Monday, August 28

self portrait challenge ~ enclosed spaces

dreamer, canon digital rebel xt

Me enclosed in an ethereal dream.

I've been having some amazing dreams lately. Do you ever wake up and try your hardest to fall back asleep so that you can return to your dream land? Back to the people you were with and the adventures you were on? Then when you can't quite get back there, you find yourself reflecting throughout your day and missing those imaginary dream friends?

I often dream of walking through an ethereal forrest with a sheer, white gown on and my hair blowing softly with the trees. Faeries join me and guide me to sit with them near a lake. They tell me stories of their travels and we share laughter as they speak of those that do not believe in them. We braid one another's hair with flowers, leaves and gems. It feels so intimate, so warm and welcome.

The symbolism, the meaning behind dreams has always fascinated me. I have a dear friend that has the gift of dream interpretation and many times has offered up her wisdom to help me through my journey.

I have learned that my dreams are not far beyond my reality. Even the possibility of faeries...

Find where other's are enclosed here.


Blogger kristen said...

This is beautiful. I believe in faeries and angels and all that is ethereal. I think intuitively we know this world is there, we just need to listen.

August 28, 2006 at 10:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bedazzzled1 said...

What a splendid portrait. You are so very pretty.

I had a friend, who has since passed away, who was able to interpret dreams. He helped me so much when I was struggling with a dreadful recurring dream. I have not had it since his help.

And, yes, the world is full of enchantment that exists to those whose minds are open.

August 28, 2006 at 10:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger nina beana said...

hello magical friend! thinking of you.

August 29, 2006 at 5:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i love the photo
and the description of your dreams...
very beautiful...

i don't know if i would
want to have my dreams intrepreted...
last night i dreamt something
about being in a parking lot
shooting eggs at my kids
through a pea shooter
while i walked around on
where in the ever-loving world
does something like THAT
come from...

August 29, 2006 at 5:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

This portrait is breathtaking--truly...you should have it framed and hung on your wall, so you can notice how lovely you are whenever you happen by. The writing here about dreams was timely for me...though, unfortunately mine lately have been on the darker end. I still dwell in the possibility that I could have a dream as beautiful as this with the sheer, white gown, the trees, the faeries braiding my hair with flowers. Sigh...at least I can have the daydream--thanks for sharing it.

August 29, 2006 at 6:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I either do not dream or very rarely remember a dream. Interpret THAT! :)

Anyway, nice Self-portrait. It's dreamy.

August 29, 2006 at 6:55:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Deirdre said...

I love this picture of you. It's entrancing. Dreams fascinate me too, and sometimes I wish I could go back to one. Unfortunately I've not been able to do that yet.

August 29, 2006 at 9:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Darlene said...

Okay...I want this one blown up and framed. If this picture doesn't explain a big part of 'who' Denise is...

So so so beautiful

We are all dreamers in this family, but i want your dreams...

Momma is coming here today...I'll show her this and I know she'll want a picture too, so put a flag on this one sweetie :)

August 29, 2006 at 10:09:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love those dreams that resonate so deep within you that you just want to climb back into that feeling for days.

August 29, 2006 at 10:29:00 AM PDT  
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August 29, 2006 at 11:07:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry... i didn't want to delete the comment...this blogger is acting weird lately...

you're so lucky, i never have dreams like yours... may you i visit your dreams tonight??? :)

August 29, 2006 at 11:12:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Deb R said...

I do, in fact, sometimes have dreams that are so fascinating that I want to fall back asleep and go back to them, although it never works. Even if I fall back asleep the dreams change.

Your portrait is beautiful and definitely captures that elusive dreamlike quality.

August 29, 2006 at 11:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Oh you beutiful etheral being.
I love this series of portraits.

Your dreams sound so wonderful darling.

I don't have dreams like this, but would love to in the future.

Lots of love

August 29, 2006 at 1:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

so beautiful, boho.

August 29, 2006 at 1:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Loralee Choate said...

You are just gorgeous.
I want your hair! It is moments like this that I cry to the gods in jealousy.

August 29, 2006 at 4:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

wow, I wish I had your dreams, they sound ethereal! Wonderful! What is the dream intrepretation? Forest and White gown ... new spiritual journey (virginal?),

To dream that you are in or walking through the forest, signifies a transitional phase. You may be following your instincts.
To dream that you are lost in a forest, signifies that you are searching through your unconscious for a better understanding of yourself. Also looks like it is spiritual!

Lake: to see a lake in your dream, signifies your emotional state of mind. If the lake is clear and calm, then it symbolize your inner peace. If the lake is disturbed, then you may be going through some emotional turmoil.

To see a fairy in your dream, indicates that you are in search of some help or advise for a problem or decision ... The fairy is also symbolic of your soul and the feminine qualities and aspects of yourself.
And they are braiding your hair?

To dream that the wind is blowing through your hair, signifies freedom to express uninhibited feelings. You are "letting your hair down".
So I am reading, if tangled hair means thinking of some confusion, I would think that decorating your hair would be a wonderful indication of what is going on with your life.

Oh, I could investigate this forever, It is a lovely dream. Thank you for sharing. That was fun!

August 29, 2006 at 6:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Susan Schwake said...

lovely image with such a dreamy quality... you captured it!

August 29, 2006 at 7:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

gorgeous photo dear one. this isn't a dream but lately i've been having a vision of myself walking through a desert in a red gown with a long trane that drags across the dirt and brush. instead of being joined by fairies i'm joined by coyotes. similar??? kinda??? okay maybe only in the gown aspect...

August 29, 2006 at 8:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger a m y said...

this is an absolutely gorgeous photo, and a beautiful point. dreams do come true...and faeries exist.

love, and faery dust sprinkles to you!

August 29, 2006 at 8:42:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow -you're lucky. I think your dreams sound wonderful and relaxing. The picture is once again - GORGEOUS.


August 29, 2006 at 8:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

Why don't I have beautiful dreams like this? :) Beautiful dreamer!


August 30, 2006 at 8:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger turquoise cro said...


August 30, 2006 at 8:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger bronxbt said...


my dreams absolutely terrify me.
i lost the majority of my childhood from a car accident/head injury, so they're filled with scattered images, emotions and more of the person i used to be.

i have no ability to recall these things directly, so my unconsciousness becomes a battle ground between 2 me's...

i hate it. it's a horrific experience to wake up thinking that i've spent my few and far between hours dreaming someone elses memories and more...


ANYHOO.. i need therapy, and you need to be told what you prolly already know:

your pic, your entry, and YOU are beautiful. i get a little peace of mind jes' visiting you. your entries are fantastic, and your readers warm my cold soul a little too each time.

i lurve you all.

B & mr puddins (who's looking at me weird)

August 30, 2006 at 12:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger claireylove said...

You are utterly beautiful, Denise, and this portrait is magical. talent and beauty :-)

love to you x x x

August 31, 2006 at 5:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Georgia said...


August 31, 2006 at 1:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Viking Womyn said...


Such captivating beauty!

sharks will eat you fer sure this time!....lol

August 31, 2006 at 11:33:00 PM PDT  

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