At home in both the highlands and the lowlands.

At home in both the highlands and the lowlands.

Talented artists are good observers. They take time to not only look but also to see. The difference between looking and seeing is best identified in the quality of work that the artist produces. Whether we are talking about visual art or literature the same rule...

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New Memories

New Memories

Old memories are important but it's also essential to know how to build new memories. The more alert that one is in the moment, the easier it is to revive those feelings in the future. A visit to a dear friend can be made more memorable when associated with a specific...

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Intuitive Choice

Intuitive Choice

Using your intuition to make choices is excellent as long as you are aware that what is coloring your choices is true inner knowledge and not fear. There are many techniques to help people overcome unhelpful or unreasonable fears and phobias that are impeding an...

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The Dream Catcher

The Dream Catcher

The Fairy Tales of old often featured the opportunity to have wishes granted. In this season of mists and breath made visible by the cold, I like to make a wish. This wish is for everyone to find moment to dream and having dreamt, to let their dream materialize....

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Winter Birds

Winter Birds

The great thing about spending time outside at this time of year is that you get to meet some of your most friendly neighbors. I've been spending a lot of time raking leaves which guarantees the instant appearance of a Robin. These fearless little birds seem to see us...

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Ancient Abstract

Ancient Abstract

The first time I saw this image I knew exactly what I was looking at. Like a window in time I was staring at some incredible lumbering beast from before the Ice Age. Not a bear nor a bull but something in between. Shapes are our passport to countries and dimensions...

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For those with eyes to see

For those with eyes to see

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we tend to associate colored leaves with Autumn but in 2012, after what I imagine must have been a particularly dry winter, I came across a collection of leaves that made me run for my camera. I scooped them out from under the tree...

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Listening to Nature

Listening to Nature

Seasonal change is closely related to emotions. The delight we can feel in a fresh Spring day which seems to offer hope and positive expectations is in strong contrast with a chill November morning when the trees are bare and dampness chills the bones. Autumn is both...

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Phoebe

Phoebe

Phoebe, with feathers and down like the silver moon, shines her light upon the world. Born into privilege as the hatchling of protected parents. Her future appears secure but her foster mother, the white Madonna, takes nothing for granted. Phoebe is raised to listen...

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Ever wondered where Summer goes?

Ever wondered where Summer goes?

Autumn is one of those seasons that is impossible to ignore. From one point of view, everything that made the Spring and Summer fresh and colorful, appears to by dying. From another perspective, the third season is the culmination of all the input of sun, water and...

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Focusing on what matters

Focusing on what matters

It's very difficult to hold a stare for very long. We tend to blink or become distracted. It is also a very inefficient way of looking at the world. Scanning our surroundings gives us the chance to see a wide range of interesting things that could be useful, helpful...

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Why all the birds?

Why all the birds?

Look at the way the feathers are layered on the neck of this magnificent young falcon.Beautiful but counter intuitive if you don't know anything about aerodynamics. I like to use images of birds to bring focus to our own innate understanding of what works for us and...

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Dream Walking

Dream Walking

Spending time alone is not the same as being lonely. Take a walk along a beach in the early morning or just before the light fades and you'll be rewarded with sights and sounds that will amaze you.For many of us, this is only possible in our dreams. From the point of...

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The Illusion of Reality

The Illusion of Reality

Finding a video embedded in a Blog post isn't an unusual occurrence, whereas, finding a still photograph that appears to contain moving elements is. Not an editing trick but the product of your own mind. Take a look at this photograph, giving it your attention for a...

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Crystal Clear and Camouflage

Crystal Clear and Camouflage

This is a simple picture of water and seabirds but it requires a highly developed brain to distinguish all the various elements that help us make sense of what we are looking at. Crystal Clear and Camouflage. Birds, Beach and Waves, share the same colors and shapes -...

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Head North for some Sunshine

Head North for some Sunshine

If I made a list of possible locations for this picture, I'm not sure if the North Coast of Scotland would be an option chosen by many people and yet that is where this photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. An added contradictory detail is that the weather forecast...

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Everything in the Universe

Everything in the Universe

When you look at this image, you are looking at everything that exists in your Universe. How you interpret what you see is personal, individual, from a particular perspective. But we are all looking at the same thing. Consider the possibility that in order for...

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Flying Flowers and Fairies

Flying Flowers and Fairies

I grew up in the small coastal town of Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland and I believed in fairies. It's not difficult to believe in something that you have seen and I saw them pretty much everywhere. In retrospect, they could have been butterflies but then again who cares....

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Labels and emotions

Labels and emotions

Feelings rank higher than words in our evolutionary process. What? Education gives us the words for things and we can feel(!) pretty clever when we know the name of a flower or type of insect or Nutritional value of a Peanut. How we actually feel about something is...

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What am I looking at?

What am I looking at?

I was making my morning round of the garden with the dogs when I spotted a piece of bark that had dropped off a Birch tree during a heavy rainstorm. Birch bark has a beautiful silver papery appearance which adds depth and texture in a delicate way. What made this...

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