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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” Norman Maclean

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora with the river and more…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Merging flora flames, a river and a NY sunset…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Nature meets nurture…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… nature and a river running through it.

As serendipity would have it, I was playing around, creating merged images with pixlr express early this week and found it quite easy to use. I wanted to place similarly colored flowers in groupings of three in a post, and the collage feature helped tremendously. So you can imagine how happy I was about our photo challenge for this week – Merge! If you’re an amateur photographer like me, this is a fun one to use with your pictures. I shared this on the Daily Post page so use it to create merged images. If you have other free and user-friendly suggestions, do share.

“Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God‘s will.” Frederick William Robertson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Country living on canvas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Entryways inked in grunge…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Yellow Power…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Yellow flower power.

When we take a moment to step away from our comfortable way of doing things and try something new, the familiar becomes a canvas on which we can create new worlds. I got to experiment with textures and colors and more. Hope you like my merged and blended photos… It was fun playing around  and I’m looking forwrad to visiting other participants of the challenge.too.

“We shall find in our troubled hearts, where discord reigns, two needs which seem at variance, but which merge, as I think, in a common source – the love of the true, and the love of the fabulous. ” Alfred de Vigny

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… All things NYC merged…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… NY is hot…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Happy Birthday wishes…. and stardust sprinkled on top.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Food glorious food…

One thing I love about NYC is how versatile and culturally mixed it is. As you move from one neighborhood to the next, it is easy to forget that this is not the norm everywhere. Sure there is variety in many cities in the US, but we experience the full range of it here. Recently, I celebrated a birthday and my kids took me to a Japanese restaurant for the occasion. The maître d’ and staff brought me a tray with an orchid, a glass of delicious pudding and a happy birthday chocolate added to top it off. I was touched and grateful.  Here’s hoping your birthdays and weekends are joyful. More below!

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” Voltaire

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Morning cup of Joe…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Peace is our gift.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Places to meditate or simply to rest…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge… Relax. It’s Friday.

As far as I understand it, we can merge our vision of the creative process by testing lots of tools. This has been a lesson in moving from the mundane to the magical and I bet there is so much more to learn. FYI! You can create your own lovely collages/merges with pixlr. To create your own photo collages, go to pixlr express. Enjoy the creativity… Have an awesome weekend! 😉 Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on MERGE to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – MERGE – also below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Gary Ng of Gnostec Photography. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips! Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. What about photography? Many surprises can come out of merging two different entities into one. Sometimes this fusion of the elements is what we call art.

For instance, try placing an object where it does not belong. Or, juxtapose two different objects. The statements they make together may be contradictory, but remember: break the rules and experiment. As for me, I love merging the arts, especially two distinctly different types of art. On one side, there is the performing arts—a ballerina, for instance—and on the other side, there is architecture. Let’s see what you can MERGE in a photo!

Positive Motivation Tip: Merging opposites can open our eyes to new ways of seeing or imagining the world… Try it!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

112 Comments leave one →
  1. 17/08/2012 10:17 pm

    What an utterly wonderful post and so inspiring. You give me so much hope.

  2. 17/08/2012 10:43 pm

    Beautiful presentation.. love it.. 😉

  3. 17/08/2012 10:59 pm

    Oh wow, all the images are glorious! I could just imagine the time and effort it took you to create something so fabulous. Wonderfully done!

    • 18/08/2012 12:46 am

      TY for your feedback Myra! Glad to see you again. It was fun actually, and I didn’t notice how quickly time had flown by till I was done.. 😉

  4. Bree permalink
    17/08/2012 11:01 pm

    You did a great job for a new pixlr user. I really like your photo merges. They ate well balanced, colorful and skillful. You are growing as a photographer and will only get better. I’m impressed that all the photos are yours too. Great creativity!

    • 18/08/2012 12:48 am

      Yes, TY! The photos are mine and the collages were fun to create with pixlr… I know I’m raving about pixlr (no, this is not an ad for them. They don’t know me from the dark blue sea) but it is simple to use, free and incredibly helpful. 🙂

  5. 17/08/2012 11:17 pm

    AWESOME collages! 🙂

    • 18/08/2012 12:49 am

      TY Sunshine! Loved it and you can give them a go. 😉

  6. 17/08/2012 11:57 pm

    “Pigeons have you in their sight”?! 😀 Haha

    • 18/08/2012 12:50 am

      Yes… It was on the ceiling of a NYC Subway car. I loved it too. Glad you’re laughing. 😆 TY!

  7. 18/08/2012 12:02 am

    Happy Birthday. I love your merge collages. They are all beautiful and what a wonderful idea… Enjoy your weekend!

    • 18/08/2012 12:50 am

      TY Lisa and have a wonderful weekend too. Birthday blessings accepted. 😉

  8. 18/08/2012 12:11 am

    Wonderful photos and thoughts, fantastic work with this post!

    • 18/08/2012 1:08 am

      Oh TY for your kind words! It was a lot of fun to do… 🙂

  9. 18/08/2012 12:19 am

    What a lot of work you have put into the lovely post. One of my favourite blogs has been using collages for some time and inspired me with her creativity to have a go too – occasionally. Is that a Land Rover in the food collage?

    • 18/08/2012 12:52 am

      TY and yes, you have a keen eye. It is a Land Rover! 😆 I had fun with this post and I do hope to use collages again… 🙂

  10. 18/08/2012 1:17 am

    “Merging opposites can open our eyes
    to new ways of seeing or imagining the world…”

    • 18/08/2012 2:05 am

      I’m glad you like my positive motivation tip… TY! 😉

  11. Nandini permalink
    18/08/2012 1:44 am

    Excellent photographs, Eliz! 🙂

    • 18/08/2012 2:02 am

      Nandini, how are you!? I’ve wondered what happened to your blog… I thought you had disappeared as I stopped getting your posts. Hope all is well! Miss your posts. TY for checking in lady. TY! 🙂

      • Nandini permalink
        18/08/2012 2:05 am

        Work has been keeping me busy lately. But from past few days, I was able to sneak a little time. Hehhe.

        Thanks Eliz for your concern. TC!

      • 18/08/2012 2:08 am

        TY too for visiting… I will go back and catch up on your posts again! Glad all is well… I amended my first comment because it sounded a bit odd… 😆

  12. 18/08/2012 2:05 am

    Wow, I love your selection, very artistic!

    • 18/08/2012 2:09 am

      TY Barb! You are so kind… I had fun with the program… 🙂

  13. Chris Breebaart permalink
    18/08/2012 2:06 am

    Wow! Beautiful

  14. 18/08/2012 2:58 am

    These are such beautiful collages Elizabeth, thanks for the link, I knew something like it existed but not how to find it so I will play when I have time 🙂

    • 18/08/2012 3:20 am

      Good and you’ll enjoy it too as it has many features that I didn’t try out. TY! 🙂

  15. 18/08/2012 3:46 am

    Outstanding! ~mkg

  16. 18/08/2012 4:44 am

    They look out of this world, amazing! I’d love to know how to do that. It’s like digital scrapbooking.

    • 18/08/2012 5:41 pm

      Hi Catherine, Glad to see you again! I added the link to this post and believe me, you will love how easy it is to use. I plan to create some family albums with it to share with my sibs… TY! 🙂

  17. 18/08/2012 7:24 am

    fun, and beautiful collage. I love ‘country living on canvas’

    • 18/08/2012 5:44 pm

      You know something, when I look through, I stop on that one too… I really like it. It has an old world painting feeling to it. Might be using that overlay again and it’s called canvas on pixlr. TY! 🙂

  18. 18/08/2012 7:32 am

    Terrific post! And thank you so much for the link to the image editor 🙂

    • 18/08/2012 5:44 pm

      TY Marion! I appreciate the feedback and will check in to see yours. 😉

  19. 18/08/2012 7:43 am

    Love this photo process Elizabeth. Happy Birthday and keep taking photos!

    • 18/08/2012 5:45 pm

      TY for the blessings Barb! Yes, I will keep up the photo thing… have a long way to go. 🙂

  20. 18/08/2012 8:06 am

    WOW I really enjoyed looking at all the merged photos! Such a feast for the eyes. I like the idea of as you said putting different things together in a collage, beautiful.
    Sounds like you had a nice Birthday. Happy Belated Birthday. :+)

    • 18/08/2012 5:46 pm

      TY Star! It was fun… go for it too. TY for the B’Day blessings. 🙂

  21. 18/08/2012 8:17 am

    Your photos are always beautiful! This way of merging them even more so! You make me miss NYC!! And the food looks awesome!!

    So sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday!!! So Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    • 18/08/2012 5:47 pm

      Oh TY Karen!!! Whenever you show up, let me know and we can visit a few sites. 🙂

  22. 18/08/2012 10:03 am

    Thanks for these images, a very refreshing take on the theme!

    • 18/08/2012 5:07 pm

      Thank you for your feedback… Will stop by soon to enjoy yours. 🙂

  23. 18/08/2012 10:49 am

    Eliz, I really liked the format you chose to merge these images. Very creative and fun to look at too. M

    • 18/08/2012 5:49 pm

      TY Miriam and I am glad we are connected, as I’m loving your humorous posts. 🙂

  24. 18/08/2012 10:53 am

    wonderful post : all the messages you have send are now in my heart 🙂 thanks for inspiring me over the ocean 🙂 thanks for the french author quotes ….it reminds me that we are all connected wherever we are living thanks to the energy of creativity: and by the way JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE 🙂

    • 18/08/2012 5:49 pm

      TY Sandra! It was great chatting with you the other day. Keep up the good work and TY for your blessings! 🙂

  25. 18/08/2012 1:05 pm

    I love what you did here! 🙂

    • 18/08/2012 5:50 pm

      Oh TY dear one! Good to see you and will be checking your posts out soon. 🙂

  26. 18/08/2012 2:58 pm

    Those are beautiful collages! Very creative and artistic. Great post.

    • 18/08/2012 5:51 pm

      TY Fergie! I appreciate feedback from you as I bet you’ve added something magical for this week. Stopping by soon to visit you and everyone. Merci! 🙂

  27. 18/08/2012 3:48 pm

    How creative you are with this challenge! How clever–I really like these collages!

    And I do love the cultural diversity of NYC. I was there just last weekend and I could’ve enjoyed sitting on the bench to watch all the passersby!

    • 18/08/2012 5:19 pm

      I love to people watch in NYC and whenever possible, I take a camera. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 TY!

  28. 18/08/2012 8:19 pm

    Oh, wow! Every merging picture is a work of Art that takes you to a place of beauty and wonder. Spectacular! Vibrant images that shows the brilliance and charisma of NYC. Thanks.

    • 18/08/2012 10:54 pm

      TY IT! This was definitely fun to do… and I share the credit with the program that helped me create these images…. The pictures are mine. 🙂

  29. 18/08/2012 9:08 pm

    This is absolutely mind blowingly fun! Beautiful! In case you can’t see me, I’m doing a standing ovation!!! I hope it was as much fun putting it together as marveling at each creation.

    • 18/08/2012 10:37 pm

      You are an angel!!!!! TY for the ovation. I felt like a pre-schooler again when I created these collages… Pixlr made my day and so have you. TY! 🙂

  30. 18/08/2012 9:19 pm

    Hi Elizabeth, you never fail to surprise me! What a fascinating visual feast you serve up with good stories and wise words.

    • 18/08/2012 10:36 pm

      TY Naomi! I have to laugh because my collages are quite simple… I had fun doing them so that counts for something eh? Merci bien! 🙂

  31. 19/08/2012 12:35 am

    Beautiful post my friend ,Great entry for this week topic Merge ,
    Thanks for sharing your ideas 🙂

    • 19/08/2012 1:01 am

      TY for stopping by and for your generous blog support/love TY! 🙂

  32. 19/08/2012 4:15 am

    Stunning…all other merges pale in comparison!! Wonderful!!

    • 22/08/2012 6:30 pm

      TY Lisa! I don’t know how I skipped a comment… Your compliment is appreciated…. muy, muy bene! 🙂

  33. 19/08/2012 5:11 am

    I like Country living on canvas

  34. 19/08/2012 8:12 am

    Brilliant collection! Thank you for the ping back!

  35. 19/08/2012 8:17 am

    Great entry for the challenge. The picture merging looks fun. The quotes are wonderful, too. I especially like this quote on your post–“Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God‘s will.” by Frederick William Robertson.

    • 19/08/2012 8:37 am

      TY for stopping by Claudia. I enjoyed your blog post too. 🙂

  36. lolakojane permalink
    19/08/2012 8:45 am

    Creativity, unleashed! And as always, your words and quotes are inspiring too.

    • 19/08/2012 8:46 am

      TY so much dear one! This was fun and I might be using Pixlr more often… 🙂

  37. 19/08/2012 9:27 am

    hi Eliz,
    thank you for the link to the online photo editor pixlr express!
    my first test:

    • 19/08/2012 9:42 am

      TY Frizztext! I saw it and like what you did with Pixlr… Coolest Chess cat you have there. 😉

  38. 19/08/2012 6:22 pm

    What interesting image combinations! Very nice!

  39. 20/08/2012 5:56 am

    Brilliant collages Eliz! Love the entryways in particular!

  40. 21/08/2012 2:13 am

    WOW !!!
    that was the only word that clicked my mind …
    you have got a whole lot of beautiful collection .
    i really liked this quote you mentioned :
    “Pray till prayer makes you forget your own wish, and leave it or merge it in God‘s will.” Frederick William Robertson
    its so inspiring ….

    • 21/08/2012 10:37 am

      Thank you for your feedback Shammee! The prayer spoke to me too. Will visit your blog soon. 🙂

  41. 21/08/2012 11:35 am

    Nice collage creations!

  42. 22/08/2012 11:08 pm

    You really outdid yourself with these fantastic photos! The collages are spectacular…and very beautifully merged! 🙂 Debra

    • 24/08/2012 11:51 pm

      TY Debra ! It was fun to do… I’m not sure I can do same with urban… 🙂

  43. 23/08/2012 5:29 pm

    WOW!!!! How on earth did you do this?! These pictures are so incredibly cool!!!! I wanted to try something like this but didn’t know how. Did you use special app/software? Beautifully constructed. Like art!!!!

    • 24/08/2012 11:52 pm

      TY! Yes, I used Pixlr express and added the links in my post above. They have a collage making tool that is fantastic and easy to use. Give it a try. 🙂

      • 25/08/2012 6:52 am

        Is it an app? Or do you download it from the internet via iTunes? It is amazing! SO incredibly beautiful!!!!

  44. 24/08/2012 12:18 pm

    Wow ..great collection. Fantastic

    • 24/08/2012 11:53 pm

      TY Della Anna! Appreciate the feedback. 😉

  45. 29/08/2012 2:11 pm

    What a creative and fascinating way to approach this challenge.
    It is unique and well executed. I like it.

    • 31/08/2012 11:48 am

      TY dear one and I will stop in to check out your contributions soon. 😉

  46. kansamuse permalink
    01/09/2012 6:37 am

    Nice merge.

  47. 01/09/2012 9:29 pm

    Those pictures turned out great. I will check out that site to do that.


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