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A shot I've been waiting to do for 2 years, but the conditions were never quite right. Shot at a private Loch, in the Scottish Highlands.
Bloody freezing and surprisingly difficult to walk through the water holding a sword aloft, for a mere mortal, but being an ethereal Goddess I of course had no such problems! ;)



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:icondecadentist:
decadentist Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this one is wow
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:iconharrybelton:
HarryBelton Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks bloody freezing! Brave girl :)
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:iconsteelsmiter:
steelsmiter Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2017
I guess it had to be a boy instead of a man to pass up on the sword bearer.
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:icondaver99:
DaveR99 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017   Photographer
I'm waiting for Nicol Williamson.  ;-)  Nicely done.
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:iconsteelsmiter:
steelsmiter Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2017
You might have to grab a Snickers on that one... One that'll last you past the expected duration of the current universe, plus another 13B years or so... mathematically theorized of course. :D
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:iconrightonatron:
rightonatron Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
"Watery tart standing in a pond dispencing swards"
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thanks for that!
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:iconcogumetal:
cogumetal Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This photo makes me wonder that strange women lying in ponds distributing swords looks like a quite good base for a system of government
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
Everyone keeps telling me that! :D
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:iconkamakoura:
kamakoura Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
it is better to say " THE BEAUTY OF THE LAKE "
she is real beautiful 1000%
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:iconjochanaan:
jochanaan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
Hail, Lady!
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:iconcarlsbergensis:
Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stunning. I love the sword!
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:icongiles-artsphotos:
Giles-artsphotos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
great picture
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:iconhouse-of-elvis:
house-of-Elvis Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
Excellent work
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:iconstoom:
stoom Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Great shot! 
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:iconsimonpark81:
simonpark81 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, the atmosphere to this shot is electrifying!!!!
:iconclapplz::eyepopping::iconclappingplz:
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:iconcesaw70:
cesaw70 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
A Goddess, no question!! Great sword.
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:iconelgriego:
elgriego Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
lovelyHeart 
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:iconphil-e-roper:
Phil-E-Roper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
I really like this picture. And I can empathize regarding your issues with cold water; I learned how to water-ski on some of the coldest lakes in Alberta. Nothing like getting a cold cramp in the middle of a cut. Anyways ... keep up the good work. I've always enjoyed your images.
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:icongrey8wolf:
Grey8Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Professional Photographer
Beautiful photo! And Happy Birthday!!!
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:icongrendelkin:
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
*chuckles*
It just occurred to me... You're very lucky you weren't mobbed by wannabe future kings of England as you approached the shore. ^_^
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:icondavidemartin:
DavidEMartin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
Oh My Goddess.....
I'm torn between the beauty of the image and having sympathy pains for how cold you were.
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:iconjonx67:
JonX67 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Devine!
It must have been sights like this, which inspired the poets of ancient times, to create their songs of myths and legends.
What a powerful vision!
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:iconforestina-fotos:
Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful shot! You certainly look the part - beautiful, strong...and very courageous for braving than cold old Loch!
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:iconphoenixdraco714:
PhoenixDraco714 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Agreed.. Very beautiful nicely done
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:iconforestina-fotos:
Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconphoenixdraco714:
PhoenixDraco714 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
B-)
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:iconevhwolfgang:
evhwolfgang Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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:iconarmadillo179:
armadillo179 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Wow, this moved me
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:iconhexagon69:
hexagon69 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
extraordinary work!
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:iconkozak-the-insomniac:
Kozak-the-Insomniac Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A most gracious and impressive photo.  It feels like I stepped out of this current plane of existence and into another realm where ancient European folklore is reality.  

Even as someone who currently does physically-demanding labor for a living (though that'll hopefully change for the better soon), I couldn't last in gelid water like that, let alone pose nude while holding a sword with utmost poise!
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:iconrachellcoe:
rachellcoe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
Anyone who says modeling is easy doesn't know what they're talking about!!!!!  This shot is amazing but your determination is even more so!
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:iconb4ld3r:
B4LD3R Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The essence of the myth captured in this setting and your sacrifice to pose in what does not appear as a warm place nor the water in which you are immersed :P
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AMLensCreations Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Professional Photographer
Sorry, just had to.....LOL

 Listen -- strange women lying in ponds distributing swords
is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives
from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
Well you can't expect to wield supreme executive power
just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
I mean, if I went around sayin' I was an empereror just
because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they'd put me away!
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Professional Photographer
About three others already beat you to it!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional
sweet job
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:iconskytreker:
skytreker Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
OMG! WOW.... just WOW! This is one of the awesomest images I've ever seen!!! 
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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:icongharbeia:
gharbeia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
Beautifully magical.

The Scottish highlands have been one of my childhood magical places. I'm glad I was blessed with visiting such beautiful places. Even though I got inspired, as a passing visitor, I was never able to realise my inspirations into works as lovely as this.

I've been following your work and I know its not your personal style, but dare I say a more au naturel style of body hair - i.e armpits - would have made this even more fantastically? Shots in nature always give me urge to reflect nature's beauty in the model too, to its extent.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!

(I couldn't grow underarm hair even if my life depended on it, I'm naturally virtually hairless on my legs, arms and underarms, always have been, no idea why!).
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:iconpronikon:
ProNikon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Photographer
Good Art is never easy, you just make it look that way. Well Done. -Mark
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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:iconhatchetricky:
Hatchetricky Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
Awesome!
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:iconsingingnaturist:
Singingnaturist Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
This photo is fabulous Muse. I have taken photos of nudes with replica swords. It looks fantastic, but as you say, absolutely freezing, even for US naturists!! - Phil :)
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:iconabnsmith:
ABNSmith Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
Being a huge fan of swords, King  Arthur, and Excalibur this is now one of my favorite photos ever 
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconknightplz: This is right up my Arthurian alley!!!! Superb!!!!!!!!
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:iconbluedevilsinger:
bluedevilsinger Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Very beautiful and powerful. I can't imagine how cold that water was, but brave Muse conquers all!
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:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Fantastic in every way!
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:iconbeachelf:
beachelf Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
Fav fella (Badge) by Ehsartem Excellence!
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:icon2stupid2duck:
2Stupid2Duck Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016   Writer
Wow - that's very special. 
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