Frozen Loch Vaa, Strathspey, january

Deep Freeze, Loch Vaa

Icy sunset, Loch Vaa

Sunset rays sparkle across the frozen surface, and catch the far shore of frozen Loch Vaa.  It had been below freezing for many days, with all the local lochs starting to freeze hard.  I arrived at the Loch towards sunset, just as the sun managed to break through what had been another overcast day.

Loch Vaa boathouse in ice, winter, Loch Vaa, strathspeyLoch Vaa boathouse – my favourite corrugated roof anywhere!

Within minutes dramatic clouds were sweeping in and the sun was gone,  leaving a brief orange glow across the ice.

I love the sound of skimming a pebble across the ice, the burbling resonances.  Sometimes even the wind can resonate the surface, giving a low vibrating moan and strange sounds all across the ice as though its alive (it is).  The entire surface is like a giant resonating drum, linking us back to the idea that the entire visible physical universe – ordinary matter – is ‘frozen music’ :

“…the laws of physics, carefully constructed after thousands of years of experimentation, are nothing but the laws of harmony one can write down for strings and membranes. The laws of chemistry are the melodies that one can play on these strings. the universe is a symphony of strings. And the ‘Mind of God,’ which Einstein wrote eloquently about, is cosmic music resonating throughout hyperspace.”
– Michio Kaku (physicist) in  ‘Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos’

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