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every couple of months I head out of town and go and stay with a dear friend up in the Hunter Valley…… it’s a stunningly beautiful area and I never tire of photographing the landscape there. My friends live on the crest of a hill that rims a series of very dreamy misty valleys and there are many flooded creeks and little lakes to be found all around this lovely place.

My favorite place in this chain of valleys is a tiny little hidden lake with a nautral sandstone grotto at its head and a minute island in the centre of it. The lake is only around 20 odd metres in length and the island is only big enough for two trees but it’s beauty is staggering. It’s like an ancient holy place and to just stand by the shoreline is a form of meditation.

I have no idea if it has a proper name or not being so small but from the first time I saw it …. I’ve called it Genevieve’s Lake….. and the swirly misty magic of the landscape takes me away into other dimensions…… no perfidious Albian here….. just a faint lingering sense of the Lady of the Lake……

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  • ozecard
    ozecardalmost 6 years ago

    A beautiful image. Perfect treatment.

  • thanks Jon…. it’s a beautiful place… so dreamy and special…… I thought about rendering it in blue or some wild colour but in the end the image doesn’t need any thing tricky…..glad you like it…..:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • Nikki Trexel
    Nikki Trexelalmost 6 years ago

    wow. it’s such a beautiful place…this image lends a lot of mystery and “static” to the feeling. wonderful work.

  • thanks Nikki……. the beauty is almost as much in the imaginative potential of the landscape as in the actual beauty of place…. this is a bit hard to explain….. but I’m glad you like it…..:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • peaceofthenorth
    peaceofthenorthalmost 6 years ago

    way to go Juilee,the IR works so well with this….steve

  • Hi Steve….. yes the IR really mutes the almost overbearing beauty of the place…. makes it almost comprehensible for a mere human somehow…. thanks and I am pleased you like this photo….:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • ozecard
    ozecardalmost 6 years ago

    Glad you didn’t Juilee. It’s spot on!

  • bodymechanic
    bodymechanicalmost 6 years ago

    i luv ur IR stuf also!

  • Hi Steve… and thanks….. :)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot. I can visualize the Lady rising up from those still waters . . . . Marvelous.

  • thanks Helen….. in a funny way it’s the atmosphere that emanates from this little lake that makes it so special…. it’s almost tangible like it’s sitting on a ley line or something….it’s almost like a energetically charged vibration comes from the lake itself….hard to explain but it can put shivers up my spine just sitting there ……a very special place indeed….. I’ve photograhed it loads of times over the years but nothing I’ve shot comes even close to the magical mysterious feel of the place…… who knows maybe you’ll see it some day…..:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • actually this is a digital manipulation from a shot taken in the very next valley from Genevieve little lake and this kind of sum’s it up as well….. River Nymph

    – Juilee Pryor

  • roybarry
    roybarryalmost 6 years ago

    The Queen of IR shows her magic, yet again!!

    Juilee, this is such a beautifully moody shot.

  • hi Roybarry…. and wow thanks… I hesitated to post this as it’s just not as magical as the real place…. but then I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do it justice…… thanks for your lovely words you……:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • eon .
    eon .almost 6 years ago

    Authur would be looking for the broad with the sword if he sore this. Charming and enchanting Image Juilee ( ’ – ))

  • Hi Steve… yes its all about Arthur for sure ….. his story and the legends of Camelot coloured my childhood and I see it here in the particular place for sure……. thanks for your perceptive comment…..:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiialmost 6 years ago

    The IR gives a great feel to this image. Beautiful work as always.

  • thanks heaps Andy……. glad you like this……:)

    – Juilee Pryor

  • Patricia L. Ballard
    Patricia L. Ba...almost 6 years ago

    Love this, Juilee. The reflections are amazing. They make the focal point more interesting.

  • hi Pat… thanks the reflections are really make the picture I think…… gives it some depth…..so glad you like this one…..it’s fairly gentle really

    – Juilee Pryor

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