Happy Place – Within and Without

Happy Place Without for me is always in nature but especially by the sea.
These days I seem to be in a
Happy Place Within more of the time almost anywhere.
The peaks and troughs of life which once resembled the Andes
now barely undulate, have resulted in a deeper sense of contentment.
Some days have their moments though,
but I know that if I head to the nearest shore
I’ll feel so much better the moment the decision has been made to go
and better still as I get closer and closer to the sea.

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Grid (Take 2) – Fenced from the Sea

Not entirely convinced that my first contribution met the brief, I went out this morning, despite the dull grey day, looking to improve on it.

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

Monochromatic – Over the Sea to Skye

Over the sea via ferry boat from Mallaig to Armadale in the Isle of Skye.

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

A Rare and Beautiful Sunset

Since last November, the North West of Scotland has had the worst weather in history. Having experienced probably the longest winter on record with wall to wall grey for nine months, it was an absolutely euphoric experience to enjoy a day of warm temperatures, dry weather and a spectacular sunset.

Makes you really appreciate being alive.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Muse – Into the West

What’s my muse? What subject keeps me coming back?

How long have you got?

The topics are endless. Things grab me in the moment, but it is quite often the way the light falls on a subject. Rusty objects, broken items, quirky or weird things. I love weather, wild weather, strange cloud formations, rain storms, clouds and more clouds.

When I think about where I gravitate to, I would have to say the coast – wide open space.

I live quite close to the sea and when I travel anywhere inland my first reaction is to question where the nearest coast is. Then where the nearest high point is. I feel compelled to reach that point to see if I can see the sea!

But not just any sea. I am drawn ‘Into the West’. The light is different there. Whilst the east coasts are very beautiful, I resonate with the west coast. I love the way the light intensifies the colours in the west, the vibrant energy of the air and to watch the sun go down over the sea has a deeply satisfying feeling that just completes my day.

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

Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”

I love company, but equally I relish solitude. A space that I share with space itself.

I am most at home in nature but I always gravitate toward the sea.

Every beach has its own voice, its own song and I relish investigating a new beach or the same beach on a different day, wondering just how I am going to experience it and what I am going to hear that day.