Reflection Pool

Sunset on Braeriach reflected in a small loch

The Reflection Pool, Rothiemurchus

Braeriach glinting in the distance in the sunset light, as the surrounding Caledonian Forest is reflected in a small loch.  I particularly like the glint of golden light on the crags to the right.

Its not been a photographically inspiring month, it seems that most of the last month has been dull, grey, not much moving.  So it was tremendously rewarding when one afternoon last week the clouds cleared and I went out in the magical evening light.  I love the late evenings we get now – I was out for several hours on my bike on the Rothiemurchus trails for the sunset, and it seemed like getting a whole extra day.

Moonrise above Cairngorm
The moon rises above Cairngorm

The quality of light was incredible, golden, glowing, magical, energising, as I biked to places I’ve noted before as being likely to provide rewarding photo-opportunities.

Sunset on Braeriach from Glen Einich
Sunset on Braeriach from the Glen Einich Trail

The mountains turned deep pink for a few glorious minutes, and then the sun was gone.  I returned down the track, stopping off at the reflection pool once again, this time catching the moon and the deep pink sunset afterglow on Braeriach’s snowcap.

Moon and mountains reflected in a loch
Moon and sunset afterglow, reflected in a lochan

… and back home through the darkening forest in the still evening air, punctuated by owl hoots.

This week: we don’t need to know everything that’s going on… its OK to have uncertainty and chaos.

“The beginning of wisdom, I believe, is our ability to accept an inherent messiness in our explanation of what’s going on. Nowhere is it written that human minds should be able to give a full accounting of creation in all dimensions and on all levels. Ludwig Wittgenstein had the idea that philosophy should be what he called “true enough.” I think that’s a great idea. True enough is as true as can be gotten. The imagination is chaos. New forms are fetched out of it. The creative act is to let down the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended and then to attempt to bring out of it ideas.”

– Rupert Sheldrake

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  1. Stunning images as always Neil. And as always, matched with equally stunning and powerful words. Thank you. 🙂

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