Excerpt from The Herons of Elmwood by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Call to him, herons, as slowly you pass
To your roosts in the haunts of the exiled thrushes,
Sing him the song of the green morass;
And the tides that water the reeds and rushes.

Sing him the mystical Song of the Hern,
And the secret that baffles our utmost seeking;
For only a sound of lament we discern,
And cannot interpret the words you are speaking.

Sing of the air, and the wild delight
Of wings that uplift and winds that uphold you,
The joy of freedom, the rapture of flight
Through the drift of the floating mists that infold you.

Composed in Photoshop using layers, Window overly created in AutoFX Mystical, styles to add wood appearance to window framing, textures, and backgrounds.

Lake background image photographed in Hurley, New York, USA.
Herons photographed in Denmark, courtesy of Kira
Textures courtesy of AvaVerino of Flickr


herons, mystical, scenic, birds, windows, composites, manipulations

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
~Mark Twain

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  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Pamela…image and words…………!

  • Thank you so much Marie!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    My first read of the morning. Lovely and beautiful image. I think my new fave of yours

  • Thanks so much Donna!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    A beautiful image and Poem Pamela.
    And imagine the Herons flying all the way to America ☺

  • Imagine that! Thanks much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    Neat looking!!

  • Thanks JR!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 2 years ago

    oh wow, love this…so speaks, a great poem too:)

  • Thank you much, glad you liked this!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • miroslava
    miroslavaabout 2 years ago

    stunning work Pamela !!!

  • Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Awesome work Pamela.

  • Thanks kindly!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful creation Sis, it feels like you are really looking through a window

  • Thank you much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    06-27-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so much for this meaningful honor!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 2 years ago

    So very beautiful, love that sky!

  • Thank you very much Diane!

    – Pamela Phelps

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