Saturday, 18 April 2015
The second photo is a rare Pale Green Vortex challenge: spot the ptarmigan.
'Walking thus, hour after hour (on the Cairngorm plateau), the senses keyed, one walks the flesh transparent. But no metaphor, transparent, or light as air, is adequate. The body is not made negligible, but paramount. Flesh is not annihilated but fulfilled. One is not bodiless, but essential body.
It is therefore when the body is keyed to its highest potential and controlled to a profound harmony deepening into something that resembles trance, that I discover most nearly what it is to be. I have walked out of the body and into the mountain. I am a manifestation of its total life, as is the starry saxifrage or the white-winged ptarmigan.' Nan Shepherd, The Living Mountain.