Clouds on Fire

Clouds on Fire

Clouds catching the sunset, Glen Einich

I love this time of year,  as winter gives way to signs of spring, the days rapidly lengthen, and the evenings are long enough to get out for a quick spin on the bike before dark. In this case, a quick spin up the Glen Einich track to the treeline, and back down again through the darkening forest, accompanied by surprisingly loud and close-by woodpeckers drumming.

I was hoping for a sunset shining onto the mountains – that was not to be as they clouded over into a rain/snow-storm, but on turning round the setting sun lit up these clouds from behind for a few short minutes, turning them to fire. I like the line of trees silhouetted on the ridge.

Glen Einich sunset cloudscapeRothiemurchus sunset cloudscape (click to view larger size)

Happy Birthday!

Inspirational Image is 10 years old.  Here’s the first post:
http://www.inspirationalimage.co.uk/2007/02/24/winter-leaf/

How light interplays with the land, bringing certain features to life, drawing your attention to shapes and features, reading the patterns of energy flowing in the land, these are all parts of my photographic and spiritual endeavour.  My understanding of light has developed enormously – and my ability with the camera has improved too.  Some of my readers have been with me for the entire time, so I hope I’m doing something right in communicating the essence of my feeling for the land.

I’ll return to a couple of quotes from way back which express this:

“I’m exchanging molecules every 30 days with the natural world and in a spiritual sense I know I am a part of it and take my photographs from that emotional feeling within me, rather than from an emotional distance as a spectator. ”
– Galen Rowell, American landscape and wilderness photographer

and

“Relating to the sacred brings us to the deepest sense of ourselves, to what is sacred in us… that which recognises the sacred is the sacred inside.”
– Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Tibetan Bon master,  “Healing with Form, Energy and Light”

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