Ketchikan, Alaska was the last port of call. Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, and lush island setting.
The totems were Native Americans answered to marble statues in Europe. Don’t believe me. I just made it up. But seriously, the Totemism is an important religious belief to the Native Americans. The totem is usually an animal or other natural figure that spiritually represents a group of related people.
This totem is in Totem Bight State Historical Park. The intent of the carving is to illustrate the mythological conception of thunder. In this case, thunder is created by the beating of the bird's winds, and lightening by the blink of its eyes. This huge bird lives high on the mountain top. The whale at the base of the pole symbolizes the mountain top where the bird rests before devouring his prey.
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Cricri (109701) 2014-07-25 9:37
Une note très intéressante, ce totem en forme d'oiseau est magnifique, des détails et couleurs bien rendue, un très beau travail d'artiste et une belle présentation
abmdsudi (44966) 2014-07-25 15:04
A beautiful example of craftsmanship full of minute detail on the grainy textures to the wood. It's a good close-up inspection, so well recorded, as are the subdued and weathered colours glad you did not feel inclined to enhance their saturation. A standout shot in such a tranquil setting,,,
Superb shot, Congrats
imageme (1790) 2014-07-26 9:49
Hi Tiffany, Very interesting statue taken with nice light and tones along with details. The green plants in the BG stands out the shape of the statue and it also provides great color contrasts. Best regards
P.S. I am Canadian Chinese and I am original from HK and came to Canada in the year of 1974.
Waylim (25368) 2014-07-29 15:29
I was not here, but have seen a few of these Totem in a few places. Very classic Native American art work. Love the rush green environment. Beautiful quality photo.
nikkitta (15788) 2014-07-31 14:03
Informative note about totem, here present a good carved one in contrast withe the vegetation
Incredible but I saw one days ago in Buenos Aires
Silvio1953 (126896) 2014-08-15 1:48
Ciao Tiffany, fantastic totem, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very welll done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Tiffany Liu (Oceania) (5174)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-02
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: CANON EOS 6D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Alaska & British Columbia
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-24 5:23