Take me to the Sea

Since ancient times, we have been drawn to the Sea. Whether it was the first Polynesians who traversed the vast Pacific in search of new land, the Vikings raiding the British Isles on their way to Greenland and North America, the ancient Africans trading with South American Indians a long time before Johnny-Come-Lately Christopher Columbus “discovered” the Americas, or modern humans jetsetting to some tropical beach for vacation, “paradise” and “mystery” and “adventure” have often been connected to the Sea.

Within an hour of my arrival in Nairn, Scotland, last month, I was drawn to the sea:

Take me down to the sea

Down the shaded, grassy slopes
and over the red rocks
slippery with emerald sea moss hair

view from Nairn Beach with red ship

Stopping to look closely

Now, this red ship, where has she been, where is she going next?

the red ship

At dusk, the sea changes her mood, becomes the Siren singing her haunting melody. I am wandering along Findhorn Bay here:

Findhorn Bay at Dusk for FB

What would it be like to sneak on one of these sailboats and lay there looking up into the night sky, watching the moon rise? Letting myself be rocked by the gentle motion of the water, listening to the distant singing at the Kimberly Pub? Then swim back to shore as the moon lights my way with a long shaft of light shimmering the water alive?

magic of findhorn bay for FB

This blog post is part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, Sea

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39 Responses to Take me to the Sea

  1. Barneysday says:

    Beautiful pictures. Been to Scotland only once, but fell in love with it. Thanks for sharing your adventure


  2. Beautiful images and words, Annette; I’m sure it’s lovely in Scotland, another place I yearn to visit. I love the sea moss hair. 🙂


  3. akismet-415a3572d9d070bcd2c80dc0f90c46f9 says:

    Gorgeous pictures, Annette. It takes me right back to that magical night.


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  5. noelmorata says:

    Beautiful bay, I would love to hang out there and enjoy the views

    I’m inviting you to join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link runs all week so I hope you can join us for the next installment?


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  8. Wow! You’re quie a poet 🙂 I like the photos too! The text made me engage in the photos even more. Great post!


  9. I like writing + photos, too, and very much enjoyed this post. I was in Scotland years ago (Germany as well) and found both beautiful.



  10. Janice Heck says:

    My favorite: the photo of the red ship in the distance on the sea. Stunning contrast.


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  12. Love the description, “emerald sea moss hair.” The sunrises and sunsets must be magical there!


  13. asqfish says:

    How evocative, I feel I am with you……. thank you!


  14. That is a breathtaking view of the sea. A perfect place to be close to nature, to find serenity, to enjoy life.


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  16. Dina says:

    Oh dear, the more I see from Scotland, the more I want to see for myself! Lovely impressions, Annette, I especially like the reflections in the photos from the Findhorn bay. How long did you stay?
    Greetings from all of us in Norfolk, Dina


  17. Angela says:

    Beautiful photographs. I have a trip planned to Scotland (my first) next summer. Lovely to see a bit of what’s waiting for me.


  18. I’m glad you had such an enjoyable trip to Scotland. Like you, I have always been drawn to the sea. I’m very fortunate to live a short distance from where your photographs were captured. I stay on the Black Isle – the peninsula in the background of your images of the red ship. I hope you’re able to return sometime soon and visit the islands on the west coast, where you’re never far away from water!


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