Roslin Waters

Black waters of forgetfulness
Whipped to cream in rocky pools
Echoing with ancient tales of the grail.
Shrouded in coats of moss
Water carved rocks rest eternally
Under the hushed gaze of a seer.
Past reflections offering answers
From the stone bowls and cups
Of the deep shadowy river.



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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39 Responses to Roslin Waters

  1. joshiphotoeye says:


  2. Beautiful as always! I have been missing you on my reader, so I tried to find out why. I found you are on a journey – happy travelling and welcome back!

  3. I’d like to sit down on a rock and contemplate the meaning of life. Lovely photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. restlessjo says:

    The green is as vivid as any I’ve ever seen, Seonaid. I’m sure you’ll have no trouble with a post for Capture the Colour 2013.

  5. You have inspired me – must send for an ND filter. They are all great but particularly like that low-down middle shot – not sure I can get down that far and still get up again ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I guess it’s not something I will use everyday, but for this water effect it’s great. I had very muddy knees by the time I finished, and getting up was hard because the rocks were very slippery…..I probably looked very funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. ladyfi says:

    Love that silky motion effect on the water – such beautiful shots!

  7. This inspiration is exactly what I needed today. The line about being whipped into cream matches these beautiful photographs so wonderfully. Thank you for always bringing a moment of peace and serenity into my day!

  8. Amy says:

    Beautifully said! Very nice effect of the water flow.

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    ‘Black waters of forgetfullness’ to wash away the pain, a simply stunning post Seonaid.

  10. frizztext says:

    I like your INTRO metaphor “Black waters of forgetfulness…”

    • Thanks Frizz, the water looked so dark on the day I shot these, that the phrase kept swimming around my head. The healing touch of forgetfulness can be a blessed relief, and of course the chapel on the hill above these waters is where the grail is said to rest ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Splendid images and words, Seonaid. It looks like you have a fun new tool for your camera! The light in the second shot is spectacular.

    • Thank you, I am so inspired by your photography, so it’s wonderful to hear you enjoy mine too ๐Ÿ™‚ I am beyond excited about my new tool (toy), and although I didn’t need to use it for the second shot I thought I would see what it did. I really love what the filter does to the light, and the way it seems to pull detail in.
      In fact I was so excited about using the filter that all my basic skills went out the window and I kept forgetting to even focus the shot….lots of out of focus shots when I downloaded them, but luckily these ones were good ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. napperscompanion says:

    The first and last photos really knock me out. Thanks, John

  13. bejamin4 says:

    Great from beginning to end.

  14. I live in between the mountains and Puget Sound that connects to the ocean. We have a lot of gorgeous streams and rivers like the ones in your amazing photos…You did such an exceptional job of capturing something that is both tangible and something that is as difficult to explain as a feeling.

    • Charlie, it sounds as though you live in a beautiful part of the world, which must look quite like Midlothian here in Scotland. This gorge is on the north branch of the River Esk, which has gouged a deep and dramatic channel into the red sandstone for miles as it flows towards the Firth of Forth. The whole river is liberally scattered with castles, as this deep barrier made for good defences.

  15. The pic in the middle is my favorite. Love the hollow in the rock filled with water and reflection and still so much background visible to give it context.

    • That was the photo which left me wet and muddy, but its just such a great dramatic composition I didn’t care ๐Ÿ™‚ There is something captivating about the crisp still water caught in the middle of the flowing river….

  16. โ™กeM says:

    Wow-za! Your words and images are beautiful! Allowing the water to flow as you captured it on film carried me away as I read your prose. Thank you, Seonaid.

  17. twoscamps says:

    These photos make me long for greener climes! It’s not easy capturing flowing waters…you did so beautifully. Your prose was lovely as well.

    • The flowing water was caught using a new ND filter. This was its first outing, and it gave some lovely results. I have a strange attraction to moss covered rocks, I find them very evocative.

  18. Beautiful, as always. Two questions … (1) did you get wet?, and (2) did you get the ND filter early!? D

    • Thanks David ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes I got wet and I also got rather muddy knees as I crawled around in my usual manner looking for good angles!
      The ND filter arrived on time yesterday for my birthday, and I got so excited using it to take these shots. It gives a beautiful quality to the light, and pulls up detail from under the water, which I hadn’t realised it would do. I’m a very happy girl ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh and I went with a Hoya filter….very nice quality.

      • Great! It has already opened creative doors for you. I anticipate great things to come! Also … photography can be a dirty business … but somehow the wet pants and dirty knees are of little concern when you’ve got your eye stuck to the viewfinder trying to get just the right shot! D

  19. I love images like this with the motion of the water, they are very beautiful.

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