The Season of the Witch and the Spectral Lens

The Dying Sun

(my late afternoon impression)

The light leaks through folds of gauze,

as spreading pools bleed into the shadowed grass.

The moon prepares to cast her winding sheet.

 

Lady in the water- a haunting piece by James N. Howard

bearmountain
The Lodge at the top of Bear Mountain
down by the lake of dreams
down by the lake of dreams

This is love:

to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.

First to let go of life.

Finally, to take a step without feet.- Rumi

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take your seat upon the thousand petals of the lotus – Rumi

61 Comments Add yours

  1. themofman says:

    Spectacular work.

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    1. I’m honoured! Thank you!!

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  2. Gradmama2011 says:

    mesmerizing atmosphere, I love the mysterious and ephemeral feeling of your blog.

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    1. thanks so much Gradmama!!

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  3. katieprior says:

    Beautifully bewitching pictures, have a wonderful time on the Emerald Isle! 🙂

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    1. thank you Katie!! Will do!

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  4. Peter Nena says:

    “to take a step without feet”–I like that.

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  5. Peter Nena says:

    Those shadows, that sun. The bridge. The flower. There is a charm there, and a spell. I love how you do what you do!

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    1. oh I love the magic too!! Hugs Peter!

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    2. and I promise not to turn you into a frog!! 😀

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        Ha, ha! A bull frog. Have you heard them in a pond? Their deep croak.

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  6. Aquileana says:

    Haunting, mesmerizing!… Wonderful shots, dear Cybele… All my best wishes and happy weekend ahead to you. Aquileana ⭐

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    1. Many thanks Aquileana!! Happy weekend to you too!

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  7. You know when I look at your art I find it hard to breathe. It takes my breath away♥

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    1. I can’t think of a more wonderful comment and I’m very grateful! So glad you like them!

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  8. Amazing and atmospheric! I love the lotus. I’m going to miss your posts in August when you go travelling. Good luck! 🙂

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    1. thank you so much for your lovely comment and I will try to post a few while I’m gone!!

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  9. jannatwrites says:

    Your photos are captivating, but I am especially drawn to the second one. There is something about bridges and stairways that always get me… I see such hope and promise in the path not yet traveled 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Janna- and I agree!!

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  10. Beautiful poem, music, and mysterious photos! Your Down by the Lake of Dreams just draws me in. 🙂

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    1. a great time of day to be drawn in!! Thank you Linda!

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  11. I love ‘the dying sun’, what beautiful words, accompanied by bewitching images as always Cybele.

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    1. Thank you Andrea!! I love that time of day- and knowing of course that the sun will resurrect!!

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  12. I love the angle you photographed the Lodge in, and those long shadows.

    I love, love, love your bridge near the lake. I want to follow it.

    I’ve got an IR filter in my cart at the camera store. Have had for some time I just need to decide I’m going to learn to do the conversions and push the buy button. Your work is lovely.

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    1. many thanks Deborah! I love that ghostly and ethereal look in IR!!

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  13. thephotoseye says:

    Beautiful photographs! They all have such a dreamy feel as well as look.

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    1. many thanks for your lovely comment!!

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  14. Tracey says:

    Awesome imagery, as always Cybele 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Tracey!

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  15. Beautiful images and words, Cybele. The Lotus is really stunning. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Sylvia!

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  16. DG Hardy says:

    Fabulous!

    Hugz, DG

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  17. Beatiful, all 3 of them.

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    1. thank you Cardinal!

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  18. Mark Simms says:

    More gorgeous dreamy images Cyb

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  19. sheldonk2014 says:

    These are beautiful
    Great work
    Very surrealistic
    Sheldon

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    1. thanks so much Sheldon!

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  20. disperser says:

    I really like that first shot . . . is it daylight processed in B&W or moonlight?

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    1. thanks very much Disperser, it is infra red using a 590nm Ir filter but in the monochrome ( I can also use selective colour).. That time of the day really brings out the light and shadow in ghostly and dramatic fashion!! 😀

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    2. disperser says:

      Interesting . . . I have toyed with the idea of taking either my D100 or D200 and converting them to IR. Perhaps one of these days I’ll act on it.

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  21. Suzanne says:

    How beautiful – mystical and mysterious. Your images and words weave a spell

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    1. your comment is much appreciated!! Many thanks!

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  22. Maverick ~ says:

    Your lotus is stunning. Absolutely magnificent images and words.

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    1. Many thanks Maverick!!

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  23. sedge808 says:

    I so love the first one.

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    1. me too! I thought you would like that one. Thanks Sedge!!

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  24. lauramacky says:

    Wow these are amazing! How DO you do it! (Rhetorical). 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Laura!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome! And good morning. 🙂

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      2. and to you my dear!!! it’s going to be a scorcher here today! over 30C they say!

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      3. I think I’m back in Greece!! (except it would be 40C) lol.

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      4. lauramacky says:

        hahaha and you’d be broke! 😛

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      5. :D!! So sad though!!

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      6. lauramacky says:

        Yes very. 😦 Greece is not exactly the cradle of hard work. After visiting my family there, the mentality of the general population is the antithesis of what it is here.

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  25. Maria F. says:

    What a beautiful quote, and beautiful images!

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    1. thank you so much Maria!

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