Taking Life in Stide by Quinn Blackburn

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Through rustling leaves and waving fields,
Dainty and graceful
against the sky they are etched…

“Wisdom comes when Balance
between head and heart is stretched.
With eyes steady on the horizon,
our stride is great!

Whether we are contemplative or merely puzzled,
light and dark dapple us in their grand debate.
We all move through awkwardness to grace…

Live as only you can, and Truth is embraced…
Silence is golden, and with feet firmly planted
we may soar to heights where, from every direction,
even tomorrow may be seen…

Live true that powerful visions will be granted.
Gentle and balanced, we live in freedom serene.
Feed from the highest wisdom on Life’s great tree,
and you too may learn to live like me!”

who sings now?

About the photo: This lovely old sycamore lives next to the historical Henry Bridge in Mingo Creek county park. I often wonder what tales it could tell from it’s years there, or if it was a sapling during the Whiskey rebellion that brewed in that area so long ago.


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I look to All My Relations for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. I’m a Gemini with Pisces rising…everything else is subject to change without notice.

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  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleover 4 years ago

    Perfect capture,Quinn!!

  • Thank you, Paul! :o) I love to share my treefriends as I think each is beautifully unique and inspiring. ~ wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you, I always think this grand old tree shows best when it is bare. Another artist on here, vickie (coppertrees) made me a beautiful sculpture of this tree. I keep it on my mantle and it holds all of my new feathers as I collect them.

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Quinn. I love the way this tree stands out in majestic contrast to all the others.

  • Thanks, Dot :o) Me too… the sycamores along the creek are all lovely and each one unique. :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    hands extending…limbs embracing…love given, truths met, powers discovered within!

  • thank you Pamela for your insightful comment xo

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • thank you xo

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    wonderful image of an old soul tree Quinn and a beautful written oiece to accompany it !LIZ

  • so glad you enjoyed both words and image, Liz! There are quite a few old soul trees at Mingo, and it’s still one of my favorite places to go for a day-long ramble. :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Richard Petrovich
    Richard Petrovichover 4 years ago

    I know the spot well. Great area for photos. Well done Quinn!!

  • Thank you, Richard. :o) Mingo was our favorite place to take the kids when they were young, and I still love spending the day there collecting shots. I always come away with something beautiful to remember the day. Thank you for taking the time to share your insights; greatly appreciated! :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    Awesome tree!

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

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • sharpie
    sharpieover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Quinn, very well chosen words too!

  • thank you! Always glad to hear that both words and image are appreciated :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful looking tree, well seen and taken!!

  • Thank you Shaun! Greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on this shot of one of my Tree friends :o) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

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