Great use and a stunning result.
Originally Posted by Jagdoc
I don't understand 'Blends' either, but I certainly like your results. Very nice.
Blends allow you to combine two layers using one of the Photoshop blending modes. Here is an example showing an original photograph and a layer (top left and top right respectively) and the use of a "vivid blending" mode. Photo on lower is the result of "blending" the top original with the red layer.
So that's basically how blending modes work, but the key is what sort of a layer you create to blend with the original and which blend mode you choose. The original poster would need to tell us what the composition of his blended layer looked like. By the way, there are whole books written on the subject of these. One of the best of these is this one which I've owned for several years:
Blending modes are super powerful and you'll find it well worth your while to play with them. They are also great fun. Here is a pen and ink blend that I use quite often:
Re: New Image - Playing with Blends