Coast to coast – West coast Scotland Hogmanay

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I’ll start at the end, the end of 2020, the end of one the most difficult years. This is also a beginning, a new year is coming and brings with it new hopes, we are all hopeful to regain some of the freedoms we have lost. Appreciating the small things, simple joys and nature will be something to take into the New year. This morning I stepped outside and captured the sea as I see from my garden. Over looking Kerrera and a snow capped Mull.

Hogmanay (Scottish New years eve) has been a big celebration for centuries long before Christmas. For Auld lang syne has become famous world wide, a song in which we remember our friends and family and but struggle to remember the lyrics. It’s no wonder we become a little hazy on those lyrics as even for those of us Scots that understand the meaning it’s not always easy to translate from Scots to English. Here is an apt verse pertaining to the seas.

We two have paddled in the stream,

from morning sun till dine;

But seas between us broad have roared

since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend!

And give me a hand o’ thine!

And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

for auld lang syne.

Here are a few of the images this year where we lived and breathed the coast, the sea on our doorstep.

The local beach – Ganavan is a short walk from our town (Oban)
Bare feet and warm jackets – the weather doesn’t stop us visiting the beach
All aboard the Creagallen – Argyll seatours, making the most of the adventures on our doorstep

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.

Welcome to our Coast to Coast loop. We are a group of photographers from around the world, from time zones as far flung as Australia to Canada and in between, each with a different seascape. Coast to Coast aims to document our changing sea views and perspectives – both literal and philosophical – of what the sea means to us, month to month through the changing seasons. Next in the loop is:

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