On a solar wind

These are a few summer images and portraits of  family I took this last while.  I had fun, using a few filters ; one called Fractalis which sings the image electric!! For some reason I saw the final photos as mythic!  I have been re- reading the Edda– that heroic and doomed epic of Norse kennings  by Snorri Sturluson and also, the Anglo Saxon poem, Beowulf.  

Visions of  the rainbow bridge (Bifrost), the twilight of the gods (Ragnarok), Odin’s ravens and Valkyries ( also called swan maidens) appeared everywhere. Then there was the acrobat on the sand who insisted I include her tricks,  Loki’s daughter?

under another star

 

Background stuff: Did anyone ever read Michael Crichton’s “Eaters of the Dead?”  It’s a strange Norse tale supposedly based on an old manuscript written by an arab wanderer.  Ibn Fadlan came in contact with vikings on the Black Sea and sailed with them.   We now know that the vikings sailed  far and of course even made it  to the new world where ruins of a viking settlement were discovered in Newfoundland, Canada. Their influences can be seen in both Scotland and Ireland. In Scotland many surnames are of Norse origin.

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  1. Aquileana says:

    Really beautiful, dear Cybele… Great shots, as per usual..

    All the very best to you, Aquileana 😛

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    1. Thank you so much and always to you!!

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  2. aishasoasis says:

    Such beautiful photos, Cybele! Sorry I’ve been so busy, just making my rounds now and getting caught up! I saw the movie based on the crichton book – the 13th warrior – I thought it was great!
    http://www.michaelcrichton.net/books-eatersofthedead-movie.html
    http://www.factbehindfiction.com/index_files/eatersofthedead.htm

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    1. thanks Aisha!! and for the links!! Good to hear from you!! I know life catches us all up! Hope all is well at the oasis my friend!!!

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      1. aishasoasis says:

        Doing great, having fun and roasting in the summer sun! Lol, a mini poem for you dearheart, blow a kiss to the BC wind, my husband is missing the awesome weather of vancouver! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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      2. Awww thank you! hope you will visit again one day!! Sending you a BC wind with kisses!

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  3. Peter Nena says:

    Sure I read that book. Eaters of the Dead. I still have a copy. They made it into a very boring movie, though. The 13th Warrior. With Antonio Benderas.
    Nice photos, Cybele. Full of intrigue and mystery. As always, my dear friend. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Peter!! I loved Michael Crichton’s books! Enjoy your weekend too.

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        I am still a fan. I think I read all his books. The Jurassic Park is the best for me. And Timeline is almost as great. He used to teach his audience as the story progressed. God rest his soul in peace.

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      2. wonderful imagination and vision. Yes Rest in Peace!

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  4. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    magical and mysterious edits which are a tantalising bridge to another world

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  5. YorkshireRascal says:

    very well put together and lovely photographs

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    1. thank you for stopping by!!

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  6. quarksire says:

    very kewl 🙂 yep yep 🙂 mmmmmmmm 🙂

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  7. Mélanie says:

    perfect text, fantastic photos… ❤
    * * *
    @ Beowulf… guess what: I studied "it" at college… 🙂

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    1. me too!! 😀 Thanks Melanie!

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  8. Amy says:

    Very beautiful family, Cybele! Great photos!

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  9. They do look mythic and otherworldly 🙂

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    1. thank you Andrea!! I hoped they did!!

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  10. I’ve read all of Michael Crichton’s writing and wish he was still alive to pen more.
    Those are such pretty girls in your pictures. I think my granddaughter would like one of her photos made into something magical like that.

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    1. thank you Sarah!! I loved M. Crichton too!!

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  11. Roy McCarthy says:

    Love the little girl with her net, definitely from a Norse tale!

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  12. Beautiful photos Cybele,amazing memories!

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    1. Thanks Della!! They are for sure!

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  13. Good series in this post – you certainly have a lot of reading going on…I just do not have the time (although my wife makes up for this by reading for us both).

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    1. thanks Robert! I read in in fits and starts and when I can. Usually at night but in this good weather out on the deck etc.

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  14. Stunning, Cybele – truly artistic! 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Anica! I try!

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  15. Robyn G says:

    Gorgeous images Cybele and yes I can see you’ve had fun with your camera.. And you’re lovely family 🙂
    I imagine fractalis is a take on fractals? If so, yes Wow! Are they on camera filters or post editing? Hope you don’t mind me asking.
    Love the Norse stories and yes for sure, I see the Bifrost. Love it!

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    1. Thank you Robyn!! Fractalis is a plug in that works with Photoshop. It does cost. I liked the effect but don’t want to go crazy with it lol. Here is a site where there are a whole raft of them. http://www.redfieldplugins.com/
      I love myth in general!! But celtic and norse myth I find very mysterious and often dark!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        Thanks for the link Cybele.. Will enjoy having a look!
        Your work always inspires… Such beauty and mystery.
        I enjoy the myths also 🙂

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  16. Suzanne says:

    Wow – love these – what a beautiful family you have. The last photo is definitely mythic – and mystical. Superb.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. It was a fun day! I won’t go crazy with the fractalis though it works for certain imaginative wanderings!!

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  17. sixpixx says:

    Beautiful, elusive fairy sprites.

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  18. Embracing a Wounded Soul says:

    Simply gorgeous! What a beautiful family.

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      1. Embracing a Wounded Soul says:

        You’re very welcome 🙂

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  19. Beautiful family and images! 🙂

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    1. a bit of fun Linda!! Thanks!!

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