Stumped

It’s amazing what can be washed up by the sea in winter – no idea where it originated but this poor tree stump appeared to be out of its depth and was probably going to remain stranded on the shore once the tide went out 🙂

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Weathered by the Wind and Water

One of the things I love most about walking along the shoreline where the land meets the sea is the way things become so weathered and washed out by the wind and the water. They develop a toughened texture yet retain a salty smoothness to them that always draws me and my camera in 🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Inverness – the view across the Beauly Firth, Ben Wyvis, the Black Isle, and boats moored in Muirtown Basin taken this afternoon. It was chilly and grey, but at least it was dry and we were wrapped up warm, so we really enjoyed our brisk and bracing New Year’s Day walk 🙂

Sea, Sand, Sun, and a Smile

OK, so maybe it was a bit cool and sea-breezy rather than baking hot, but what a lovely afternoon yesterday for an impromptu trip to the beach at Nairn. Not the usual busy seaside town tourist spot with the white dunes and proper beach-front, but along the coast a little at the other side of town where it is much quieter, with far less sand and far more rocks.

But it was certainly warm enough for a leisurely paddle in the outgoing tide, for finding a few special rocks and shells, for feeling the cold wet sand squidge so solidly between my toes and then letting the warm dry sand powder my feet afterwards, drying them off… Altogether a perfectly natural setting for my slightly windswept smile 🙂

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More Nairn Beach

Another memory from childhood, and another thing I really love about Nairn beach is the way the sharp spiky grey-green fronds of beachgrass grow straight out of the undulating powdery white sand dunes – and the way that curtain of grass rising up ahead of you, rustling in excitement and expectation, almost hides the beach from view until you come over the top and there it is, the vast expanse of sand and sea and salty air, welcoming you to its own liminal world of constant ebb and flow 🙂

Scottish Summer Sea

Experiencing the usual combination of warming sun and chilly wind and showery rain all together clamouring for attention on the same blustery summer day can only mean that I’m definitely back in Scotland – a bracing walk along the pebble beach between Fort George and Ardersier this afternoon left me pink-cheeked, tousle-haired and smiling at the sheer magnificence of the ever-changing weather. It certainly feels good to be home again 🙂

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