Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Shadow Lover


Take me to the green in you

The secret valley beneath the sun

Hidden behind the whispering ghosts

Of whom you pretend to be

Open up your mossy arms

So I may open mine

And wrap all limbs round your spirit wide

To exist as half no more

Bring me to your mossy floor

Beneath the shadows of your fear

A raven bride in white

A ladder to your soul

Fold down your branches

Peel open your chocolate bark

So I may pour

As liquid amber

Through your very veins

——————
by, Sam Craft

I am thrilled to share this collaborative project with you today. Special thanks to Sam of of  Everyday Asperger’s, who penned this stunning piece entitled The Raven Bride in White at the most perfect time to accompany my beloved shadow image.

Hope you enjoyed!

Much Love ~ Robyn Lee


70 responses

  1. Incredibly done! So much can be drawn from the image alone, and the Raven Bride in White does so wonderfully set the mind and imagination in flight. Your image drawn on the sands of time, the sea of love, the ocean of dreams, and so very many more. But still they pale to what you have truly captured here….in the shadow..of your smile. Wonderful work yet again Robyn!

    June 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    • Thank you so much Stan!! I’m just a ridiculous romantic, so this image really made me happy (and yes smile)… I like fairytales a lot and it had a little bit of that flavor for me… Love your metaphors ‘ocean of dreams’ favorite I think!! Yes – Sam’s poem was posted right after I shot this and I just could not stop thinking about it, so asked her if we could collaborate. Was thrilled with the pairing, and yes, sent my own imagination into flight!! Something different for the Shadow Series too. So happy you enjoyed Stan — you always have fantastic input and I appreciate wholeheartedly! Sending Love and Light 🙂 RL

      June 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM

  2. Oh….sigh…. What a stunning photograph…You are right; the image you have captured matches the heart of my words very well. So romantic and loving. The shadows are perfect, and how they are in the ocean water. What a fantastic idea. You sure are creative. This is dreamy. They look like they could be atop a wedding cake. Well done. And thank you for the honor to be on your wonderful blog. So glad we met. Your sea sister. Huge hugs, Sam 🙂

    June 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    • So glad you liked the pairing Sam! I believe this was the first poem I really “fell for” on your blog– and just had to see it next to this image. Just so happened I had a long flowing skirt on this Sunday on the beach, so when I saw the shadow image reflected in the ocean it did remind me of a “gown” – and then seeing your Raven Bride poem — well – had to have it !!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much again for writing and permitting my reposting here. Yes – a blessing we have connected as blog friends and sea-sisters!! Gratitude and much Love ~ RL

      June 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    • yay Sam!!!!1

      June 24, 2012 at 7:39 AM

  3. ~Lady Day

    The perfect collaboration…stunning ladies!! (and shadow hubby)

    June 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    • 🙂 Thanks so much Lady Day~~ was fun to do and hoping Passion Flower will be next! Sending good thoughts your way!! 😉

      June 24, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      • ~Lady Day

        and likewise..I hope you are well today..always, you are a true kind soul. xo

        June 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    • Thanks LD ~ I so appreciate that 😉

      June 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

  4. I am so impressed, such wonderful words and a perfect picture match… a work of pure art and inspiration… you are very talented… really very talented…. love the post… magnificent…

    June 24, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment bulldogsturf!! Welcome, and just so happy you enjoyed the collaborative post so much. Sending warm wishes your way tonight~ RL

      June 24, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      • I see you had a look at my golf blog, you might enjoy my other with birds and animals…
        http://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/

        June 24, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      • Thanks much – will check it out – saw some pretty nature photos mixed in with golf!! 🙂

        June 24, 2012 at 1:27 AM

  5. Wonderful!! Both the Photography and poetry flow together beautifully. Thank you Robyn and Sam 🙂

    June 24, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    • Hey Cynthia! Thank you so much for that… was perfect timing in that I took this shot right before Sam published the poem. Love the combo too, and so glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂

      June 24, 2012 at 1:21 AM

  6. Wow, a collaboration yet-a real meeting of the minds, or should I say souls. That photograph is exquisite.Great work both of you .

    June 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    • Jane, thanks so much for your lovely comment! So glad you liked the collaboration ~ and meeting of the ‘souls’ ~ 🙂 RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

  7. Absolutely breathtaking!

    June 24, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    • Oh Julie – thank you so much ~ xo ~RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      • You always seem to have the perfect words (either your own or others’) to ‘match’ your amazing photographs.
        Hope you are going okay, Robyn and sending you lots of love from this Aussie buddy Juliexxxxxx

        June 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      • Thanks so much Julie! this shot was taken spontaneously on the anniversary of our wedding 25 years ago! Sam’s poem just felt ‘meant to be’ when I read it. So glad you liked and thanks also for your loving wishes… Some medical consults upcoming, and trying to take things one day at a time ~ as I’m know you “get” xo Much Love back to you from your biggest fan in the US!! xo

        June 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      • Hope you know how much I am thinking and praying for you (and I don’t usually pray – ha!)

        June 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      • 😉 Same here Julie~~ focussed attention or mediative thought is my prayer-equivalent. I think it has some power no matter what we call it 🙂 xo

        June 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      • I agree – sweet dreams – am off to bed now.
        You are so right about the power thing – yes!

        June 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      • Sleep well Julie 😉

        June 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

  8. Kathy

    Beautiful romantic image. The surf, her veil, surrounds her. Love your shadows!

    June 24, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    • So glad you enjoyed it Kathy! Was actually just my hair – but does sort of give the illusion of a veil doesn’t it? ~ Sending Love~RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

  9. fabulous..dreamy thoughts:)

    June 24, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    • Thank you nightlake ~ yes, thought the combo was a bit dreamy/fantasy indeed! So glad you liked ! ~RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM

  10. Perfect match in this post Robyn! And this poem…well done! and thanks for sharing 🙂

    June 24, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    • Thanks so much poojycat! Yes – was so thrilled to find Sam’s poem for this particular image! ~Glad you enjoyed 🙂 RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM

  11. victoriaaphotography

    I love the shadow image. Works perfectly with the waves and sea

    June 24, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    • Thanks so much Victoria….glad you enjoyed this 🙂 RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

  12. what a perfect match…and I loveddddddd that poem:))))) great post Robyn,,,,,The photo brings it all to light

    June 24, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    • Thanks so much David! Me tooooo — poem just went right through me…and having just shot this image, was totally awesome to have Sam bless me with it for this post 🙂 So fun to work with my sea-sister too!! 🙂 Sending loving wishes to you today ~ RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM

  13. Terrific Robyn, trying to figure out how you placed the camera…love the flow and so romantic…chocolate bark…I feel the love…

    June 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    • Thanks Meryl… yes very romantic and awesome to find Sam’s poem when I did!! was a tricky shot as had to camouflage my arm which was upraised and holding the tiny iPhone 4S camera. Luckily my “lover” was tall so could blend within the shadow of his body 🙂 The advantages of that tiny camera ~ yes? Fun shot and was done on exact day we were wed 25 years ago ~ so extra special 🙂 ~RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

  14. amazing poem robyn and very perfect photograph to go with it.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    • Thank you kindly Sharmishtha! Poetry credit here is all to Sam, but I agree – loved it through and through, and perfect for my special image. So happy you enjoyed ~ and welcome to you!! ~RL

      June 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      • the photograph is fabulous and you picked up the perfect poem to go with it.

        loved them both.

        June 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      • Thanks so much Sharmishth! Means a lot! 🙂

        June 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

  15. Thank you again, Robyn. I’m glad we got to combine our art together. Perfect match! Hugs and love and light to you. Glad people liked the combo. It was fun reading the comments. And YOU are so sweet to give me credit and say nice things. Hugging you big. 🙂 xoxoxo ~ Sam

    June 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    • ~Lady Day

      Did you find where to get the amber yet Sam…I’ll have to leave a link for you when I can…they have both the amber and hazelwood…for all us freaks of nature:)

      June 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      • would love a link…..I LOVE freaks of nature…that’s the spice of life. 🙂 HUGS

        June 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      • ~Lady Day

        http://hazelaid.com/C_Home.html ….they sell ‘teething’ necklaces …but many people here (all my real life friends) wear them for a huge combination of things…skin problems, eczema psoriasis..I like these because they have really lovely stones too…they sell them in the stores here…but Canadians are weird like that:) Your body heat releases it through your skin…lol. Some people think it’s ‘quakery’ …I guess I’m a duck..lol and…my youngest daughter stopped ALL teething symptoms within a half an hour of wearing them, my son, well, maybe he needs a new one…the hazelwood needs to be replaced, about every 4-6months, the amber does not. Hugs Sam:)

        June 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    • Thanks goes to you Sam…. feel like your poem was energetically connected to my image (and emotions) that day. Sometimes this synchronicity thing really seems to have credence!!! Yes – seems to be loved by all … and I too am just excited to have a joint project with youfor my blog archives ~ special!! Big HUGS back — xxoo Shadow Lover and Sea Sister Robyn 😉

      June 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    • http://www.liquidamber-ltd.com/
      And more on the emotional and physical healing properties of liquid amber…. Amazing and must have 🙂 RL

      June 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

  16. Hi there, ~Sam sent me over to have a look at your beautiful photo next to her poem.
    I TOTALLY love it, what a wonderful pairing.
    I am going to subscribe to your blog I love images and poetry they speak to the heart of me.
    Love and hugs to you and look forward to more beautiful posts.
    Lisa. xx 🙂

    June 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    • Lisa – thank you soooo much for your wonderful feedback. So happy Sam sent you and you got to enjoy our joint-project here today! Welcome, and I hope you find Throughthehealinglens an pleasant place to be! Sending Love and warm wishes your way today ~ 😉 RL

      June 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

  17. excellent collab

    June 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    • Thanks so much StacyMichelle!! Thrilled you enjoyed the collaboration today ~ was really excited about it as well… sending good thoughts your way — RL

      June 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

  18. There should be a “LOVE” button….this photograph is STUNNING and accompanying verse is just a perfect fit……NICE WORK!!..

    June 24, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    • Oh – thank you so much Kirsten!! That is the sweetest comment, and so glad you enjoyed the post. & Welcome ~ RL

      June 24, 2012 at 4:32 PM

  19. beautiful! moving!

    June 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    • Thanks so much Buck!! Appreciate 😉

      June 25, 2012 at 1:04 AM

  20. Such a beautiful blog. You are obviously very talented.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    • Joseph, thanks so much for coming by! You are so kind and I really appreciate your flattering comment. This is really all just a therapeutic hobby for me, though I do admit I am enjoying unveiling my creative side 🙂 Welcome and best wishes your way today!! ~RL

      June 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

  21. Robyn!! This is beautifully done. Perfectly suited for one another. What a talented person Mr. Craft is. Combined with yours, I am literally in awe this morning. FANTASTIC!!! xoxox

    June 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    • Thanks so much Jeannie. I did love this post myself 🙂 Yes – Sam is a gem and her site is overflowing with love and wisdom…romance and more! I was so thrilled to have her permission to pair this poem with my Lovers Shadow Image ~ So happy it brought you some AWE today!! Sending Love ~~ RL

      June 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

  22. What an enchanting dance of shadow, light, color, and language. Ah…I am utterly seduced…

    June 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    • Thanks so much Angela – yes we were synchronistic today commenting at the same time;) I am thrilled you enjoyed this… and loved your description of this post ~~ hope all is well and wishing you Love and Lightness!!

      June 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

  23. Beautiful!

    June 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM

  24. Nikunj

    You sow the enigmatic seeds
    in the poetic skin of time …
    You steal the show of metaphors
    with the clink of your chime …

    You bind the mind
    You enslave the soul …
    You are a magician of verses..

    August 4, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    • Ahhh – this one was not my poem dear one… It was my photograph paired with Sam’s poem (notation at the bottom) … but you are oh so kind, and I am doubly impressed with your poetically wonderful comments … and suspect the magician is you 🙂

      August 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      • Nikunj

        Maybe your photo did the metaphoric trick then ….:) . Is there an alternate email ID that you can be reached on ? …

        August 4, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      • Thank you Nikunj. Glad you liked. I have policy not to communicate off-blog unless emergency for many reasons. Why do you ask?

        August 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      • Nikunj

        It’s okay . No particular reason beyond the inquisitive element in my mind …keep the ink flowing and keep the magnetic metaphors coming …

        🙂

        August 4, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      • Yes -Writing in a poetic way is very new for me. I was intending to use the blog mostly for photo display – so nice to know you appreciate ~ 🙂 Thank you!

        August 4, 2012 at 12:18 AM

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