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    Today marks a very sad day for so many. In my heart I hope we can learn to reach out in a better way. I lost some close friends seven years ago, and their memory will last forever. They were kind and gentle people with energy that fueled the imaginations of many. I can not begin to imagine the horror they went through and the violence in which they died.

    Heroes rose in our country that day. Firefighters and emergency crews of all kinds poured into buildings that had become infernos. They rescued thousands. They showed the world of their courage, and set an example of what compassion is all about. This spread an enormous amount of Patriotism whithin our country. We had been stunned and shocked beyond belief. The heroes that rose that day forever changed our country, and much of the world for the better.

    To my friends that perished, I miss you and love you. To the many that came to help and rescue, I thank you. I hope someday I will see my friends again, and I hope by then our world is a more peaceful place.


    This is for the Fix My Pic Please group
    from an amazing original by Instrumental Illness, titled, speak.

    Here is a link to the original by Instrumental Illness:

    I thought this was such a cool shot. It kind of reminded me of the song by U2 . . . "Ultra Violet (light my way)". I also liked the reflection in the top right, so I tried to use something to compliment. I applied the new image on several layers with some spherical distortion. I applied the layers with hard and soft light modes. I also used the elliptical marquee tole for selections, and varied the feathering a lot...anywhere from 4-120 pixlels. This can help with the blending sometimes.

    Thank you Instrumental Illness, for letting me work on your awesome photo!

    fionalongart, • BruinsFan •, and 38 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. puppet_of_time1 [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      Love it!

    2. gwennie2006 116 months ago | reply

      Thank you everyone for the comments! :))

      Some of these may help you out:

      Search | Lesson5A • gwennie2006's uploads at flickr.com
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      Tutorials | Photo Editing Selection Tools • Fix My Pic • Please Teach Me :)
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    3. emifaulk 110 months ago | reply

      Very nice!!

    4. DaugaardDK 108 months ago | reply

      Wow, what amazing colors!
      You are invited to add this photo to:

      Amazing Colors [Invited photos ONLY] (Award/Comment on 1)
      Please tag with: "AmazingColors"

    5. patty spade 104 months ago | reply

      thank you my friend...

    6. jimi_b 104 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called A Nobel Life, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    7. elo200 104 months ago | reply


    8. gwennie2006 99 months ago | reply

      Thank you again everyone for all your comments. You are all so nice :)

      According to a Native American Legend
      If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.

      Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all.

      In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish.

      So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted. We are about to set these butterflies free in trust that all these wishes will be granted.

      Slide show from the Butterfly Effect group:

      ...and to the Butterfly Effect group:

    9. paisajeando 98 months ago | reply

      Muy buena imagen...!!!

    10. Jessica Miller's Photography [deleted] 95 months ago | reply


    11. ♡Blackangelツ 94 months ago | reply

      Beautiful picture, simply amazing :)

      Seen in your Food for thought... set. (?)

    12. Salwan Binni 87 months ago | reply

      More than SUPERB!!!
      Truly admirably excellent composition and brilliant treatment!
      Thanks for sharing!

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