Haibun: Deep Time

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

The west side of the Rock Room at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve
a blue and white whippet at Knockan Crag on the trail beside the sculpture of a female geologist

The grass-covered roof of the Rock Room blends in with the ferns and heather of the hillside. Inside are display boards in English and Gaelic, explaining how parts of the earth’s crust have travelled long distances. The older mylonites on display at Knockan Crag had been forced up against and over the later Cambrian layer.

There’s a sculpture of two geologists, Ben Peach and John Horne, to celebrate these findings. Today the grass is growing around Horne’s feet, some of the seeds tickle his knees. The sun feels extra warm after the morning’s showers.

deep time
so many treasures
breathing the same air

Β© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet sniffing the ground by the sculpture of Peach and Horne at Knockan Crag

You can find more photographs with a triple haibun about this beautiful nature reserve in Moving Earth and a few photographs taken from inside the Rock Room in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a happy weekend ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

53 thoughts on “Haibun: Deep Time”

  1. this looks very interesting. nice to see that there is respect for the rocks given and their history. I heard on the CBC radio this morning that a very ancient and huge rock was found when excavation was going on for some new building. It has been dated as billions of years of age and was brought to this place by the glaciers moving millions of years ago. The announcer said that there is a move to have it put in a park for people to see. He said he hoped it would not just be crushed and made into gravel. I understand his concerns. There is little respect in Toronto for things of age.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne πŸ™‚πŸ’œ I sincerely hope this huge rock will be put on display for people in a park – it’s so fascinating to see and touch these ancient layers πŸ™‚πŸ’– xxx

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  2. Pearl and Eivor look like they’re making some new friends πŸ˜‰ It’s a fabulous place and I love how the building blends into the landscape πŸ’–πŸ•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy πŸ™‚πŸ’œ Eivor and Pearl were very taken with the geologists and the Rock Room is a lovely feature – I’ll be posting more photographs over the coming weeks. Hope you’re keeping cool in this hot weather and much love from our house to yours πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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      1. Thank you πŸ€— Look forward to more photos, it really is a wonderful place. Doing our best to keep cool though we’re not as hot as some places. Hope you are too. Much love on its way to you all πŸ’–πŸ•xxx

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  3. Knockan Crag looks like a beautiful place, with the sculptures and stones every part of nature. Your poem is so fitting for this scene. Happy weekend and have a good week Eivor, Pearl and Xenia ❀

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Mabel, it’s a wonderful place to visit and we will be posting more images from this nature reserve next week πŸ™‚πŸ’œ We hope you’re enjoying your weekend and we wish you a wonderful week ahead too πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Crystal πŸ™‚πŸ’œ Eivor and Pearl loved it here and this coming week we’ll be posting more images from this beautiful reserve πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx


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