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Molly sitting curled up in a tree with sunlight reflecting on the strwam below creating watery patterns on her skin

I have been taking outdoor self portraits for a long time now. People are often surprised that all the images here on my blog are taken by me, well 99% of them are, including all the outdoor ones. The odd time they are not I always say in the post if Michael took the picture. As a general rule I am also on my own when I take my images. People assume that Michael comes with me but that is in fact very rare. I mainly prefer going on my own, it is peaceful and I can work at my own pace and the silence actually makes it much easier to identify if anyone else is about.

However on the occasion of this image I had specifically asked Michael to come with me, not to take the shot but to guard the tripod because in order to get this picture the tripod needed to sit in the little stream that runs beneath this fabulous tree  and my biggest fear of tripods and water is dogs. More specifically dog that love water and will happily bound into it with a care in the world for my very expensive camera. Luckily no dogs or their human companions disturbed us on this occasion and the sunlight shone in just the right way to reflect watery patterns on my skin.

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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  • LittleSwitchBitch

    Wow Molly – I think that winged image of you now has a companion at the top spot. Only for I adore fairy images this image would knock it off.

    This is glorious – Your body looks sensational. I adore the patterns of sunlight on your body – they give you a goddess vibe as if your veins were on fire.

    Spectacular x

    • Jim Serdut

      Yes. Gasp. I agree :))

  • SilverDom

    Oh wow!


    This is stunning – esp. the reflections on your skin.

  • Victoria Blisse

    Wow, what a clever and sexy shot. So ethereal, I love it.

  • Elliott Henry

    Initially I got an Alice in Wonderland vibe… a fantastical creature in a tree. But, SciFi too by the reflections, something by Ridley Scott. All in all, a lovely intimate image and I think one of favorites of your outdoor shots.

    I enjoyed your account of taking the photo, as I saw the photo first and wondered about the reflections. What thought and precision went into this and my dick shot photography pales in comparison. Interesting about the dogs, if Michael hadn’t been on guard you know a pack would have raced by.

  • Mrs Fever

    I love the ethereal-ness of this image, Molly. The lighting and verdant green give it a fantasy quality, and the reflections arc like lightning veins across your skin.

    Rarely do I see an internet image I’d be willing to shell out money for. This is a rare exception. If you don’t already, perhaps you should consider selling some of your images. This is breathtaking. I’d gladly frame and hang this photo on my living room wall. Gorgeous!

  • Cara Thereon

    How gorgeous. You look stunning I this photo.

  • Tabitha

    Molly, this may very well be my most favourite photograph of yours ever. It just says it all.
    The dappled reflecting light from the river is heart-achingly beautiful ?

  • Vic Benson

    Dear Molly:

    Beautiful pic, actually very spiritual. Thank you!

  • eye

    Gorgeous. Beautifully executed, wonderful light, fabulous subject ?

  • fridayam

    I can’t add to the lovely and deserved comments above except to say this reminded me of Gerard Manley Hopkins and his love of dappled light. Truly beautiful image Molly x

  • Val

    Oh just wow!!! This is a beautiful image!!!

  • Fred Strunk

    Gorgeous Naked Wood Nymph! Hot Photo!

  • Jaime

    Glory be, for dappled things. And women.

    You look stunningly beautiful. The light is glorious, especially the water reflections on your body, but also the light coming through the tree canopy.

    A really wonderful photo!

  • Curvaceous Dee

    I am just gobsmacked by the beauty of this photo – and of you in it, Molly! Are you a dryad?

    xx Dee

  • Bibulousone

    What glorious shot.
    Even by your standards this one’s a bit special

  • Parallelsecrets

    A beautiful picture. The light, the reflection, the lushness around, your body..all so tranquil

  • Marie Rebelle

    WOW, this is a stunning image. The water reflection on your leg is so cool! Artistic as always 🙂

    Rebel xox

  • Silver Eagle

    What a lovely way to start off the day with such a haunting image. Thank you for sharing your talent and beauty

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  • ancilla ksst

    So beautiful! I love the light/shadow patterns.

  • HappyComeLucky

    Oh, wow. It looks as though energy is rippling through your skin.

  • miss scarlet

    This is absolutely beautiful and would make a great print.

  • Miss Scarlet

    This is absolutely beautiful and would make a great print

  • Heelsnstocking

    Just wow……..yet another stunning image!! xx

  • Luv bunny

    We can almost see the life flowing through your vessels, such a clever shot, and sensual pose too xx

  • Modesty Ablaze

    Hauntingly stunning . . . just love the reflections and shadows !!!

    Xxx – K

  • The Bearded Wanker

    Beautiful. Such a peaceful and calming photo. I love the little background story as well x

  • Bee

    I’ve always admired your photography skills and bravery for often being naked alone in the wilds. But this takes that to a whole new level, it is beyond stunning. I hope you’re proud of this one because it is mind blowingly fabulous and those words don’t really convey what I want them too!

  • jim sedrut

    ohhhhhhhhh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ann St Vincent

    This is by far my favourite photo I’ve ever seen of you. Absolutely stunning!


  • Zoë

    Oh, this is fantastic!

  • Jane

    Molly, this is so, so lovely. The patterns on your skin from the reflected water and the shadows from the trees … (And I don’t know why, but I keep looking again and again at your gracefully pointed toe!)

    Long lost Jane

  • Bob The Monkey

    You look so at one with the tree. Your lines matching that of the trunk and roots. Love the reflection of the stream on your side. Beautiful image.

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