Summer has reluctantly released her hold, and the Caileach Bheur of winter has swept across the west coast of Scotland today. She has burnished all the grass copper and turned the sea a wild storm blue. All the old dust of the year has been swept away in her wake.
She is washing her plaid in the bright blue waters of the Minch and sending white foamed waves coursing into all the bays and inlets. It seems nothing of the summer will remain, and yet the hills and heather stand firm against her sweeping change.
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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You know how to enjoy each other – lovely post. Dramatic scenery and beautiful girls!
Fresh …breezy but full of warmth Seonaid . Lovely set of photographs . Sheer enjoyment on thier faces as well as yours this morning I’m sure !
It was beautiful and smile inducing…the colours are so rich in the soft light💕
Such dramatic and gorgeous images, Seonaid. I so enjoyed your descriptive narrative. Stay warm. 🙂
Thank you, and yes I will😊It’s time to look out the gloves I think
Beautiful, beautiful images, Seonaid! And what a pair of gorgeous, happy dogs…..
Thanks Sue, the landscape colours are gorgeous at this time of year, and I love the shifting moods and colours of the sea and sky💕
As for the dogs….it’s their natural habitat bouncing around through the heather and moss😊 All in all, a very happy day for me😃
The dogs don’t seem the least bit bothered but you and I will have to break out the Winter coat, Seonaid. 🙂 Lovely pics!
Oh yes the winter coat was on, but truthfully it wasn’t too cold…around 14 Celsius…positively balmy in these parts for the end of October😉
As for the dogs they love it…extra strong wind propelled sniffs, and full body wind stroked fur…. Like a spa treatment for dogs!✨😃✨
Oooooooooh, I looooooove these!!!! 💖💖💖
Thanks Trini✨💕✨It was a wildly happy day for us all among those glorious colours💖
That second photo is especially brilliant. Beautiful post!!!
Thank you😊 Trying to get shots of the dogs, without blur, and perfectly framed by the background can be a challenge anyway….add in wild winds whipping them into an excited leaping around frenzy and life gets even harder😆😉
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Achingly beautiful shots.
Those sights make it worth the discomfort I remember suffering on the banks of a Scottish loch – I don’t think I’ve ever felt as cold before or since.
lol….I know that feeling..numb to the bone!! However for Scotland this autumn wind is relatively warm….maybe 14 degrees celcius….not too bone chillig yet!!
Great photos. Those dogs look incredibly glad to be alive.
Oh the dogs always look happy…its great therapy when you’re having a bad day 🙂
I don’t suppose the dogs mind the wind blowing through their silvered coats?
Of course you’re right Gilly…in fact they positively delight in wind stroked fur😊💕
Oh, those leaden stormy skies. I didn’t need the fly-away dog fur to tell me it was windy. But you must explain: “Caileach Bheur”?
Oh…she’s the goddess of winter around here. She strikes the earth with her holly staff/hammer and the earth begins to freeze.