The image was created with images of actual moss to make the top of the island, the bottom is either part of the moss ‘pads’ or bits of wood, stone, and bark. (see detail image below)

I had great fun making them into little islands, each different from the others. I’ve included images from Leiston and Ely Cathedral, a tower in Happisburgh, an old beach torch as seen in Aldeburgh, trees from Rome, bunting from Cambridge and old watch parts for the gears.

The image took a week to create and pull it all together.

Part of my new series of images for licensing on Arcangel-Images – use this code: SYST-00136

Detail image of the top three islands:

Created with my own photographs in Photoshop, no stock used.


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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 2 years ago

    Wow.. like a dreamscape! Excellent Sybille, love the feel to this.

  • Thank you so much Andrew. It took sooooo long, but I was determined to finish it. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • strawberries
    strawberriesover 2 years ago

    brilliant work, i love the steampunky dreamyness xx

  • Thanks so much. :-) It took forever and it’s all done from my own photographs. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniover 2 years ago

    Magical presentation .. & super composition ..!!

  • Many thanks Basant. :-) Much appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 2 years ago

    Excellent work Sybille. Highly imaginative and wonderfully executed. I can imagine myself floating between the islands. xoxo

  • :-) Thanks Cos, that was the idea. I always wanted to live somewhere like that. Well, I do in my head. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 2 years ago

    Brilliant. Very clever. Shades of Roger Dean’s art.

  • Thanks Lindsay. :-) Had to look up Roger Dean. I see what you mean. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 2 years ago


  • Many thanks Jacqui. :-) Much appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 2 years ago

    I had to come back to this one :)

  • Yay! Thanks! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Vitaliy Gonikman
    Vitaliy Gonikmanover 2 years ago

    Such a great image so cool and interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Many thanks Vitaliy. :-) Much appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 2 years ago

    fabulous work Sybille

  • Many thanks Lissy. :-) Much appreciated. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 2 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Many thanks Simon. :-) Much appreciated. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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