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This photo was taken in the Topanga State Forest. The colors of the leaves and branches have a luminescent effect resembling a stained glass window. Maybe there is a fairy or wizard who created this magical and enchanted place that is sacred and profoundly spiritual to the creatures who inhabit this land. The animals have dominion over their territory and over many centuries, there has never been a war or division among the peaceful inhabitants. This reminds me of John Lennon’s legendary song, Imagine that I hope will one day become a reality. Please view this in the larger format to see all the imagery. I have seen fairies and elves among other creatures. What do you see?

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

John Lennon


  • coppertrees
    coppertreesover 6 years ago

    Wonderful, I see them having fun playing great job..

  • Keith Russell
    Keith Russellover 6 years ago


  • blamo
    blamoover 6 years ago

    marvellous image a place i have allways wanted to visit

  • Julie Marks
    Julie Marksover 6 years ago

    Thanks for all your wonderful comments. Everyone is invited to visit. I felt like Alice after she fell through the hole to encounter Wonderland. You will feel like you have entered a new hallucinagenic realm and there are strange and amazing visions for all the dreamers who believe that someday “the world will live as one.”

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 6 years ago

    Stain Glassed Forest vibrates in tune with everything around you and shows how sensitively aware you are of life energy in all its forms, from which you always create something new Julie that can then filter into our own consciousness. Wonderful work!Sx

  • taueva faotusia
    taueva faotusiaover 6 years ago

    stunning piece!!! perfect!

  • Thanks again to everyone who on commented on this piece. When you look at it long enough it becomes interactive as the images shift from foreground to background. The graphic impact doubles as I watch different figures appear and reappear in other forms, as the shapes shift and change color like a kalidascope. Sophie, I agree with you that I am aware of many forms of life energy, both internal and external, often too aware that I experience stimulus overload. So much of my photography is sparked by frequency and vibration that I need to set boundaries between me and the outside world. Since I began taking photographs about two years ago, a new portal opened increasing my sensitivity and iconic vision.

    – Julie Marks

  • JaneAParis
    JaneAParisover 6 years ago

    This is amazing. It does not look like it could be real, so beautiful. Smiles from Jane:-)

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    glorious imagery and magnificent colours, beautifully captured. hugsxxx

  • chazf
    chazfover 6 years ago

    This piece lets us walk into and inhabit a bit of paradise, but don’t try this at home, there’s surely some joker muralist who would have the nerve to try replicating this in your entry hall.

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 6 years ago

    I totally got the stained glass effect you are portraying ~ wonderful pov ~ and given you’ve entwined John Lennon’s lyrics ~ one of my all time favs ~ and this being his birthday yesterday ~ I am finding this an instant fav!! xx
    Much to celebrate Julie ~ beyond your heartful art ~ I wish you a Happy Birthday too! x

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