One Four Challenge for July

I am a few days late in beginning Robyn Gosby’s wonderful One Four Challenge of processing a photograph four different ways in four weeks.

I just returned from a trip and am now gearing up for a big one in August again. I am always early or late, seldom on time and never a good schedule keeper (unlike my daughter!)

Last night I dreamed I was a butterfly, today I do not know If I am a man dreaming I am a butterfly or if I am a butterfly dreaming I am a man?–  Zhuang Zhu- Philosopher

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week one- Butterfly Dream

“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.”-— Teilhard de Chardin  (French Geologist, Priest, Philosopher and Mystic, 1881-1955)

I love how it looked as though the day lily was reaching up to embrace the butterfly!

I used a light filter, and a painterly impression from Topaz and layered it till I got the effect I wanted.

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  1. lensaddiction says:

    I like the darker tone, would like to have seen a bit more light or detail on the butterfly tho, it’s lost a lot of the lovely wing patterning

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    1. because his wing was enveloped by the flower I knew that some detail would not be present in all of them so I just went with the overall effect!

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    2. PS check out #3

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  2. Robyn G says:

    Cybele, this is such a lovely image and your week 1 transformation just gorgeous! The light is wonderful in the original and translates so well to this dreamy version. Really draws you in.
    As always, wonderful words 😃
    Hope you enjoyed your trip.. Hope you enjoy the next one too.
    I think I’m often late these days.. Too many things that need to be done, so time out is a real pleasure 😃

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    1. I know what it’s like- I’m always late!! Thanks so much for your lovely comment!!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        It’s ‘my’ pleasure 🙂

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  3. Mél@nie says:

    I love butterflies and Teilhard de Chardin’s works… 🙂 excellent post, DM! ❤

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    1. merci beaucoup mon amie Melanie!!

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  4. I missed this one. Beautiful edit, Cybele and I love your quote too. 🙂

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    1. thank you for un missing it! 😀

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  5. What a beautiful image, full of mystery . As always I enjoyed immensely the versions you post .

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    1. many thanks Lore!

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  6. svtakeiteasy says:

    I don’t know what it is about butterflies, but I love them and I like what you have done in this image. The depth, some mystery… very nice.

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    1. I’m pleased you like it!! thank you Chris!

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  7. They’re entwined, as though the butterfly is part of the flower or vice versa 🙂

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  8. Norma says:

    I love the first quote the second one also falls on the same line. Maya – one word for it. Loved the dreamy photo edit. 🙂

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    1. yes I like that- Maya!! Thanks so much Norma for your thoughtful comment!

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  9. robert87004 says:

    I think isolating the flower and butterfly this way works really well. 🙂

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    1. thank you Robert- I quite liked the effect too!

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  10. Debra says:

    oooooh. Thanks for sharing some of the secrets behind this dreamy picture. It DOES look like they are in an ambrace.

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    1. thank you Debra!

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  11. Trisha says:

    A gorgeous edit on an already gorgeous photo!

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    1. Many thanks Trisha!

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  12. Beautiful and dreamy! The light is quite lovely.

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    1. thanks so much Deborah!

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      1. Btw I’ve been a little behind and barely posting on time my two photographic annual challenges these last two weeks. Must be Summer. 😀

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  13. Amy says:

    I like the lighting and colors of the wk 1! 🙂

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    1. many thanks Amy!

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  14. what no cars?………:-) lovely effect, very surreal, very you

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    1. thanks so much Julz!!

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  15. Carrie says:

    This is delicious Cybele! The colors, the effect, the spiritual message all wrapped beautifully. Wow.

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    1. Thrilled you like it Carrie!! Thanks for such a lovely comment!

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      1. Carrie says:

        You are most welcome, Cybele. 🙂

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  16. I very much like the effect here, Cybele. Beautiful.

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    1. thanks so much Debbie!

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  17. Maria F. says:

    I like it Cybele!

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  18. Oh, you know my obsession with butterflies Cybele!! What a wonderful dream you have pictured and used a favourite quote of mine too 😀

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    1. I’m thrilled you like it Sarah!! I know you love butterflies! Thank you!

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      1. I look forward to seeing what you you do next week 🙂

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      2. and yours!! Thanks Sarah!

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  19. afairymind says:

    I love butterflies! Beautiful image and a gorgeously glowing edit. 🙂 I look forward to seeing more over the month.

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    1. many thanks dear Louise!!

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  20. lauramacky says:

    Love what you’ve done with this. Of course it’s a wonderful photo to start with! I love topaz impression too.

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    1. I don’t have the whole suite but the ones I do I love!! Thank you Laura!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        That’s the most important. 🙂

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  21. sheldonk2014 says:

    Love the quote

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