Cool Serenity

All night a wild storm had pulled and pushed the world, lifting tiles off the roof and snapping branches from the trees. The storm had a loud cold voice, and the windows had rattled in their frames as the snow fell and the harsh ice took hold. By the morning a hush had fallen along with the branches and tiles, and I walked out into the woods looking for serenity.

There among the fallen limbs and cracked ice I found a pure white peace. Nothing stirred but the memory of the storm, and the sun glittered and twinkled on the frozen water as though there had been nothing to worry about ever. A sparkling serenity filled everything and I breathed out.

Sometimes after a storm, among the debris, a cool serenity sparkles, inviting us to let go. To sweep away the old and nourish what’s left. Out among the trees I found the first snowdrops of the year, bathed in soft low light, filling me with hope for the Spring to come.


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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69 Responses to Cool Serenity

  1. Sue says:

    Hope all is well with you, Seonaid…and that your absence is because you are super-busy at work. Look after yourself.

  2. poppytump says:

    I keep dropping in and out as the Spring time passes Seonaid …
    Hoping all is well x

    • How lovely to find your message when I returned to my very neglected site Poppy…the demands of work have kept me away from wordpress…but I’m once again free and ready to start playing and reading once again….now I jus have rather a lot of catch up reading to do!!

      • poppytump says:

        Your message has brightened up a very grey Summer morning here Seonaid !
        It’s good to hear you’ve regained some time for yourself once more .
        Let the camera roll …and your words flow x

  3. tree girl says:

    Cooee !
    This is what we call out when someone is missing in the wilderness.
    I hope that all is well with you.

  4. Like restlessjo, I too am wondering how you are Seonaid. Your last post was dated more than two months ago. I too have not been posting much of late but my excuse has been bad weather and not much time for taking pictures. I hope your absence simply reflects a busy life and no more. Looking forward to your return. D

    • Im emerging back out of the world of too much work and not enough play ๐Ÿ™‚ So lovely to find your kind messages David…. hope the summer finds you and Johanne well….?

  5. restlessjo says:

    You know when you’re sliding through your Reader looking for someone and you suddenly think- I haven’t seen… Well, I just did that and I’m hoping that all’s well in your world? Hopefully you’re just busy, Seonaid. Take care! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh, the pleasure of discovering snow drops after such a storm! Softness and sweetness following the roughness and bluster of winter’s last (?) stand.

  7. ladyfi says:

    Hope all is well!

    • Hi Fi….I hope to catch up with your beautiful lake and dog world very soon…work has released her over demanding grip on me…so I have space to play once again ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to catch up with everyones images ……

  8. Leya says:

    Fresh and crisp – and snowdrops, the loveliest hope of Spring. Beautiful.

    • One of my favourite flowers, filled with the promise of spring ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks so much for the beautiful card and warm words Leya….many appolagies for my silence….work has released me and I am free to play again ๐Ÿ™‚ Whe do you visit Edinburgh…I must get the dates in my calender for dog walking ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Leya says:

        Oh, my sweetest friend, I’m so happy! We’ll be there Sunday 9 only, as my husband made a mistake when booking…So we are there for the tattoo Saturday (arriving Friday night) and then we go back to Sweden Monday 10.

        Hopefully we can go for a walk and speak. Do you know how I have missed you? Are the dogs still happy? If there is time maybe we could go see the great horses lit up? Or maybe you have already been there.

        The warmest and greenest hug to you and yours – and do you know, I have at least a year off now! If I can manage with less money – I am free!

  9. Snowdrops already?! Wow!! So beautiful!

  10. Beautiful images! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. gwynnrogers says:

    I love the aftermath of a seasonal storm. It seems to make the world seem so pure and bright again. Life’s storms also have a tendency to clean away the debris and give us a brighter vision of the world too. I love the calming effect. I also love your wise words and your vivid photography. It truly is beautiful as it shows the sparkle of your world. Thank you!

  12. poppytump says:

    Crisp and bright images shine from the screen …gorgeous and how lovely to see those little snowdrops Seonaid .. they always delight ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. LB says:

    As always, your photos are beautiful … your words, evocative

  14. icelandpenny says:

    You lyrically describe & your photos show the magic of that perfect stillness. As if the universe is holding its breath. (Another topic: first snowdrops? Oh I envy you — we are months away from that still!)

  15. beeseeker says:

    Always enjoy the balance I find in your writing; that phrase “loud cold voice” rings with me now, sitting here, while snow falls outside.

  16. Those beautiful flowers were Mother Nature’s gift to you for the beautiful words and photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Your fine image of the snowdrops prompted me to see if our few examples are showing under the crab apple tree – and they are! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. suej says:

    Oh, I like your words, Seonaid. And the images too…

  19. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The morning after a snow storm has a very peculiar silence doesn’t it? Beautiful Seonaid.

  20. ladyfi says:

    Sorry about the roof… but the calm after the storm really is beautiful!

    • The calm aftermath is such a treat, as though everything in nature has breathed out….as for the tiles its fine, a few come off after every strong wind, but they are easily nailed back in. Its an old slate roof, and has been sheltering our house for over a century and a half ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. risinghawk says:

    Exquisite! Another delightful adventure through your lens and words ๐Ÿ™‚ Peace . . .

    • Such generous comment, thank you. It was my first good adventure on my own ( plus dogs of course!) since the holidays, and so it felt extra special. I couldn’t quite catch the magical sparkle of light on the snowy ice no matter what I did though….but great fun trying!

  22. Gorgeous . . . fabulous light and bokeh. Love! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. westerner54 says:

    Cool serenity…what a lovely phrase. And then snowdrops on top of that! Beautiful. These are images I’m going to store away and bring out when I’m feeling hot and bothered and not serene at all.

  24. Oh my gosh! What a surprise! FLOWERS! How wonderful! This can’t be ‘it’ for your winter …. can it? Wow!

    • No this will certainly not be it, but snowdrops are always the first flower….and they appear despite hard frozen ground, snow drifts and short days….such clever and delicate signs of hope!

  25. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos for the serenity! Love the crisp clear day after snow. Well said about hope, Seonaid!

  26. Michael says:

    I loved your description of the storm’s aftermath, “as though there had been nothing to worry about ever.” I am always struck after a storm by the brilliance of Nature’s recovery. Forgiveness is instantaneous. All is understood, and in understanding, forgotten entirely. Rebuilding is a joy. Fresh sun on the ice is a transcendent beauty. The scattered ice and limbs are the purest form of art…


  27. Thanks for this. I also love a good storm and love to feel the energy in the air, and like you wrote, to sense the serenity after the storm. There is so many good things that God gives us in nature.

  28. Seonaid, isnโ€™t it amazing how we always find hope after a storm? Glad you and yours are okay.

  29. Dina says:

    Like a fresh breath of crisp air, just what we need in the Rhine Valley at the moment, far too hot for winter …

  30. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful – there is nothing quite like the calm serenity of nature after a huge storm. It’s like the landscape has been cleansed of pent up negativity and detritus.

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