Picture This: Sand in My Eye at Sand Beach

by Keith Savage · 10 comments


Face first in this stone-strewn sand somewhere under the western arm of Shetland’s mainland, my perspective shifts to that of a cockle shell as the world magnifies again and again. Seawater so cold it hardly bothers to fall on the beach shushes away just as we’re about to make a cold embrace. Weak light filters through low clouds, color-blinding everything. Where people are absent there is a silence that pulls at my guts and sends shivers skittering up my spine.

Away from Lerwick, so much of Shetland is draining of people. Hard times, lack of infrastructure, and a void of opportunities are sending the people away from the hills and into the city or off the islands completely. Here, on Sand Beach, my only companions are loner sheep and the ever-present cry of the wind. Life can continue here, but it will need to be compromised, austere, and self-sustaining. Is that even possible any longer in our world of networks, specialization, and skills lost in the passing generations?


Ville ToscanaNo Gravatar August 12, 2011 at 12:15 AM

What a place ! Really you had describe a great place.The place looks so lonely that anyone can go there for relaxation.If the place is good no one can bother about cold water.Furthermore the photograph is so real that anyone can get idea how beautiful it is without visiting in real.Thanks for your post.

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Tuscany Farmhouse RentalNo Gravatar July 9, 2011 at 5:57 AM

The place seems so lonely and along with that, the essence that you have added to explain the place is appreciable.

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Nomadic ChickNo Gravatar July 2, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Dreamy, poetic. Fecund, lushly photographed and described. Ahhhmen. šŸ™‚

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar July 2, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Jeannie šŸ™‚

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Nomadic SamuelNo Gravatar July 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Your choice of words to describe the photo add an extra dimension. I love the subtle vignetting and details within the clouds – nice composition.

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar July 2, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Good eye on the photo.

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KenNo Gravatar July 1, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Love it! You’re a poet, laddie. Wild and desolate places are wonderful in their ability to wipe our smugness away and make us realize our insignificance at a cosmic level. That’s a very healthy thing for us.

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar July 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM

If only our politicians woulds spare a few days in the wilderness maybe the world would be a better place.

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Lori - The Unframed WorldNo Gravatar July 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I love the photo and your thought provoking commentary.

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar July 2, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Thanks Lori!

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