Carried by the Sea
‘Carried by the Sea’
Through aeons of time and passages of history, the sea has been and always will be a force larger than humanity.
I sit here now, overlooking the North Sea in my studio, in the far north Highlands of Scotland. I am not only humbled by the power of the ocean, but mystified as to how she can be ferocious one moment and timid the next, as though all elements of being are wrapped up in her breath.
I watch the waves roll in across the bay. The bay, like many areas scattered along this stretch of Caithness coast line, has borne witness to shipwrecks, a booming herring industry, and has seen lives uprooted and transported across the ocean to distant lands.
I see them; the stories of sailors, of tragedies, of abundance, the boom, the decline, the exodus. I see them carried on the waves, on the spray as it flies in the air.
I hear them; the stories of glory, of pain, of loss, of separation, of grief, of joy. I hear them carried on the waves, as they roar across the bay at night.
And now, my own story is being written and woven into the tapestry of this area.
The English girl who found her way north. Who fell in love with the terrain, and then the man. How the sea has always been and will always be her stay, her strength and constant.
How the story ends, only the years will reveal.
But rest assured that her story will be carried by the sea 💙.
Lisa McDonald – Seascape Artist
Walking across the Monach Isles, off North Uist
"It’s hard to believe that is possible to walk across three islands, but we did."
The Highlands - Bringing Joy Through Walking
Follow the rocky coastline with its waves, crashing and pounding or gently lapping and calming, walking the sandy stretch of beach, at times piled high with seaweed, other times golden with clean sands, limpet covered rocks, and caves with ancient history.