“Oh, drink again this river that is the taker away of pain,
the giver back of beauty.
In these cool waves, what can be lost?
Only the sorry cost of the thing, not the thing itself.
The level flood laves the hot brow;
The stiff-shouldered at our temples now.
Gone is the fever, but not into the river.
Melted, the frozen pride.
But the tranquil tide runs never the warmer for this,
Never the colder.
Immerse the dream.
Drench the kiss.
Dip the song into the stream.” ~Author Unknown
Scene inspired through vivid dreams after a visit to the lighthouses along the Hudson River, New York, USA, as well as through reading the rich and often sad history of this area of enchantment.
Created from scenes along the Hudson River, New York, USA. Two scenes of side view of a lighthouse along the Hudson, one path and plank image, one foliage image, and painting of young pirate awaiting his conviction. Flood filter used on separate images, erasing areas for clarity. All images layered in Photoshop, clearing areas again for definition, adjusting color, opacity and blending modes. My own texture from an old book cover was used in three layers and adjusted.