Sunday, January 1, 2012

Staue Of Time

                                            How long have you been there
                                            ever close to the sky
                                            gazing out across the land
                                            with your big, open eye

                                            How many weary travelers
                                            have passed by your way
                                            enchanted by your presence
                                            and picture perfect display

                                            How many eagles have landed
                                            upon your shoulders abreast
                                            to share your wondrous eye
                                            while taking time to rest

                                            How many rays of sunshine
                                            as a prism shining through
                                            have you graciously cast out
                                            in a rainbow's colored hue

                                            How many storms of peril
                                            have threatened your domain
                                            yet not wavered your position
                                            with blurry visions of rain

                                            How much time of contentment
                                            have you gazed upon the land
                                            an age old statue
                                            with your eye so grand

                                            Susie Swanson, 2011

For the ones that haven't seen or heard of the picture above, it's called "Eye Of The Needle".. It's located on Mt. Leconte, which is part of the Great Smokey Mountains..
My son recently hiked this mountain all the way to the top and back down.. It was around 13 to 14 miles and he did it in one day.. He took this picture along with several more..This one can be found on the web if you want to pull it up.. Just type in Mt. Leconte..Here are a few more that he took and I thank him for sharing with me..Just another example of God's beauty.. Happy New Year and May God's Blessings pour out upon you..Susie

                                           This is Stephanie, his Girlfriend she hiked it too.

                                           This is Chris, my son . He protects us from bad guys.
                                            He's been a law officer for nearly 15 years.

                                            They also have Lodging without electricity.

                                            Love this one, a big hole in the mountain.

                                            Yayyy, I made it.. Proud of you both

I'll stop with these, there's several more I could post but if anyone wants to look at more pictures or read about this mountain, just type in Mt. Leconte..Blessings, Susie


  1. Congrats to your son and girlfriend. That is a HARD hike. We haven't done it --but my best friend and hubby do it every year. They stay in the lodge at LeConte. One year they woke up to alot of snow on the ground up there. They had to hike down in that snow...

    My header picture shows LeConte... You'll have to show that picture to your son.

    Happy New Year.

  2. Thank you Betsy and I will show him.. He took a lot of photos..I spelled it wrong and the Title too.. Suppose to be LeConte not Leconte.. I could never hike it.. to far for me to climb, especially with snow on the ground..

  3. My family and I love hiking! We usually vacation in the state parks of WV and always go on hikes while there. Pretty scenery, it reminds me of scenes here in WV.

  4. It looked a hard hike, the pictures are awesome.

    Happy New Year.

  5. In my younger days, I enjoyed hiking too. Beautiful photos and so nice to see your son and his girlfriend. I loved your poem, also. Did not know we are "neighbors!" Happy New Year.

  6. Thank you all so much..I love hiking to, but not that far.. if you catch my

    @ Maple Lane, Yes Woodstock is not to far away ..

  7. Beautiful photo and words. That sounds like quite a hike your son and his girlfriend took. They must be in good shape!

  8. Susie,
    the poem is absolutely gorgeous...I love the picture you painted in my mind with the fourth stanza...the rays of sunshine as a prism...
    very lovely!
    Also, the hiking photos are fun! I love hiking :)
    Have a blessed New Year!

  9. Thanks Geoge, they are.. he teaches Physical Fitness on the side..

    Thank you Tracy, I'm glad you enjoyed them... Happy New Year to you ..

  10. Hi Susie, Your poem is wonderful! I especially love the stanza about the eagles. What beautiful pictures, your poem really captures the majestic feeling of the mountain. It looks like your son and his girlfriend has a fun time climbing to the top, what a great experience! Have a lovely and restful evening ahead! Delisa :)

  11. Thank you Delisa, glad you enjoyed it and I hope you have a good evening as well..

  12. Hello Susie,

    The majesty of the mountain brought out in amazing words of beauty.The lovely word pictures captures the imagination and sets the spirits soaring high.

    The all enduring mountain stands tall capturing the imagination of one all. Your vivid imagination giving life to your words is a wonderful treat. You are a great nature poet.

    The photos are lovely.Your son and his girl friend are very strong,enterprising,adventurous people.Kudos to them for their great achievement. My hearty congratulations to you for penning down a beautiful poem.

    Wish you and your family all the best in the new year.

  13. Thank you so much Joseph, your woeds are very touching and cherished.. Thanks so much for the great review..

  14. Hi Susie, so sorry to hear about your head cold. I sure hope that you feel better very soon. There is so much sickness going around right now, we have all been holding our breath. We have been having some very cold weather too, it was 21 last night and windy. It felt a lot colder. Our heater doesn't work too well when it gets that cold so we really have to bundle up. We discovered when we moved here that most of the homes in our part of the south are built with very high ceilings which help them to stay cool in the summer. The heat rises to the top. But when it is is very hard to heat them. I hope you have a nice day ahead, get lots of rest and feel better real soon! Delisa :)

  15. Lovely photos-and a very lovely poem too : )

  16. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem and photos. It's great to read and see these glimpses of beauty!

  17. You have a handsome and strong son – I wish I still could do some strenuous hiking but now I have a very bad knee. Your poem illustrates the pictures so well and conveys the majesty of the mountain.
    I had a very bad cold after returning from our last trip and stayed in bed from 16 through 28 December, so it was not much of a Christmas, but New Year was better. I hope that your New Year will bring you much happiness and fun.

  18. Thank you Connie, glad yoenjoyed it.. God's Beauty is everywhere.. we are so blessed..

    Thank yoy Vagabonde, hope you're feeling better.. Those colds are rough, just getting over one myself..

  19. Love the first line of your poem...What a marvelous piece. Congratulations your son and girlfriend for making the hike! Great pictures!