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River Tweed and Moon

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I was talking to Doron about walking, in the darkness, into a massive pile of leaves on the Lees estate last year, just near where I took this photograph; and how strange a feeling that was, being deeper than waist deep in a substance I could not see, and for a moment or two could not recognise. I thought I would put this image on my blog, as a recognition that the light is darkening, the days are shortening, but it is still possible to wander round with a camera making a fool of oneself in the near-dark. I don’t suppose the person who originally swept up the leaves into this great pile would have been best pleased at the mess I must have caused  – however, I hope he/she ascribed the mess to wild animals and not a straying human eejit.

October 19, 2013 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. I love the soft twilight at this time of year, and the evenings have been so warm. I love the idea of wading into an unseen pile of leaves….in fact the idea has me smiling 🙂

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    Comment by greenmackenzie | October 19, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks, Seonaid. I watch the waning of the light with mixed feelings. I liked the long days of summer, but there is something about autumn, especially in the Borders, that is poignant and attractive… the days close in so quick now, just as in January the light seems to come back day by day quite rapidly. I think doing this blog has made me far more aware of my surroundings, and of the changes that happen every day as the year turns.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 20, 2013 | Reply

      • I have found the same thing Cara, I think because I’m writing as well as taking photos I’m very aware of the turning of the seasons and their changing beauty. I got a new camera about a year ago, and looking back at the photos across the months is a journey through a shifting palette 🙂 nature is just so inspiring. I stood last night barefoot at the back door, bathed in moonlight, searching for patterns in the stars, while my toes curled into the moist grass…..wonderful

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        Comment by greenmackenzie | October 20, 2013

  2. Such a lovely image and fun remembrance!

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    Comment by mrsbearfoot | October 20, 2013 | Reply

    • Hello, mrsbearfoot – Yes, it was a strange feeling wading through those invisible leaves. Like your blog!

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 20, 2013 | Reply

      • Thank you! I am enjoying your blog, as well!

        ~Lindy

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        Comment by mrsbearfoot | October 20, 2013

  3. Hi, Cara! Greetings from Canada!
    I love your pictures! They are so calm and so… quiet…!

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    Comment by catacroi | October 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Catacroi – greetings from the sodden Scottish Borders. Thanks so much for looking at my pictures. I particularly like to see the moon over a river in autumn – this part of the world is underpopulated (for the UK) and it is calm, the skies can be beautiful – that is, when it isn’t raining.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 22, 2013 | Reply

      • Hi, Cara!
        I’m Cat… by the way…
        And speaking of “underpopulated areas” wait until you see Canada… After that your neighborhood will look like… very crowded like the subway during the rush hours…!

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        Comment by catacroi | October 22, 2013

  4. And… once again, you, Cara, you seem to me being a very calm woman… I’m pretty sure your life is likewise.

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    Comment by catacroi | October 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Cat – Good to hear from you again. No, I’m not a calm woman, but I do think calm is a good thing, so maybe I project something into my photographs, or recognise something out there, that has a calmness in it. I am sure that every inch of the British Isles seems highly populated, compared to most of Canada. Have always wanted to travel in Canada, especially Montreal, as family come from there, and also from Newfoundland (Macphersons). Also the French-Canadian nature of the place would be intriguing to experience.But for the moment I shall have to travel through the Internet, which has such richnesses. It makes living in a small community less restricting, and one has all the delights of empty countryside (Scottish Borders version) to roam in. But if I won the lottery and decided to travel in style (which would be the only style my husband would put up with these days) I think Montreal is where I would like to go, though I know very little about it. Have only just started to look at blogs set in Newfoundland. I’ll follow your blog, Cat.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 23, 2013 | Reply

  5. Yet again you walk in the dark.. at least the beautiful moon create a super reflaction here over water.. beautiful.

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    Comment by doronart | October 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Doron – Enjoyed your boats, like Dufy in a different medium. For this blog I set off by what a friend used to call The Light of Twi, but the dark descended rapidly. I was moved by the sight of that little moon in such a clear sky over the still waters of the Tweed.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 23, 2013 | Reply

      • Cara thank you very much… the moon was very special.. it inspired me to paint it but I had to give it a story.. there is a queue here so it will turn up… Your pictures are superb!

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        Comment by doronart | October 23, 2013

      • I’d so look forward to seeing that painting, Doron. Lovely that the little moon inspired you.

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 24, 2013

      • I only played with colours and a moon but I think you will enjoy it..

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        Comment by doronart | October 26, 2013


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