest Deviations

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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

Multiple Me :iconrachels89:rachels89 6 10 Autumn :iconrachels89:rachels89 11 1 Revolting Crowd :iconschwarzwieebenholz:SchwarzWieEbenholZ 28 2 Ford :iconlindale-ff:Lindale-FF 4 2 Bleeding Hearts :iconrachels89:rachels89 10 3 Good Summer :iconpaxaeternum:PaxAeternum 5 6 To match an israeli wine :iconattomanen:attomanen 6 1 Emily XXIII :iconriot23:Riot23 112 6 Jun 2016 030 :iconnotmor:notmor 15 29 APT-E and Green Arrow :iconrlkitterman:rlkitterman 26 3
Dealing with DeviantArt's Malware and Viruses
I've seen a lot of people complaining about receiving viruses via dA, and it's happened to me many times.  To help all of you out, I've composed a small guide on how you can take care of this problem, and it only requires downloading one free and safe program.
A lot of people I see don't really know what to do in regards to removing them, and either think they got rid of the problem when they actually didn't, or will pay a large amount of money for a problem you can easily solve yourself!
A word of caution: A lot of malware and viruses prevent you from downloading anything, so you need to make sure you have this program before you are infected.
Common myths about viruses
What is a virus, and what is spyware?
How to remove viruses and other malware
Viruses I have encountered on dA
In Closing
1. COM
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The current situation...
After reading so many journal entries regarding the financial situation at deviantART, the site stands at 40 staff members, down from a peak of 100 due to layoffs in a attempt to cut costs.
What's worse is that so many of us has been abusing the ad blocking software/add-on to a point where it will prevent websites like deviantART from properly generating revenues from advertising. We all realise that that most of us can't afford CORE membership like we have been. Unfortunately, the loss of CORE subscribers (due to explorations, bans/de-activations) and members leaving this site has caused the site to drown in red ink for quite a while. :(
What's worse is that injecting malware and drive-by downloads in ads by cyber-criminals can do more damage and reduce profitability for companies like dA.
And with over 32 million registered members and over 300 million submissions, it is deemed the world's largest online art gallery and community. With that many
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Giant TCR SLR1 2016 :icondraken413o:Draken413o 13 2 Las Lajas Cathedral :iconscifilicious:scifilicious 11 6 Shenandoah Skyline Drive - Autumn Gold :iconsomadjinn:somadjinn 150 25 flower 2016-3 :iconsonafoitova:sonafoitova 6 1

Here we have a random sampling of favourite artworks chosen for their artistic excellence rather than technical perfection. 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.

There are almost 24,500 images in the Favourites Gallery, a little bit of something interesting and enjoyable for everyone. Artworks are arranged in folders by topic of interest, including photographs, 3D renders, traditional art and literature. If you like them be sure to post a comment or give a fave to the artist. Be sure to visit them. Enjoy!

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.

Public Relations on deviantART

:heart::iconshinyheartplz:dA Heroes Stamp by BrigetteMora:iconshinyheartplz::heart:
Artwork by the original dA Hero

Ricardo on Community Spirit

It is a fine community we have here on dA, made up of a gajillion kinds of folks with a wide scope of interests, tastes, and styles. The internet has turned the world into a small village where people can bridge the barriers of language, culture, race, sex, or any other profound or urgent matter of humankind, all within a social environment which encourages the use of artistic means to achieve results. To that end, try to observe some common sense etiquette while moseying around in the Halls of Walnut Hill...

Rules of Engagement

:bulletred:~ Be kind to your fellow deviants, no matter what.
:bulletred:~ Extend that kindness to me and I will do likewise.
:bulletred:~ Never post destructive or bullying comments.
:bulletred:~ Please do not bring personal drama to my pages.
:bulletred:~ This account is free of politics and religion.
:bulletred:~ Please do not ask me for points or votes.
:bulletred:~ Points, badges or favorites require no thanks.
:bulletred:~ Favorites require no comments but all are welcomed.
:bulletred:~ Please do not tag me or invite me to a chat site.
:bulletred:~ Feel free to share what you know about art.
:bulletred:~ Feel free to trade llamas and leave friendly notes.
:bulletred:~ Do not claim my art as your own doings.
:bulletred:~ You do not need permission to use my art.
:bulletred:~ If you use my art as stock, link and credit me.
:bulletred:~ You do not have permission to steal my art.
:bulletred:~ Thieves will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Slow Dog's Community

Citizen of the world stamp by lennyconilEveryone IS Equal by bradleysaysNo war by Destruktive

:iconfella1plz::community: united colors of the world by wapamup :community::iconfella2plz:

United Federation of Planets by Warp-Speedunity stamp by smevstock
American Countries by Claire-stampsPageviews anyone? by Centauran

"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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Smoky Mountain Llama Train

Llama Patrol


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?

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

started with a llama by m0onjade
Llama Badges by eggy Llama love by OnWingsOfBlue
Llama Whore by PatrickRuegheimer Official: Llama Farmer stamp by pencilandpaperaddict
llama by o-pie Llama Stamp by Kaoz-Commander
Random Acts of Llama by Kawaii-Demonic-Thing Ninja Llama Stamp by PsychoMonkeyShogun
Llama 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 9,301 Llamas

Current Llama Wrangler
Since September 3rd, 2013

Llama Rampage by KinnisonArc Super Llama Pursuit by KinnisonArc
Ninja Llama Assault by KinnisonArc Fancy Llama Chase by KinnisonArc

Going out, 7,104

Coming in, 2,197

Out of every four 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 an additional 303 of these furry friends 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 easydisplayname Super Llama Club by easydisplayname
Albino Llama Club by easydisplayname Super Albino Llama Club by easydisplayname
Ninja Llama Club by easydisplayname Fancy 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


slowdog294 has started a donation pool!
2,180 / 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...

Prizes and rules to be announced at the start of the contests, which will accept new deviations beginning on each contest start date. Older devs will not qualify.

deviantART Points Wallpaper by atty12

Thank you in advance for your generous donation. It shows that you too believe in giving back to the community what it has given you. Blessings and good karma be.

Thanks by tRiBaLmArKiNgS

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United States

Happy New Year

Fri Dec 16, 2016, 10:50 PM

Windows 7 on Duck - Happy New Year 2017 by slowdog294

New Year Stamp by CapnDeek373

Of Deep Gratitude And Humble Reflection

Greetings and Happy New Year to all.

I hope this finds all those who watch the Slow Dog's Place here on dA graced with infinite love, peace and happiness. These are the genuine and priceless gifts of immeasurable value to be shared freely during the new year ahead. As 2017 begins, let us all pause to give thanks. It promises to be a very exciting time, indeed.

Here in Tennessee, things have been interesting lately, what with the fires and storms.  Amidst all this chaos, folks have pulled together to rebuild and heal. During the crisis, covered on this site courtesy of the three local television stations, channels 6, 8 and 10, fellow deviants have visited in record numbers.

The word got out. Our mission was a success. Not only did local people such as Dolly Parton and many others (including folks such as you and I,) pitch in to help out, even the United States Government was called to aid and aid they did indeed.

My hat is off with head humble and solumn in bow. I thank you all. With everything I am, you are the reason this page will always be on dA. To those who are awaiting a fave or llama, I will eventually get around to you.

The Heroes Near And Far

Thanks also go out to the many brave men and women who faced death in order to save others when the flames came. They worked for days, many going without sleep, others resting briefly beside their trucks, working tirelessly and selflessly to save the forest and any homes they could get at.

Many have asked why those fires got so big so fast. They have even critisized the way things were done. Thus, we are compelled to convey the feelings of Deputy Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ranger Clayton Jordan, who stated that there were many factors at play, including extended drought, high wind, smoke, and remote terrain.

Tennessee is experiencing one of the worst dry weather patterns it has had going back over a century. The dirt is so dry that roots are parched. Trees that catch fire are thusly killed. When roots burn, it takes many years for the woods to come back. With the biodiversity of these mountains, it is feared that many small pockets of undiscovered life have been permanently lost.

When the fire started, winds kicked up and fanned the blaze. Smoke quickly filled the sky since most of the fuel for the fires consisted of dry leaf litter covering the forest floor, which as anyone knows, is excellent tender for a really hot fire that spreads with astonishing speed. As the winds reached hurricane force, embers the size of golf balls were hurled skyward, travelling for miles before falling back to earth. New fires were lit everywhere the embers rained down.

As the fire grew, the smoke became so thick that visibility dropped to zero. This matters because, even on a clear day, flying around in the Smokies is hazardous. Valleys are small, corners are tight, and visibility is limited at best since there is always a haze or clouds at the summit and above. Easy enough to slam a copter into a hillside. Smoke is a no fly zone and the choppers would remain grounded until it cleared off, which it never did while the drought continued. When the rains finally came, the birds were allowed in.

The Smokies are an ancient range, yet they are still rather rugged. Although a helicopter is a nimble machine, there is just not enough space in which to fly safely where the fire was burning. The lay of the land made it darn near impossible to get in there. Also, the nearest water source was many miles away, meaning that big choppers were needed to carry the buckets. Eight hundred thousand gallons of water were dropped on the Chimney Tops fire. It continued to burn.

The fact that so few of the four hundred people who worked the blaze were seriously hurt says a lot about those who wanted to save the Sacred Land of Blue Smoke. Of note is the fact that similar fires were burning in neighboring units such as Shenandoah, Cherokee, and Pisgah. The National Guard was mobilized to the area, covering several million square miles of Appalachian wilderness.

In the Smokies, Mother Nature has been kind, sending many rains which have been gentle enough to slowly soak the ground. The fires are out. The fire fighters have gone home or moved to other hot spots across the nation, including those fires still burning out west. Gatlinburg is slowly returning to being somewhat of a functional city. Visitors are strolling through, though numbers are drastically fewer than what we normally see this time of year.

Smoky Mountain Strong: Of Renewal And Rebirth

The money Dolly Parton was able to collect is already being paid out to those in need. President Obama has declared a state of disaster, allowing government funds to assist in rebuilding the many homes and businesses which were lost. Although no amount of money can replace the fourteen lives that were ended so tragically, it can help folks move on and return this small mountain town to its status as the central Gateway to the Smokies.

Dolly was able to surround herself with a plethora of ready and able people who were willing to do all that they could for the ones who lost so much. That goes to show just what kind of people live in these green hills. They have never forgotten their roots nor how to love each other. They have never lost their faith. And when trouble comes a calling, they always volunteer to help one another to the end. It is how things are done in Tennessee.

To those who filled their hearts with love and understanding, to comfort, heal, feed and shelter, we can never thank you enough. To all the park rangers, police officers, fire fighters, medics and clergy, we salute you. To all who pitched in with money and supplies, to those who gave their time to work the many urgent tasks, again, we salute you. And to all who leant a shoulder, a hand, a warm heart, you know who you are. Blessings and good karma be yours. Amen.

Looking Ahead To The New Year

In closing, the folks at the Slow Dog's Place would like to tell you about the events of the coming year ahead.

We are moving.

Yes, Rangers Ellen, Travis, and Ricardo are moving to a place in Blount County just outside the Maryville City Limits known as the House of Tuck, a family dwelling since the legendary home builder Wallace Dale Tuck took ownership over fifty years ago. Currently, things are in dissarray with possessions there and people here. The passing of parents has left the family in a state of confusion as things are slowly sorted out. It is a very long story, one beyond the scope of this journal.

Production Company News...

Computers... Oh, yeah. Thanks to a generous donation by CoyoteNET DSS, Walnut Hill Productions is gearing up to do business making music with several very powerful workstations featuring Intel Xeon CPUs and solid state drives. This will enable both fixed and remote sessions.

Rocky Branch Bluegrass... Good ole mountain music, as real as it gets to be among the local hillbillies. Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, Tennessee, has signed a twenty year extention to the lease from the county. Walnut Hill Productions is planning on equipping the facility with a large multi track digital audio recording system.

Organs beeing gifted... Yes, there are organs in those hills, theatre organs, that is, way out in Florissant, Colorado. Provided a haul can be made, a wonderful lady out there wants to give Walnut Hill Productions a beautiful Conn Model 651 analogue electronic 3/17 mighty theatre organ. She also wants to include a really nice Hammond X77 with two Leslie speakers.

deviantART News...

As Ricardo enters his thirteenth year on dA, his gallery has grown to over five thousand works. The favorites now number over twenty-five thousand. Watchers crowd in at around a thousand or more, with so many visits and faves they cannot be thanked in due time. A great debt of gratitude is sent out to all.

In the days ahead, activity in the form of submissions and replies might be delayed due to the move. However, we will continue to cover the hikes of the Alcoa Ridge Runners. We will also feature the organs we find while looking around in the land of the golden voice.

The favorites gallery will continue to grow as new artists are added each week. The watchers and friends lists will also grow accordingly. This page is a long term affair. It is a paid account with a long credit, so we are in it for the foreseeable future, no matter how weird things get high up on ye aulde dA totom pole.

  • Listening to: The Mighty WurliTzer
  • Reading: Global Internet News
  • Watching: The Darbar Festival on YouTube
  • Playing: Acoustic Stringed Instruments
  • Eating: Sweet Stuff in vast quantities
  • Drinking: Root Beer by the gallon

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

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. I also love the dearest younglings who bless me every day with their presence in my life.

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.

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.

Building Spanky 35 by slowdog294
Spanky BIOS M.I.T. screen

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...

Adventure in the Smokies

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 souvenirs, 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

Cassius Cash - Superintendent - GSMNP by slowdog294
Superintendent Cassius Cash - 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.

Official Beta Tester

Official Beta Tester

Windows ver.2.0 by Rekizd

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.

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

Internet Browsers


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.

Operating Systems

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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.

Technical Support

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:bulletyellow: ~ I support the following MS OS packages:


:bulletyellow: ~ I work with the desktop and server varients as well as the new mobile apps and embedded devices.

PC Platforms

Gigabyte GA-7PESH3 by slowdog294

:bulletyellow: ~ I still own and operate older 32bit computers.
:bulletyellow: ~ I also have some newer 64bit machines.
:bulletyellow: ~ I work with home and office solutions.



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CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
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Hail Ranger Ricardo!

Thank you for your favs and kind comments about my artworks. I appreciate your thoughts and encouragement. I appreciate the llama also.

You are living a very eclectic life. Your Light goes out everywhere you go. We admire your sense of wonder and self that you share with all of us.


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Sergiba Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thanks for the fav, Ricardo. Raccoon Wars - Basketball2 by Momma--G
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Many thanks Ricardo for faving "Let the Outside in" very much appreciated. :hug:
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wb-skinner Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017   Photographer
Thanks Ricardo.. On my phone right now I'll stop back to read your page later.. It looks like a lot of good community info! .. Anyway the watch is appreciated.. We'll see you around!.. Regards.John
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Thanks for the fav! Serving Wench by Momma--G
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Fav by SilviaMS ¡¡¡Muchas Gracias!!!
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Can you check all my works that is about the computers (motherboard, GPUs)?
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