These photos were taken in a Scottish peat bog, deep in the Scottish Highlands, and I was captivated by the clarity and depth of reflection in the dark peaty water. The sky seemed to fill the pool with mesmerising reflections and it made me think about the Celtic otherworld, a spiritual place which they believed lay beneath the everyday world we see and inhabit. The pools of water in peat bogs were seen as sacred gateways to the otherworld, and offerings and sacrifices are believed to have been placed here to harness otherworldy and mystical powers.
When the sun disappeared behind a cloud the reflections became even more mysterious, and I love the way its dazzling light is diffused through the cloud and then reflected on the water….it becomes almost moon like, and the blue daytime sky darkens, giving a mystical feel to the pool. It was a deeply relaxing and spiritually uplifting experience, and I stayed for hours, despite the midges.
I had come here to try to get some photos of the giant blue dragonflies which breed here, and if you look closely you will see dragonflies in two of the three photos. I find them fascinating and otherworldly in themselves, with their glittering iridescent bodies, and their transformational life-cycle, changing from water grub to beautiful high fliers! All very mystical and mysterious.
I’ve posted this to take part in where’s my backpacks’ weekly travel photo challenge: mystical. Click the link to see more photos on this theme, and join in if you want.
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