Monochrome madness time again!

Hi everyone,

WordPress has taken a  back seat the last while.  I’m in the throes of a big move (to the lake if all goes well) so it has been pretty busy looking at places and then all the other financial and legal stuff that gives one a headache – plus the anxiety of being both terrified and excited. It will be a process and one step at a time though I tend to try to meet myself around the corner before I get there.

I have raided my travel photos again and found many I have not published but that I love.

Here is my entry for MM 2-42 and please drop by Leanne’s wonderful gallery.

Rosslyn roof smallfix
Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian

 

monastic gate
In a mystical monastery garden ( Muckross, County Kerry)

 

Balmoral View in Blairgowrie crop
Balmoral View, Blairgowrie, Perthshire & Kinross

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  1. always a treat to visit you, Cybele, your photos are magical, mystical, mysterious, marvelous!!! can’t say enough how much I love your style, dear sweet friend. Best wishes for a successful move, may all your dreams come true! Happy valentines day with many hugs and smiles! xoxoxo ❤ ❤ ❤ ;^)

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    1. Thanks so much Aisha! hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and good to hear from you!!

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  2. Robyn G says:

    Your images are always so stunning, full of mood and gorgeous! I’m catching up 😃
    Hoping the move and transition is going well and that you find a place that is home. Hugs xx

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    1. Many many thanks Robyn-it’s been a bit grueling to say the least! Don’t worry, I’m so behind with blogging these days!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        A move is a huge thing and exciting and terrifying as you say 😃 Wishing you joy and happiness in your new home.
        Blogging will still be here – so will we 😃😃

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      2. thank you Robyn!!

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  3. Your work is outstanding!

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    1. Thanks so much Robert!

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  4. Ali Isaac says:

    Gorgeous, especially Rosslea. I’d love to go. Good luck with your house move, hope it all goes well for you. Xxx

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    1. thank you Ali!

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  5. Beautiful landscape photos Cybele, fantastic!

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    1. Many thanks Della!

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  6. pattimoed says:

    Part 2: And best of luck on your move. It is exciting and terrifying. I can say that from experience….17 moves and counting.

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    1. Yes I’ve become somewhat of a gypsy over the years too!! 🙂

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      1. pattimoed says:

        Me too. I’m looking forward to exploring and living in more places, but I always hate the move itself. 🙂

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  7. pattimoed says:

    Hi Cybele. I love the aura of magic and mystery in your photos! What filters/post processing programs do you use?

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    1. Hey Patti, Thanks so much! I do use Photoshop and the Nic collection but more recently sprang for some Topaz filters – not the whole package which is very expensive. 400 something Canadian.
      However, these two monochrome were taken with my infra red camera which often gives a haunting look to images. Of course the lighting helps that as well. I added a sepia filter to the second. On the hillside scene I used a topaz style filter and faded it to very slightly enhance the colour and definition. Then I wave my magic wand.

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      1. pattimoed says:

        I have a free trial of one of the Topaz filter sets. They are expensive. My son, who loves photography, says I should take a look at Nic, which is much cheaper now.

        I’m intrigued by the infrared cameras and would love to “play” with one of them. 🙂 Are you happy with the one you have?

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      2. I am! 🙂 Nic is good too!

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  8. sixpixx says:

    Beautiful – as always. Love the gateway – you know I have a thing about portals. Very best wishes with the move – I hope you find a beautiful new home.

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    1. thanks so much Six- I am so busy these days with it all!

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  9. DG MARYOGA says:

    Three astounding images resembling your sentiments right now,my friend Cybele.You said you feel terrified and excited at the same time.And me,in awe I stand and look up,very high up where the ambitious chapel is soaring skywards to become one with heavens.Your mystical garden with the divine lighting excites all my senses and travels me to the unknown,where I can see what is invisible down on earth … And the third one with the brilliant greens and the golden nuances brings me back and down on earth again.All three is like a travelogue-trilogy based on extraordinary places where the Scottish and the Irish penache mingle.All the very best with the “move”.Take care 🙂

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    1. what a wonderful enlightening perspective on it. Thank you for lifting me up from the mundane worry of it all. Sometimes I lose that magic in my anxieties!! There is such a great freedom when you let go of that and soar!!

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        It’s mutual,your photos,your thoughts and your powerful words always bear magic and have nothing to do with the ordinary.I hate it though when some mundane commitments and chores take away the spells of this transcendental,mystical world …

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  10. Great image, Cybele. I’m also both terrified and excited. Good luck with the move. 🙂

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    1. thank you Sylvia!! You too!!

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      1. Absolutely. 😳

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  11. Your move sounds exciting Cybele and beautiful views for us in the meantime 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Andrea! It’s a bit tiring too!

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  12. sheldonk2014 says:

    Good luck Cybele
    The photos are beautiful

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    1. many thanks Sheldon!

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  13. More beautiful images here…

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    1. thank you Robert!

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  14. I’m just beginning that process, Cybele! Decluttering (a massive undertaking) before any work can be done to the house, and lots of work there is. I understand about exciting and trepidation, and blogging taking a bit of a back seat for a bit 🙂 Keep us all posted on how it’s going! In the meantime, love these shots – the perspective of the first is awesome and love the colors of the beautiful countryside in the third 🙂

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    1. Many thanks Stacy and yes, so much to do!! Will keep you posted!! I don’t have a big place now but still so much decluttering! I hear you!

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      1. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  15. Good luck with the move. You deserve the best.

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    1. thank you Sherry!

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  16. Really taken with the chapel image. Nicely done.

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    1. Pleased you like that one! Thanks Sally!

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  17. Amazing photos. Would like to see more.

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  18. Bastet says:

    Splendidly mysterious as always dear Cybele!

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    1. thank you so much Bastet!

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      1. Bastet says:

        Very welcome my dear!

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  19. Sue says:

    Oh, and I meant to say, hope the move goes well…..

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    1. thanks Sue!! 🙂

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  20. Sue says:

    These are all rather lovely!

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    1. thank you so much Sue!

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  21. I’m sending positive vibes, and thoughts that all goes as you hope it to with the, purchase, and move! Great images today as always. I love the last one of Balmoral View with the lovely flowers in the foreground.

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    1. I do appreciate that Deborah!! And thank you!

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  22. Maria F. says:

    I love the perspective and mood on image 1 and 2 and the colors on image 3! Nice blogging theme!!

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    1. Much appreciation Maria and glad you like the new theme!

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  23. The move sounds very exciting. I hope it all works out perfectly, Hannah! I love the photos. The one of Rosslyn Chapel is special 😊.

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    1. thank you for all your support Pam!

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  24. smilecalm says:

    beautifully
    mystical
    madness 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Smilecalm!!:)

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  25. Thanks for following my blog….

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    1. you are welcome!

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  26. owldragonash says:

    Wow Good luck with your Move wishing you a smooth transaction.

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  27. Amy says:

    Really like the fist two! 🙂

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    1. me too! Thank you Amy!

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  28. Suzanne says:

    Good luck on your move. I hope it goes smoothly. The first photo here is wonderful. I love it. It is so evocative of the old celtic countries and radiates that energy. The imagination creates stories around it.

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    1. thank you Suzanne and yes! that Celtic feeling!!

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  29. katieprior says:

    I love the mystical monastery garden, it makes you wonder what secrets lie behind that little archway!
    Fingers crossed for your move and imagining the wonderful images you will get being next to a lake! 🙂

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    1. oh I do agree. I love those secret passageways and light. Thanks for your good wishes Katie!

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