Just so you know I’m still alive!

Some of you may have noticed my absence lately due to other more onerous duties, a temporary illness, and some time taken to decide which direction I want to go with my stories and art. I won’t deny that I have been suffering with some anxiety and inertia this winter Worst of all, I have been without a camera but I will try to gather up my thoughts which, like Niamh’s dreams, have scattered in all directions and I will try to catch up with you all over the next while.

My isolation lead  me to once again explore the virtual art scene with some visits to very imaginative virtual worlds that have their own unique story possibilities in high tech graphic and pixelated environments.  After slowly emerging from the cocoon of  sad apathy and long nights of the soul, I am rising like the moon.  I went into town yesterday!!

There is more about my virtual foray and art on the link below.  Dont’ be afraid to check it out. It’s not too crazy!

 Desert Mice and Dreams

Aiobhell

Aiobhell was a woman of the Sidhe. She is associated with the Beansidhe or Banshee who were foretellers of death. Aoibhell gave a golden harp to the son of Meardha while he was a student at the school of the Sidhe in Connacht. Though the music was incredibly beautiful, whoever heard the playing of Aiobhell’s harp was doomed to die.

It was this harp that the great hero, Cuchulain heard at the time his enemies were gathering against him at Muirthemne, and he knew then that his life was near its end.

and here are two older images that I worked on while waiting for my new camera.

Geums sing the morning
Cliffs of Moher

Clannad

 

*Gods and Fighting Men by Lady Gregory

105 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    Alive and talented!

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    1. awwww!! shucks!! 🙂 thanks Sue!

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      1. Sue says:

        I mean it!

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  2. kenneth says:

    . !

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  3. orijinalchris says:

    Yum… love Clannad/Enya (:

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    1. me too!! Thanks for popping by!!

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  4. You’ll always be my loyal follower. I’m so happy having you back, Cybele..

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    1. this ended up in spam for some reason!! Thank you Nurul!!

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  5. milliethom says:

    Glad to hear you’re now rising like the moon after after an unsettled period of anxiety and illness – no doubt all due to having no camera! Lol. I hope you are now firing on all cylinders. Love the images you’ve created here and thank you for including the music. I could listen to Clannad for ever!

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    1. I rise and then fall back a bit these days!! Thank you so much for your reply. So sorry I’m late with mine!

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  6. Amy says:

    So wonderful to hear from you, Cybele! Hope you’ll get your new camera soon. 😍
    Love these two beautiful images!

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    1. I’ve got it Amy! Thank you!

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  7. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Cybele. I hope you’re well on your way to 100% and you’re passing through the “dark night” into the day. Your work is luminous. That’s a wonderful thing for all of us who admire your work and get inspiration from it.

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    1. Many thanks my dear friend!!

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  8. Thomas says:

    wonderful words, art, music, and photos to cheer us all. And I offer you a hug back from me to help you through the bleakness of our times. Be safe. Create. Wander to satisfy your soul.

    Thomas

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  9. smilecalm says:

    happy experiencing your
    alive and greater wellness 🙂

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  10. Beautiful words and photos Cybele, glad to see you back and rising from the fog 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Andrea!! will be over to visit soon!

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  11. Reblogged this on Magick Thoughts and commented:
    This is the blog of a dear blogging friend of mine. Cybele. ENJOY! I am honored she follows my artful journey and loves my work! So to pay it forward…. I will share her imaginative beauty with you all too!

    –Love Amanda

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    1. so appreciate you wonderful comment and reblog Amanda! Thanks for visiting!

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  12. Your work is beautiful .. loved looking at it while listening to that music. So glad you are back. Thank you lovely

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    1. thank you Julie, I’m still struggling a bit but getting better!!

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  13. DG Hardy says:

    What a beautiful site you are! Yes, you must keep going & drink in the spring with your camera & alchemical offerings. It is hard to lever oneself up but you somehow find the strength through your wise eye.

    Hugs, DG

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    1. you are such a wonderful friend my dear!

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  14. Adrian Lewis says:

    Cybele, I’m very sorry to hear you’ve had all this travail. Do take good care of yourself. Love your images as always. Adrian 🙂

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    1. thanks so very much Adrian! I’m trying!

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  15. debiriley says:

    so lovely and expressive, just gorgeous!
    glad to see you back!! cheers, Debi

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      1. debiriley says:

        my pleasure, 🙂

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  16. 👌👍 Nice blog👍👌
    Do come and visit my blog and share your comments if you like my blog, u can even follow me there, thank you😊

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  17. Wonderful to see you returned and lifting out of your gloom. You are just so talented. I just love that picture of Aiobhell. And you have another blog, too, that I didn’t know about 🙂 Sending some “happiness” arrows your way. See them arcing over the ocean now. xox

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    1. thank you so much Sarah!! It’s a bit of a climb!! but I have to get to work again soon with my writing etc. I so appreciate your kind wishes and support!

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  18. Always love your photos and I’m looking forward to more stories! 😀

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  19. Peter Nena says:

    Where is the rest of the story? I have been left hanging precariously. Unless I read the rest of it, I will drop into the abyss, into oblivion. So save me.
    Cybele, please continue.

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    1. Peter Nena says:

      The story diverted my attention. I’m sorry for that. I intended to say please get well soon. I’m sorry you’ve been ill. All the best, my dear friend.

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      1. oh thanks Peter, I am much better and I only included a snippet of an Irish legend. I will give you a link to the story of Cuchulain as this is a very old Gaelic myth/story and a bit long in narrative. http://www.billstifler.org/HUM2130/files/4D-120-Cuchulain.htm. Good to hear from you Peter!!

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    2. haha, Peter it’s an old, old story and I have given you the link in my other reply!! The Irish have many heroes!

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      1. Peter Nena says:

        Thank you! I will follow the link.

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  20. They’re stunning as is that track

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    1. thanks so much for visiting and commenting!! that photo of the castle ruin on the hill is wonderful. Do you have a blog?

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  21. Good to see you here again 🙂 🙂

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  22. Kerena says:

    We still have to finish that early morning coffee, sweet one!

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  23. robert87004 says:

    (mumbling incoherently to self) Ahem. Just, pardon the expression, kick some a&@! Hannah. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down. Go where your heart, your soul, takes you.
    🙂

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    1. thanks for that strong encouragement Robert!! It made me smile!

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      1. robert87004 says:

        🙂 just me, squeaking over here.

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  24. disperser says:

    I didn’t know you had the other site. Interesting stuff.

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    1. a bit of fun but and a bit sporadic. I have a hard enough time with reality never mind virtual reality lol!

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  25. Renee Espriu says:

    Still no camera? I do hope you get one soon although the above image and many more like it on your site is enchanting. Love the story.

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    1. I just got the new camera Renee!! Thank you for visiting me and for your lovely comment!!

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      1. Renee Espriu says:

        Photos here you come!! Yea!

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  26. Amy says:

    So glad to have you back, Cybele! These beautiful photos are expressing how you are seeing the light again in all ways. ❤ Love the music you attached, too. 🙂

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    1. so glad you enjoyed the post Amy!! Thanks so much for your lovely words!

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  27. sheldonk2014 says:

    It happens to the best of us
    when life seems to turn it’s back
    And you start to believe
    You’ve lost your shield
    I brought you my words
    A smile,and chocolates
    Keep at it Cybele
    You know where to find me
    As Sheldon Always

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    1. thank you so much for your poetry and support my friend!

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  28. aidymcglynn says:

    Hope you’re back on your feet Cybele, and ready to go with the new camera!

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    1. I hope so too Aidy! Thanks my friend!

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  29. You certainly seem to be “rising,” and often quiet retreat can spark creative energies before not realized. I very much enjoyed these images.

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    1. I love your perspective on it! Thanks Sally!

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  30. Little Dune Mouse, welcome back. Such a beautiful post. I am sorry you have been feeling alone and have been having a hard time. I hope you are feeling better and send you hugs from the dudes xx

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    1. I just love hamster hugs! Thanks so much Shey! I’m slowly rising!!

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      1. Oh I hope so. It is horrible to be in a darker place. I hope you can climb out and that you also get well from being ill soon xxx

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      2. getting better Shey!! Many thanks for your good thoughts!

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    2. Oh please get there little Dune Mouse and when you are tell mighty Cybele to do the same xx

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  31. paula graham says:

    Stunning work…I hope you can find peace again when you get your new camera. The highs and lows…I know about them..super difficult indeed. xx

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    1. Thank you so much Paula!! I know I’m not alone!

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  32. Moz Loordes says:

    So glad you’re feeling better, my friend *hhuuugggsss*

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    1. Hey Moz- many thank you’s!!! Do visit me here to see what little bit I’ve been up to in the virtual world ( If you haven’t already). Do you know LEA 10? https://desertdreams1001blog.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/an-honour-image-of-the-day/ Though I don’t post often- it’s my happenings on the virtual scene ( and some stories of course!)

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  33. Sherry Felix says:

    This post shows your muse was just resting and is now waking up. A lovley post–and you art is gorgeous.

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    1. oh your comment means a lot to me Sherry!! Blessings and thanks!

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  34. Hope you are back at it 100% SOON…IT HAS BEEN A LONG WINTER.

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  35. Leanne Cole says:

    Lovely to hear from you. I’ve really missed catching up with you. We must do it soon.

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    1. thanks Leanne, I’m rising from the fog! Yes we have to stop saying we will and do it!! If you are on skype and see me do give me a nudge!

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  36. Suzanne says:

    Very beautiful and not a bit crazy. Although it still summery over here I too have been hiding out at home camera-less, I’m really wanting to get a new but am very, very broke at present. Like you I’ve been playing around with old images seeing where they lead. Phone photos just don’t have the same potential I find.

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    1. oh thanks so much Suzanne!! I will be catching up with all ! It’s been a bad winter this year-especially after Christmas madness. I got very low!! But I’m rising like the moon!

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      1. Suzanne says:

        sorry to hear that you went down. it is an odd time. the equinox seems to be bringing in lighter energy.

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      2. oh yes!! it seems to get harder the older I get too. The winters are really difficult sometimes! I think I feel the lightness returning too!

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      3. Suzanne says:

        I really hope you find some lightness soon.

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  37. It would probably be incorrect to call the first floral image a landscape, but it wouldn’t count as a still life either, from my understanding of that form. I don’t know what to call it. Oh, sorry. Yes I do. Ethereal life.

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    1. 🙂 thanks Kate! I’ll be over to visit!

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  38. Hi Hanna! Glad you are still with us! The link images really do suggest that you have been drawn into another world! My favourites are always your landscapes. These two are gorgeous!

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    1. I thought my Aiobhell looked like you!! Thanks for coming by Kate!

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      1. Well that is a huge compliment! Thank you! ☺️☺️☺️

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  39. Anita says:

    Glad to see you back, Cybele! Hope the new camera arrives soon. Meanwhile, this is not a bad way to spend the time! ☺

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    1. so pleased you came by Anita!! Thanks so much!

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  40. You must have picked up my vibe! I’ve thought about you since Weds when I didn’t see you post an MM image. I’m so glad you’re alright and exploring art in new ways.

    The images are wonderful. I love them all!

    Did your new camera arrive?

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    1. thank you so much Deb! I’ve been having a hard time but hopefully seeing the light again in all ways. The sun came out yesterday! Yes, I finally have my camera but it’s not the one I had wanted first. I had to be more practical!! (boo hoo). It’s all good though.

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      1. I know, but it’s just a tool. It’s the photographer behind the camera that matters the most. You create some beautiful art with your images. I’ve no doubt you’re going to be making gorgeous art with the help of the new camera.

        I’m glad you’re seeing the light again! Sending hugs and good vibes your way! xxx

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      2. big hugs back at you Deb!! I so appreciate your support!

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  41. Maverick ~ says:

    Gorgeous images, good to see you back.

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    1. thank you so much Maverick!

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