In my neck of the woods the Red-winged Blackbird is a common sight. You wouldn't take much notice of them except for this wonderful flash of red against the open fields when they take to flight. They spred their wings and because they group in large numbers it can be a beautiful sight to see- a sparkling of red against the black solidness of their bodies coloring the landscape and the sky. This is my entry for The Three Muses Challenge (Blackbird). I used a personal photo from a trip to a ruins as the background and added collage elements from Dover and e-vint.com. Gradient filters in Photoshop. This is a very old photo of the children- (not great pixel quality) and I discovered by using the Blur filter that it helped smooth out the images.