The Tree-Island, Loch Vaa
It was a bright afternoon when I went to Loch Vaa – until I got there by which time the afternoon sun had disappeared behind a big cloud bank. However, it was completely calm, and the muted colours and reflections were well worth the trip.
Loch Vaa has no inflow or outflow – its level depends on a complex relationship with underlying gravel beds (apparently) – and seems to bear no easy relationship with the weather. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the level so high though – maybe due to snow melt coming off the hills.
The pine tree stands on an island – mainly composed of its roots, but usually it stands just clear of the water. Now mostly submerged, but zooming in reveals a contemplative inhabitant…
And, a Goldeneye male constantly cruising at a seemingly set safe distance from shore – I don’t have the lens for wildlife!
I love the colour and detail in this – the branches become intensely purple as spring approaches.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
– Joseph Campbell (Reflections on the Art of Living)