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February 24, 2011
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Guiding Light by verybluebird Guiding Light by verybluebird
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:star::star: EDIT: Added clouds, shading, and fixed the water. :star::star:
:pointr: I apologize for low quality-- Photoshop wouldn't let me save the file right! :pointl:

A Tribute to RUFFLES, J1, the iconic elder male of the endangered Southern Resident Orcas, who was pronounced Missing on February 22 2011.

I'm hoping and praying for your return, my brother.

It had me at the edge of tears-- on Tuesday, our fears came true: The Center for Whale Research officially listed Ruffles, J1, as 'missing'. He has not been officially sighted since November 21st 2010. I'm keeping the faith, however, that he will return to grace our waters for years to come.

Here's to you, big guy, and for everything you've done for us. We love you.

About the Piece
Ruffles J1 is shown surfacing in front of the equally as iconic Lime Kiln lighthouse, famous for letting visitors watch the Orcas from close range without harming them. I chose the LK lighthouse to be in the drawing because it represents light, life, and joy. (By the way, there is actually trees by the lighthouse so I included one. It may symbolize growth and dreams.)

Then, the gulls-- no duplicates; all individually drawn. They're to signify the flight that Ruffles has taken us all on, a journey to a better self and better understanding and appreciation of our natural world and our cetacean brothers and sisters.

And finally, the sunset. Ruffles' time may be gone, or not, we do not know at the moment. What we do know, however, is that his light will live on for generations, inspiring many to protect and conserve our world and wild neighbors.

Want more Ruffles? See my other J1 deviations:

:bulletblack:(C) SaphireTheFortunate 2010:bulletblack:
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh dear! D: I do hope he turns up! I can't much relate, but I will say my prayers for the big guy! :heart:
verybluebird Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:bow: Thank you.
wilting-silk-roses16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
WHOA! That's so totally bitchin! : D
verybluebird Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:highfive: :lol: Why thanks!
lol You're very welcome!
animalgirl79 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
*is sorry it took so long to comment*
Oh, it's absolutely amazing, Saph. You did an beautiful job on it; my favorite is probably the water. The sunset's reflection looks incredible on it. :) The lighthouse is cool too!

I really hope the big guy's ok; he is truly an amazing addition to the San Juan islands, and they wouldn't be the same without him! :heart:
verybluebird Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: I agree. Thank you!
OrionsBelt2010 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Wow what a difference such little details make! I was actually going to mention something about the sky just being one solid color, but you jumped right on that. It's a different picture altogether. Very nice!
verybluebird Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:) Thanks so much!
Agent-Of-Insanity Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My sister swears on...on something super important to her that she saw ruffles the other day on her boat while trying to get back to Seattle before bad weather hit. I hope she is right but the boat was of course trying to out run bad weather. But the day that Ruffles is confirmed missing is going to sure be a sad day for me.
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