Twice every day the tide rolls in and out of this bay in Plockton. It changes the landscape, and the scenery almost beyond recognition, between high and low tide. It also changes the angles at which the boats float or rest, giving us some lovely degrees of contemplation.
My favourite time is when the boats begin to come aground, as the tide slips away from under their keels. It leaves the masts pointing in some wild and dramatic directions, which in turn makes for some very artistic reflections. Combine this with some sweeping clouds and the results can be mouth watering.
You find all sorts of objects washed up and stranded on the shoreline as the water recedes. Most will be washed back into the sea as the tide rises again, but some are large and here to stay. Like some unexpected things which are washed into our lives, some of these surprise objects make accidental pleasant features. We might not have chosen the circumstances we find ourselves surrounded by, but the new angles and surprises sometimes combine to form a beautiful pattern which we would never have created deliberately.
It’s worth taking time to notice and wonder about the reflections in our lives, and the surprises which might just turn out to be beautiful. Not everything worthwhile comes by design. Sometimes the accidental is the best composition, but only if we are open enough to notice it.