Picture This: The Wind at Cullen Bay

by Keith Savage · 6 comments


The wind lathes off the surface of the world. The sea bellows as it hammers the earth. Fine particles of sand and sea mist swirl up and grind down the craggy guardians in Cullen Bay. They lean away from the rampaging North Sea winds like pedestrians pulling up their coat collars in the weather. The clouds agitate and froth, reach down with ethereal fingers as if to lend a helping hand. This is a lonely part of the world, though a small town bustles just a mile behind me. I sit in the packed sand, the cold, powdered bodies of yesteryear’s pillars, and look over the surf.

I’m drawn to the places where natural worlds collide: beaches, mountains, river banks, and lake shores. One eats the other just as big fish eat the little ones. Watching the wind and water whittle the rocks is bearing witness to the beliefs of the ancient Celts. Everything moves through cycles of transformation. These sea stacks will be reduced to dust, which will become rock once more. It’s a comforting lesson in a subject no one’s eager to learn. I stand and brush the sand off my butt. The indentations and scuffs I’ve left on the beach will disappear, and in the morning it will glisten white and new.


Vacation ScotlandNo Gravatar March 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Very poetic Keith, and does bring a sense of atmosphere to what is, as you rightly say, an under-appreciated and alomst forgotten corner of Scotland. From Fraserburgh to Spey Bay the villages, like Pennan and Gardenstown, have a very unique cultural heritage.

David

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar March 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. This is a beautiful and under-appreciated part of Scotland.

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GrayNo Gravatar March 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I love it when you write like this, Keith. Beautiful.

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AlisonNo Gravatar March 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I really like this picture and the words accompanying it, especially this part…
“These sea stacks will be reduced to dust, which will become rock once more. It’s a comforting lesson in a subject no one’s eager to learn.”
Fab 🙂

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KenNo Gravatar March 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Love it! You’ve got a great eye. Your words really paint the picture.

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Brock - Backpack With BrockNo Gravatar March 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Awesome photo! You had a great vantage point there.

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