Picture This: Sky Aflame in Moray

by Keith Savage · 4 comments

Early May in northern Scotland is a tryst of light and dark. Their progeny, a spectrum of warm colors, flit among the cloud bellies, through my lonely windows. I kicked back from the table and burst out the front door of my private lodge south of Forres to capture this sight, burned now into my mind as it was on the sky that night. A small pond that, earlier in the day, had been decorated with ducklings now reflected back this mystic sky fire. From where I stood it was symmetry, a harmony beyond our frail attempts to mimic.

Was it the threat of impending change? A fireball shrieking from the heavens? Maybe it was a flare, the natural equivalent of a white flag writ in a panoply of colors. Or just elemental beauty. How common these sights must be, but how rare for us to truly see them. I can’t help myself from escalating up and thinking bigger than is appropriate for my small mind. But I remember leaning over the rail and seeing my own reflection in that water, too.

DaveNo Gravatar March 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Yep, you got “How common these sights must be, but how rare for us to truly see them.” that right. I saw a brilliant sunset like that while on the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. No doubt it was a common occurrence, but rarely in this hustle bustle world do we have the time to sit, and watch, and wait, for those fleeting moments that produce such brilliant, picturesque scenes.

Keith SavageNo Gravatar March 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Hustle and bustle is right. It’s depressing to think of the sacrifices we’ve made, perhaps unknowingly, as we’ve embraced these modern times.

Jeff TiteliusNo Gravatar June 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Magnificent!!! Funny, Forres is a sister city to my town of Mount Dora, Florida. Each summer, students from Mount Dora are hosted by a Forres family and in exchange, a Mount Dora family hosts Forres students. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the exchange students in 2009. What an incredible opportunity for high school students. If you’re interested, here is the Sister City website http://www.mountdorasistercities.com/Welcome.html .

KenNo Gravatar June 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Beautiful! The fire is reflected faintly from the tops of the trees on the far side of the pond, too.

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