Sea Rock Tales

Buttock Rock

Buttock Rock

Yesterday I was restless and yearning for light, so I headed off to the coast. The sea usually soothes me, but instead of being drawn to the waves, it was the rocks who were calling. They were full of interesting shapes and tales, of unfinished deeds. Most were still waiting for her to come back and finish the job.

Old man rockface - pebble beach - Gullane

Pebble Beach

The whole process of rock to sand was spread out in front of me. The wind, the frost and the sea between them were splitting and grinding the earths stone body. From immovable rock to dusty sand in the blink of a century or two. Within this cycle of change what a dazzling array of colours and shapes were thrown out onto the beach in a flagrant attempt to show off. And it worked, I was captivated, and the oceans song fell on deaf ears.

Green tidal pools - Gullane

Lullaby Rocks

These liquid rocks claimed they had recently spilled onto the shore, but their green blanket of growth, whispered of millennia.

Oxo Cube Rocks - Gullane

Oxo Cube Rocks

These sandstone cubes spoke of being crumbled in huge and powerful fingers, part of a new and exciting recipe she had been trying. But she had got distracted and forgotten about them, and they felt abandoned.

Seaweed Rug - Gullane

Seaweed Rug

Parts of the exposed rock beds had been waiting so long, that the sea had soothed them to sleep with lullabies, and mother nature had tucked them in under a soft green rug.

Rock Tramlines - Gullane

Rock tram-lines

A set of stone tram-lines rolled into the ocean, part of a big plan which had long been abandoned, plagued by disputes and engineering errors.

Perch with sae view - oyster catcher, Gullane

Perch with sae view

Some rocks had forgotten the plan, and had happily adapted, producing stunning and dramatic perches for seabirds. Licked by the tides cycles and with breathtaking views across the Firth, it’s no wonder they were content with their place on the earth. I sat for a while and looked across the restless waves, feeling the firm and satisfied rocks beneath me, and letting a contented stillness fill me.

Cliff Face - Wrinkles and Dogs - Gullane 2013

Cliff Face – Wrinkles and Dogs

But the dogs were not so relaxed, and they called impatiently from the weathered rugged cliff above. The exposed swirls and layers smoothly wove a tale of the unseen motion of earth hidden beneath our feet. This rock face was in no hurry and gave up only tiny fragments of sand to the insistent wind. She hoped her looks would survive the passage of time.

Holey Rock Face - Gullane 2013

Holey Rock Face

I took one last look back, hearing the voice of a holey rock. Hundreds of smooth passages led into her mysterious depths, and a chalice of seawater lay at her feet. I promised I’d come back soon to hear her story.

 March Gorse - Clifftop Gullane 2013

Spring Gorse

All along the top of the cliff path the gorse had come into bloom, filling the air with a hint of coconuts, and boldly proclaiming that Spring was here. The rocks were hidden by mother natures soil and plant blanket, but if you listen carefully you can hear the rocks whispering far below. They have stories of patience and endurance to tell those with the ears to hear.

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 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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55 Responses to Sea Rock Tales

  1. Beachbums1 says:

    Great blog and love your dogs ~ they are so fabulous looking!

    • Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ sometimes when they’ve really enjoyed themselves, and have got really down and dirty, they look such a mess that I’m almost tempted to pretend I don’t recognise them!

  2. kimtisha says:

    You are an amazing ambassador of Scotland. I am really enjoying your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. colonialist says:

    With the vivid greeen of that – kelp? – against the sandstone, it seems like an alien planet compared with our beach.

  4. Lynne Ayers says:

    I enjoy your writing – and so lucky to live within easy reach of the sea.

  5. 1annecasey says:

    Great photos. OMG – love those dogs!!!

  6. I love detail and texture so I really liked your photos. They are really engaging, they pull you in to them.

  7. wisejourney says:

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful corner of earth that you make me want to visit every time I look at your shots. Thank you

  8. P.Simon says:

    Hi, beautiful photos and again nice tales to go with them. You inspired me to further upload a number of cliff photos, this time from Cornwall, if you’re interested. Old slides digitalized, but perhaps you’ll like them:

    • Thanks so much…always happy to provide inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚
      I love the sea cliff photos you have posted on this link….what amazing craggy rock formations…Britain really is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

      • P.Simon says:

        Yes, sure it is beautiful. Thanks for your comment about my photos. I’m going to add some more about places in the North as well. Besides, I’ve been adding to another of my sites, the one about Chinese calligraphy, paintings, buildings to include my nature photos taken around China. Those are the really beautiful ones, though I have missed quite a few places. Oh well, such a huge country. But if you have time and zest, be my guest there too from the link on this photo site. Cheers and further joy in your wanderings!

  9. making me covet again…:P wish i could have tagged along.

  10. Nice light … soft … lends itself well to the scene and subject matter. Another excellent series. D

    • Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed them. The light on the Coast of East Lothian is very beautiful. The land sort of sticks out into the North Sea, and is somehow brighter because of this

  11. craftschen says:

    Good things can always cause most people resonate!

  12. ladyfi says:

    Such lovely descriptions of this beach scene. And beautiful shots! (Your dogs looks adorable too…)

    • Thank you Lady Fi, so glad you enjoyed the photos. I’m so glad I visited when I did as by the next day winter was back with her cold grey light and biting snow filled wind ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Amy says:

    The Seaweed Rug is such a beautiful shot! The first one looks like a baked bread (not the green part) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is amazing to see this rug of vivid green stretched out over the rocks. And I did think of baked bread when I first saw that golden rock, but then the buttock image took root!

  14. Julie says:

    Oh, the colours! And I love your descriptions. It’s nice to see those beautiful yellow gorse flowers in their natural habitat – here on our bush block in Australia we have funding for people to come and spray it as a weed ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Julie, that’s so funny to hear it is such a weed in Australia. My Granny used to say a weed was just a flower growing in the wrong place ๐Ÿ™‚ it must like dry soil I guess as we tend to find it along the coast?

      • Julie says:

        Well, I think that dry areas in Scotland must equate to wet areas in South Australia ๐Ÿ™‚ Here it hugs the winter creek lines. Love your Granny’s comment. We are also one of the few places where lavender grows as a weed – but what a beautiful weed to have!!

  15. Interesting and what great colours you already have! The light is fantastic too.

    • The light on this coastline is very special, and its constantly shifting and changing, so this is where I head when I’m yearning for light ๐Ÿ™‚ isn’t it amazing where we can find colour…but today the snow swirled in again cloaking us in white once more!

  16. Suzanne says:

    You do live in a very liminal place. I agree with the comment that it looks like a fairyland. Your photos transported me and affected me on some non verbal level. Thank you.

  17. Wonderful post, thank you! You are really telling a story here. Or many stories, actually. I’d better go back and read it once again…

  18. What an amazing, primeval landscape as well as a magical transitional place between ocean and land. Where in Scotland is this place?

    • This liminal transitional space between the sea and the earth is just 20 minutes from my house. It’s Gullane beach in East Lothian…..and this whole coastline is dotted with beautiful and unusual beaches. The light is special along this southern coast of the Firth of Forth, and its gets more sunshine than we do just a few miles away inland ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. To Know Beauty says:

    I am sorry, I know this is a post about magic rocks (they certainly look magic through your pictures and your words), but I cannot help continuing to feel that you live in some sort of fairytale land. One day I am going to visit this magic land. For now I will continue to experience through your eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Caro Woods says:

    Love the buttocks! Stunning coastal landscape, beautifully expressed response as usual and some images that would have fitted neatly into your green theme.

    • Yeah, but I hadn’t taken the pictures when I did the green post ๐Ÿ™‚ To be honest I have so many green themed shots….It’s my favourite colour as well as my last name! …..and Scotland is very green…might be the rain which helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. westerner54 says:

    Such beautiful soft colors – I just love reading about a place so totally different from my home, and you write beautifully. Thanks.

    • Thanks, the colours change so much depending on the time of day and year…it’s one of the things I love so much about Scotland. So glad you enjoyed your visit ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. ehkstream says:

    Lovely images and a beautiful imagination…
    Waiting upon the verdant slippery carpet for a rumbling carriage to grind up and stop.

    • Oh I love that…who will step out? And will she slip!

      • ehkstream says:

        -chuckle- …You imagine greeting an arrival, I imagine stepping aboard.
        Departees are there to make sure the arrivals disembark safely and perhaps find a seat still warm with a lingering scent of passing mystery…

      • Oh we could write a whole story from this…you travelling into the mysterious ocean…me catching slippery new arrivals ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ehkstream says:

        I’m intrigued by the similar legends of Selkies and the Inuit legend of Sedna. Entities living or having origins on land and sea, but with different perspectives.

      • Oh I know the Selkie tales well from childhood…but not Sedna….to me the ocean and its mythical creatures are symbolic of our unconscious and the underworld…or the Celtic otherworld ๐Ÿ™‚ Will go and look up Sedna ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ehkstream says:

        My connection with the Sedna tale goes back to my twenties when I first began carving fossil walrus teeth and reading a contemporary rendering (novel) of the legend. It spooked me then, and still does today, especially now that I am living on the ocean… the Sea is a powerful entity and requires a lot of respect. I’ve learned to be very humble and make my offerings regularly… and let the selkies be… ๐Ÿ™‚

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