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Waking Autumn by NightsongWS Waking Autumn by NightsongWS
Waking Autumn --
Every year, when the first flakes of snow begin to fall in the north, Autumn returns to sleep, dreaming of bright colors, warm winds, and the bounty of nature's harvest. She sleeps through the darkness of Winter, the warming winds of Spring, and even the brightness of Summer.

As the Summer air begins to cool, the firebirds spread their wings and leave their distant homes, coming to gather in the deepest parts of this ancient forest to bring life and light to the shrine where Autumn sleeps. They dance amongst branches heavy-laden with rare, golden apples, scorching the leaves until they fall from the trees, and warming the stones of the shrine until Autumn wakes.

With her first words, she brings fire to the birds that awoke her, kindling their rebirth with a living flame that exists nowhere else in the world. The firebirds, newly young and rejuvenated by the purifying fires, then spread their wings and race on warm winds away from the shrine, returning to their year-long homes and bringing with them the bright colors of Autumn. Where they travel, trees turn to rivers of scarlet and gold, grasses dry to brittle stalks, and fruit ripens to sweet plumpness on the vine, the world celebrating the return of the firebirds and the awakening of Autumn.

Though they are few, some firebirds stay by Autumn's side, year-long, watching over her and guarding the sacred stones that protect the essence of the season against any and all who dare approach the shrine. Although they never, themselves, ever feel the healing fires of Autumn's touch, they have fires of their own that are turned upon any would-be intruders. The rejuvenating properties of the golden apples growing within the shrine keep them ever-living... and ever-watchful.

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My entry for the Songbird Remix Open Rendering Season 2012! YES! I actually finished an entry ON TIME this year! Wahoo!!!

As always, any suggestions or feedback are VERY much welcome!

Software: Poser Pro 2012, Photoshop.
Products: Songbird Remix: Birds of Legend (7), Nerd3D's Soggy Bottom, One Tree Hill, Modualz Scatters Vol 6 - Leaves 2.0, RDNA Gardens Vol 1, Gardens Vol !&! - Rose Texture Expansion, RDNA FallLands Vol 2, Traveler's Naturals - Grasslands Foliage Vol 8, RDNA Grasslands IV Vol 1/4, Props Pack - Harvest Fruits, Victoria 4, Forest Dryad for V4, Bettine's Sekrets, V4 Elite Amy, Ethnic Face Morphs, Elite Body Shapes, KiriTe Hair, Ranaki (top), Twin Fair Hair, Ron's Detail Smoke, Ron's Vines, Ron's Bokeh, Raptura's Light Effects, Jepe's Flamez, DM's Druid Valley (fire), Ron's Angel Dust, AS Battlemage Poses for V4, IDL Studio, Render Studio.

HOLY GOOBERS!! WHERE did that DD come from?!!?!? Thank you ~Lexana and ^Cymae!!!! HUGS!!!!!
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Suggestor says "Waking Autumn by =NightsongWS is a creative picture, with so many beautiful details. Everytime I look at it, I find more things I wonder about and that's wonderful." ( Suggested by Lexana and Featured by Cymae )
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AetherDreams Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
The colors here are amazing!
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CPLFudgemaker Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Wow I love this. It`s got that mother earth feel about it.
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Mirriejam Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Wow! Speechless..again :)
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Kevin-McKee Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's gorgeous.
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dantegrafico Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
so beauty and spectacular
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Ikke46 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Beautifullwork, and very detailed, gorgious!!
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Erulian Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Congrats, your work got featured as one of our Spotlight Images 8-)
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Motion-in-Poetry Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great composition :)
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Batatalion Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Digital Artist
fantastic work !
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PJFriel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations! You're so freakin' awesome! Hope you win the contest!
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dethrone1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
wow...
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Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Lovely!
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:iconzusse:
zusse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW stunning!!!!
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DorianoArt Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Artist
:typerhappy: SUPER-ARTWORK HERE!
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arien Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This is wonderful. The colour and the depth are just great! and yay for phoenixes!
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NightsongWS Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!!! I adore phoenixes and firebirds -- given the chance I could make images with them all day long! :D
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oneeyedbear Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
very nice, love the colors and detail. peace, love
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KanotsaStock Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
wonderfull... a true work of art, not more to say
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ponetium Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just stunning!
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cipher-X Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exquisite composition. I love the fall to winter color transition and the lush, gorgeous detail. A truly epic piece.
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NightsongWS Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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Jim-Zombie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful image.
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EbruKash Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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madnezz344 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
wonderful :D
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TheLife-IsArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love it
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whendt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great digital painting I love it!
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SKKDragonKnight Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Beautiful. Congrats on the DD!
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow!
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TatiraSolil5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks amazing!!!!
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Skizzo08 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like the bird...fantastic...
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Skizzo08 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like the bird...Fantastick...
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fesomatic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The whole piece tells a story just looking at it. Awesome
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NightsongWS Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!!! :D
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sirx16 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
wonderiffic!
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Wolfina14 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Photographer
Love the color..... <3
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Bloodparade Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Beautiful picture :)
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DanielMurrayART Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice.
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SimonJM Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Pretty damned impressive!
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phoenixgward Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Autumn is my favourite season. I love this, as well as your description. ^_^
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B1azeIchi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Writer
The detail in this!
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Silverchic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Wow, how amazing, how did you do it?!
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KisaStrife Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
wow
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I thought this was a stock edit at first. Well done.
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RobLockheart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
And the level of detail is great too!
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RobLockheart Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Very beautiful work. I like the diagonal color separation, with cool on the top and warm on the bottom.
Very nice :-)
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NightsongWS Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!!! That was something I was a lil bit worried about, whether the diagonal color shift worked or not, and its a relief to hear it did! :D
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FallenAngelD3ath Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!!!
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DarknessRequiems Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
brilliant
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work :clap:
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