Sun Stars

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It was the end of another beautiful Scottish day, and the waves lapped lazily in soft sights onto the beach. They could hardly summon the energy to move even the tiny white shells which lay in drifts across the pale sand. The air was perfectly still and clear, carrying the sounds of a distant cuckoo and the warm buzz of nectar drunk bees. As the sun began to soften and relax into the west, the restless waves carried golden sun stars across the Inner Sound, all the way to our waiting feet.

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As the day slid slowly and inevitably into night, the sun tried to outdo the beauty of the approaching night sky, throwing her own stars in a glittering trail across the waves. If you walked star by star along her path, you might reach the land of youth, Tir na nOg, where beauty never fades. Out across the clouds of Manannan, with the kelp trees and salmon cows of the otherworld rolling on beneath your feet. Pearls gleaming like apples on the the silver boughs which sway, in a sky filled with sea trout birds. But it’s no place for the living, a place of enchantment and inspiration best visited only briefly, before returning on sighing, star speckled waves to the shore of here and now.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I live by the banks of the River Esk near Edinburgh, Scotland. I currently share my home with my husband, my son, my nephew and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. 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! I guess I'm a mixed up kind of girl. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 10 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and I'm employed 3 days a week as a Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Cancer Centre.
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40 Responses to Sun Stars

  1. Sorry Seonaid … I lost this one somehow! Lovely, crisp, photos … love ‘em. D

  2. restlessjo says:

    Sun stars is a lovely way to describe them! Your photos are a delight, Seonaid. :)

  3. Robin says:

    Beautiful and enchanting. I hope to revisit Scotland someday, and looking at the beauty in your images just reinforces that desire. :)

  4. ladyfi says:

    Those star-studded waters are lovely!

  5. Gaye Abbott says:

    Oh! How I wish that I would have been there in those moments of magical shifting of light and beauty, Somehow it feels that I have stood there before….most likely through my Scottish ancestors way long ago. You pull me towards visiting across the seas with every post dear Seonaid……

    • Gaye, how lovely it would have been to share the sun star magic with you in person :-)
      It’s funny how some areas can feel so familiar, somewhere deep in our bones and our ancestral memories, long before we visit!

  6. LB says:

    Yours is the first blog that I’ve visited today… happy sigh! Beautiful photos, hypnotic words.

    • And you brought me a happy sigh with your lovely comment. There’s something so wonderful about getting feedback, hearing how a post has effected those who read it….I think that’s what’s makes blogging so special and so addictive!

  7. gwynnrogers says:

    Your stories are thoroughly enchanting. I wish I could capture my world with the same brilliant photography. I definitely missed some gorgeous areas while I visited Scotland.

    • Gwynn, what a lovely comment, thank you. I always love to hear who I’ve enchanted :-)
      As for Scotland, there are so many beautiful areas, each beautiful in their own ways…..but sometimes the best spots are just slightly if the main tourist routes….or stumbled across accidentally. I’m still finding new spots after all these years!

  8. I loved coming along on this enchanted journey, Seonaid. I can see this story as a children’s book, quite magical.

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A wonderful dream scape, I’d like to spend winter at Tir Na Nog if you could arrange that please :-)

  10. Leya says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful…soon I will be visiting…Hopefully it will not rain all the time. If it does, I will have to live on your photos and stories!

  11. How wonderful, Seonaid. Those ‘sun stars’ are just beautiful, and your narrative is enchanting, as always. :)

  12. Beautiful Photos. The color is magnificent!

    • Charles it’s so hard to capture low bouncing light, so I’m delighted you like the results…..in real life it’s some how even more breath taking….and utterly peaceful :-)

  13. Amy says:

    Your beautiful words accompany the stunning sunlight photos so perfectly well. Great post, Seonaid!

  14. Suzanne says:

    That sunlight on the water really does look like stars. What a dreamy interlude.

    • This bay is a perfectly dreamy place to while away a whole afternoon or evening. It’s so peaceful and the light and sounds bounce in wonderful and surprising ways :-)

  15. Suzanne says:

    That sunlight on the water really does look like stars. What a dreamy interlude.

  16. Stunning shots. I feel as if I am right there, feeling that warm brown sand under my feet and hearing the waves come rippling in. The light on the water is mesmerizing.

  17. What incredible shots. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  18. wildsherkin says:

    You have brighten up my day with your dazzling words and images. Too beautiful for words….yet you have managed to make them equally so.

  19. I really wanted to go to Scotland…..now I REALLY want to go to Scotland! :)

  20. colonialist says:

    The beauty never seems to fade in Scotland, either!

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