Two of my pictures combined, layered and processed in Photoshop CS5. Texture courtesy of Skeletalmess.


One day,—no matter when or where,—
A long-legg’d heron chanced to fare
By a certain river’s brink,
With his long, sharp beak
Helved on his slender neck;
‘Twas a fish-spear, you might think.
The water was clear and still,
The carp and the pike there at will
Pursued their silent fun,
Turning up, ever and anon,
A golden side to the sun.
With ease might the heron have made
Great profits in his fishing trade.
So near came the scaly fry,
They might be caught by the passer-by.
But he thought he better might
Wait for a better appetite—
For he lived by rule, and could not eat,
Except at his hours, the best of meat.
Anon his appetite return’d once more;
So, approaching again the shore,
He saw some tench taking their leaps,
Now and then, from their lowest deeps.
With as dainty a taste as Horace’s rat,
He turn’d away from such food as that.
“What, tench for a heron! poh!
I scorn the thought, and let them go.”
The tench refused, there came a gudgeon;
“For all that,” said the bird, “I budge on.
I’ll ne’er open my beak, if the gods please,
For such mean little fishes as these.”
He did it for less; | For it came to pass,
That not another fish could he see;
And, at last, so hungry was he,
That he thought it of some avail
To find on the bank a single snail.

Such is the sure result of being too difficult.

Would you be strong and great learn to accommodate.

[The end]

Jean de La Fontaine

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  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work….. love the framing!

  • Thank you Linda, really appreciate your visits and nice comments!

    – MarieG

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriover 3 years ago

    this is gorgeous work Marie, just love the colour tones, well done!!!

  • Many many thanks Karen, I so appreciate your visits and you support is always so welcomed…glad you like this one!

    – MarieG

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenover 3 years ago

    This is lovely, Marie – great framing. Well done ! Et bonne journée…. :-) xx

  • Merci beaucoup Ulla ( didn’t know you spoke french)! Your great comment are always a joy!

    – MarieG

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    Very nicely done, Marie, and you have conveyed the majestic and patient nature of the Heron…I like the tones you have used too and the entire image is just so pleasing to the eye… Lovely work.

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Beautifully composed image!

  • Many thanks Angie, really appreciate your ongoing support…thank you!

    – MarieG

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • SYlvia…thank you my friend!

    – MarieG

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 3 years ago

    Got to try this one day , it looks like you’ve done photoshop i all your life ! Simply Stunning with wonderous words …Paulx

  • I’m glad that you can’t see the frustration in this image…cause there was a lot of it in the making!!! Still doesn’t come naturally…but I will win this battle!! it’s in my nature…Thank you Paul. Marie x

    – MarieG

  • yampy
    yampyover 3 years ago


    this is superb :)

  • So glad you like this…many thanks my friend!

    – MarieG

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Very impressive! Well done! :D xxx

  • Many thanks Donna…glad you like it and thanks for your ongoing support my dear!

    – MarieG

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    lovely work marie … well composed with fab tones and texture :))

  • Many thanks Carol…you are a sweetheart!

    – MarieG

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