Veiled Visions

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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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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63 Responses to Veiled Visions

  1. Beautiful–you have a very good eye!

  2. You really captured the last happy fall days; the days so full of color and celebration.

  3. Lynne Ayers says:

    Got me again, Seonaid. And I love that first shot.

  4. Anthony says:

    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

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. adinparadise says:

    Thanks for sharing the mystery and the mist, Seonaid. Your writing never fails to move and enthrall me, and your photos are so beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. rommel says:

    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.

  8. Perceptions-of-Reality says:

    I enjoyed this blog and because of this nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, click the link on my blog: (Perceptions of Reality), to find out more and accept the award.

  9. wisejourney says:

    gorgeous…just what these months are all about

  10. bluebrightly says:

    Lovely photos – i think it’s been quite a while since I took a look here, and I’m glad I came back –

  11. Paula says:

    What a romantic display of autumnal scenes ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. umashankar says:

    I can’t tell you what is more beautiful, the images or those words!

  13. ladyfi says:

    Dreamy and gorgeous photos.

  14. Seonaid, your words and photos are beautiful โ€“ they always are. I love following your blog, your adventures. You write poetry in stories xx

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  16. Hanna says:

    Great perspective in your photos, Seonaid
    All the best,

  17. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m sure she meant no harm, she just came to greet you.

  18. poppytump says:

    Beautiful unveiling of an elusive atmosphere which threatens but is insubstantiated …
    Lovely Seonaid !

  19. Suzanne says:

    Stunning images and a strange haunting story as well. What a fabulous post.

  20. beautiful pics ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. twoscamps says:

    Beautiful, Seonaid… both the uncertainty and innate knowledge. Your photos a joy to behold!

  22. Dina says:

    So lovely words and great photography, Seonaid!

    ..Sometimes itโ€™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

  23. Lovely photos, you live in such a beautiful area!

  24. Rosa de los Vientos says:

    I agree with that conclusion. Love those colours and the feeling of damp.

  25. wildsherkin says:

    Chilling, atmospheric and oh so lovely.

  26. zark66 says:

    Well, today we have the sweet and peaceful version of paradise … Well done Seonaid … Again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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