An Earthen Voice Picture

Afterwork: A ton. First the girl, I blurred her skin ton, added the texture beneath her skin with a few changes in opacity and settings. I placed her into the roots of the tree, an image which is one I took recently. Then I gray scaled it, duotoned with green hues instead of the rather dull colors the picture had originally, and the reds of the model's image. Cropped, resized and added the border. I took the other little tree from another shot as well and sized it down to add to the title.

So the past few days this legend has been much on my mind. I'm not sure why other than than of course I was doing a tree dryad for originally a contest here, but it's now closed. Still I wanted to post this, it spoke to my mood.

Dryads and hamadryads are two types of wood nymphs in Greek mythology. These female nature spirits were thought to inhabit trees and forests, and they were especially fond of oak trees. Dryads were often depicted in myth and art accompanied - or being pursued by - their male counterparts, the satyrs. There are many stories of dryads in myth and legend. One famous dryad was
Eurydice, the beautiful but ill-fated wife of Orpheus.

Eurydice and Orpheus were young and in love. So deep was their love that they were practically inseparable. So dependent was their love that each felt they could not live without the other. These young lovers were very happy and spent their time frolicking through the meadows. One day Eurdice was gaily running through a meadow with Orpheus when she was bitten by a serpent. The poison of the sting killed her and she descended to Hades immediately.

Orpheus was son of the great Olympian god Apollo. In many ways Apollo was the god of music and Orpheus was blessed with musical talents. Orpheus was so sad about the loss of his love that he composed music to express the terrible emptiness which pervaded his every breath and movement. He was so desperate and found so little else meaningful, that he decided address Hades.

As the overseer of the underworld, Hades heart had to be hard as steel, and so it was. Many approached Hades to beg for loved ones back and as many times were refused. But Orpheus' music was so sweet and so moving that it softened the steel hearted heart of Hades himself. Hades gave permission to Orpheus to bring Eurydice back to the surface of the earth to enjoy the light of day. There was only one condition--Orpheus was not to look back as he ascended.

He was to trust that Eurydice was immediately behind him. It was a long way back up and just as Orpheus had almost finished that last part of the trek, he looked behind him to make sure Eurydice was still with him. At that very moment, she was snatched back because he did not trust that she was there. When you hear music which mourns lost love, it is Orpheus' spirit who guides the hand of the musicians who play it.

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