A Sailors Story

© Laura E. Swan

A Sailors Story

Uploaded: May 07, 2012 02:21:11


All of A Sudden The Sky Began To Change Color...

Celestial Lights. Auroras of All Colors Filled The Sky.

It would be a long night for this sailor...

And in the morning who would believe His Story?

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Laura E. Swan level-classic May 07, 2012

* * * #1461327

Douglas Pignet May 07, 2012

nicely done #10127151

Stefania Barbier level-addict May 07, 2012

great capture Lala! #10127211

Monnie Ryan May 07, 2012

Fabulous, Miss Laura! #10127332

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict May 07, 2012

WoW great image and work here, Laura!

Dominick #10127543

John Connolly May 07, 2012

A remarkable series Laura! You certainly had fun in the darkroom with this one! #10127941

Debbie Bray May 07, 2012

Gees I LOVE it!! Your whimsical storytelling, and the great effects you've added to the images, you should be writing story books, Sweetpea!! You're a big winner in my books!! #10128043

Tammy Espino May 07, 2012

Ya, what Debbie said :) #10128053

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 07, 2012

Hi! "Sweetpea" reporting here. HeeHee. I love my new name, Debbie. So it's another way of saying Laura in Hawaiian? Did you stay attached here?

Thank you Doug, Stef, Monnie, Dom, Bro John, Debbie and Tam-tam! :)))
Your comments and support mean a lot to me.

-Lala :D (Aka: Sweetpea). #10128057

Terry Cervi level-classic May 07, 2012

Wonderful imagination, storytelling and photo editing, Laura! Love it! Or is it Sweetpea now? LOL! #10128134

Carol Eade level-addict May 07, 2012

Fantastic! #10128204

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna May 07, 2012

Fantastic story, NL, and awesome images! The only thing is...I get quizzy in my tummy just looking at these! 3 Ft of the ground and I get quizzy!!! LOL k #10128363

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 07, 2012

Hi Terry! You know...I seem to be 'deemed' with a few new pet names a year and I collect them happily! I like Sweetpea. Isn't it cute? :)


Thank you Carol!! :))) xo


Hi NN! Don't worry. I promise the boat wasn't really moving when I took these. In fact I was in Florida playing PeeWee Golf! That was the theme of the REALLY FUN course. Pirates! #10128519

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic May 07, 2012

Fantastic work Laura!,
Amalia #10128600

Stephen Zacker May 08, 2012

A Fav for me.. I Really like this #10128773

Robert R. Goodman May 08, 2012

Hi Laura,Fantastic capture.Beautiful back lighting and effects my friend!!! #10128865


Outstanding Laura, also love the story, you do need to be doing books with your pictures!

jo ann c. #10129130

Ellen Hodges May 08, 2012

Very awesome and cool shot, Laura! Absolutely love it!! #10129187

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic May 08, 2012

Wonderful mood and has the makings of a great adventure movie. Excellent effects and work Laura. #10129228

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 08, 2012

Gosh! Thank you so much Amalia, Steve, Bobby, Jo Ann, Ellen and Ray!

What a nice way to arrive this morning to your wonderful comments on these. :) I liked all three images and couldn't decide which to enter and while I made them a story unfolded for me.

I love adventure stories. It would be fun to try and write one.

So pleased that you all liked them!!

Have a great day and Thank you again!

-Laura :D #10129316

Neal D. Hatcher May 08, 2012

Awesome capture #10129664

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 08, 2012

Thanks Neal. :) ! #10129719

Emile Abbott level-deluxe May 08, 2012

Takes me back to my sailing days. Oh the memories. #10129853

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe May 08, 2012

Another beautiful creation Laura. That program is sure getting a workout by the master. #10130015

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 08, 2012

Sailing is wonderful isn't it, Emile! :) I'm happy this brought back memories for you!!! I bet you have some neat stories to tell as well?!! :)


Hi Heather-Merryweather! Thank you! That little program is worth it's weight in gold because the combination possibilities are endless. Literally!!! They give a person the tools to let their imagination take over! :)))

Thanks you guys, and all of you, for taking the time to leave such great comments!!! :)

-Laura :D


Mary K. Robison May 09, 2012

Pom, you've kicked those creative juices into high gear on this one (project, made up of three equally fine images).
I love the mystery of the first, and the lovely combination of colors in the second. As for the "actual", original photo, it's a wonderful silhouette capture. (Where the heck were you when you shot this?)
Finally, your story-telling skills shine here. Pom, you can be particularly proud tonight with the result of your efforts, both with words and digital art. Hat's off to you, Kiddo! #10130287

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 09, 2012

* * * #10130294

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic May 11, 2012

Pretty fabulous images, Sister Sweetpea :)
I dont' know what to say except: WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I love these images. And of course it was fun reading and seeing all 3 images. You have a winner here, SSSL. I'm sure of it. Maybe even 2!!
You have a way of creating magic!! BRAVO!! #10133832

Wm Nosal May 24, 2012

How Did You Get The Shots From The 2011
Spring Fishing Trip (:)

COOL Image, Laura!

3 Weeks To Go... The 35th Annual Spring
Fishing Trip :):0:) #10149119

Christine Lobsinger level-classic June 01, 2012

Beautiful series Laura...
I really love the first one!!!!!
Great story telling to compliement your work...
I'm Smiling with You,
Christine #10164264

John Rivera level-deluxe June 06, 2012

Fabulous image and work! #10170236

Emile Abbott level-deluxe September 24, 2012

Huge congratulations on this amazing finalist, Laura. #10335711

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe September 24, 2012

Congratulations my Canadian Kin.....wonderful work here.....all the very best in the next round! #10335771

Bojan Bencic level-classic September 24, 2012

Fantastic. Congratulations on your finalist, Laura. #10335870

Stan Kwasniowski September 24, 2012

Laura, congratulations #10336195

JO ANN CLEVELAND September 24, 2012

Congrats on this awesome finalist Laura!

jo ann c. #10336489

Tammy Espino September 24, 2012

Congrats Laura!!! :) Gold is next!!! #10336633

Stefania Barbier level-addict September 24, 2012

congratulations on your fantastic finalist!!! #10336796

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic September 24, 2012

WOO HOO! HUUUGE congratulations, SSSLala!! And so well deserved too. #10336840

Wm Nosal September 24, 2012

Congratulations Laura! #10337057

Robert R. Goodman September 24, 2012

Big Congratulations on your beautiful finalist,Laura.WTG My friend!!! #10337242

Michelle Alton September 24, 2012

Missed this somehow on its debut! Glad it's come back because it is truly inspired, Laura. Congratulations! #10337508

Terry Cervi level-classic September 24, 2012

Gorgeous work, Laura! Congrats on your finalist! #10337713

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe September 24, 2012

Big congrats on ANOTHER well deserved Finalist, Laura! #10338058

Neal D. Hatcher September 24, 2012


September 24, 2012

Beautiful colors! #10338148

Ann Coates level-classic September 24, 2012

Terrific work Laura, congratulations again. #10338617

Renee Doyle September 24, 2012

Excellent work Laura! Congratulations! #10339082

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic September 24, 2012

Woohooo! Wonderful work laura, Congrats on your finalist. #10339267

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 24, 2012

Wow! Everyone! Thank you so much!!! What a wonderful surprise!!!

I'm really enjoying your responses and comments. :))))) I love my supportive BP family!

Thank you Betterphoto Judges, too! :D This was a blast to create!!!

-Laura/LooLoo/Lala/Emmy :)

P.S. I was just to my Fathers memorial. I'm not settled back in yet...I will be back as soon as I can. :))) #10339349

Mary K. Robison September 24, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS on your superb creation making Finalist, Pom! So well deserved!Best of luck to you next level up!
P.S. Welcome home!! #10339427

Christine Lobsinger level-classic September 25, 2012

How Beautiful Sis!!!! WOWOW! I love all of these creations!!
Congratulations to you on your Finalist!
Hope to see this again!
Smiling With You, Chris #10339639

Lydia Williams level-deluxe September 25, 2012

Oh my, how did I miss this one...you are simply awesome...love this one..and its mysterious and magical effects.. Congratulations! Happy for you! #10340703

Patrick Rouzes September 25, 2012

CONGRATS & good luck, Swanee! AMAZING work!

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 25, 2012

He sure enjoyed quite a show... glad YOU didn't keep it to yourself ;) Congratulations! #10341259

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe September 25, 2012

Fabulous DD work Laura. Congrats on this finalist. #10341717

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic September 26, 2012

WOW, how did I miss THIS one?

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10342225

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 26, 2012

Hi Everyone! I am so tickled this image got chosen. That filter program is so awesome. (Smart Photo Editor). The possibilities are endless. A persons imagination is what sets them free.

Thank you all, and Thank You again BP Judges.

-Laura #10342356

Joyce S. Court September 26, 2012

Wow Laura! I have Smart Photo Editor but I haven't played with it yet. You have the gift of fantasy and expression. Write a book! #10342647

Stan Kwasniowski October 02, 2012

Laura, congratulations #10350404

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Congratulations once more! #10350444

Wm Nosal October 02, 2012

:) Congratulations Again Laura! #10350504

Anita Hogue October 02, 2012

WOW, Laura! This is awesome! Congratulation on your win! #10350547

Robert R. Goodman October 02, 2012

Hi Laura,big congratulations my friend.You will always be a winner in my books!!!! #10350590

Donna La Mattino Pagakis October 02, 2012

You worked your magic Laura, huge congratulations! #10350621

Val Feldman level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Incredible dd work combined with the best ever of story-telling skills - LOTW, you are one incredibly talented lady! Sending you much deserved and warmest congrats for a wonderful Gold Win! WTG! #10350687

Monnie Ryan October 02, 2012

Terrific work, Miss Laura - congratulations! #10350689

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Amazing image, Laura...Congratulations! #10350806

Julianne Bradford October 02, 2012

Hey.Hey.Hey!! Terrific work here Laura! Congrats big time! Love your golden creation :-) #10350823

Daniella Puente October 02, 2012

CONGRATS!!!! a great winner Laura, very creative :) #10350855

Bojan Bencic level-classic October 02, 2012

Well done. Congratulations on your win, Laura. #10350923

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 02, 2012

GORGEOUS winner Lala, congratulations!!! #10350930

Terry Cervi level-classic October 02, 2012

Awesome work, Ms.Laura! Congrats on your win! #10351096

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Hi there, Canadian Kin, A huge congrats on your gold!!! Welcome home too...=^..^= #10351157

Stephen Zacker October 02, 2012

I always liked this one. Congratulations, Laura #10351172

Tammy Espino October 02, 2012

Congrats on your win :) #10351425

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic October 02, 2012

Fantastic...isn't this one on your wall??? at home???

Huge C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving GOLD!!!! 8o)


JudyAnn Rector level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Oh, Laura, your image is absolutely fabulous!! CONGRATULATIONS!! #10351537

Ann Coates level-classic October 02, 2012

Congratulations on your fabulous Gold Laura, well done. #10351647

Emile Abbott level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Not a bit surprised to see this in the Gold column Laura. Huge TEXAS CONGRATULATIONS. #10351699

Kathy Salerni level-deluxe October 02, 2012

Woo Hoo! Huge congrats on this Gold Winner, Laura! WTG! #10351862

Michelle Alton October 02, 2012

You should be duly pleased with this great image's golden badge! Wonderful, Laura. #10351909

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 02, 2012

I'm not a bit surprised we see this again in Gold, big congratulations Laura!

jo ann c. #10352059

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 02, 2012

Wow!!! Thank you guys so very much!!! :) What a huge honor for me to have you all here and to have won the GOLD! Ha!!!!!!!!!


What a wonderful thing.

I appreciate ever word written here. You guys are the best.

SSSLaura/Lala/Emmy/Miss Rose and good old What's Her Name. :) #10352074

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 02, 2012

y .... <----That is for Sister Karen. Lol..

Ken Smith level-classic October 02, 2012

That's fantastic, Laura...should have been first place!! #10352191

Mary K. Robison October 02, 2012

What a smart move on the bp judges' part --- giving you a much-deserved Gold award for this wonderful work of digital art (three for the price of one!)!!
SOOO very happy for you, Pomma-llama! #10352287

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 02, 2012

COngratS to you on your beautiful artwork- and WINNER..
I'm so happy too!!!!!
Smiling With You,
Chris #10352317

Cindy Bendush level-classic October 02, 2012

Congratulations on your fabulous gold winner Laura! #10352318

Ellen Hodges October 02, 2012

Huge congrats on a gorgeous winner, Laura!!!! #10352428

Rona L. Schwarz October 02, 2012

WOW! Your creativity and whimsy knows no bounds, Laura! What a marvelous, marvelous image and terrific story-telling! You should be writing children's books, you are one very talented lady! Hope you are well. And HUGE, HUGE CONGRATS to you on this spectacular GOLD WINNER! #10352451

Nancy Marie Ricketts October 02, 2012

HUGE congratulations on this fantastical gold winner, Laura-I'm so proud of you!! W T G!!! #10352482

Renee Doyle October 02, 2012

WTG Laura!! Congratulations on this wonderful winner!!! #10352517

Ujjwal Mukherjee October 02, 2012

What a wonderful creation and winner,Laura! HUGE congratulations!! #10352522

frank w. degenhardt October 03, 2012

A picture that tells us one adventurous story. Congratulations on the Second Place Win my friend. #10352645

Graham Robards October 03, 2012

Congratulations little Sister, love this. Your creative imagination is just awesome. Love the poem!

Patxxxxxxxxxxxxx #10353185

Neal D. Hatcher October 03, 2012


Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic October 03, 2012

I'm so happy to see gold on this beauty, Sister. So well deserved. One of my favorites!! Congratulations!! #10353391

Lydia Williams level-deluxe October 03, 2012

Yay, Laura! So happy for you and your golden win...You are the MASTER of DD! Love the effect!!! :) #10353419

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 03, 2012

Hi Everybody!!!! Thank you all so much!!! You are the greatest!!! I appreciate your loving and kind support so much! I'll be along to visit your galleries soon, I hope!!!

This is such an honor for me and has been proof that even every day photos from a vacation (See photos in thread that I added) can be taken into DDR and made into something entirely new and cool! :)))


-SSSLaura/Little Sis/LuLu/LooLoo/Miss Rose, et al :D #10353723

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 04, 2012

Mumj, I meant to answer you :). I will be putting this on canvas soon. It's in my next top 5. :) I just cant decide how large to make it yet. :))) I have an "Oceanic Room" in my home and I think it might look great in there. :)

Thank you again everyone. :) #10355654

Merna L. Nobile October 05, 2012

I heard the good news…and could not be happier for you! CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic October 06, 2012

Beautiful work, Laura. Huge congrats. #10358318

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 08, 2012

Big CONGRATZ on the Gold Winner, Laura!!

UB. #10360121

Laura L. Gonzales level-deluxe October 13, 2012

Congratulations Emmy on this most beautiful and well deserved GOLD WIN!!!! You are the master of creativity my dear friend!! I think that if I were up there, I would lose my lunch for sure! Lol ;) Have a great day:) #10367753

David M. Montero October 27, 2012

A belated but huge congratulations on your win for this marvelous work Laura!!! #10387004

Janice Mezzacappa November 12, 2012

I knew I would have such an amazing journey through your work....I love them all and huge congrats on this amazing winner as I believe they all are Laura!! Thanks for sharing your awesome talent :) #10416318

Ellen Hodges March 24, 2013

Hi Laura, this was on the front page today!! Simply wonderful!! #10621910

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 24, 2013

It WAS??????????? Tell me more! Tell me MORE! Lol...What front page? The scrolling winners on the contest page???

* * *

Thank you *ALL* for your wonderful comments! Please forgive me for being so tardy in saying this!

THANK YOU AGAIN BP and the BP JUDGES for this Great Honor!

-Laura :D #10622229

Laura L. Gonzales level-deluxe March 09, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS SIS!!!!! so glad the Judges pick this one for the best of the best!!! Yehawwwwwww!! #11444606

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 09, 2016

Thank you Little Sister Laura LeeLee :D You're so sweet. xo I'm pretty excited about it. bet you won some too! We'll have to check! #11444631

Ellen Hodges March 09, 2016 1

Huge congrats on being chosen Best of Best, Laura!!! #11444632

Mary K. Robison March 10, 2016 1

Hey, Pom! You know this is one of my all-time favorites of yours~ great to see it again in Jim's special contest! Best of luck movin' on through!! #11444739

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 10, 2016

Hi Ellen! Hi Mare!!! Pretty exciting and I bet YOU GALS have a good handful in his cream of the crop picks too?!?!? SEND ME LINKS! :D You know I took this photo at a Pee Wee Golf place in Florida one year! :D It was a pirate theme and we were hitting our little colored golf balls onto a ship they had on the course. I looked up and THAR HE BE! A wooden manikin. I thought, "Well looky there! Hot Dog!" and grabbed my pocked camera! :))) The rest is history. Or is it...HIS-STORY? Because he did have a story to tell! Thank you both so much and good to see you!! -Pommy :) #11444742

Emile Abbott level-deluxe March 10, 2016

Congrats Laura on your Best of the Best. WTG girl. #11444813

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 10, 2016

Thank you kindly Emile! :))) #11445253

Lydia Williams level-deluxe March 11, 2016

Yup, the BESTEST!! #11445374

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 11, 2016

:D Thank you Big Sister! :))))) xo #11445549

Laura L. Gonzales level-deluxe April 18, 2016 1

Congrats sister on another fantastic All Time Staff Favorite!!!!! Good luck in the next round!!!!!

Laura E. Swan level-classic May 18, 2016

Thank you Little Sister Laura Lee! And now this has been placed on the cover of an audio story book on youtube! A story that is read by a narrator and reads like a Jules Verne! I'm really thrilled! #11475890

Mary K. Robison May 19, 2016

Yippee for you, Pom!! What an exciting development!!
And I see your All-Time EP has been upgraded to an All Time Staff Favorite! Congrats on that, too!

Debbie Bray June 29, 2016

Oh my goodness, I just had a chuckle, read the old comments from 2012, Sweetpea! Big congratulations Loulou on this great image getting an All Time Finalist!! Wooooohooooo!!! #11489640

Mary K. Robison June 30, 2016

YAAAAAAAAAAY, Pom! You're in the Big Leagues now, Kiddo! So glad the judges gave this the All-Time Gold Award it deserves! (Congrats again for your 2nd Place Gold!) #11490027

Laura E. Swan level-classic July 06, 2016

Thank you ladies!!! :))))) I hope to be on soon to do some visiting! I miss you all xo #11492487

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