This image is inspired by a poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
Earthmonster provided the original template (background) image
for a challenge in the All in the Editing group.
The photo of the crow is mine. I came upon the crow while on the hiking trail to Natural Bridge in Kentucky (USA).
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, Canon Zoom Lens 20x IS 5.0-100.0mm 1:2.8-5.7 USM.
Edited in Paint Shop Pro using duplicates and blending layers with textures added.
Textures by Shadowhouse Creations
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This image appears on the calendar, Photomanipulation~ a New Vision (click to view)
The verse from The Raven_ describing this scene is:
Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal
ever dared to dream before
But the silence was unbroken,
and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was
the whispered word, `Lenore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured
back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.
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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe was published
January 29, 1845.
The Raven is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow descent into madness. The lover is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. The raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. (Wikipedia)