Appreciating what’s around you…


Thomas Merton said, in one of his numerous journals, that it’s essential to experience all the times and moods of the place you inhabit and that it was almost the first and most essential element of living a truly spiritual life.

One of the features of living on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, is the speed at which the weather rolls in and out. It’s rarely the same for more than a few days at a time and it really is true that sometimes you encounter all seasons in one day.

The rugged beauty that surrounds us on this beautiful island is almost always a source of joy and sometimes awe. Selecting photos is hard with so many themes to choose from so I’ve chosen to concentrate on skies. With so much downtime on our hands this year, I’m more aware than ever of the variety of mood and the quality of light and variety of cloud formations we enjoy. There were so many ‘ooh, ahh’ moments this summer. Here are a few and no words needed I hope.

I’m very much attuned to Thomas Merton’s words. I’ve always seen nature as such an affirmation of God’s majesty, especially in an expansive sky.

June sunset 2020
Drone picture of Broadford Bay July
An oystercatcher on the rocks

What I’m reluctant to embrace are the more wintry moods of this stormy, windswept landscape. The daily grey skies and relentless horizontal rain can sometimes leave my mood like the landscape, bleak, desolate, sad. Winters here hold no charm that I can see and I’ve looked every which way, I promise.

I would love to say that I accept them as somehow, as part of God’s grandeur too but I think I’d be kidding myself. Maybe more a sign of God’s humour! There is always, mercifully, the odd pattern interrupter of a day now and then, that none of us expects, but which gladdens the heart again and makes us think that all is passing!

Sprinkling of snow on the Ben

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