Mananan’s Cloak

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.

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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45 Responses to Mananan’s Cloak

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  2. says:

    These are beautiful! I have never heard of Firth of Forthโ€ฆalthough Genesis sang a song that sounded like this nameโ€ฆhmmmm. Cheers !

  3. Robin says:

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so gorgeous!

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful post Seonaid – I much prefer the myth to the facts ๐Ÿ™‚ and your photos illustrate it wonderfully

  6. pommepal says:

    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… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. LB says:

    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

  8. Leya says:

    Breathtaking – and still warm and soothing despite the chilly mist. Now I can go to sleep.

  9. Nice … indeed. Writing from Bivio, Switzerland this morning. D

  10. restlessjo says:

    Can’t fail to be impressed with a sea god who can produce effects like that, Seonaid! Or the photographer who captures them ๐Ÿ™‚ Absolutely stunning!

  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Perhaps he met Mami Wata ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. And what a glorious light it is too!

  13. Fabulous images Seonaid!

  14. Your photos and words are so magical, Seonaid. You even manged to instil some warmth into that “freezing mist.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. risinghawk says:

    Lovely, as always ๐Ÿ™‚ Peace . . .

  16. 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!

  17. Amy says:

    …powers of invisibility and forgetfulness, beautifully put! I love these two photos, Seonaid!

  18. Perhaps he still rules?

  19. ladyfi says:

    Golden words and shots! Just gorgeous.

  20. Ese' s Voice says:

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ese' s Voice says:

        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… ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Rachael Charmley says:

    Really powerful photos and narrative. Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. You do have a way with words and your camera lens and for that your readers applaud. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Very nice. (And something for everyone.)

  24. Sue Vincent says:

    Thank you, Seonaid. I always know i can come here and find that breath of green air.

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