This turned out to be a great day in the mountains - up early, brisk winter temperatures and a beautiful clear view for miles. The higher we climbed, the more I could see this composition lining up, making the mountains look like the snow-capped Alps.
The Stob Coire Sgreamhach ridge line from Buachaille Etive Beag
• The naked evening light was painting over the riddles of this earth, a glimmering vision of a spectacular show too beautiful to be free, too extravagant to be real.
Bold minerals diffracting the light right before my eyes. A dream within a dream. •
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A pretty big ship is entering the harbor of Terschelling! Reminds me again of that brilliant tune by Otis Redding, Sittin on the Dock of the Bay. 🎵
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Skáthach of Alba
The third part of my little Cuillin trilogy covers a Celtic legend that I enjoy:
Scáthach (sometimes spelled Skiach) was a mythological warrior woman (who might have inspired the naming of Skye). She was such a bad-ass fighter that she set up a school where she lived, by the Cuillin mountains, to teach the art of war to heroes. It was said that no man could defeat her in combat. Such titles will often lead to challengers, and an Irish mythological man named Cú Chulainn, sometimes styled as ‘Cuhullin’ (nicknamed “The Hero of Ulster”), himself a fabled fighter, one day arrived to test her mettle, as part of a series of tasks he needed to complete to be found worthy of marrying his love Emer (that’s another story).
Legend has it that the two sparred for days and nights across the mountains, after he had defeated all her students, but in the end the deadlock couldn’t be broken. Instead the pair agreed a truce and that they would come to eachother’s aid if ever the need arose... and so Scotland’s most powerful woman and Ireland’s most powerful man agreed an alliance, for neither was better than the other. She even named the Cuillin mountains in his name.
• This post was written listening to: 🎵 The War on Drugs - In Chains. I highly recommend their music if you don’t know them 😍
• The legend of Skáthach is available from various sources, but I’ll reference “Skye: The Island and its Legends” by Otta Swire.
N.B. I’ve played with the colours here a little because I fancied a little tinker in Lightrooms, and because I’ve been running this short series all with similar colours to distinguish it on my grid ☺️
Ive spent so much time in Asia that I sometimes forget how crazy and strange and full of beautiful pictures the city streets are.
Heres a few photos from the markets of Chiang Mai.
I havent done much exploring as I'm finishing old work and starting new projects but I'll still put some effort into capturing this amazing country 😊