Weekly Photo Challenge – Forward


We drove down this track last weekend, to visit the secluded beach of Seacliff, in East Lothian. We took several wrong turnings, and got hopelessly lost several times before rounding the corner to this view. The Bass Rock gleaming in the Firth of Forth beckoned us forward. The beach was just through this arch, round the corner and down the track. This view led us forwards, knowing we were on the right track…..and you can see some views of the beach we reached on my earlier post ‘Breath of the sea’.

Things which entice and encourage us forwards are so important, they can help to motivate, focus and reassure us. Like little beacons in the dark unknown, they illuminate and show us the path. We can begin to feel certainty in the midst of uncertainty, just because of these tangible, visible markers. They confirm we are heading in the right direction, even when we feel utterly lost.

“Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.” Epictetus C5th.

He reminds us that sometimes the best way forward, especially if we are lost, is to stop trying to find what we think should be there, and to start seeing what’s actually there. Once we had spotted the Bass Rock we knew we could relax and just follow the track.

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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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50 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Forward

  1. beluga53 says:

    This is a great photo! Nice exposure and composition. It just pulls me in to the picture.

    • Thanks for the compliment…I was so pleased I got my husband to stop so I could capture it. I took lots of different exposures and this is the one which made it onto the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. ladyfi says:

    Wow – this is a stunning composition!

  9. This is beautiful! I’ve never been to Scotland…but hope to visit some day!

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  13. Wow … terrific photo. I loved it when I first saw it as a thumbnail on my reader. That’s a stunner. D

  14. Carl Milner says:

    Awesome composition…light and shade at its best

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  17. carolineskanne says:

    just lovely!

  18. Great composition and great location! It really makes you want to go there… now. The light on the rock is beckoning!

  19. SELAHbrate says:

    Worry begins when we look beyond the present. We can dream forward and walk the long road ahead.

    • Such a good point….worry is always about what might happen, not about the present and what’s actually unfolding around us. It’s great to remember this when we tumble into anxiety. Staying in the present is a powerful tool ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. wisejourney says:

    beautiful view of a world in front of us …always there but can be missed if we look too hard, rather than trusting the next step

  21. infreegarden says:

    Great picture!

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  24. what a stunning picture.

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  26. Anna Marie says:

    This photo feels like an invitation to explore…

  27. Lynne Ayers says:

    Great composition and I liked your narrative too. Good post.

    • Thanks Lynne. I has to make my husband stop the car as soon as I saw this arch framing the Bass Rock away in the distance. He was a bit reluctant as we had spent the past half hour lost and driving up dead ends. However when he saw the photo he forgave me ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Tina Schell says:

    Loved your post and the photo!

  29. Bernice says:

    What a beautiful location! And a great picture.

  30. What a great shot! Even though it seems to be winter there (from the lack of leaves), it appears to be an inviting place to wander around and discover…. coming from the winter doldrums here in Virginia, USA. P.S. Looking forward to a Scotland trip this August – my first time there.

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