Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond

Plockton telephone bow 2010

Craggs beyond the telephone

Malham Cove, Yorkshire 2009

Limestone Pavement, Yorkshire

This weeks photo challenge ‘beyond’ asks us to look beyond the obvious focus. It’s amazing how much we can miss when our attention is caught on the nearest thing to us. Often the most interesting things lie just beyond our focus. It’s a great exercise in mindfulness to look for the less obvious, to try to notice the more subtle layers around us. There is so much out there around us that we never even notice.
The photo with the red telephone box makes me smile for lots of reasons. It’s in Plockton, in the Scottish Highlands, where I spent most of my childhood holidays, as my Granny owned all of the hotels in the village. However in my teens this was my point of contact with friends and boyfriends back in Edinburgh. There were no mobile phones, and any calls made from the phones in any of the hotels would have been over heard….so the call box was my private line back to Edinburgh. I was totally oblivious to the beautiful scenery behind me. The houses just beyond the callbox are on Rhu, and they are on the tip of land from where the flag and gun marking the start and finish line of the local sailing regatta are set. Way up on top of the crags you can just about make out the television mast. I can still remember the excitement when the colour TV mast went up, bringing the wonders of full spectrum vision to everyone beyond the rocky barrier of the crags.
The other photo is taken at Malham Cove in Yorkshire, and the shapes and contours of the limestone pavement are so arresting that I didn’t really notice the amazing view of the valley far below. The source of the river which flows away into the distance below, emerges from the foot of the cliff which I’m standing on to take this picture. Looking back now the view is amazing, but I missed it at the time ๐Ÿ™‚

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. 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! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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41 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond

  1. restlessjo says:

    Two super shots in such different situations, Seonaid. I love the “beyondness” in the first one, while the second one reminds me vividly of feeling pretty unhappy up on the top of Malham Cove, despite the grandeur of the scenery.

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  3. pix & kardz says:

    i enjoyed both moments. thanks for sharing.

  4. nuvofelt says:

    Long time since I’ve been to Plockton. Beautiful setting.

  5. Jo Bryant says:

    that first image is just stunning with the red phone box…wow

  6. mattmanu says:

    Great! love those shots!

  7. Madhu says:

    Marvelous shots both ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. R. says:

    Such beautiful places!

  9. Northern Narratives says:

    I love both photos. What a beautiful place.

  10. Pooja says:

    LOVEDDDDDDDDd the second one…..its a Piece or Art…..

  11. Stephanie says:

    Isn’t it wonderful the way we can keep discovering “new” views even in our own photographs? I find that especially true in Rorshachs of nature–though I love the man-made telephone booth as well.

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  13. Red, pow! And green valley below, you have to see it. Nicely done.

  14. Colline says:

    Love the first photo. Unusual for me as I normally see pictures of the red telephone box in a city. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Perfect for the challenge! Interesting text as well. I recognize the youth and its magical obliviousness…

  16. Zen says:

    It’s like the payphone is in the middle of nowhere.. however, that’s when we see the background..

  17. Emma Baylis says:

    Absolutely beautiful photo – thank you for allowing my mind to wonder back to summer holidays spent in the highlands! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. janineyork says:

    Amazing how photos allow us to look beyond. These are gorgeous. I really loved the beyond in both, as well as the focal points.

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