Fairies are real, just ask any young girl. They are hard to see, because they are so quick, but believe me - they are out there. I asked, and that is what I was told. So, who am I to argue with that? We were in Carmel, CA recently (as you have heard me say with a lot of my recent shots) and walking around in the various shops, which tend to run into alleys and disappear around corners. It's an interesting place. You can literally wander for hours, if shopping is your thing. It ain't mine, though I was happy to snap a few shots as I meandered. In this case, we were down some random alley that seemed to go nowhere, when we happened upon this door. I love doors and entryways (another thing you may have heard me say here on the blog) and when I saw this one, with that interesting tree just past it, I knew my camera was about to come to life.
After I got it home and looked at it on my large screen, I did my somewhat normal processing, which includes short stints in Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro. When I was done, I felt like I was staring at a secret entrance to some Fairy Kingdom. I just read a remarkable book which involves a young man who enters the Fae, and I guess it was top of mind. For the record, I am not referring to a children's book. It is part two of a three part series entitled The Kingkiller Chronicle. Book 1 was The Name of the Wind, and book 2 is Wise Man's Fear. They are by Patrick Rothfuss. If you have not heard of them, I suggest you drop whatever you are doing (after reading the rest of this of course!) and get yourself to reading them. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, you will enjoy these stories immensely. I can honestly say that they are two of the best books I have ever read, and I cannot wait for the final book in the series!