All around and within us each day, the dance of life continues in its eternal movement and exchange. Life itself is movement and exchange, and from the smallest atoms within our cells, to the burning fires of the sun out there in the cold blue space of the universe, there is a constant waltz. To dance is to exchange energy from one state or emotion to another, through the dancing body. The dance of fire, realeases beautiful flame maned horses, from the cold dead wood of last years trees. Energy from the heart of the sun, captured and held within the tree, until it is released again as heat and light and wild dancing flames of light. To watch a fire, is to watch the dance of energy from sun to earth to sky again. Beauty and wild passion expressed in the flickering dipping flames.
To watch the earth greening each spring, as the fresh grass and flowers push up through the dark soil into the light, is to watch the dance of earth. Seeds sleeping dormant through the dark months of winter, release their stored energy into a wild burst of colour and form, flowing in a cyclic dance, which repeats it’s pattern year after year. The earth dances her energy into wild riots of green, splashed with the rainbows colours, before withdrawing to catch her breath beneath the soil. The earths dance is balanced in its wildness, with growth and decay each claiming their steps and shapes.
To watch the light filled air, ripple through the soft leaf cloaks of trees, is to watch one of the most powerful dances of air. The energy of the light, gathered softly and silently into the heart of the tree, is powering growth, and the release of oxygen. This quiet, unassuming dance holds the power of life and death for us and all the warm soft animals of the earth. This dance fills the air all around us with the energy and power which the very cells of our bodies need to consume to stay alive. Next time you watch a pool of light or shadow drift across your path, remember the dance you are witnessing.
The beautiful surging dance of the oceans waves, can sweep clean a shoreline, and carry in fresh nutrients and materials. Wave dances are a complex mix of erosion, corrosion and deposition. They can eat away or build up a beach, and reshape the coastal edge of our land. They can travel hundreds of miles across open oceans, carrying the transformed energy of the wind, the tides and movements between tectonic plates. The moons position relative to earth, has a powerful effect on the sea and her waves, and so when we watch the swash and backwash of waves on the shore, we are witnessing the dance and movement of energy from deep within the earth and from deep within the universe. Some of these seemingly simple dances of life which we can witness all around us each day, are in fact the visible signs of the workings of the fabric of our universe. Worth pausing to watch for a little while, the energies might even effect our bodies and our moods as we sit within them noticing. Perhaps we can release some of own stuck energies into the flow and exchange of these elemental dances.
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Love that top fire shot! Also nice to see the Bass Rock. Happy Holidays!
Well spotted on the Bass Rock front Graham! And as for fire….it’s one of my favourite things to photograph…it’s mesmerising!
🙂 Yes, watching flames can be fascinating.
How close are we to the old religions? When one thinks of all life as a deeply absorbing and intricate dance of the elements, of ice and fire, all one can do is step back in awe! For me, the sun still drives in a chariot across the heavens, the wind is still the displeasure of a god. Lovely descriptions, Seonaid.
I think we are very close indeed….if we want/allow it😊 I’m with you in feeling and loving the embodied magic of the elements and forces of nature. To see and feel the sun might be pulled across the sky by horses and the moon by wolves is so much more satisfying that the pure science….although I love the science too…I just weave it into the magic💕✨😆
You are tuned in so well to the Dance of Life, Seonaid. That’s why you can see it in all of these elements. Lovely and moving. I feel spring bringing a fresh dance into life myself.
I do love that fresh Spring feeling, it gets deep into our bones at this time of year….if we’ll let it! Enjoy your renewed Spring bounce😆💕
Gorgeous shots – the willow tree is fabulous.
The shadows and diffused light worked their magic….I was supposed to walking not taking pictures…but I just couldn’t resist the green infused light😊✨
Happy Spring and lovely tale of elemental dance. I especially like “flame maned horses”.
Oh yes…who could resist a flame maned horse😆💕
Would you pull Tam Lin from a flame-maned horse? 😉
Why of course…and hold him tight😆💕
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Gorgeous post, Seonaid. After reading this I think maybe it’s all a dance, and isn’t that a wonderful thing? ❤ I just came back from a few days of watching the waves of the ocean do their dance, and feel filled with their rhythms. 🙂
It think it is…..and I love it. Keep the footwork light and life can be lots of fun✨😊✨
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Thanks for the link😊
Beautiful photos for the start of Spring
Thanks Don, let’s hope we keep getting more of that lovely sunny energy…light filled air please😊✨
Happy vernal equinox Seonaid, your writing is sublime today!
And the same to you Gilly….I think the Equinox has worked its magic on me😆💕
So many lovely words, I really need to step up my game! That tree! Oh man I could have a field day photographing that wonderful tree. And now that i’m photographing people I can see the possibilities there as well.
That tree is great….it sits waving on the river bank all summer😊
Jealous! I need to find such a tree!!
Life dances in your post 😃
Thanks Julie….I think it’s something to do with the time of year😆
Beautiful photos! 🙂
Seonaid, what a lovely reflection. Wishing you a wonderful Spring Equinox.
Many thanks, and isn’t it wonderful to find ourselves at the equinox and the balance of light already✨😆✨
It is beautiful. Stay that way yourself, my friend. xo
I’m chuckling as I read the comments your admirers left for you. The Dance of Life definitely inspired your friends as it is beautiful. I LOVE to dance to each season… the drama of the fire, the serenity of fall, the spice of life for spring, and the leaping of the waves as they crash on the rocks. Each season and geographical area adds its’ own rhythm to the spice of life. With our wild windstorms lately I envision the Gods doing the Merengue or possibly the Highland Fling! Thanks for your words of wisdom and your stunning photography.
I love your response Gwynn😊it’s filled with the energy of passion, which is just waiting to be released and transformed through you dancing✨💕✨Nature has so many different songs and dances to keep us finding new rhythms and patterns…..
Beautifully expressed. Some Inuit carvers have, just as beautifully, have also released dancing animals from the inert soapstone — the carvings are beautiful as such, but potent for the dance.
They sound beautiful….creatures released from the stillness of stone✨💕✨
That’s how the older generation expressed it: respecting the stone, gently releasing what was already within it
It’s a beautiful way to work Penny….I’ve heard wood carvers express the same feeling😊✨
Great photos and I LOVE the sidewards gallery now that I looked on my computer !
Do you mean the photo links to the right of the main blog? It shows the images most liked on the blog😆Delighted you’ve enjoyed browsing✨💕✨
Indeed. You’ve touched upon a number of important themes. Ecological, Biological, Geological, Existential, and Spiritual. This post needs to be read and then read again. I hope those who read this post will pay special attention to read between the lines … that is where, in my opinion, these themes are hiding. Nicely done. Important.
Many thanks David….and yes….all of those themes are so close to my heart💕and yours😊
Perfect. And I await your post on dances of light…feel the pressure ;-D
Oh I do…today I will make time😆…otherwise I’ll never hear the end of it✨💕✨
Hehe…we trust you!
Oh I’m behind with my promised post…maybe tomorrow!! I’ve been doing a hefty dose of spring cleaning today….a cupboard I’ve been putting off sorting out all year!!😵😆
I’m into the cleaning thing too. And refreshing the flower beds.
Dancing with the flow of life – what a lovely message to go with your prestty photos. I love the dancing willow.
That willow is a lovely tree…on the banks of the river! A great place to spend some time just watching the world😊💕
There’s a lot to this dancing caper, Seonaid! Looks like you’ve got your hands full at the minute 🙂 Tripping the light fantastic!
There is indeed Jo….and there is so much dancing going on….where to look😵😆✨…..and then everyone wants another post…just on the dance of light in air😱where will I find the time?……I might just have to go lie down under a light filled tree for a while✨😆✨
these are so beautiful, Seonaid… I’d spend hours under that tree… so reinvigorating…
It’s the perfect spot to recharge and relax😊💕
Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you 🙂
My pleasure Rachael….happy to hear you enjoyed the dance✨💕✨
Great post, Seonaid. Life is all about the dance.
It is indeed John✨😊✨
dancing words!! 😀 lovely!
Delighted you enjoyed the dance✨💕✨
Great post, Seonaid! Love the fire image, you’ve trumped me on that! 🙂
Sue I loved your flames too….they look at little more contained perhaps than these flame horses….but very lovely and full of atmosphere….I do love a spot of flame dance watching😆😜💕
Thanks, Seonaid, nothing like a flame dance 😀
I like the ‘music’ you dance to. 🙂
I like that comment Judy, you’ve got me smiling😆 Nature does have some good rhythms💕
I love all of your so apt analogies with dance. The surging dance of ocean waves is my favourite. I am a Pisces and grew up near a warm gulf, so I guess this attraction is primal to me. Lovely words and images, as always Seonaid xx
I can see that in you Kellie, but I’m guessing you like your waves as warm as possible😜 The oceans edge is a great place to pause for a while and just be✨😊✨
A lovely, inspiring post, Seonaid.
Many thanks Lemony….the always a new show on with this type of dance💕
All the elements, beautiful Seonaid.
You noticed😆 I have so many lovely images to fit with the theme….so I limited myself to one of each✨💕✨
I love to watch a fire. So mesmerising 😍
Isn’t it….on of my favourite was of relaxing on a winter evening😊💕
… what happened? … it continues … 😉 ist that BASS Rock on the last photo?
Very well spotted, I’m impressed💕It is indeed, taken from Yellowcraigs beach on a walk with the three hairy girls a couple of weeks ago😊
Beautiful post, Seonaid, we love your sentiment and fine photography. Is that
Beautiful Seonaid! “Light filled air”
And of course light filled air is what the art of photography is all about😆✨
I couldn’t agree more!
I need a post just about the dances of light…so many…and so beautiful😊💕
DO IT !!!
Agree, get on with it, Seonaid! 🙂
Lol….patience guys😆maybe tomorrow!!💕
I agree, too!!
Okay, okay!! No pressure😜