Ecstasy and Bliss  

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Ecstasy and Bliss
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Let go into His arms until you find yourself obsessed with things devine.
John Crowder, The Ecstasy of Loving God

Swifts, on a fine morning in May, flying this way, that way, sailing around at a great hight, perfectly happily. Then, one leaps onto the back of another, grasps tightly and forgetting to fly they both sink down and down, in a great dying fall, fathom after fathom, until the female utters a loud, piercing cry of ecstasy.
Charlotte Bronte

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.

This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war‐mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf‐cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight.
Jack London, The Call of the Wild

How often one goes to sleep troubled and full of pain, not knowing what causes the travail, and in the morning a whole new direction and clearness is there, maybe the result of the black reasoning. And again there are mornings when ecstasy bubbles in the blood, and the stomach and chest are tight and electric with joy, and nothing in the thoughts to justify it or cause it.
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel‐it is, before all, to make you see.
Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

Benedictus, 2CELLOS

Ave Maria, Amira Willighagen and Gissur P'all Gissurarson

Pie Jesu, Celtic Woman


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09/24/21 12:09 AM GMT
Yes, I see the birds clearly- this is a splendid image !
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09/24/21 12:58 AM GMT
Looks like a portal to heaven..Nice..R.
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Do not trust Atoms....they make up everything.
09/24/21 4:46 PM GMT
A very angelic portrayal, John! Nice render!
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When fear comes to me I will stubbornly choose Faith Instead!!!!
09/24/21 6:29 PM GMT
Love the soft pastels and the impression of birds heading upward - awesome render John!
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The Amen of nature is always a flower .... Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
09/25/21 1:01 PM GMT
Superē render John. S+F Instantly. Thanks for sharing this beauty and thanks too for the other well chosen attributes (quotes and music links), 👍 !
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09/25/21 8:43 PM GMT
This is so unique, and so beautiful! I agree with R. about the portal to heaven. tigs=^..^=
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
09/26/21 4:25 AM GMT
Highly creative and massively beautiful John!!!! Very original:)
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10/01/21 9:39 AM GMT
Initially I did not see the two angels, and, despite having been raised Catholic, my eyes still block them out now, seeing the rest as a layered atmospheric oasis, of lovely ponds with suspended arching sandy beaches, and floating green growth, backed by streaming lines of cirrus clouds, colored by sunlight through layers of atmosphere. Without the angel figures the whole becomes more abstract, which, I have to admit, is more appealing to me, personally.

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