Puzzle: Colony of Sea Anemones

Colony of Sea Anemones, med

Size: 500 pieces
Dimensions: 48.26 cm x 30.02 cm
Producer: Mega Puzzles, Vibrant series, 2014, No.51410ABN, A04034 LP
Photographer:
Oliver Hoffman

Puzzle: Small, but not trivial due to small repetitive patterns and areas of colour, this puzzle is a pleasure to tackle, thanks to well-fitting Sure-Lox pieces. Good places to start are the bright red centres of the anemones, and the purples at the top. The rest is a matter of fiddling with bright yellow petals and darker background areas.

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Puzzle: Sunlit Sanctuary

Sunlit Sanctuary, med

Size: 500 pieces
Dimensions: 35.56cm x 45.72cm
Producer: Ceaco, Glow in the Dark series, 10-puzzle pack, 2013, No. 103013-21081-A
Puzzle: Generally not my type of puzzle to do, as I’m more into architecture, landscapes, and fantasy, but it came in a pack of 10 puzzles from which I liked a few. It was a little big for my son, so I’ve put it together myself. Quite easy to do. Good places to start are the white and green area of sunlight at the top, black backs of the dolphins, colourful corals at the bottom. Black top corner regions, dolphin tails and bellies, smaller fish, and then the water complete the picture. Rays of sunlight penetrating the water provide slight diagonal guides that help complete the blue water areas.

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Puzzle: Enchanted Eve II by Christian Riese Lassen

Christian Riese Lassen - Enchanted Eve II, med
Size
: 750 pieces
Dimensions: 48.1 cm x 68 cm
Artist:
Christian Riese Lassen
Producer
: Mega, The Puzzle Collection, 2007, #97111

Puzzle: Beautiful and serene puzzle to do. The sun with its surrounding clouds, the mountain ridges, and the dark palm trees contrasting with the sky are good places to start. The sun’s reflections on the water and the white foam can follow, providing horizontal guides to fill out the rest of the ocean. The gradual colour change in the sky from the sun to the sea can guide you through filling out the sky, leaving the rest of the areas trivial to complete.

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Puzzle: Grand Baie, Mauritius

Grand Baie, Mauritius, med
Size
: 1000 pieces
Dimensions: 66.52 cm x 51.12 cm
Photographer:
Schmid Reinhard
Producer
: Hasbro, MB Puzzle, 2010

Puzzle: Beautiful, bright, mood-lifting puzzle (although now I’m pining for the fjords, or rather for Caribbean oceanside). The easiest places to start are the grass, the ocean, the sky, the palm trunks, and the umbrellas. The fruit of the palms, the red flowers in the background, and bright yellow palm leaves can come next. The remainder of the puzzle can be filled in from there, guided by the vertical palm trunks and regions of the sky.

Notes: Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the south-east coast of the African continent. The country is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals. The island of Mauritius was the only home of the Dodo bird. The bird became extinct fewer than eighty years after its discovery. [Wiki]

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Puzzle: Moon Magic by Myles Pinkney

Myles Pinkney - Moon Magic, med

Size:  500 pieces
Dimensions: 35.56 cm x 48.26 cm
Artist: Myles Pinkney
Producer: Sure-Lox, The Canadian Group, Glow series, 2007, #81200-5

Puzzle: Simple and pleasant puzzle to do. The Sure-Lox pieces fit together well, and there are enough distinct regions to split the puzzle into areas that are trivial to complete. A logical place to start is the woman’s face, hair, hands, dress, and the belt. The purple, grey, and dark areas can also be easily completed. The remaining regions of the dress and the blue of the waves can follow.

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Puzzle: Moonlight Calm II by Anthony Casay


Size
: 500 pieces
Dimensions: 35cm x 48cm
Producer
Canada Games, #40216-4
Artist:
Anthony Casay [Bio at AEJV site]
Notes: The intensity of moonlight varies greatly depending on the lunar cycle but even the full moon typically provides only about 0.2 lux illumination, so the full moon is about 500,000 times fainter than the sun. When the moon is viewed at high altitude at tropical latitudes, the illuminance can reach 1 lux. The color of moonlight, particularly near full moon, appears bluish to the human eye compared to most artificial light sources.

In many legends moonlight is an important part of magical processes (for example, werewolves are said to transform at full moon). [Wiki]

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Puzzle: Ocean Terrace


Size
: 1000 pieces
Dimensions: 73cm x 48.6cm
Producer: Sure-Lox
Notes: An ocean is a major body of saline water, and a principal component of the hydrosphere. Approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean, a continuous body of water that is customarily divided into several principal oceans and smaller seas.

More than half of this area is over 3,000 metres deep. Average oceanic salinity is around 3.5% Scientists estimate that 230,000 marine species are currently known, but the total could be up to 10 times that number. [Wiki]

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Puzzle: Evening Light by David Miller


Size
: 500 pieces
Dimensions: 23 cm x 53cm
Producer
: MasterPieces, Vertical Panoramic series
Artists:
David Miller
Notes: David C. Miller is an internationally acclaimed marine artist who’s work has graced the covers of everything from greeting cards to jigsaw puzzles, but his best work has always been done on lexan and canvas. His use of acrylics have earned him acclaim from art critics as well as environmentalists. David’s personal pursuit has always been that of environmental preservation. His portfolio includes commissioned works for such prestigious foundations as Sea Turtles of the World, an environmental group protecting endangered sea turtles, and The Franklin Mint, part of the proceeds from the porcelain heirloom collectors plates goes to the Save The Dolphin program. His work is also shown in many prestigious Aquariums across the nation.

Coupling his artistic talent with a degree in technical drafting David began his career as a full-time artist in 1984, and received immediate recognition for his captivating marine subjects, portrayed with unique depth and three-dimensional perspective. [David Miller site]

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Puzzle: Moonlight Calm by Anthony Casay


Size
: 500 pieces
Dimensions: 35cm x 48cm
Artist:
Anthony Casay has been described as one of the world’s most creative contemporary painters today. It has been said that the “ocean dances” at the tip of his brush, and that the sun pulsates from his canvas. Casay depicts the colors, fragrances and shapes of the sea; its waters in turmoil–providing a spectacle of rare excitement. Each Casay wave has a personality of its own as it crests, breaks and swirls into a flood of white foam. His paintings explore some of the choicest treasures of natures’ coastal ocean cliffs, rocky shorelines and stormy coves. [Bio at AEJV site]
ProducerCanada Games

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