Loch an Eilein Ice

Loch an Eilein Ice

Loch an Eilein, Cairngorms National Park

Winter really has not happened this year, this is an image from last March on a day of morning ice and stunning clarity of light.  I’m pleased with how it came out, from the stones under the ice in the foreground, to the snowy Cairngorms behind.  I love the transition from winter to early spring as the light strengthens, and the quality of light on these bright sparkly mornings.

This week – one of my favourite poems ever, by Brian Patten. Think Big!

 

You Can’t Be That

I told them:
When I grow up
I’m not going to be a scientist
Or someone who reads the news on TV.
No, a million birds will fly through me.
I’M GOING TO BE A TREE!

They said,
You can’t be that. No, you can’t be that.

I told them:
When I grow up
I’m not going to be an airline pilot,
A dancer, a lawyer or an MC.
No, huge whales will swim in me.
I’M GOING TO BE AN OCEAN!

They said,
You can’t be that. No, you can’t be that.

I told them:
I’m not going to be a DJ,
A computer programmer, a musician or beautician.
No, streams will flow through me,
  I’ll be the home of eagles;
I’ll be full of nooks, crannies, valleys and fountains.
I’M GOING TO BE A RANGE OF MOUNTAINS!

They said,
You can’t be that. No, you can’t be that.

I asked them:
Just what do you think I am?
Just a child, they said,
And children always become
At least one of the things
We want them to be.

They do not understand me.
I’ll be a stable if I want, smelling of fresh hay,
I’ll be a lost glade in which unicorns still play.
They do not realize I can fulfil any ambition.
They do not realize among them
Walks a magician.

– Brian Patten

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