Through the Mountains

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We travelled North, up through the mountains which make up the rugged heart of Highland Scotland. The further we travelled the smaller we felt, until we were tiny specks of life in the midst of stone hills.

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Winter was still clinging to the last mountain tips.

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Then spring burst through, and the birch trees on the lower slopes glistened with drops of green. Fresh leaves for the new season were shimmering in the sun, barely covering the branches. The landscape seemed to be breathing itself back into life. The spring greening of the glens had begun.

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Beneath an impossibly blue sky, green was returning to the land of the high mountains. We were witnessing something far bigger than our own tiny lives, and it was breathing life back into my own winter tired bones.

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Connecting to natures rhythms can reconnect us to the deep core of our selves. These huge mountain landscapes, and their raw elemental power can draw us back into our senses, and into life itself. We can see the true nature of life as we make our way through the stillness and mystery of the high mountains.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son 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! 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 run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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50 Responses to Through the Mountains

  1. Amy says:

    Stunning mountain views! It’s wonderful to connect with nature πŸ™‚

  2. adinparadise says:

    Magnificent photos and I love the way you write. πŸ™‚

  3. janineyork says:

    You are such an amazing soul. I cannot believe you are so good at photography and writing. You also have such a genuinely caring soul. I love your blog!! These photos and words together uplifted me like magic. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful country and heart with us all!!

    • janineyork says:

      Also it looks like a rainbow in the fourth shot, or is that just a reflection?

      • Janine this is such a gorgeous comment, you really made me smile. In the forth shot there is sun flare/ lens flare…..which gives that rainbow light effect πŸ™‚ I always love your comments, they are so encouraging, and I love your blog too, it’s full of quirky creativity πŸ™‚

  4. wisejourney says:

    Oh just gorgeous …the clouds are mesmerising.

  5. westerner54 says:

    You’ve said – so eloquently – just what I feel when I’m out in the mountains. Thanks.

    And those skies! Stunning.

    • It’s just the best pace in the world to be when I need to get perspective, or when I need to breathe out and let go πŸ™‚ its great to meet another mountain lover!
      I feel so lucky with the great clouds we are seeing this trip!

  6. I’ve never had the privilege of visiting Scotland, but from now on your first photo is going to be my visual when I think of it. Beautiful photo.

  7. Lisa says:

    dramatic landscape! great skies πŸ™‚

  8. Beautiful inspiring set. Writing this as we head for Lochcarron via Mull, Ardnamurchan and Skye. Hoping for similar weather!

    • Oh lucky you coming up the island route, you will get some breathtaking shots. I love Mull. We headed straight through the mountains over the ear popping Drumochter pass πŸ™‚

  9. Suzanne says:

    How astonishingly beautiful. I have been thinking I would love to visit Scotland recently. Your photos make me want to make plans immediately.

  10. ladyfi says:

    Wow – those mountain views are astounding! Nothing like nature to help us feel humble.

  11. Angie says:

    Beautiful!!! I would just love to spend my whole day watching the sky and smell the scent of nature.

  12. ginnietom says:

    *breathless* – oh, what stunning, clear shots…thats another world…^^

    • What a generous comment, I’m so glad to hear these photos leave you breathless πŸ™‚
      It really is like coming into another world as we pass through the mountains, and I love it!

      • ginnietom says:

        dear Seo…
        are these posts from live journey, or do you work from home after…
        I love all these steps following your trips…and a big compliment…your shooting is step by step a great deal better, on the way to little artworks…*flowers* πŸ˜€

      • These are from a current journey, with maybe a few days delay πŸ™‚
        I’m very happy to hear that you think my photography skills are improving. It was one of the goals I focused on for this year….but I still have a long way to go, and a lot to learn!

  13. Wow, Seonaid! These images are spectacular! Beautiful, beautiful landscapes.

  14. shazza91321 says:

    Wow, that sky looks painted, how beautiful.

    • I know, it suddenly changed colour as we moved further west. It is astonishingly blue, and the drifting clouds add a lovely dimension. On our last visit the skies were so clear that I was begging for some clouds!

  15. Beautiful, beautiful, scenery on a very beautiful day – nice combination. Remind me what equipment you’re using. So crisp … is that the lens or the processing? D

    • Thank you for your ever encouraging comments πŸ™‚ I know you have lots of stunning mountains around you too, but I never get tired of this scenery no matter how often I see it.
      The crispness is partly due to the wonderful clear air up here, and some processing πŸ™‚
      My camera body is a Canon 650d, and I was using a canon lens EFS 18-55mm. I just noticed I had the image stabiliser switched off!

  16. What an impossible forget-me-not-blue sky! I can’t wait to see Scotland this summer! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics.

  17. friendlytm says:

    Beautiful mountains and beautiful clouds!

  18. restlessjo says:

    The name of your blog is so appropriate. Fabulous shots. I was breathing right along with you. πŸ™‚

  19. Caro Woods says:

    Wow, the greens are beautiful but the clarity of the blues and greys not only in the sky but in the mountains is absolutely spell-binding. I loved the way you described feeling small in the vastness of such magnificence. I can feel the freshness of the air against my nostrils.

    • It’s funny, at the time the glittering greens made me say wow, but while processing and choosing which shots to use I also was captivated by the subtle blues and greys πŸ™‚
      Glad you enjoyed the words too, these mountains really have a strong positive effect on me.

  20. Mjollnir says:

    Beautiful pictures Seonaid. πŸ™‚

  21. The first photograph took my breath away. Its spectacular!

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