First You See Her

© Laura E. Swan

First You See Her

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 1:15:48 AM

Legend Has It That There Are
MANY WHO PASS THROUGH THE DOORS Of The Claresholm General Store Candy Shop
They Especially Like To Unlock The Doors
Or Open Them And Slam Them Shut Once Again.

Employees have a VERY HARD TIME locking up at night!

There Is A Narrow Staircase That Leads To Storage In The Upper Floor.
Humm....Doesn't Heat Rise???

(Fact: I was allowed to Open That Door That Led To The Staircase a few summers ago. (On A Hot August Day). It was in fact FREEZING COLD when I opened the door. The Cold Breeze When Right Through To My Bones! I was HAPPY to shut the Door! Let Me Tell you!) #1320215

Ann Coates level-classic 10/23/2010 1:24:33 AM

Yum, I know I haven't been to visit for a while but my nose was drawn to the sweet scent of something quite delicious. I know that this is the place to be. I'm quite happy to stay, I think. #8990781

Paul E. Earl 10/23/2010 1:30:44 AM

I bet you were like a Swanee in a candy store! Terrific image!! #8990789

Raymond Pauly level-classic 10/23/2010 1:33:32 AM

Awesome image and a captivating story,Laura! Beautiful work! Love it! #8990793

Michelle Alton 10/23/2010 2:59:15 AM

You have the most wonderful "schizo" imagination, Laura (and I mean that as a compliment)! How many of us can actually illustrate the stuffs of our brain? #8990874

Graham Robards level-classic 10/23/2010 4:00:05 AM


Dr Silly 10/23/2010 4:06:16 AM

Wonderful photo Laura and wonderful song for the photo Pat. :O) #8990919

Graham Robards level-classic 10/23/2010 4:19:00 AM

Thankyou so much for your kind words Dr. Silly!

Great that you dropped in. Laura has a great series going for Halloween scaring the BP'ers except for now that is, building up to a climax later on!

The next seven days should be interesting.

~Pat #8990927

Douglas Pignet 10/23/2010 4:50:53 AM

My kind of store...Great capture and nice lighting #8990948

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/23/2010 5:41:26 AM

MSSSLala, I am in AWE of your images here. This is absolutely amazing. I know you told me how you did it, and I'm still so amazed how WELL you did. You are a master photographer and artist. I can't tell you enough.
What I can't really understand is... why aren't thery any REAL people where we're going. Are they ALL ghosts?? Are WE all ghosts??????? Shiver...... #8990995

Stephen Zacker 10/23/2010 6:09:14 AM

I REALLY like this one. Very Cool. Like that song.. made me laugh :-) #8991011

Ron McEwan 10/23/2010 6:23:24 AM

Terrific, just terrific your are have a bunch of fun putting this together. Thank you it makes a smile for each day. #8991034

Monnie Ryan 10/23/2010 6:41:45 AM

Fantastic job, Laura -- and the music is perfect! I'll take a bag of those red hots! #8991079

Douglas Perry 10/23/2010 7:19:15 AM

Well, she may be a ghost but I think I would buy candy from her any old time! #8991202

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/23/2010 12:27:05 PM

My dearest Michelle, you have the funniest words coming out of your typing hands. "schizo" imagination? Never heard that one before.
But I do understand your admiration for Laura, because not only does our Sister have a brilliant mind as well as talent, she also has the ability, as you've so kindly noticed, to transfer her genius through her lens in the most entertaining and fascinating way, which of course is just one of the reasons why we love her so much.

John Connolly level-classic 10/23/2010 12:46:26 PM

What a wonderful idea to pause on our journey at the Candy shop, Laura! I remember sights like this from my boyhood days! The difference is there were no ghostly apparitions behind the counter! #8991634

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/23/2010 12:48:13 PM

Are you sure, John? HAHAHA! #8991636

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 2:38:10 PM

Hi Everyone! WOW! LOOK! We all fit in here! COOL! YES! Red hots and lolly pops and for our dear Lorna, whatever her heart desires, once she gets here from the truck. She is moving pretty slowly after she got mysteriously beat up back at the PRINCE HOUSE! WOW! Glad we got the heck out of there! :)

GUESS WHAT YOU GUYS??? This "Sweet" Lady said our MONEY is NO GOOD HERE. HA! I have a feeling it's because if we hand it to them it will fall through their fingers? What do you think???


Lol @ Michelle. Well, I think if we replace the word "schizo" with PHOTOSHOP we will have a winner! NONE of this would be possible without my Microsoft Digital Imaging Program and PSE7, and of course Pat at the SOUND and MIXER arena! HA!

Hey...did anyone feel that cold breeze go by?

(P.S. Thank you all for having fun with me and for all you have said through this series. You guys are the BEST!)

NEXT STOP...MRS. THORPE'S HOUSE FOR A NICE MEAL and some LOCAL Entertainment! #8991783

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/23/2010 3:22:13 PM

Ahh, at last! Something to eat. I thought you'd never say it, my Sister. #8991845

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 3:26:45 PM

Lolly Pops Pictures, Images and Photos Lolly POPS Pictures, Images and Photos Lolly Pops Pictures, Images and Photos #8991854

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/23/2010 3:39:46 PM

That's for dinner??
Oh, my dentist will LOVE it! HAHA!
Sweets for my sweet... come sing with me.. Sugar for my honey.... lalala..

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 4:13:33 PM

Lol...Sugar for my honey? You mean my Sugar Dandy? Hehehe!

So fun!

I THINK MRS. THORPE told the driver that we are having BOILED REMNANTS. Dare we ask what this means when we get there? #8991940

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/23/2010 4:37:19 PM


Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 4:46:18 PM

WOW! THAT was TERRIFIC! I don't know who they are.

I must be younger than I look! HA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still snickering!

Thanks my Sweet Soul Sister, Kirsten! :D You are precious!

-SSSLaura #8991975

Lorna Shutter 10/23/2010 5:35:42 PM

Wow! This is awesome, Laura! ... both the image and the store!!! I'll take 3 of these and 2 of those and 16 of the other ... Hey! Isn't that Lucky Elephant Pink Candy Popcorn I see back there?! Thanks for bringing us here, Sis! Suddenly I feel much better! :) #8992015

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 5:49:03 PM

And you LOOK DIVINE Sis! Pink Cheeks and WHAT Yes! Elephant Pink Candy Corn!


Here, sweetie, move in front of us so you are right up to the counter. Can you see better now? See anything else you would like? And how about you choose something for Mrs, Thorpe too?

Ellen Hodges level-classic 10/23/2010 6:08:30 PM

She looks a little spooky, but very nice, too! Excellent capture, Laura. Love the series, too!! #8992032

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 10/23/2010 6:23:27 PM

I'll have 65 yards of ribbon candy! We will wrap it around you, Laura, in case something drastic happens at Mrs. Thorpes-like if you disappear at least we can see your shape beneath the candy. Not that we will need that much,lol.
Whatever is boiled for dinnerI hope it does not look up at me.
Maybe we can conduct a seance after dinner??? Might find answers to these strange happenings. #8992044

Nancy L. Green level-classic 10/23/2010 6:43:01 PM

Well Laura, I'm smiling now, VERY well done!! <>< #8992061

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 7:45:54 PM

Hi Ellen, Paddy! Nancy!!! Good to see you guys!

Paddy! YES! A Seance after Dinner! Great idea! LET'S do it! We can call in Madam Sophie! WHY NOT!? She does HOUSE CALLS! HA! (And we already know that Mrs. Thorpe has a TELEPHONE!)

Humm...65 yards of Ribbon candy. 10 yards would cover I know what you want to do with the other 55 yards! Shoot colorful MACROS and make Whazzits!?! (Oh, and share it with the rest of us! :))

Glad you guys are smiling. Candy stores are always happy places. :) #8992087

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 10/23/2010 8:07:56 PM

Swanee Laura, it is impossible not to smile! Sorry about the 65 yards- I knew 10 would do! #8992102

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 8:10:57 PM

That's okay Paddy! If we hang out here for a few more days however we might as well get the 65 yards. Lol.

YUMMY NUMMY NUMMY! :) #8992106

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 10/23/2010 8:13:12 PM

LOLOL! #8992109

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/23/2010 8:14:53 PM

;) #8992112

Susan Weisensel level-classic 10/23/2010 9:04:40 PM

Very cool & SWEET image. #8992145

Sam Britt level-classic 10/24/2010 9:22:15 PM

Very creative series, Laura. You really have quite an imagination!! #8993676

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/24/2010 9:25:43 PM

Hi Susan! Hi Sam! Hey! Glad you guys are here. There is WAY too much candy in this store for the 17 of us already here! YUMMY! See anything you like? :D

Thanks for joining us!!! This is FUN #8993679

Karen Kessler level-classic 10/26/2010 6:48:49 PM

Where's the CHOCOLATE? I don't see any CHOCOLATE! I'm starting to have a CHOCOHOLIC ATTACK without my CHOCOLATE!!! (Now I'll be singing the song for days! hehe) #8998044

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/26/2010 7:48:04 PM

SWEETS FOR KALENA!!!! Our Sweet Sister!!

DoveDarkChoc Pictures, Images and Photos

(And I know you DO!!!!!!!!!) #8998160

Karen Kessler level-classic 10/27/2010 6:05:50 AM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Sis for the DOVE DARK CHOCOLATE - my FAVORITE! So sweet of you to remember! Now I'm drooling all over my keyboard, but I'm not afraid go through the rest of the way now that I have my comfort food! :) #8998962

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/27/2010 9:20:33 AM

You are WELCOME! This is supposed to be a FRIGHTENINGLY FUN adventure. So NOW you can feel COMPLETE! Oh, here, let me get the drool off of your chin. It was just hanging there. (Lolololol!) #8999387

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 11/20/2010 4:26:56 PM

Yup, will say it one more time...

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S on the BEST Halloween Series 2010...


Gina M. Savage level-classic 10/14/2011 11:46:53 AM

Spooky capture! :) Love the ghost like image, Laura. #9734985

Mary K. Robison level-classic 11/3/2011 3:35:42 AM

This is SO WEIRD, PomPom!
After all that back-and-forth about candy and cavities, etc., on my candy corn thread, what do I spy with my little (bloodshot) eye in your gallery but this wonderful image of your friendly ghost in the Candy Shoppe?
{Sidebar: "Sweets for my Sweet" was originally sung by the Drifters (Of "Under The Boardwalk" fame), long before the British Invasion brought groups like the Searchers to America, singing their versions of such songs.}

Anyway, your work on this image is so well done, Pom. I've always enjoyed your terrific creativity with the storyline.
Maybe if I compliment you enough on this, you'll mail me some Elephant Pink Candy Corn!!!!!!!!!!!
Good N-I-I-I-I-I-I-ght!!
~ Mare #9780420

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/19/2012 9:30:20 PM

Hi Mumj, Gina and Mare! Looky! This image has floated through my gallery and is now front and center again. I feel like we are seeing a ghost. Hey wait! WE ARE!!!

Thank you for your fun here and kindness.

!!!!! PINK CANDY CORN FOR EVERYONE !!!!! #10099945

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/19/2012 9:38:45 PM

candy corn (: Pictures, Images and Photos #10099953

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 4/20/2012 6:40:30 AM

Now aren't you creative girl..very cool image and fx..

jo ann c. #10100457

Emile Abbott level-classic 4/20/2012 10:05:22 AM

You not only give us a sweet tooth but creativity as well Laura. #10100808

Stephen Zacker level-classic 4/21/2012 4:46:47 PM

This is Cool.. had a blast reading the comments :-) #10103167

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 4/21/2012 8:51:29 PM

Love the image and the spooky story. The banter was wonderful. #10103378

Terry Cervi level-classic 4/23/2012 7:53:40 AM

Very cool and spooky work, Laura! Loved what you wrote! You tell the best stories! That must have been quite the experience to open the door to that room! Whoa! #10105539

Debbie Bray 5/4/2012 3:39:36 PM

I love this Laura, I think you are very clever indeed, and I love your story that goes with it too!!!!! :) #10123092

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/17/2012 12:29:04 AM

Well, shiver me timbers! I got trapped in a wall somewhere and just found my way out through these 3 boards. Hey! What just brushed up against my leg? If felt like a cat but nothing was there??

Sorry to be late here peeps! I was time traveling, I think, because now it's (let me look at my day timer) October of 2012. Whew! Thanks for all you said and HAPPY HALLOWEEN MONTH *AGAIN*!!!

-Laura :D

P.S. Is this candy stale to you or is it just me? #10372892

Stan Kwasniowski 11/29/2012 8:10:44 PM

Laura, congratulations #10439021

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 11/29/2012 8:34:17 PM

That freaky woman appeared again just in time for the Finalists. Hmmmmm. Hopefully, she'll stick around for the next Round. #10439137

Sherran Andersen level-classic 11/29/2012 9:32:30 PM

Congrats Laura. #10439352

Ann Coates level-classic 11/29/2012 11:37:52 PM

Congratulations on another fabulous finalist Laura. #10439637

Stefania Barbier level-classic 11/30/2012 1:32:58 AM

well done Lala... huge congrats! #10439855

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 11/30/2012 3:05:09 AM

Great job Laura, congratulations! #10439933

Mary K. Robison level-classic 11/30/2012 4:35:52 AM

Congratulations on your long-delayed Finalist, Pom! Hope this mysterious lady sweetens yoour weekend by turning gold! #10440285

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 11/30/2012 4:57:23 AM

Hi Laura,Big Congratulations my friend on this beautiful finalist!!!! #10440401

Michelle Alton level-classic 11/30/2012 5:28:38 AM

Congratulations, Laura. This is a GREAT image. Your imagination never fails.

I see you have at least one OTHER great finalist (so far in my journey through).

Hope all is going well. I'll email you! #10440525

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 11/30/2012 6:46:35 AM

Congratulations on Finalist number two....WTG Laura.....Cheers & all the best for the next round.... #10440805

Ellen Hodges level-classic 11/30/2012 8:21:32 AM

Huge congrats on your fantastic finalists, Laura!!! #10441226

Emile Abbott level-classic 11/30/2012 8:28:51 AM

congratulations on another great finalist, Laura. #10441266

Carol Flisak level-classic 11/30/2012 8:50:21 AM

Congratulations on a terrific finalist, Laura! #10441392

Wm Nosal 11/30/2012 9:11:26 AM

Wonderful Image, Laura!
Congratulations #10441504

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/30/2012 9:35:36 AM

I am so tickled and thrilled that this one went Finalist. It is one of my very favorites and always hoped it would go past EFP. This young girl was so willing to make this image possible since it involved taking two photos. She really played along. I wish I knew how to get a hold of her to tell her and show her. She was a college student working at Heritage Park part time.

Thank you all so much for your support. You guys are great and I will be by to see you in this next week when my sked free's us. We have relatives in town right now.

Thanks Again So Much and Thank You Judges!!!

-Laura :D #10441617

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 11/30/2012 10:39:06 AM

OMGOMGOMG!! Sister!! It finally made it! HUUUGE congratulations. I'm so happy I'm jumping up and down in my chair. #10441884

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/30/2012 10:54:08 AM

I KNOW! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!! I was so Happy!!!! :D

SSSKiki, can you come to my gallery? There is a Birthday Card There For Mary! I will be home tonight. Leaving now for a belated birthday party for me and my sister in law. Lunch then gifts at Dales Dads.

Thank you all!
-Laura :D #10441951

Nancy L. Green level-classic 11/30/2012 2:03:18 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Laura on this wonderful finalist, WTG!!! <>< #10442571

Tammy Espino 11/30/2012 2:15:24 PM

Congrats Ms. Laura on another winner!! :) Smiling big here!!! #10442612

Lorna Shutter 12/1/2012 1:56:23 PM

Woo Hoo!!! So glad this one finally made it to Finalist!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Sis!!!!! :) #10445426

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic 12/1/2012 9:27:13 PM



Ysa... #10445914

Nadia Paul 12/2/2012 1:00:23 AM

Beautifully done Laura - congrats on your finalist! #10446051

Nancy L. Green level-classic 12/2/2012 4:58:50 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this wonderful finalist Laura, WTG!!! <>< #10447386

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/3/2012 7:48:22 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST....

Sorry I am late, but the laptop has been in the only computer!!! It is back, so am I! 8o) #10449362

Merna L. Nobile 12/4/2012 4:40:06 PM

To my photo friend:
Look back with pride,
Look forward with excitement,
Enjoy the success of the day.

JO ANN CLEVELAND 1/24/2013 8:50:53 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura, don't kinow how I had missed this one, love it!

jo ann c. #10533021

Laura E. Swan level-classic 1/24/2013 9:20:59 AM

EVERYBODY! You guys are the BEST!

-Laura :D #10533141

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The Nice Lady Working There
Bring Mrs. Thorpe As A Gift.


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