Green Hues: Galashiels

The emerald forest glimmered with pools of golden light, and long shadows were pulled far across the earth. Even the air was infused with green light, and with each breath a deep sense of peace flowed. The forest itself sighed with perfect contentment, and birdsong drifted through the spaces between leaves.

Ivy tenderly climbed around the trees, moving towards the light. Her green leaves will remain, cloaking the bare winter branches in the months to come. But for now her glossy leaves shared the forest with summers fluttering dress.

Green tunnels lure us onwards, deeper into the heart of the woods, through dappled shade and whispering leaves. We barely notice the hushed hints of autumns arrival along the enchanted path.

Then, without warning the trees end, and a drystone wall draws a line between the green of the trees and the green of the rolling hills. Sheep scattered like flowers among the velvet green blades of the grass, cast their own long shadows. Emerald hills flow in waves towards the horizon, miles in the distance.

Behind us shadows dance in the glow of the fading sun, and shapes begin to form in the gathering darkness.

Ahead of us the soft green hills roll onwards into the future, hiding the earths magic beneath their velvet slopes. The season turns under the hooves of the sheep and their lengthening shadows, as it has for thousands of years. The eternal earth and her summer greens have woven another perfect tale of emerald delight on the slopes of Gala Hill, deep in the Scottish Borders.

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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36 Responses to Green Hues: Galashiels

  1. Rosa de los Vientos says:

    I am so happy you share all those beautiful places with us.

  2. You always write beautiful post. Have a nice day!

  3. Paula says:

    Green tunnels are the best kind of tunnels ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to see your emerald delight in person some day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. How’s this for awesome? Without your words, I would have known the description, because of your photos. Without your photos, I’d have an incredible vision because of your words.

  5. aqgreenfairy says:

    Ah…. wonderful photos! Thank you.

  6. You knew I’d respond, with delight, to this Seonaid. Totally love the images of grazing sheep … and well timed too. We put ours out in breeding groups this afternoon and that’s a job which always make me wonder why in the world we raise the dumb things! Your images reminded me why. Thanks. Beautiful as always. D

    • I’m delighted my post came at such a good time for you David. Your day sounds like lots of hard work, and I’m guessing that not all the sheep were co-operating ๐Ÿ™‚ these ones look so content on the soft green hills….and with views to die for!

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What an enchanting walk, the view when you arrive at the dry stone wall is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s such a lovely spot Gilly, and just to the left are the three peaks of the Eildon Hills….beautiful and infused with tales of fairy magic. Thomas the Rhymer was abducted to fairyland very close to this spot ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. These are wonderful pictures to your poetry. Green is also my favourite colour, and will always be. Your way of showing it to us is so beautiful and I can feel it inside when reading your post. Green is the colour of life to me.

  9. Hanna says:

    Hi Seonaid. It’s a wonderful poetry about the Scottish Ents and the beautiful Ivy Clothing ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Mike Howe says:

    Beautiful Seonaid, thank you

  11. This a beautiful post, Seonaid, I really enjoyed the pictures of the sunlight through the trees. We sometimes career through Galashiels, stopping off to buy this and that in its somewhat tangled streets or scattered industrial areas – I didn’t realise there was such lovely scenery not so far away.

    • My mother-in-law lives on Barr Road on the side of the hill, and the Southern Upland Way passes her gate, sweeping on up Gala Hill and into these beautiful woods. It’s a great dog walk, and has wonderful views to the Eildon Hills Cara, definitely worth a visit if you’re in town ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. restlessjo says:

    Love your contented forest, Seonaid. You do it justice with both the photos and the imagery. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. ladyfi says:

    An enchanted post! And it still looks quite summery.

    • These shots were taken about 6 weeks ago Fi, so summer was still flaunting her lush greens. Everything here is changing daily, with a new palette of yellows and browns spreading through the trees….I do love Autumn…..but my hue had to be green….it’s even my surname ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. says:

    Oh you captured the magic time!

  15. Stephanie says:

    I couldn’t wait to see your greens!

    • Thanks Stephanie, I had to dig back a little, as autumn is currently sweeping green from the trees….but I had forgotten these photos, as I took them just before going away… happily they have now been aired and shared ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Stephanie says:

        Now that I’ve finally figured out how to label my photos, I wanted to mention that my favorite sky shot is from on top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, where the kids and I climbed on a windy spring day and saw the best of greens and blues.

  16. You capture the best greens ever Seonaid, I love reading your posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Amy says:

    Green hue is beautifully and poetically said. Greens are gorgeous via your lens, Seonaid!

    • Amy, what a lovely comment, and I do love the earths greens. However I’m loving the autumn colours sweeping through the trees right now. I think the change is part of the beauty…..and so green fades for this year, but will return fresh and bright in Spring ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. adinparadise says:

    Your words paint such a wonderful picture, Seonaid, and the beautiful photos are an additional delight to the eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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