Fairy Realm - Grotto by Neil Ross


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FAIRY REALM – GROTTO (my very first Redbubble upload)
(385 viewings – 16 favourites – 28JUL 2011)

Deep in the woods, home of the Nature Spirits, welcome to the Fairy Realm.

It never ceases to amaze me what can be seen in inanimate objects, or how we interpret them. I believe this is called Pareidolia, where we descry shapes and figures of things known to us from things that are otherwise random and naturally haphazard. On that note, can anyone see what I can see in the bottom right hand corner? I know what it looks like to me, but what do you see? I would love to know.

Here, I have taken a macro photo of a piece of “A” grade Pietersite, a beautifully translucent crystal. All I have done with this image is saturate the colours, adjust the white colour balance and contrasts, and lightly sharpen the radius, nothing more. Even in a simple rock, magic can be found. The beauty of nature is everywhere; all we need do is look.

Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

Companion Photo: Fairy Realm – Nature Spirits


abstract, amateur, crystal, fairy, macro, nature, pietersite, realm, spirits, spiritual

I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Neil!!! I can see the spirits!! Love the colouring. The flash of blue here reminds me of the crystal, laboridite (spelled wrong!) – gorgeous!! :))

  • Jupiter Queen
    Jupiter Queenalmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for your beautiful art, I can really see your Spirit in the colors, i just love it. May i ask, what software are you using? I work with Adobe PhotoShop mostly, but cannot do anything like this.

  • colindove
    colindovealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful Art Featured. Well composed

  • Many thanks Col :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your 23 August 2010 Feature in Students and Beginners!

    Keep the great work coming!

  • Thanks very much for the feature Christine :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    and a wow….perfect job!

  • This is the first photo I posted on Redbubble, and it’s the same type of crystal I used in Crossing the Unknown. I’m really happy with this photo. Glad you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...almost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work and I totally agree with you but I believe that all these shapes and things that we see have something in particular to tell us personally when we see them. I have been taking photos myself of ice and clear quartz and am amazed at what I see in them. I look for things in everything in nature too and I adore crystals so I will be sure to add you to my watch list. I will study this over time and tell you what I see!

  • Thanks Pauline. I’ve never thought of photographing ice. Wow.

    – Neil Ross

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...almost 4 years ago

    There are so many faces all over the piece – maybe they belong to your spirit guides or are just spirits? There is one at the top cente, lots in the white to the left and I think the one above the cross is important. I see the cross and rope leading up from it and maybe people intermingled with the cross. There is an owl in green in the top left[stand back to see it better] and the most significant of all watching eye in white! Brilliant!

  • Awesome. I will sit and look at this one again tomorrow (when I’m not so tired). When you mentioned the eye… Bang, and there it was. I never saw it before. A friend of mine says that all crystals have their own spirit. I tend to believe that. I work with my crystals in healing and meditations, etc, and believe the spirits channel the energy of each crystal through us. A story for another day. thanks for telling me what you can see :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • liesbeth
    liesbethalmost 4 years ago

    For a minute i thougt i was looking at an encaustic creation… love the vivid colours here.. and yes i agree magic can be found everywhere..;)

  • Hi Liesbeth. My new word for the day: encaustic (I had to google it) and what a wonderful technique. I’ve seen so many art styles these past few weeks, and it just blows my mind how creative people are, and how they approach their craft. Awesome. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world… and that is magic for me :-) I just took a photo of one of my crystals, but even this one surprised me. I’m so glad that you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • liesbeth
    liesbethalmost 4 years ago

    Nice to know i offered you something ‘new’..;) this shot inspired me for my own waxworks..
    Chrystals have so much to offer..but i never saw a beauty like this.. so you taught me something new too ;)

  • I’ve tried to photograph many of my crystals. This one in particular (Pietersite) is unbelievable. Some others have worked well too, but this one is the best. I’m working on a few pics still, and will post them soon (I hope). I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t learn something new. Just as well, because I forget something every day too :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • liesbeth
    liesbethalmost 4 years ago

    “just as well, because i forget something every day too…” smiles… sounds familiar… best to keep learning then ;)

  • Too true :-)

    – Neil Ross

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