Lugh Entwined in Brighid's Hair by Quinn Blackburn

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Sometimes I find myself taking pictures purely by instinct… before my mind recognizes what my eye has caught, I’m snapping the picture. This is one of those shots. It wasn’t until I got home, uploaded, and took a closer look that I could see why I felt compelled to capture this moment. In the center of this scene, the trees form a natural pentacle, and it was the sun’s light, rare that day, peeking through the limbs that urged me to take the shot. Together, this moment is a smile from two of my favorite muses and patrons, Lugh Lamfada and Brighid the Fiery Arrow.

Lugh Lamfada was known by many names. To the Celts of Ireland he was the All Crafted, Lugh of the Long Arm, the Son of the Sun… but traces of him can be found in the god Mercury, Cernunnos, Apollo, Odin, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Green Man, and a much older Indo-European diety known as Lug or Lugus.

A god of harvest, weather especially rain, fertility, the majesty and tremendous life-giving energy of the Sun, Lugh was a protector and champion of the People, a descendant of the Tuatha De Danann, the epitome of radiant youth coupled with wisdom and abundant skill. King to Brighid’s Queen, Lugh inspires poets and warriors alike.

Brighid is the bright mother aspect of the Celtic triple goddess. Goddess of the hearth, the forge (literal and figuritive), fire, moon, prophecy, healing, creation and creativity, inspiration… patron of crafters and smiths, poets, warriors, and women in all their stages but especially childbirth. Breo-saighit the “bright/exalted one”, the “fiery-arrow”, she of the twisted hair is often linked with Athena and Vestia/Hestia.

To me, this image radiates a serene, protective and loving energy, as well as a forever unfolding sense of inspiration and creativity. The more I look, the more I see… until I feel enveloped in this vibrant energy. In my mind’s eye, this simple scene translates into Lugh running gentle fingers through Brighid’s hair; a familial image of parental affection that cannot help but make me feel safe and loved. One aspect of Art that I find endlessly fascinating is how each person will see, and carry away, something different from the same piece. What do you see?


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  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearalmost 5 years ago

    An amazing shot Quinn, love the narrative ;) xoxox ♥

  • Glad you enjoyed… It’s one of my favorite images… and now everyone knows why :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 5 years ago

    Well you timed this one just right, I live in the woods and often try this type of shot and they are not nearly as easy as you make this look.

  • Yes, I don’t think I could replicate this shot if I tried…. especially as it was taken during a long ramble with my husband and our three dogs! It would probably take me about a month to figure out just where along the walk I took this one lol.

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgeralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image and excellent writing

  • Thank you on both counts! :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonalmost 5 years ago

    WOW, fantastic capture! Excellent lighting!

  • Thank you! Such a comment from a truly talented photographer is quite a compliment! :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot… great composition

  • Thanks! So glad to hear you enjoyed one of my favorite captures

    :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 4 years ago

    Glorious light and colour.

  • I thought so too :) Glad you enjoyed

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenover 4 years ago


  • Thanks! :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • sharpie
    sharpieover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and lovely moment in time, your writing is compelling!
    Cathy X

  • Thank you! So glad that you enjoyed both words and image :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • rich1945
    rich1945over 4 years ago

    Nice capture! I love the lighting and colors!

  • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, Richard; greatly appreciated! :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 4 years ago

    A stunning view!

  • Thanks! This is one of my favorites and actually hangs in our front hall along with Faithful Heart Waiting at the Gate. Glad you enjoyed! :o)

    – Quinn Blackburn

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