Years End

As the year draws her last few breaths, the watery light of the sun leaks across the sky. With barely enough strength to lift his face above the green hills, he appears but briefly, before sinking back into his dark bed. His daughters, the sunbeams, pay such a short visit that they barely impart any warmth to the waiting earth. The cold night folds back over the hills and claims the season as her own.

Yet the hope of growing light lingers in our hearts, trusting the turning earth to roll the sun back into our lives, with all his light and warmth. This hope will fuel us through the cold months of winter yet to come. Even as the earth grows colder to our touch, the suns promise will grow in strength, as the eternal year flows on.

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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32 Responses to Years End

  1. Paula says:

    A treat for eyes and “ears” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What fabulous pictures of the winter sky, Seonaid. Magical – and chill. Happy Christmas. Keep warm.

  3. You write so well … always to restful … so soothing. If it were not for the stress brought on by Holiday visitors I’d quote another BP reading for you but I’m afraid, under the circumstances, you wouldn’t be pleased. But just think how off-the-charts the reading would be if not for the calming influence of your work. As always … D

  4. For you, in Scotland, it must be even more difficult to deal with the absence of light. I read a story recently about a town in Northern Norway where there is NO sun for weeks, and the days are merely a twilight zone. That would be my personal purgatory …

    • It’s definitely not that bad here in Scotland. The days length shrinks and grows across the year just enough for me to enjoy. I couldn’t cope with days on end of no light at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Suzanne says:

    The drama of the photos is echoed in your poetic writing.

    • Thanks Suzanne, it was a beautiful sight as we headed down through the soft hills of the Scottish Borders on a Christmas shopping trip. Have a wonderful Christmas, and don’t get too hot!! Xx

  6. beautifully poetic ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. LB says:

    The photos are lovely, but I love the glimpse into the winter personalities of the sun, sunbeams, earth, and night. Happy Solstice!

  8. twoscamps says:

    Seonaid, the earth turns, days grow longer and a long winter looms on the horizon! ;^) This, too, shall pass… another season, another year. Wishing you the best for 2014. Incredible captures of a stormy sky!

  9. Beautiful shots and may 2014 be a great one for you.

  10. Hanna says:

    Dear Seonaid. These are great shots. There is not much left of the sun now at winter solstice but lets celebrate ‘the turn of light’ ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best,

    • Indeed Hanna, the light turning is wonderful, and thanks for following and commenting over the year. It’s been lovely getting to know you over the year. Have a lovely holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hanna says:

        Hope you have a lovely holiday too, Seonaid. Scotland is not just Scotland any more but the place where Seonaid lives.
        All the best to you,

  11. 2geeks3knots says:

    Happy New Year, Seonaid!

  12. Such beautiful skies in these photos and I appreciate your words of hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. What a sky! Perfect for the winter solstice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. restlessjo says:

    That second shot of the sky is awesome, Seonaid!
    It is what it is- no sense to rant and rave, is there? Just be thankful for all that we have ๐Ÿ™‚
    Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Jo, it was beautiful late afternoon light, so I couldn’t resist hanging about for some dramatic shots!
      I can bear the dark months because I know they will pass, and there is something wonderful about darkness coming early….I don’t feel I should be out doing things ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. colonialist says:

    A gloomy sight – but instalments are going to be on the increase from here on!

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