If I Had Wings

If I Had Wings

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When walking on Luing, the island where I live in the Inner Hebrides, I imagine myself right up there with the hawks and eagles, soaring on thermals over ice-blue waters and ochre shores..and able to pick out minute details from a great height..if I had wings.

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With the wings of a gull I’d have an intimate acquaintance with the rainbow of seaweed and shells coating the shore..the movement of fish in waters churned by vast underwater channels and caverns.

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With the wings of a Canada Goose I’d fly from feeding ground to resting place, honking the dangers of visiting shooting ‘parties’ and lack of hiding facilities – necessitating a hasty away-day to the nearby mainland.

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The wings of a swan could take me over to neighbouring Seil Island – it’s golden loch-side reed-beds sheltering calm, slate-dark waters.

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“If I had wings – proper ones..” said the hen pheasant.. “I’d not have lost my tail to a hawk .. and wouldn’t have to climb this darn hill.”
Luckily, there are very few hills of unreasonable proportion on Luing.

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The sky here does not play second fiddle to the sea; the sea takes colour from the sky..and each is a canvas for the island.

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If I had wings – like this hawk, I too would chase a plane across the blue horizon. As far as I could go..and back again. Home.

If I Had Wings

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About largelyhelen

Designer, photographer, writer.
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