Waking Dreams

It was one of those rare moments in life where nothing feels real, and yet in the same instant life burns hot and sharp through veins and eyes. The utter beauty and haunting stillness of the shimmering light caught my breath, and I held it as long as I could, for fear of dispelling the mirage in ripples towards the horizon. A feeling crept into my soul that blinking, or looking away for even a second, would cause the whole silvery scene to vanish, as though it had never been. As though it might slide back through the portal to fairyland, sweeping all it’s impossible enchantment away, leaving only the cold dark sea, and a lingering sense of disbelief. What creature, what goddess of nature could have dreamed and woven such a scene? The question has been been haunting me ever since, and the answer has been stalking the edges of my dreams.

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 tomorrow...like 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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56 Responses to Waking Dreams

  1. this picture is simply breathtaking!!! God is wonderful!

  2. ladyfi says:

    How dazzling and lovely!

  3. Stunning. I could look at that all day. May just do that if I can get away with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. John Coleman says:

    Absolutely dazzling! The word that comes to mind as I receive the photograph is “hope.” Peace and best, John

    • Peace, but mixed with a hefty dose of breathkess awe was exactly how I felt standing watching this…..then a bit of a scramble to try to capture it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Reblogged this on going of things and commented:
    love this.

  6. LightWriters says:

    Reblogged this on l i g h t w r i t e r s.

  7. dadirri7 says:

    quite incredible, you captured it so well in words and image ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. LB says:

    Lovely words and image. Such a nice way to start my morning!

  9. Mike Howe says:

    Absolutely beautiful Seonaid ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Rachael Charmley says:

    No words will do. Must have been one of those moments Abraham Maslow described when you know it can’t any better!

  11. simonfalk28 says:

    That is one of the finest scenes I have seen in a while. Captivating!

  12. Fabulous – where is it? From Applecross?

    • Thanks, right place at the right moment ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s taken on a beach at Plockton…..round the back beside the airstrip……so just a little closer to those wonderful Skye mountains than when in Applecross.

  13. Suzanne says:

    How truly divine.

  14. I think Sarah summed up this scene the best – ‘transcendent’.

  15. Cnawan Fahey says:


  16. Gaia always surprises and delights (when she doesn’t terrify us). Your picture reminds me of the Zen koan: If a tree falls in the forest and noone is there to hear it, is there a sound? If YOU had not been there to appreciate the scene, would it still have been utterly beautiful?
    You have the extraordinary gift of recognizing beauty and depth as it unfolds in front of you. Thanks for capturing it and sharing it with us.

    • What a gorgeous comment, you have put into words something I can only hope and dream is true ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel so moved by the beauty of life that I can’t resist trying to capture and share it, so it’s wonderful to hear your joy at these creations!

  17. Leya says:

    This is a moment never to be forgotten – its magic is everlasting now even if it was only for a short moment…real.

    • Isn’t it lovely when we catch natures fleeting beauty, but this visit to the beach was one to be remembered even if the camera had been been left at home. I really didn’t want to leave….

  18. Lucid Gypsy says:

    This must be created by Mami Wata at her most benign.

  19. It’s a magical picture of a magical place. Sometimes, I think we catch glimpses of what is behind the veil of another dimension…..just for seconds before it gels into reality.

    • Oh, I love the way you put that….and I agree completely. Impossible beauty weaves it’s way into our world in wonderful ways every day ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the time we don’t notice, but every now and then we catch it !

  20. Amy says:

    So Beautiful! I love the “nothing feels real” moment ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Amazing photo and the text is spot on! Interestingly, I’ve for a while now had this strange sense of “nothing feels real, and yet in the same instant life burns hot and sharp through veins and eyes.” not in front of such a scenery, in general. Very peculiar… it makes me smile and wondering; (a lot) is there any difference between what is real and what is a dream? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sometimes the line dividing dreams and reality is very blurred indeed…..and of course the collective unconscious leaks all sorts of wonderful things through ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a creative space when we find ourselves in between….

      • You have a way with words! Yes, yes and yes ๐Ÿ™‚
        Ah, the space in between a place I in fact cherish much, a fascinating place to live; full of wonders and surprises. Isn’t it where all stories and the mystery live after all?

  22. katieprior says:

    Beautiful image, like molten silver. ๐Ÿ™‚

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