Shoreline Textures

An unbelievable array of textures greeted me at the shoreline. The wind had whipped the sky clean of all but a few whispy clouds, only their memories lingered. In the distance new clouds were already mysteriously bubbling into existence, seemingly from the land itself. The sea was pulled into white tipped lines, rippling back towards the horizon. Meanwhile the sand had been recently licked smooth by the receding tide, and higher back it had been churned by a hundred excited feet. Even the sea grass was windswept and tousled, looking as though a good brush through might restore order. What a delight for the senses.
Texture adds detail and depth which can pull us into experience with our eyes and hearts wide open. Once there it can hold our attention for hours as we drink it all in, and release all our whirling thoughts into the windswept coast.


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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44 Responses to Shoreline Textures

  1. bmgphoto says:

    Wow, the photos here and in your golden gloaming post are amazing.

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Wow Seonaid, that second shot is a stunner! Looks to be a beautiful place!

  3. ladyfi says:

    What wonderfully textured skies!

  4. Paintings they are…in words and photography. Can’t get enough of them…

  5. The images are stunning and yet so simple.

  6. Gaye Abbott says:

    These pictures and the words that went with them brought a nostalgia and a yearning to my senses. Born just a hop over a seawall from the beach and the ocean in Southern California I found such joy in the smells, textures, sounds and visual delights there. Riding the crest of a wave with complete joy or sitting on the beach by a bonfire as the sun disappeared and painted a myriad of colors in the sky to delight. I miss it….and your post brought it back. Thank you…

    • My pleasure Gaye, and they sound like utterly delightful memories. I always leave the beach feeling like a child again, somehow I can relax and let go of almost all my adult conditioning. Thats what I call great therapy!

  7. Beautiful images … and you are right, texture is what comes across most. Thanks for providing however brief an escape from the heat here. D

    • Thanks David. It was a welcome two degrees cooler at the shore, on what for us was a very hot 29 degrees C, but it was the breeze which was so refreshing and welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. twoscamps says:

    Seonaid, Your prose and the accompanying photos are sublime!

  9. Hanna says:

    Soon I have to visit the sea…
    All the best to you,

  10. Beautiful images and words (I keep repeating myself :-)…) Is this on Scotland’s East Coast?

    • I’ll forgive the welcome repetition of such lovely feedback ๐Ÿ™‚
      The shots are taken on Yellowcraigs beach, in East Lothian. I love the soft golden sand and the remote feeling, despite being only 20 minutes from my home.

  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I could sit for hours in thta marram grass, there is so much to see, I love the different textures, even the clouds look like they would each have a different feel. Have you HD’d the second one?

    • It really is a breathtaking place to spend some time. The marram grass covers line after line of sand dunes stretching back inland, and they create hollow pockets which feel so remote even from the sea.
      I processed both photos adding structure, to highlight the textures I was so captivated by, and I shot the second photo in HD mode on my camera….the wonders of modern technology. Such fun to play ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. wisejourney says:

    wonderful atmospheric uplifting feast for the senses

  13. bdh63 says:

    Gorgeous, so much to draw and keep the attention. Must have been even more amazing in person with everything in motion. I love the sea.

    • Oh I love the sea too….ever shifting in its moods and colours. I always leave the seaside feeling about 8 years old again, its somehow so rejuvenating, and the photos are me back to those feelings.

  14. Amy says:

    Beautiful words, magic moment! Thank you, Seonaid!

  15. So beautiful! I would love to just sit there all day, breathing in the sea breeze ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s certainly a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon. The cooling sea breeze is perfect….and pollen free….and the view is mesmerising. I’ll sit beside you if you don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Colonialist says:

    These are wonderful examples of what one might, if viewing a painting, regard as bold and dramatic but not very realistic!

  17. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    you live in wonderland ๐Ÿ™‚ brilliant capture

  18. We were at Tyninghame at the weekend and the only texture was on the beach and fringe of woodland – not a cloud in the sky! I couldn’t believe I was in Scotland ;D Super images and text, my lovely x

  19. adinparadise says:

    Such magical words and photos, Seonaid.

  20. The sky looks like it was almost painted. Beautiful. MM

    • I couldn’t resist those sky textures….so mesmerising. I had an art teacher who used to tell us that the skies around Edinburgh were wonderful for painters because they are constantly changing….never the same twice ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Beautiful – all looks very promising for the Open ๐Ÿ™‚

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