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A mystical woodland, complete with mist and filled with the sound of birds. It is a place where creatures go for a retreat. When things are too stressful, or when there isn’t any food or when there’s been a fire and those who have lost their home, need to recover. In this woodland, everything is friendly. No one preys on anyone else and physical and spiritual bodies are healed. This horse has lost it’s mate and feels all alone. He has gone to the woodland to seek answers. Will he always feel alone or will he meet someone new. His spirit is raw from grieving and he needs the tranquility of this woods and the goddess who dwells within. If you look closely, you will see the essence of this goddess. There in the middle of the woods. She is wearing a filmy gown and veil that is trimmed in flowers. The vision of her is created from within the trees, for she is of nature and can only be felt and seen by those who need her the most. If you see her, perhaps you have a need for this mystical woodland. Perhaps you too have lost a loved one, or special companion. Consolation will be given to all who ask, seek the woodland in you mind, it is there, shrouded in mist.

Original background image taken at Rogue Elk Park off of highway 62 near Trail, Oregon

Using layers in photoshop, the image was duplicated on itself x2 and rotated horizontally x1 to make the woods fuller. I used a different blending mode on each layer to add a mystic quality. The horse and butterflies were added as composites, flood filter applied for water and something for the mist to come out of. The image was then processed in dreamy photo to create a dreamy quality. I then applied a layer mask and painted black onto part of the horse and last butterfly to make them clearer.

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animal, horse, mystical, swallowtail butterflies, insect, woodland, magical, forest, woods, creatures, goddess, spiritual, emotional, green, light, diane schuster

I’m a 65 year old retired grandmother that loves photography. I love being out in nature and love lots of color, so Autumn is my favorite time of year.
Forests and forest light, waterfalls, flowers and insects are also some of my favorite subjects to photograph.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    WOW~ Awesome Dee!! XO

  • Hi cheryl, thanks so much for the wonderful comment and thanks so much for adding it to your favs! I sure appreciate your support! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Rick! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Dee, so pretty its like he is being led into another world

  • Hi Trudi, thanks for commenting so nicely on this image! I sure appreciate it! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • bioman
    biomanover 4 years ago

    what a wonderful work of art! Bravo!

  • Thanks very much John, I sure appreciate your wonderful comments! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Eliza1Anna
    Eliza1Annaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image with a beautiful story! I can feel the atmosphre of this woodland indeed.

  • I’m so glad that you could feel what I am trying to portray, thanks for the wonderful comment, Eliza! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and image!!

  • Thanks very much Carol! I appreciate your comments and support! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartover 4 years ago

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  • Thanks very much Julie! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image….

  • Thanks very much Shelly! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerover 4 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous!

  • Thanks for your wonderful comment, Tara! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

  • John Poon
    John Poonover 4 years ago

    Dee and her magical touch strikes again!

  • Thanks John, I sure appreciate that wonderful comment and thanks for adding it to your favs! Dee

    – Diane Schuster

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