The Goddess of Winter Mist

Winter was doing her best to cloak the growing light of the sun. She threw a shroud of freezing mist across the sky, to try to gather away all of the light and the warmth, and she almost succeeded. The sun however was determined, and she shone with all of her might, through the cold winter sky of the mountains. Layers of landscape were whispered, almost forgotten, across winters breath. The golden disc of the small winter sun gleamed white hot in her heart, against the cruel cold grip of the Cailleach Bheur.


Black bare branches rattled like the antlers of the hill. The sun rested a little among the arms of the trees, after all her efforts. She was beginning to weaken and sinking slowly back towards the dark curve of the earth. The power was fading from her fast, and winters cold fingers were closing in, drawing the day to an end.


In one last gasp, the sun drew a line of gold across the face of the loch. She smouldered down into mist and water, as they became one with the light. Day was over, and winter held us all again in her cold frozen spell of night. The Cailleach Bheur it seems is not ready to relinquish her crown just yet.
These images were taken on my iPhone, deep in the heart of the Scottish Highlands around 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon. 

The Cailleach Bheur is the goddess of Scotlands winter, and of the earth and stones of her mountains.

See another post about the Cailleach Bheur here.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. 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 run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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64 Responses to The Goddess of Winter Mist

  1. Alexandra says:

    this is magical, Seonaid… ♥

  2. Amy says:

    Glad you are back, Seonaid! Beautiful captures with iPhone! 🙂

  3. Gorgeous. I feel every word

  4. LB says:

    Such loveliness here, Seonaid. That first image took my breath

  5. restlessjo says:

    Missed you, Seonaid. 🙂 Nobody tells it quite like you.

  6. Something so peaceful and quiet about this post and the humble light in the photographs, I feel the rejuvenating rest in winters mystical mist and cloak. Beautiful tranquility.

  7. Sue Vincent says:

    Magical light, Seonaid 🙂

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  9. I gasped when you said 3.30 .. What a magic post, and such glorious words and pictures .. The sun sliding towards the water is lovely ..thank you 😃

    • Yes Julie, thankfully the sun is stretching out her time to shine each day now, but there are some lovely sights to see in these short winter days! The sun over that loch was breathtaking….I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing….our natural magic 🙂

  10. ladyfi says:

    Such golden beauty.

  11. Amy says:

    What a beautiful post! Hard to believe it’s from iPhone. 🙂 I live all of these captures!

  12. Jane Lurie says:

    Fabulous and serene winter images. I love bare branches. Beautifully captured.

  13. Rachael says:

    So lovely. These photos remind me how close magic comes to the surface of our consciousness in winter…

  14. dairiel says:

    Ah Seonaid! that last image especially is very beautiful, especially because it’s so ephemeral. Thank you. x

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    So still and peaceful, I’d like to be there!

  16. beeseeker says:

    From the title to the final full stop not a spare word: wonderful imagery and images. Thanks for posting.

  17. Splendid winter mist ! (because the photos are splendid 🙂 )

  18. This post is brilliant, pleasantly done….The photographs and the writing – you have caught the enchantment of winter…

  19. Maverick ~ says:

    This post is golden, nicely done.

  20. Suzanne says:

    It looks utterly mystical.

  21. Colline says:

    These photos are beautiful.

  22. This is exquisite! The photos and the prose – you have captured the magic of winter.

  23. Beautifully written.
    Where have you’ve been? It’s great to see you around with wonderful sentiments about winter mist.
    it’s magical!

    • That’s the perfect response to the post!! Magical was the feeling up there in the cold mist.
      I’ve been very busy moving my whole life north into the Scottish Highlands….new job, new place to live….just a few transitions which have been eating up my time. Have been missing WP though, so its good to be back among old friends 🙂

  24. John Northcutt Young says:

    Lovely

  25. gwynnrogers says:

    Your winter’s shroud seems to keep the earth in mourning with those of us here in the U.S. due to our election. As Emily said, our Pacific Northwest looks similar to your misty and frozen land. Your pictures still depict the beauty of the earth. Thanks!

    • The Pacific North West seems to have much in common with Scotland, both the people and the landscape. I have been avoiding the news this weekend in an attempt to pretend that nothing has changed….but I fear my strategy has not worked….he is still there.

      • gwynnrogers says:

        I imagine after Trump’s games regarding his golf course, there in Scotland, that Trump is as unpopular there as here. Yes, I hope when I wake up each morning, my nightmare will be gone. I KEEP trying!

  26. Leya says:

    A golden story with golden photos…lovely.

  27. Sue says:

    Great images, and I loved the story of the Cailleach Bheur

  28. briarcroft says:

    Incredible feeling in these photos — I see winter mist like this in my native Pacific Northwest, so this feels very much like home to me. Blessings to you, Emily

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