AnElephantCant hide his elation
This morning just makes his heart sing
Although it is Autumn
He gets up off his bottom
And strolls in the sunshine as though it were Spring
Ben Lomond can be seen in the distance
Its heights are all covered in snow
Although 30 miles off
At the head of the loch
It is still a spectacular Munro*
AnElephant promenades by the Leven*
The sunshine is bright in his eyes
Scotland in November
He struggles to remember
When he last had so pleasant a surprise
Dumbarton Rock towers high with its castle
At the confluence of Leven and Clyde*
This volcanic plug
Has one end like a lug
And the other like AnElephant’s backside
Because it is November in Scotland, the sun is very low in the southern sky, even in late morning.
These pictures were all taken between 10.45 am and noon, and the light is startlingly different depending on the direction of the shot.
*A Munro is a mountain of over 3,000 feet.
This may not sound very big, but Ben Lomond starts at seal level, so is quite jolly impressive.
In the second picture of the blog, the one above this reference, the Ben can be seen midway between the high trees on the left of the shot and the metal structure on the bridge, just above the low tree line and the lowest level of cloud.
*The River Leven is roughly 6 miles long and is popular for trout and salmon fishing.
It runs from Loch Lomond southwards into the River Clyde at Dumbarton Rock, a 240 foot high twin-peaked crag of volcanic basalt.
*DumbartonCastle sits on the site where a settlement was first recorded in the 5th (Fifth) Century, the longest recorded history of any stronghold in Great Britain.
It has spectacular views of the Clyde and to Ben Lomond.
*The River Clyde is perhaps Scotland’s most important river due to its role in the shipbuilding industry.
The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 2 are among the great ships built here.
It is over 100 miles long, runs through Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and opens up into a Firth (estuary) with many islands including Bute and Arran.
lovely pictures indeed
Coming from you, Francina, this is the highest praise. Thank you.
The pictures are beautiful. I really didn’t realize Scotland was so far north.
“This morning just makes his heart sing” (We/I are waiting to hear the singing)
I just listened to the Caledonia song. Was going to comment about your post that I liked earlier. I do love your beautiful photography, poetry and wonderfully descriptive narrative and imagine myself walking there, it seems so real. But the song, it is moving and …I would imagine it must be very difficult for someone to sing those words because they are leaving (for awhile) that which is so comforting and familiar to them. I guess I don’t have the right words to express my feelings here. A wonderful post my friend. One that has me pondering life and the directions life can take us in.
Once again, Penny, you are able to read between the lines. Life is rarely as straightforward as it appears.
As in almost never?
Or perhaps slightly less often than that?
Love it! Gorgeous photos too x
AnElephant has taken some awesome photos there, and the poetry is great too
As an aside, did you see on the news today about the Elephant that can speak to it’s handlers?
AnElephantCant understand why that is news. Thanks for your appreciation, as always.
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Ah, Scotland!!! I do not have the poetic talent anelelphantcant has, but I remember the first time I saw the Scottish Highlands. I was on a Haggis Adventure and the music blaring through the small bus was Dougie McLean’s Caledonia:
Caledonia you’re calling me
And now I’m going home
If I should become a stranger
You know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia’s been everything
I’ve ever had
Poetic talent! That’s what is missing here! But thanks for the reference to a great song, Clanma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8IwBlgxyss
Dougie McLean was the guest of honour at a birthday party in the little hotel where I used to work in Stonehaven. He sang Caledonia then. Pure magic! 🙂
You so soooo lucky!!!
Why don’t you ladies just talk among yourselves here.
Don’t mind the Elephant in the room.
I always like talking to the elephant in the room – generally more interesting than anyone else…