Even days with heavy rain, know sunshine
Introducing the magic and deeply touching Skellig Islands, off the Irish Atlantic coast, where once few brave Christian monks roamed, now undoubtely ruled by Puffins, supported by few brave sea plants; probably thanks to this human reign, fertilizing the poor rock soil. Seeing the brow raising behaviour of some tourists (a vain Continental couple dropping backpacks during an endless portrait shoot on 6th century stones, another European couple comfortably planting their ignorant butts to have lunch in these frail pioneer plants) , perhaps it would be better off left to nature again. Anyways, what really moved me was the idea how monks came here, surviving in the raw elements of salt, sea, wind on an seemingly inhabitable rock; and nature blooming from this presence; apparently we do not only destroy, but create ecology too. Could’ve stayed there for days.
The melancholic season has begon again in Europe. This year, I’m trying not to mourn over the lost leaves, missing warmth of the sun and long summer days quickly drawing to an end. Rather, I just try to observe and feel the changes, and not to label them, (And take ‘happy’ vitamin D pills that helps;) )
This photo was one of my lucky shots; I feel that often, the quick snap at the right moment, or the fully intuitive pictures are the best. See, feel, snap. This picture is as Dutch as can be, with the cyclist dominating the scene, and the timelessness, it might as well be a picture from the 50s. I also like the feeling of melancholy, a sense of something being lost, but tranquility at the same time.
Today’s sunset in what the locals unmistakenly call ‘Het Paradijs” (the paradise); a landscape that seems drawn from the fantasy of Dutch Golden Age painters, a sudden elevated and hilly, open break, in an otherwise mostly ‘flat’ forest, with a magical atmosphere, any time of day… (sorry for the ugly background colour, learning how to change the automatic colour selector in CSS -tips are welcome 🙂 )