As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door that does not look like a door, opens. ~Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

In November, 2010, Homer and I decided to drive up into Pisgah National Forest here in Western North Carolina to see if we could catch some late Fall shots. Almost all of the leaves were off the trees so we were disappointed that we had missed the best of Fall in this area. But as we drove up a bumpy gravel road far up into the forest, we discovered a small area that seemed separate and magical, filled with Fall colors. It was so beautiful that we stopped often to take pictures and just enjoy the silence broken only by a mild breeze through the golden leaves. We spotted an unusual rock formation that looked like it had an eye looking out into the forest. I told Homer it was the guardian of the forest. While playing with this photo, I added four crows from another picture and a texture of my own of a window shade with branches silhouetted against it.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix 12x zoom compact digital camera. Textures added in PhotoShop.

– July, 2011!


guardians, forest, autumn, fall, north, carolina


  • Antanas
    Antanasover 3 years ago

    lovely work

  • Thanks so much, Antanas!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • enchantedImages
    enchantedImagesover 3 years ago

    I love this Tibby.
    Beautiful work!
    - Bobbi

  • Thank you so much, dear Bobbi!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • Widcat
    Widcatover 3 years ago

    It was a great fall, wasn’t it. So much better than last year. This is gorgeous.

  • Thanks so much. You are right – this past fall was so much more vivid and colorful than 2009! Hope you’re having a great December!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 3 years ago

    Great work Tibby!

  • Torfinn, thank you so much, my friend, for your kind comments and fave!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    Beautifully done

  • Thanks so much, Kathy!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    Tibby, sweetheart … this is breathtaking!!!!!! I feel your sense of oneness with Mother Nature … and your rock does indeed seem to be The Guardian of the Forest!!!!! Magnificent, imaginative and filled with love!!!! And your Stephen Graham quote and your description of your and Homer’s visit here adds so much meaning!!!!! For a moment as I was reading your words, I felt like I was right beside you!!!!!!

  • Sweet Lois, thank you so much, my dear friend. I wish you HAD been standing there right with me so we could share the magic of the moment. Hope you’re having a great holiday season!!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • EvaMarIza
    EvaMarIzaover 3 years ago

    Wow, this is so beautiful :))))

  • Eva, thank you so much for your kind comments!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 3 years ago

    great work tibby

  • Thank you so much, my friends!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Wonderful magical work!!

  • Thanks so much, my friend!

    – Tibby Steedly

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Fabulous work Tibby!!

  • Thanks so much, dear Kate!

    – Tibby Steedly

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