Between the tangled limbs of old trees
Far down the known familiar path
We stumbled through shadows
And fell into light
Pulled on by the spirits
Dark pools of delight.
The shadows we saw
Reflected our faces
With tooth nail and claw
Our animal races
The gods of old let lose their wild tales
And above and below become one.
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 tomorrow...like 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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Beautiful and strange…..
Ponds and pools within wooded areas are indeed very special. They are very close to the basic primeval beginnings of life and therefore very very rich. I do believe they are magical whether or not we are here to see them, and you Seonaid do see them completely, in full. Great stuff! Thank you.
Wonderful work, Seonaid. Perfect reflections!
What a resounding compliment, thank you 🙂
Terrific photo and evocative poem. I feel I am tumbling into the mystic whenever I open your blog. So magical.
Suzanne, I’m delighted with your comment and am smiling now……that’s exactly the response I’m hoping to evoke with my words and photos. It’s how I see the world and it’s so lovely to find people who enjoy seeing through my eyes for a little while. Tumbling into the mystic shall be my new catch phrase 🙂 thank you.
You’re welcome. I enjoy my visits to your blog.
That’s a stunning picture, looks calm and hidden x
Thanks Deena, it was a beautiful vision to stumble upon….like a secret grove….and I just had to try and capture it with the camera, and then share 🙂
Your photos and words reach us deep, beautiful!
That’s so good to hear….deep and beautiful 🙂
Like your words! Great reflective piece
Lovely to hear you enjoyed the reflections in words 🙂
My kind of place. Thank you for sharing it!
It was a surprising discovery, and very beautiful…..love that when it happens!
Beautiful both words and photo! The refection, trees, lighting, and compositions are perfect!
Perfect is strong praise indeed, thanks Amy. You always post such supportive comments 🙂
Is ‘beautyous’ a word? I don’t think so. But it applies here. D
Oh I love it David, a new word made specially for my post….and it’s the perfect word for what I was trying to capture. Wonderful!
You have a knack for finding magical places like this…or is it that a place turns magical because you are there? Sort of like that old question: If a tree falls in the forest and noone is around to hear it, is there still a sound? Is a place still magical if noone perceives it to be that way?
Lovely photo and poem…
I love this comment, it has made me smile ever since I read it……perhaps there’s magic everywhere and we just need the eyes to see it….
Lovely to hear you enjoyed the post 🙂
Exactly! Glad it brought some joy to you.
BTW, I just published a post on tree shadows that you might enjoy.
What a beautiful post, thanks for the link Annette:-)
And you lived to tell the story! 🙂 Yeah! Cheerz, Uncle Tree
Indeed I lived…….but will I ever be the same 🙂
and I shiver with delight! wonderful writing and photo, truly connecting us in all directions 🙂
What a wonderful comment, it’s so heartwarming to know that you connect with my thoughts and imaginings…..and from there we connect with a wider universe 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Wonderful words and perfect reflections 🙂
It was quite breathtaking to stumble into…..I just had to share 🙂
Just for a moment, we transcend and we simply ‘know’. Nothing more to be said. Although there are Buddhist, Tao texts, etc., that talk of this experience, I am reminded of Abraham Maslow’s ‘peak experience’ , perhaps you remember him from your training? 🙂
I do remember looking at peak experiences, and these moments are so wonderful when they happen…..coming into deep connect with the awe and beauty of the world. What a wonderful gift to be open to life and it’s magic 🙂
“And fell into light”
As a sign of a new awakening.
Indeed Marcelo, awakening into new understanding……into new levels.
That image could have been taken here in Florida. It is not all thrill rides and fast food, we have our dark pools of delight that invite mystery and remembrance. See you next week. I’ll try and bring sunshine 😉
I never thought of this image as being anywhere other than our local country estate where it was taken on a bright but cold winter afternoon….but now that you say Florida I’m seeing mangrove swamps and all sorts of exotic creatures! Florida sunshine would be a lovely gift Kellie, enjoy your holiday 🙂
“…above and below become one.” They most certainly do – and everything looks and feels like in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Wonderful!
Midsummer Nights Dream, but in winter, was what was in my mind when I stumbled into this sunlit pool. I’m sure there were fairies in the shadows….I tried to catch a little of the magical feel in the photo, so your feedback feels perfect Anne Christine 🙂