For my partner in the ongoing ornament swap, with the theme of “local iconic item”, i made this Orca ornament.
I live near Puget Sound in Washington State & I am just nuts for our local orcas. I love that these giant wild animals are just randomly swimming around out there! And that I can see them from the ferries, and even while standing on the shore! There are places where you can be just a couple feet from them, while you simply stand there & they linger, playing (like at their favorite pebbling spot). And I loved Granny, or J2 was her genealogical classification, the matriarch of the local salmon-eating orcas (the transient orcas eat seals & sea lions etc, the locals eat only salmon). She was said to have lived to 105, tho now with better data they lowered that back down to her 60s. She had a distinctive notch in her dorsal fin which made her easy to identify.
I cut out her shape freehand, trying for both a splashy jump out of the water, and the typical curved shape of local orca art. I added some typical local J pod white markings, and a blue background for her watery playground. And of course, she has her dorsal notch, and a salmon to snack on.