I thought you might like to see this video that I took just before Christmas.
We almost didn’t go out for a walk that day as it was so grey and gloomy, but it turned out to be so beautiful up on the hills. The mist fell in the most unusual way, hiding in the valleys and climbing up towards us. We saw several people along the way that had stopped to stare, it felt like some kind of fairytale.
Just then we heard the thundering of hooves, and in what seemed like a bit of a dream, the horses ran by, one by one, into and out of the mist.
We had to stand and stop for a short while, feeling like we’d been somehow imagined it.
Things have been so surreal all around us this past year, this was surreal in far better ways!
“Memories of Forests and Growing Small” is a (very) short tune I wrote in a similar spirit that I often start with when taking photographs; to focus, steady myself and try to capture something of the moment just as it is at that time. I hope it brings you the peace of the forest!
This shift from August to September is one of my favourite times, especially out on the hills..the purple and green of heather, the yellow (and scent!!) of the gorse, the light spikes and smear of grasses, and the changing skies. And there’s something about knowing that these places have gone through all this since they began, and you’re only catching a part of it.
I’ve been studying for a diploma in horticulture over the past year and it’s made me feel somehow even more connected to the things growing all around us. I remember that I am surrounded by and a part of the whole of things, from the tiniest ant to the largest tree.
I wonder if looking through a lens or writing about these things will feel different, in the same way that knowing about a person helps a portrait?
I was just making up a new gallery page and found a few images I’d forgotten about. We’re in the midst of a cold, rainy, gale grey January and it’s easy to forget that grey has shades and hues, many of which I love.
Colour against the right kind of grey can be wonderful too – it can really make them sing!
I hope these bring come colour and comfort into your day!
We’ve had a bit of extra summer here this past week or so, clear days with a low warm sun..all the plants seem a little confused – a primrose in my garden actually thought it was spring and bloomed a few days ago!
I wanted to try and catch some lightness into these, as light as I could get without fading or forcing them out..