I don’t stop experimenting with my photography but in this case the experimentation was after the deed had been done, in the editing suite. I love conker shells, and had to use these as a design for surface pattern at my site on Society 6. There’s some smoke and mirrors going on!
Beyond hyperbole,’ The Lost Words’ is a book that demands attention. It is a classic in it’s infancy – an about to be great. A spell book that weaves it’s magic with immediacy , like shivelight and shadowtackle – Gerard Manley Hopkin’s term not mine, it reminds me of those feelings when I am immersed in nature. Fleeting moments of lightness, beingness, the commonplace miracle.
“We must look a long time before we can see….’ Thoreau told us, exhorting the value of feeling ‘the marrow of nature. As a close observer he wanted to bridge the apparent gap between science and art, valuing the poetic in the endeavours of the scientific classification of plants and animals prevalent in his age. “Facts fall from the poetic observer as ripe seeds.”
This is genuinely a gift of a book from a joint venture between wordsmith Robert MacFarlane and the stunning illustrations by Jackie Morris. To share this book with anyone is to share in the joy of being alive
If you are near you may want to try this – The Lost Words Exhibition at Compton Verney
Alternatively , to get more of a close look at this joint endeavour and to find out about the author and artist , this link is a fabulous introduction, I hope it inspires you to find the book out. Penguin books Q and A
I love trees, they shape my thoughts and feelings and connect me to the wonder of a living universe. So when we came across this bizarre scene in Glengarry , West Highlands, Scotland, we took a double take. It had a very eerie atmosphere, creating a possible backdrop for a Dr Who episode. Should I let them know?
Prompt: Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, unusual
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This could be seen as cliche, but that won’t stop me! Sharing a view of Scotland in all its glory. You get to see this sort of view everywhere you turn when you explore the lochs and the highlands of Scotland.
You can find lots of Scotland on my blog – but that’s not all there is – I hope you browse a few selections and enjoy my meanderings. Always pleased to meet you!
Solace; You give deep solace.
I sink into this place,
dig into pillows, fresh, green
and clean purity of space.
Hills, stately as galleons
offer refuge, all burden
is gone, the eye free
to stare, and stare,
unhindered, all care
by invisible, magic air.
as surely as streams
that silver through
and energy ,
the lifeforces within
Form and beauty
are rocks inheritance,
shared freely and
without counting a cost.
poetry and images my own – please ask permission before using.
‘Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.’
We came across the beauty and magic of Glen Affric last year, and it was am experience I will never forget. I know I will return because it will pull me back – I haven’t spent enough time in the company of the flora and fauna there.
When I came across this project, http://treesforlife.org.uk/work/woodland-projects/ I was delighted – it is an inspired and inspirational effort that deserves our attention , and our care! I hope you go over to the YouTube link as it is breathtaking.