Mananans soft storm
Clouds, mist and ocean swirl in
Neither here nor there
Edges blurred and gone
Timeless cloak folds formlessly
Hide and reveal light
For all my fact lovers, these shots were captured from the shore in front of Culross, on the Firth of Forth last week. The whole estuary was shrouded in freezing mist, rolling down from the centre of Scotland, and then it parted letting the low winter afternoon sun offer some spectacular effects. Cold but very pretty.
And for my myth lovers, Mananan was the sea god who ruled these waters, and those around the Western Isles and the Isle of Man. The mist was said to be his cloak, with the powers of invisibility and forgetfulness.
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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These are beautiful! I have never heard of Firth of Forth…although Genesis sang a song that sounded like this name…hmmmm. Cheers !
Your words and images are so beautiful. I think I’ve run out of ways to say that. I love both the myths and the facts. 🙂
Thank you Robin, but I cant imagine you ever really running out of words….after all we can always recycle 🙂
Wow – so gorgeous!
Beautiful post Seonaid – I much prefer the myth to the facts 🙂 and your photos illustrate it wonderfully
You live in a land of mystical beauty and I love the information you give with the pictures. Beware the cloak of Mananan Seonaid I would like to see some more of these images before you forget where you put them… 🙂
I love that I can be a fact lover AND a myth lover, and both parts of me are perfectly at home when visiting your blog
Breathtaking – and still warm and soothing despite the chilly mist. Now I can go to sleep.
Nice … indeed. Writing from Bivio, Switzerland this morning. D
Can’t fail to be impressed with a sea god who can produce effects like that, Seonaid! Or the photographer who captures them 🙂 Absolutely stunning!
Perhaps he met Mami Wata 🙂
highly probable in those watery realms 😉
And what a glorious light it is too!
Glorious, surprising and very intriguing…..hard to know where water ended and mist began!
It can create some fabulous illusions 🙂
Fabulous images Seonaid!
Many thanks…nature has some very cool lighting tricks up her sleeve!
Your photos and words are so magical, Seonaid. You even manged to instil some warmth into that “freezing mist.” 🙂
Well warmth was something which was definately lacking that day! Magical is a lovely descriptor, many thanks 🙂
Lovely, as always 🙂 Peace . . .
Thank you as always 🙂
We have “sea smoke” billowing over Lake Superior today — the double-digit below zero temps have deterred me from taking a break from work to head out with my camera! I really should just suck it up and get out there and embrace the beauty, frigid cold and all!
Well Kat that sounds properly cold! It was a mere -2 celcius on this afternoon…I’m not sure if I would have braved it that cold, even for great photos 🙂
…powers of invisibility and forgetfulness, beautifully put! I love these two photos, Seonaid!
Thanks Amy, I have a few more from this walk to share…if I find the time before the mists of forgetfulness catch me!
Perhaps he still rules?
Indeed, who could say for sure 😉
Golden words and shots! Just gorgeous.
Thanks Fi, and what beautiful shots you posted today of your frozen lake….winter it seems is settling in!
Gorgeous, Seonaid, and doesn’ t feel freeezing at all!
I think I am a little bit of all – fact lover, myth lover and definitely lover of your photos and the even more depth you add to them with words. 🙂
Thanks Ese, its good to hear that you like all of these elements of my posts. Sometimes I feel I should be more focused, so comments like yours help me relax and just post what comes to my mind 🙂
You can definitely relax because your posts are a pleasure not only for eyes but also for soul and mind. I think it is a perfect combination, isn’t it… 🙂
Really powerful photos and narrative. Love it 🙂
Thanks Rachael, I have a few more from this same walk and will do something with them soon before they disappear into the mists of my forgetfulness….which happens quite a bit!
Join the club… 😦
You do have a way with words and your camera lens and for that your readers applaud. 🙂
Thank you Judy, its lovely to feel appreciated 🙂
Very nice. (And something for everyone.)
Thanks Bruce, I do try to please 🙂
Thank you, Seonaid. I always know i can come here and find that breath of green air.
Well its quite pinky/orange today Sue….but fresh indeed 🙂
It is still a far cry from the Monday madness here. 🙂