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On The Wings of Love
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On The Wings of Love
On The Wings of Love

My Daddy Passed Away One Month Ago Today.
My Mom Passed Away in 1985.

They Have Now Both Been Set Free.

* * *
(Note: I found this butterfly in a parking lot in the Canadian Rockies in June.
7 Days before my Dad Passed Away. It had a broken wing and was missing part of an antenna.
I set him in the shade in a safe place after holding him a while...
(I fixed both things in PSE7 while doing other touch ups.)

f 7.1, 1/320
July 28th, 2012
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(Re-Submitted 1/15/13 - Details and Macro)

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7/28/2012 12:24:49 PM

 
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  Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad

I took this shot of my Mom and Dad at my Brothers Wedding in the 1970's. Likely with my Kodak!!

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Miscellaneous Does...
 
  Poor Little Butterfly
Poor Little Butterfly

Taken 7 days before my Dad passed away.

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7/28/2012 12:25:18 PM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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SSSLala. This is SO touching.
And what amazing artwork and symbolism in this one image.
I also love the other images that you included.
You've got your Mother's smile, don't you?
She was very beautiful as you are for sure.
Now they're together, just like on your photograph of them.

7/28/2012 12:48:31 PM

 
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Lots of sadness in these captures Sister Laura! Thanks for sharing these moments with us! It is good to see you posting on BP again

7/28/2012 2:44:26 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Sister, I miss them both so much...but to imagine them Flying On The Wings of Love brings me peace.

So many people believe our family that has passed away wait for us in the after life. I don't know what the after life holds and if they are free to fly together, but maybe they know each other there now. I hope so. Thank you for all you said. xo Ilove hearing I look like my Mom or my Dad. Usually it's Dad and his side of the family.

*

Brother John, I know you must know my pain. It's so difficult to lose those we love. I know one thing, I certainly appreciate everyone in my live even more than I did before. Thank you for being in mine. Both of you. All of you.

* HERE IS A YOU TUBE of "ON THE WINGS OF LOVE" *
(The Song I Name This Image After).

My parents were married 30 years when mom passed away too young.

*********************

7/28/2012 10:46:28 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Very beautiful show of feelings and talent Laura!!

7/29/2012 3:47:36 AM

 
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Really Wonderful. You still have the memories :-)

7/29/2012 5:18:30 AM

 
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Hi Laura,Absolutely beautiful my friend.I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.I lost my father 10 years ago!!!!

7/29/2012 8:53:09 AM

 
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A touching & ultra creative image, Swanee Laura! Lovely work & love the symbolism!

7/29/2012 10:30:54 AM

 
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So beautiful Laura, love the way you fixed the wings Laura and looks so tender the way you hold this in your hand. And so it is with our loved ones in Heaven, the Lord will fix all that is broken...Take care!

7/29/2012 11:30:54 AM

 
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Hi Laura. How you doing? It was so nice to hear from you tonight. I haven't visited in a while and it's good to be here. You did a beautiful job with the PS work, it's a wonderful remembrance of your dearly loved parents!

7/29/2012 7:33:19 PM

 
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Thank you everyone. :) I love each word here.

xo-Laura

7/29/2012 7:46:06 PM

 
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Awww, I am the same way....I hit a butterfly by accident driving and I cried.....I felt so bad. I also have found them and put them in the shade. You are a good hearted person Laura. Beautiful capture....I hope you are doing ok. Hugs to you! Thanks for the nice comments in my gallery.

7/29/2012 8:03:37 PM

 
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What a beautiful creation and memorial to your dad and your mom. You have immortalized the lovely butterfly forever and you will always carry their memory in your heart. Good to see you creating again :-)

7/29/2012 10:01:10 PM

 
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What a beautiful and touching way to remember your parents, so heartfelt. You know they are both looking down on you, so proudly Laura. This is stunning and comes right from your heart, you can see that and feel it in this image. Always thinking of you Laura.

8/3/2012 10:01:06 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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I don't remember seeing this image in your gallery ... You are soooo creative, Sis! Your parents were beautiful ... and so are you! Such a beautiful dedication to two people who still hold a very special place in your heart! Wonderful capture and editing work! I'm sure the butterfly appreciated your act of kindness! :)

8/8/2012 8:38:44 AM

 
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Oh Laura this is just so beautiful......with tears in my eyes and at a loss for words, my heart goes out to you.....but they are together once again.....bless :-) pictures are the beautiful memories that we get to keep of our loved ones that never changes and last forever......they will bring many smiles to you once again......along with beautiful songs with meaningful words that will fill your heart with joy and sadness at the same time. Thinking of you special lady ;-)

8/12/2012 10:52:36 PM

 
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Hi Ladies. You know, for some odd reason when I was making this, I felt like a little girl again. My parents little daughter. Heck, I am only 5 years away from being the age my mother was when she died...but still I am her little girl and Dads, too...It was good therapy for me to make this one and I am so touched that you felt my energy in this. I went through the gambit of emotions making it...with, as you said Kim, memories in my heart. Songs they loved, things they taught me, memories of childhood...all there. :)

I am so grateful to know so many wonderful people on BP. You truly are a wonderful second family that I am very proud and happy to be a part of.

Thanks for celebrating and mourning with me. You're the best.

Love, Laura

P.S. I felt so bad for the butterfly that day...I wish nothing and no one ever had to die.

8/12/2012 11:16:10 PM

 
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Oh Laura, this is so beautiful! Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist and good luck in the next round!

8/28/2012 10:28:59 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Kathy, thank you. How did you get here so fast??? :))) I just got notified at 11:07!!! See?? :) (BetterPhoto.com free.stuff@betterphoto.com
11:07 PM )

You are so sweet. Almost time for bed here. Thanks for the extra smile before I sleep tonight!

-Laura :))

8/28/2012 10:33:44 PM

 
Cindy Bendush
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Exquisite and heartfelt dedication Laura. Beautifully worked and presented -- a well deserved finalist!

8/28/2012 10:39:26 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Congratulations on your lovely tribute to your Dad and Mom making Finalist, Pom!!!
Best of luck next level with this touching image!

8/28/2012 10:58:40 PM

 
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Hi Cindy and Mare. Thank you ladies! So much! :)

This is a very nice way to end this day! :)

Night night...(I think! Hey, Mare??? I mean it when I say it...Lol...).

8/28/2012 11:31:18 PM

 
Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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Congratulations on this very special, meaningful Finalist......I believe his showing you the sign xx :-)

8/28/2012 11:36:55 PM

 
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:))))))) Beaming now, Kimmy. Thank you! :))))))

8/28/2012 11:38:25 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your very special finalist, Laura.

8/29/2012 12:24:58 AM

 
Ann Coates
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Beautiful Laura, congratulations on your finalist, I know this will mean a lot to you.

8/29/2012 2:40:55 AM

 
Antonio Amen
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Very interesting work, well done.

8/29/2012 3:37:25 AM

 
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Huge congrats and very best luck, Laura, with this very beautiful and touching finalist!!

8/29/2012 4:12:33 AM

 
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Woo Hoo!!! I am so happy that this image received a Finalist Award as I know it holds a special meaning for you! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved Finalist Award, Sis!!!!! Good luck in the next round!!! WTG!!! :)
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8/29/2012 4:38:56 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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beautiful memory of your parents... and congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!!

8/29/2012 4:54:46 AM

 
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WTG NN!! :-) k

8/29/2012 6:55:23 AM

 
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OOPS...NL!!! :-)

8/29/2012 6:57:14 AM

 
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Hi Laura,Big Congratulations on this beautiful finalist my friend!!!

8/29/2012 7:22:06 AM

 
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Very touching Laura...


Congratulations on this outstanding finalist!

jo ann c.

8/29/2012 7:49:54 AM

 
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Wonderful Laura!
Congratulations

8/29/2012 8:13:37 AM

 
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I see a GRAND PRIZE here Laura, this is one AMAZING piece of DD work, CONGRATULATIONS!!! <><

8/29/2012 8:24:13 AM

 
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Congratulations on a touching finalist, Laura!

8/29/2012 8:31:50 AM

 
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Congratulation Laura on a wonderful tribute and finalist.

8/29/2012 8:44:44 AM

 
Nancy Marie Ricketts
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A very special congratulations on your finalist and on this beautiful tribute to your parents. You are such an artist, and an inspiration to us all. You are plentiful in your support to those who know and love you for it. It is only fair that we give our support and love back to you. You are most deserving of the GOLD I know is coming your way.

8/29/2012 9:50:31 AM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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Congratulations Laura---a very special and beautiful image.

8/29/2012 11:28:51 AM

 
John Connolly
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Congratulations on your finalist award Laura, you did well with this one!

8/29/2012 1:26:40 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Big congrats on this well deserved Finalist Laura, good luck next round!!

8/29/2012 2:02:18 PM

 
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Ya Lora! Good luck next round and congrats!!!!!!!!!

8/29/2012 3:58:53 PM

 
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Big congrats Laura, great job!

8/29/2012 4:58:40 PM

 
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CONGRATS & good luck on this touching & creative Finalist, Swanee! WTG!

8/29/2012 5:32:11 PM

 
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------------("CONGRATOLATIONS")---------

8/29/2012 5:59:26 PM

 
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What a wonderful sentiment Laura. Congrats on your finalist award.

8/29/2012 6:44:31 PM

 
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Wonderful, meaningful, creation, good luck in final round, Laura!!!

8/29/2012 6:45:28 PM

 
Lou Taylor
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Congratulations Laura- this is such a special image.

8/29/2012 7:19:45 PM

 
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Hi Everyone!! :) Thank you all so very much. :) What an honor to my parents that you all like what I made them and that the Judges like it, too.

I am so honored. I've enjoyed every comment.

Again!!!

-Laura :)

8/29/2012 7:32:23 PM

 
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Such a neat concept; congratulations!

8/30/2012 8:41:32 AM

 
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Wow...how truly wonderful Laura! Congratulations....still am catching up after our long trip....I have to say I loved Canada to pieces...Jasper...wow...Banff wow....Have a wonderful day ahead...and again....many congrats on this beauty! Well deserved.....=^..^=

8/30/2012 8:42:40 AM

 
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Congratulations on the beautiful finalist with expressive thoughts and feeling.

8/30/2012 8:55:40 AM

 
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Wonderful concept and feelings, beautiful execution! Congratulations of your well deserved finalist, Laura!

8/30/2012 11:24:43 AM

 
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Laura, congratulations

8/30/2012 1:18:09 PM

 
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Dear Laura,
I think I got stuck in the time machine and somehow missed this fabulous presentation. This is so touching Laura and brought goosebumps. You've got a masterpiece here and glad to see the finalist award, and look forward to the next round of gold! Hugs, Lydia

8/30/2012 2:32:33 PM

 
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Congratulations Laura for your finalist!! Great work!!

8/30/2012 6:46:02 PM

 
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Wonderful tribute Laura. Your parents are looking down, feeling very proud. Congratulations on your Finalist selection!

8/31/2012 11:53:37 AM

 
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Congratulations Laura on this touching finalist! You are so talented in so many ways. There are times when I view your gallary I shed tears and smiles.
I love the work you do.

8/31/2012 3:45:34 PM

 
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Laura, this is a beautiful work of art in memory of your dear Mom and Dad. May you find comfort in knowing that many of us know the depth of the sorrow you are feeling and share your sadness. Your love of them, and for all things living, is an inspiration to all, and it shines through in your art. Congratulations on your award. Richly deserved.

8/31/2012 11:02:09 PM

 
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Wonderful work, Laura! A well deserved Finalist that touches the heart!

9/1/2012 6:10:32 AM

 
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist Laura!

9/1/2012 10:11:08 AM

 
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Laura, this is S-U-C-H a beautiful image...that, as Thomas said above, "touches the heart"!! :-)

Warm CONGRATULATIONS, my friend...and I hope that your heart feels just a *little* less broken now!! :-)

9/1/2012 10:48:21 PM

 
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Your creativity is outstanding with showing so much love from within...

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALSIT....

hugs...8o)

9/2/2012 7:44:16 PM

 
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I'm finally getting around to seeing this on BP & commenting! CONGRATULATIONS on your FINALIST, Sis! This is beautiful! Such a sweet dedication to your parents!

9/2/2012 8:46:37 PM

 
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So Very Much Everyone!!! You tender and kind comments mean the world to me. This has been a rough time for me. I know that so many of you know just what this is like.

Death is so final for the people left behind. But for my parents they are now in the Lords care, and what could be better than that?! :)

Thank you again! :) You guys are the best.

-Laura

9/3/2012 9:43:43 AM

 
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Congratulations Emmy on this beautiful and touching finalist. I too know your pain, but you have captured a treasured memory of the two of them. I know they would be proud of their little Laura Emmy! Well done my sweet friend. Such a touching image. Brought tears to my eyes. Big hugs, love Laura

9/6/2012 1:21:30 AM

 
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Very nice tribute to your parents, Laura. I've been looking through your gallery & see how much talent and creativity you have. Both my parents are gone also. Lost my mother when she was only 63 back in 2000 and my dad who was 76 has been gone 2 1/2 years now. It's always nice to make something in honor of them and to help remember them. My way was to write about them. I can always go back & read what I wrote, just as you can go back & look at these beautiful images you have created.

9/17/2012 6:10:34 AM

 
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Thank you all so much. Your comments have helped get me through some very hard times.

Pamela, I so agree with you. It was excellent therapy for me to make dedications to my folks in some way and especially my Dad, who we just lost. Mom passed nearly 30 years ago.

Very sorry to hear your folks are gone from you now. I know how much it can hurt...and we always and forever miss them.

Thank you Laura Lee, my sweet friend and sister, and thanks to all of you who came here to show your care and support. Thank you for sharing your stories, too. :) xo

Much love,
Laura

1/25/2013 12:30:51 AM

 
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Oh Laura, such a moving story behind this image. Yes "On the wings of Love" is the best way to describe 2 beloved souls meeting again in heaven.
Congratulations on your Finalist!

10/27/2013 4:38:27 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you dear Amanda. :) Your comments mean a lot to me. I was just thinking about Dad again tonight and how I got to talk to him only minutes (about 15 or 20) before he passed...and from 2,000 miles away.

What a thing. The Telephone. My Daddy was holding my Moms hand when she took her last breath. Nearly 30 years ago.

Thanks very much again,
Laura :)

10/27/2013 7:19:22 PM

 
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