Solstice morning

Midsummer solstice landscape, Kincardine Hills and River Spey, Strathspey.

I was up today before 4am, to climb Craigellachie hill behind Aviemore, to catch the solstice sunrise.  The sun was already high by the time I took this at 5am.

After the last two weeks of miserable cold wet weather (and fresh snow on the hills last week) it was lovely to have such magical light catching early morning mist patches.


The work starts

As soon as you open your eyes in the



Hopefully you got

Some good rest last night.


Why go into the city or the fields

Without first kissing

The Friend


Who always stands at your door?

It takes only a second.


Habits are human nature –

Why not create some that will mint



Your arms are violin bows

Always moving.


I have become very concious upon

Whom we all play.


Thus my eyes have filled with warm

Soft oceans of divine music


Where jeweled dolphins dance

Then leap into this


– Hafiz , ‘The Subject Tonight is Love’  translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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