Tree island, Loch Vaa, Strathspey, Scotland

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…

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And, a Goldeneye male constantly cruising at a seemingly set safe distance from shore – I don’t have the lens for wildlife!

Goldeneye Duck, Loch Vaa, Strathspey, Scotland, March
Goldeneye Duck (I think!)
Flood tree reflections, Loch Vaa, Strathspey, Scotland, March
Loch Vaa Reflections

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)

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