Silver Trees

The stars spin in wide circles
Around the ancient bear.
Far below
Silver trees circle the mound
Drawing promises and secrets from the deep.
Stardust reborn as startling white limbs
Dipping into the ocean of night
Weaving new fates
In shimmering threads
From the cauldrons bowl.
All mystery suspended from the silver branch
Sacrifice carries knowledge on its wings.
Our lives illuminated
For eternity
By the groves sweet silver fruit
And filled with wild star song.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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30 Responses to Silver Trees

  1. tree girl says:

    I wondered who the author was. Reminiscent of an old druidic poem.

    Beautifully done you.

  2. this deserves a melody to go with it.

  3. Words an image compose a symphony that comes close to the music of the spheres.

  4. frizztext says:

    you inspired my reflections at
    So we have again the contest of music, words and images against each other. And as always, I’m interested in who will win in the end!

  5. ladyfi says:

    Wow – beautiful wild star song and that shot just takes my breath away.

  6. adinparadise says:

    Absolutely perfect words to fit your photo, Seonaid. You’re a genius. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Genius is a very strong compliment! Thank you, and its great to hear that you enjoy the fit of the words to the photo. I find that as soon as I have snapped an image words begin to flow into my mind… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hanna says:

    You have performed magic with camera and words, Seonaid.
    All the best,

  8. Wow, Seonaid. This really caught my eye in my reader. This may be one of my most favorite EVER of your photographs (stunning color, light, composition…). And the text is fantastic. A wonderful post!

    • I can only reply wow back, what a complimentary comment. Thank you, and coming from a photographer who I admire greatly, and gain much inspiration from, it means a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ so happy you enjoyed this post.

  9. Very enjoyable – a fine construction, worthy of Norman MacCaig (in a more positive frame of mind).

    • Damn my covers blown, you must have noticed the Milnes Bar photo in one of my Edinburgh posts! I will take the compliment, but Norman I think was less wrapped in mystery and more immersed in life’s gritty reality ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. wisejourney says:

    Magical indeed

  11. I always know that I’ll see beautiful pictures and words when I come to your blog. But this one beats them all… truly exceptional. How were you able to get both the star lights and the lit up trunks into this picture. It is magical. I can see this as an inspiring poster.
    There is so much spiritual significance here… the trees stretching to heaven bridging the physical with the spiritual realms. Outstanding!

    • Thank you, exceptional is strong praise indeed. I had just been outside standing on the grass in my bare feet looking up at the stars beginning to reveal themselves in the darkening sky, so was feeling suitably in awe of the universe ๐Ÿ™‚
      The photo was taken in early evening light, so the sun was low and illuminating the white trunks beautifully, leaving the canopy a bit darker. I processed the photo using a couple of apps to darken the sky and add tiny light leaks which form the stars. Hope that’s not too much cheating!

  12. I’ve always like thinking about Stardust being ‘reborn.’ It’s humbling and crazy to think of the trip taken by the atoms which comprise my body to have gotten here to, in fact, comprise my body. Does that make sense? It’s wonderful to consider where my atoms were before they were in me. And, where were they before that? And before that? Ultimately they were all there (or not) when time, matter, and space were created. Sort of makes you think of reincarnation of a different sort …. doesn’t it? Nice post … typically Seonaid … makes you think about the imagery artfully created in (mostly) words. Thanks. D

    • It’s amazing isn’t it? We are all composed of star dust, as is the world around us, and in turn this connects us out into the universe with everything! I think that’s why I yearn for and am in awe of the stars glittering around us as planet earth spins through space.

  13. Colonialist says:

    Stunning. The ‘wild star song’ is lovely, indeed.

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