Jun 12, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Pure

June 13, 2016 § 3 Comments

Callander Crags, Scotland, taken on October 31, 2015

Hiking makes me feel in sync with nature and is one of the most rejuvenating things to do, even though hiking tough hills make me sweat. But the end results are always worth the effort. The hike up the Callander Crags was probably my favourite Scottish hike so far, and even before I reached the crags, I passed by an area of woodlands where rows and rows of trees stretched beyond my sight, seemingly endlessly. It seemed like another world was hidden behind the trees, unknown to our dimensions. There was not another soul around, and not a sound was heard. I immersed myself in that moment of awe, and I let myself indulge in that pure and perfect eeriness.

Mar 27, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

March 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Callander Crags, Scotland, taken on October 31, 2015

Sometimes it is so easy to forget how insignificant man is, and it only takes one hike to remind me. That hike was the one up Callander Crags, one of the most memorable hikes I’ve had so far in Scotland. As I was hiking, a Chinese song titled “Small” kept popping up in my head, but “Powered by Nature” by Secret Garden also has a few lines of lyrics that resonated with me strongly: “I’m powered by mountains, they make me feel so small, so I can seize the wonder and the greatness of it all. I know I’m not alone on this planet Earth. I know I’m a part of God’s great universe.” Such vivid imagery, made real by the rolling hills in a distance behind Loch Venachar and the looming clouds hiding the rays of the setting sun. Oh, and I managed to capture the half-light atmosphere at dusk – do I get double points for this challenge? 😉

Feb 28, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

February 28, 2016 § 7 Comments

Callander Crags, Scotland, taken on October 31, 2015

While taking this photo, I was in a fascinated state of mind. I stood in awe as I emerged from an area of dense woodlands, completely not expecting that a vast landscape of hills would sudden appear in front of me out of nowhere. The hills seemed so far away, yet so paradoxically close – and the skies were so unconventionally clear for Scotland. I was genuinely content at that moment and I felt it necessary to pause and immerse myself in the pureness of nature, recognizing how small and insignificant I am among the hills, under the great sky.

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