Fleeting clouds

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Every moment in life is fleeting. Before we have even noticed time has shuffled us along to the next moment, the next experience. Sometimes it’s good to pause and notice the wonder unfolding around us. I took this photo just as the sunlight began to fade into the soft light of the gloaming twilight. The clouds had swept themselves into wonderful and impossible lines in the darkening blue sky. They drew me away from the earthbound golden petals of the buttercups, and up into the fleeting light of dusk over the croft.

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This photo was taken just moments earlier, and the light hadn’t quite begun to fade from the sky. Maisie was enjoying the light and the soft grass beneath her paws, but it was fleeting.

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And this was taken maybe five minutes earlier, in full but softening sunlight. Any moment now the buttercups will begin to fold their petals in for the night, and Willow will run away across the meadow towards the house, looking for her evening meal. The clouds will begin to to stand out from the darkening sky, and dusk will begin to fall. Fleeting moments caught on the edge of fleeting light, as we head towards the shortest night of the year.
Here, high on the Scottish West Coast, the fleeting light of dusk falls around eleven o’clock. It’s a beautiful soft light which never quite fades in the northern sky, rising again around four. Yet in just three months the length of night and day will be equal. To me this speaks of the constant change which is life, and in which we live our lives. From one moment to the next nothing really remains the same. Every moment is unique and precious, and if we chose we can savour its fleeting flavour, and its unique patterns.

You can see lots more takes on the theme of ‘fleeting’ at the weekly photo challenge

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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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59 Responses to Fleeting clouds

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  3. it’s my favourite thing about living in the north – the looooooong summer days, and all the shifting kinds of light.

  4. kz says:

    those clouds are magnificent.. and everything in the photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful shots Seonaid – love the first but the addition of your baby in the second makes it a tough choice!!!

  6. These are very beautiful moments that you have shared with us – thank you!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  7. 67paintings says:

    Great post. Life is ever changing, the west coast looks amazing, and Masie, well she (and her companion) captures the unique spirit of the great highland air.

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  9. ladyfi says:

    What magical and gorgeous shots! I can never stay awake until eleven or even later now that the evenings are so light.

    • I find it really hard to head to bed when its still light outside, especially on glorious sunny evenings. Somehow I seem to need a little less sleep in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. As in others’ comments, the fleeting nature of life here on this plane, comes to mind… in the pics but also in your written interpretation. Thanks again, for a beautiful post.

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  14. Paula says:

    There are so many things I love in these pictures, the meadow, the beautifully photographed clouds and my favourite dog breed :). Well done Seonaid ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Really gorgeous, and an excellent choice for this theme.

  16. Beautiful shots. I enjoyed seeing the changing light in each. I so enjoy those moments when I can slow down and take in such wonderful and subtle changes.

  17. frizztext says:

    thank you Seonaid,
    you made me smile again with:
    +
    “Maisie was enjoying
    grass beneath her paws”

    • They always just seem so happy bounding through the soft grass, and their paws had been all the way up two very rough stone mountain tracks the day before. my feet hurt and I was in walking boots, so I was imagining the cool grass felt great on their slightly tender paw pads ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. mrscarmichael says:

    love the clouds and the dogs.

  20. Caro Woods says:

    Some of the best moments are the fleeting ones because you know they will never be recaptured. Another visual triumph Seonaid!

    • Too kind Caro. It’s so lovely to hear when an image which stirred me enough to try to capture its beauty delights someone else. And triumph is such a strong compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Great interpretation, skies and dogs (where is/how is Molly?). I feel I should know the name for this type of cloud formation – I am now resolved to find out about these and others ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for the compliment, and Molly is doing just fine. She was in the meadow, but out of shot, crouching in the grass and flowers waiting to pounce! Let me know if you find out what these clouds are called…..wavy lines is what springs to mind but that is not nearly Latin enough for a cloud formation name!

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  24. umashankar says:

    Wow! I’ll just say, Life is beautiful provided you are there!

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  26. Sunshine says:

    very beautiful fleeting clouds (and cute dogs) collection. โ™ฅ

  27. Angie says:

    Beautiful photographs! The dogs are lovely subjects also. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Wonderful post and pictures—the cloud shot is amazing.

  29. Forest So Green says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Annie

  30. Momma E. says:

    This one resonated for me today, not only for the beauty of the setting and photos but for the message. My dad passes away six years ago yesterday. Time is fleeting, and moments we can spend doing what we love with those we love; are precious indeed. And, Those puppies just kill me with their adorableness!!

    • The loss of someone we love definitely brings an acute awareness of the passing fleeting nature of life. I hoe you savoured some cherished times with your dad before he passed. And I’m delighted that my post came at just the right moment.
      I can only agree with you about the dogs….they are too lovely for words ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Momma E. says:

        I did. He was so much fun! My puppies are pretty awesome too. I have a chocolate lab and a black border collie mix. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Aw, your dogs sound adorable. Maisie has a thing about dark labs….she gets all girlie and frisky around them. She’s 11 and usually takes life at a leisurely pace, so it’s very funny to watch ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Momma E. says:

        Sophie is 7, and epileptic. Her meds make her a bit of a doofus. Shes so goofy and adorable. Chewbacca, (Chewy) is a cuddler. That’s him with me on my “About” page. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Amy says:

    The cloud fleeting image is stunning! Maisie is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Agreed, I was having similar thoughts about the fleeting nature of life today. It seems so easy to be trapped by our past to live so precariously in the future. My goal is to live more in the moment and create a distance for both the past and future so they donโ€™t rob the joy of the here and the now. Thank you for your gorgeous photos that are such a strong metaphor for all of this.

    • That’s a great goal Charlie, we live so little in the present moment that we often miss many wonderful and inspiring things. To live mindfully is to waken up into the present and all its wonder. What a great aim in life ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. smilecalm says:

    wonderful to have been present and ready to capture a fleeting moment of beauty!

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