Wednesday, November 3, 2010


To experiment with a bit of digital magic, I began with this cropped and sharpened photograph of a drooping, pink peony.  The silhouette image below (free on the web) was superimposed on the peony.

This is one of the results after experimenting with blending modes and adjusting opacity.  A beautiful image can be worth a thousand words, however in this instance I thought a few tender words from Pablo Neruda could take the image to a whole new realm of magic and mystery:

Love Sonnet IX

~by Pablo Neruda

There where the waves shatter on the restless rocks
the clear light bursts and enacts its rose,
and the sea-circle shrinks to a cluster of buds,
 to one drop of blue salt, falling.
O bright magnolia bursting in the foam,
magnetic transient whose death blooms
and vanishes--being, nothingness--forever:
broken salt, dazzling lurch of the sea.
You & I, Love, together we ratify the silence,
while the sea destroys its perpetual statues,
collapses its towers of wild speed and whiteness:
because in the weavings of those invisible fabrics,
galloping water, incessant sand,
we make the only permanent tenderness.


Another version of the digital magic and another magical verse from Neruda:


~by Pablo Neruda

Naked, you are simple as a hand,
smooth, earthy, small...transparent, round.
You have moon lines and apple paths;
Naked, you are slender as the wheat.
Naked, Cuban blue midnight is your color,
Naked, I trace the stars and vines in your hair;
Naked, you are spacious and yellow
As a summer's wholeness in a golden church.
Naked, you are tiny as your fingernail;
Subtle and curved in the rose-colored dawn
And you withdraw to the underground world
As if down a long tunnel of clothing and of chores:
your clear light dims, gets dressed, drops its leaves,
And becomes a naked hand again.


  1. The images are stunning! So gorgeous! Well done! I am in awe.

  2. Very clever idea Bonnie - and I love Neruda's words too. I really must investigate this technique.

  3. ooo...i like the last one...the colors play together perfect forming almost illusion...and i like naked as well...the poem...smiles.

  4. Wow, that last one, wow... breathtaking. I had to read it out loud to hear it and it really works, and along with your images and digital magic... well, just wow... I'll have some of that please :)

  5. Your images are just beautiful. And so are Neruda's. Together . . . I might just have to go for a walk . . .

  6. Cool images and lovely poem. I like how they work together.

  7. I linked over here from the comments on Paul C's BON WOW post, and I'm glad I did. Your work is beautiful, as are the verses you choose to accompany the images. What a lovely place in the blogosphere!

  8. really lovely bonnie - the neruda words really opens out the images nicely! steven

  9. I love the 2nd combined image. What Adobe version do you use? The poetry I have to read slowly, but I'm getting there. I think I liked the 2nd one the best... Thanks for your beautiful blog!


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