We walked slowly through the rising mist and its muted world. Colours and sounds subdued in its soft breath as it closed in around us. The world was shrinking and yet the gathering haze seemed to soothe away our thoughts. They lifted like soft mist from trees and mountains, leaving only the space of peace. The veiled horizon hid unknown worries, and here beyond the veil lay only calm stillness. We waited for we knew not what, and even the wind was breathless. There was a beauty in this uncertainty, as though the mist protected us in silence.
Yet it also hid approaching dangers, and she appeared almost before our eyes, emerging from the near edge of our vision. There was no chance to turn, or hide in busy occupation. The sudden surprise left us exposed and revealed, and she arched a knowing brow. Just in that one twinkle of her black eye we were 10 years old again, powerless and undefended. A pounding heart sent panic racing through our brain, and all calm fled to the distant corners of thought. Vision blurred and the earth spun, and when breath began moving through our shuddering body once more she was long gone. Re absorbed into the grey mist. A wraith of our past, with ever watchful eyes piercing our present.
We walked back along the line of chestnut trees, entangled in mist and ghosts past. The movement of air through our bodies, and the firm damp earth beneath our feet, pulled us steadily into the present. We grew taller and more certain with each step, and each breath, until we had walked back into ourselves, leaving the past to itself and the rising veil of mist. Sometimes it’s best to stay firmly in the here and now, holding what we do know gently in our hands. This is all we can be sure of in a world made of the unknown.
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Beautiful–you have a very good eye!
Thank you Naomi, Mother Nature helps too 🙂
You really captured the last happy fall days; the days so full of color and celebration.
Indeed Charlie, I adore the warm bright colours of this time of year 🙂 A final burst before winter grey sets in!
Got me again, Seonaid. And I love that first shot.
Hey Lynn, glad I keep getting you 🙂 I took a few versions of that first shot….some even included the dogs, but this was the one which caught what I was after 🙂
The beauty of God creation
that surrounding this earth
had given us life
I see the depth of u’re suol in colors
The bairness of the coming winter
will be a reincarnation in the coming spring
As will the soul reaches
it’s desentinatio in God
A Latin Sufix
Wonderful words 🙂
The image which leads off this post is a real beauty. You’ve done it yet again Seonaid … when will all of these wonderful ‘mind paintings’ be collected in a book? I especially liked the image which … “We grew taller and more certain with each step, and each breath, until we had walked back into ourselves,” brought to mind. Terrific. Thanks. D
Thanks David, not sure about a book…..colour photos make for an expensive print! But I love the encouraging optimism, and I’m delighted you enjoyed that particular line….a feeling of uncurling was in my head 🙂
Thanks for sharing the mystery and the mist, Seonaid. Your writing never fails to move and enthrall me, and your photos are so beautiful. 🙂
What a gorgeous comment, thank you. Moving and enthralling are wonderful compliments to a writer 🙂
Yup, when everything is good, why change. The more you want, the bigger problems you’ll get. Unnecessary change can only complicate things. Wonderfully crafted post.
Thanks Rommel 🙂
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That’s very kind of you, and I’m delighted you enjoy the blog 🙂
gorgeous…just what these months are all about
Mmmm….I love the mystery and decay of autumn
Mystery and decay… I liked that
Lovely photos – i think it’s been quite a while since I took a look here, and I’m glad I came back –
Lovely to have you drop back 🙂
What a romantic display of autumnal scenes 🙂
It’s such a romantic time of year I think Paula….and of course the mist helps 🙂
You are lucky your trees show colour. Here it is all still green or withered and brown ….
It’s been just as you say here too….until just the past week. Lots of the trees are shedding their leaves only very slowly….but these horse chestnuts, and the sycamores have turned to gold and yellow now. It’s a funny autumn this year 🙂
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I can’t tell you what is more beautiful, the images or those words!
So glad you enjoyed the combination 🙂
Dreamy and gorgeous photos.
There is something so dreamy about mist…..it’s one of my favourite weathers!
Seonaid, your words and photos are beautiful – they always are. I love following your blog, your adventures. You write poetry in stories xx
Marion, what a lovely comment, and of course ditto. I decided to throw caution to the wind and let your prompt take me where it would 🙂
Then the writing prompt was a success, whether you use six or hundred words 😀
By the way, you did write a great Six Word Story without realizing it. Check out my post 😉
That’s so me….by accident 🙂 thanks Marion
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Great perspective in your photos, Seonaid
All the best,
Thanks Hanna, of course there was the usual crawling around on my knees….the first shot left me with rather damp jeans 🙂
That I recognize, but afterwards it was worth it 🙂
I think so too Hanna 🙂
I’m sure she meant no harm, she just came to greet you.
Indeed, but she stirs up some wild emotions from the past 🙂
Beautiful unveiling of an elusive atmosphere which threatens but is insubstantiated …
Lovely Seonaid !
A perfect summary, and so glad you enjoyed the read 🙂
Stunning images and a strange haunting story as well. What a fabulous post.
Thanks Suzanne, the ghostly story poured out of the photos…..mist has that effect on me 🙂
beautiful pics 🙂
It was a beautifully mysterious day….it’s such an atmospheric weather, mist!
Beautiful, Seonaid… both the uncertainty and innate knowledge. Your photos a joy to behold!
I love to try and balance the two, and you got it perfectly. Glad you liked the photos too, the mist made me think of a shrinking area of certainty 🙂
So lovely words and great photography, Seonaid!
..Sometimes it’s best to stay firmly in the here and now, holding what we do know gently in our hands. This is all we can be sure of in a world made of the unknown… How true!
Good night from Bonn
It’s lovely to know you enjoy and agree with my thoughts Dina…..they all fell from the photos, which themselves were the product of some mysterious weather 🙂
Lovely photos, you live in such a beautiful area!
It’s wonderful to live so close to a wide variety of nature, and she puts on a wonderful ever changing show for us 🙂
I agree with that conclusion. Love those colours and the feeling of damp.
Rosa, it’s always great to meet someone else who gets the uncertain nature of life and the world 🙂 And misty damp days always make me smile!
Chilling, atmospheric and oh so lovely.
Oooooh, thank you for such a yummy comment 🙂
That’s just what I was aiming for with the post!
Well, today we have the sweet and peaceful version of paradise … Well done Seonaid … Again! 🙂
Peaceful, but a little haunted…so many versions of paradise 🙂