Photo 101 Day One: Home & Getting Oriented

I am very much at home in nature but I am equally as at home in here, within me, as I am out there.

For a number of years I lived out of boxes and bags carted around in my car, staying with family, friends and occasionally my own house. Back then my car was more my home.

But wherever I have decided to stay that day, I have felt I am at home. If I am visiting a friend for a few days and I refer to going home, it means I am experiencing where I am staying as home. This perspective has caused some interesting reactions over the years. I quickly realised everyone saw it differently. Some friends looked almost panicky when they thought I had chosen to move in with them!

On the Way – Loch Lomond Lady

This image was captured on a long journey south from the Highlands of Scotland down to England. It was a long day as there were so many excellent moments for stopping and taking yet another photograph.

But this one I have cherished ever since. Whilst driving alongside Loch Lomond, the sun going down, I saw her, lying down in the water, the moon behind her, or, are they the edges of wings? She had a golden shawl adorned with a bow and still to this day I do not know if she is looking at me or looking away.

It was truly a magical moment.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

Waiting

I could ramble about this for hours, so here’s an image to sum it up.

To date, it has been a year of waiting, wondering when change will happen.

I am waiting to move on to pastures new but the currents are at a lull and have been for quite a while.

Where I am is ok, just bobbing up and down on the gentle currents.

But I am longing for the movement of a high tide that will take me on my next adventure.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “State of Your Year.”

Enveloped – Somewhere in the Mist

This mystical Scottish Highland mountainside was stunted by the bubbling cauldron of mist. Somewhere, enveloped deep below the veil, the shoreline met the sea…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Enveloped.”

Grass Ripples

This whole bleak hillside on the west coast of Scotland is adorned with swathes of grass ripples.

Flattened by the intensity of the winter gales, they are so dehydrated by the harsh weather conditions that when the sun appears they absorb so much light they become illuminated with a rich golden colour.

And … they just beg to be touched.

INTRICATE – Ancient Harbour Wall- Portsoy, Scotland

I simply love the complex and intricate design of this ancient harbour pier. In its days of construction (c 1600s) it must have been no mean feat to provide an effective breakwater and quay; one that could stand the test of time and the rigours of the harsh North Sea waves driven landward by severe gales in excess of storm force 9 that throughout the winter months would be a regular occurrence.

With such a need for functionality it amazes me how beautifully artistic it is. The illusion of smoothness of its form begs to be touched. The deep yellow of the lichens adding to the effect and giving the impression that the sun may be shining.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”