Monday morning, snowlight. Starlings on the wire.

morning light, starlings on the wire


I’m not the only one to be astonished by the mimicry of starlings.

“Chris Watson the sound recordist captures the sounds of starlings on the Island of Coll. The birds seem to emulate the sound of a two-stroke engine memorised by previous generations and passed down through history.” – listen here


boat, Keose harbour

(Sometimes the world arranges itself into a black and white photograph.)


Sunrise today 7.50am, sunset 5.29pm. 9 hours and 39 minutes of daylight, 3 hours and more longer than the shortest day.


to greet the morning


Word of the day: “numinous” – revealing the presence of the divine; giving rise to a feeling of spiritual transcendence, especially in nature or art (from Latin numen – divinity, divine power).

~ @robgmacfarlane on twitter

(Twitter has much that is wrong with it, but the word of the day from Robert Macfarlane is one of the things worth still being there for.)


The internet makes me think I should keep looking for new places to photograph, or for novel ways to capture the same. My heart asks me otherwise: to repeat and repeat, over and over, with gratitude, and love.


February day, Loch Erisort


“I’ll tell you right now, the doors to the world of the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door; if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much that you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”

~ Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs, quoted at Whiskey River here (my emphasis)

2 Replies to “Water and Sky

  1. I think my yearning to blog the old fashioned way is one of those doors. There’s something quite special about quietly communing and resonating with others through the numinous moments they choose to share. I’m glad you keep listening to your heart and sharing what calls you. I’m also very grateful for your filtering of the online world as I find so much of it overwhelming. These multi-media, living notebooks of yours are a treat and an inspiration. Every year you get more skilled, more powerul at capturing and expressing the essence and poetry of your days.

    Starlings have always fascinated but unsettled me. Sleekit birds. I’ve never liked the way they work together to gang up on other birds, especially when I hear them chattering information to each other before a swoop.

    • The internet is very overwhelming Janice, and it’s definitely something that needs to be done in small doses. I do still find ideas and connections there though, and try and persist. I guess continuing with the blog is a way of trying to contribute something that is in some small way positive and of meaning. It’s also basically a way for me to journal and keep track of my days and weeks – the only way I’ve found that I can be bothered to stick with to be honest. Are you going to follow your yearning and return to some kind of blogging yourself?

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