Posted by: brigid benson | May 19, 2017

Evan and the Bait

On a magical day under a spring sky beside a swelling, rolling tide, I made this mini movie of Evan sorting fish to bait creels for crab and lobster.

Posted by: brigid benson | April 25, 2017

It’s A Kind of Magic!

In a favourite bluebell wood.

The air filled with heady scent, wish I could share that here too!

Posted by: brigid benson | April 23, 2017

Harbour Cat and Playground Deer

Dancing with Life!

Inspirational, uplifting and romantic too; a glimpse of favourite highland scenery. Love sharing it! Music to my soul!

Posted by: brigid benson | March 26, 2017

More Music To My Soul

Home made mini movies from favourite places…definitely music to my soul!

Welcome to my world!

Posted by: brigid benson | March 25, 2017

Music To My Soul!

❤️Short ❤️Sweet ❤️Magical…

…inspiration from some of my best places on earth!

Welcome to my home made mini movie!


Posted by: brigid benson | January 29, 2017

Flying Above The River Mersey

The River Mersey is a mighty waterway in northwest England with an extraordinary history. John Lennon airport sits on the Liverpool bank, facing the shores of Wirral, where the Manchester Ship Canal transports shipping inland.  Here’s a glimpse of it all, from an easyjet flight on the runway into the sky above the clouds on a beautifully clear day, with low tide in the river below.

Posted by: brigid benson | January 29, 2017

Mute Swan Magic

This is my friend, an extraordinarily kind woman who has been visiting the swans of Liverpool’s glorious Grade 1 listed Sefton Park on a daily basis since 2010, forming an incredible bond with the resident adult pair and the cygnets they raise each year.

Feeding them only healthy food, especially sweetcorn, she is trusted absolutely by the swans. They recognise her from afar and it it is astonishing to see them fly or swim some considerable distance to reach her.  On summer days, after feeding, the family group will often gather beside her on the grassy bank, to sit peacefully in the sunshine.

This young male cygnet is less than one year old and will soon be departing with his siblings to establish his own territory elsewhere. Meanwhile his parents will prepare the nest for this year’s young, all being well.


Posted by: brigid benson | December 30, 2016

Adieu 2016!

Burning up the old year, welcoming the new: the hogmanay bonfire of Biggar


The extraordinary hogmanay bonfire of Biggar

The Scottish ritual of hogmanay ushers out the old year and welcomes the new.  And while there’s much tradition around whisky drinking with neighbours and taking a sod of peat or lump of coal for their fire, the South Lanarkshire town of Biggar celebrates hogmanay in a wildly pagan way.


Holding their breath! Homes and public buildings close by the Biggar bonfire

In awesome annual spectacle, the citizens build one of the biggest bonfires imaginable on a public highway, using Manitous to reach the upper heights!  The mountainous pyre is lit on New Year’s Eve and burns for days; the street party begins  early evening December 31 2016 and ends sometime in the afternoon of January 1 2017.

Pagans consider fire to be a purging force; cleansing the air of evil spirits, cleansing the ground of disease and making way for fresh new growth.  The good folk of Biggar are purging for the world!


Burning up 2016!


While many tourists visit for the beauty of the local landscape, and especially the Pentland Hills, the mighty  bonfire is becoming an attraction of international renown. For those who can’t make it, there’s live  webcam coverage.


Posted by: brigid benson | November 15, 2016

The Supermoon High Tide Effect


Supermoon high tide washes over the Dee estuary marsh

Last night the moon came closer to the Earth than it has done in 70 years, appearing 14% bigger and bouncing 30% more light around the heavens.  Most of us struggled to get the full impact through cloudy skies.


Almost submerged by floodwater, two huge anchors that usually sit on dry land

The super high tides that follow the supermoon cause flooding, and on the Dee estuary marshes it is spectacular. Birds of prey swoop upon unfortunate creatures feeling from the marsh as the water rushes in. Leaky old boats that have lain about mud bound and abandoned get a chance to part float again. Often there’s an eerie sensation in the air, a calm stillness where Nature is just doing her thing silently, strongly. The migrating geese in this video clip were a moment of squawky magic!




Posted by: brigid benson | October 23, 2016

On the Monet: a postcard from Giverny


From the front door to the garden, Monet’s famous alleyway

Talk about in your face! The paintbox chaos of artist Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny is exhilarating. Under cloudless blue skies, October’s scarlets, yellows and deep mauves clashed unabashed. A spectacular visual experience.


Primary colour daisies


Horticultural impressionism

Impressionism reigns here; throughout his 43 years in residence, from 1883-1926, Monet’s planting scheme was about the colliding colour more than the plants themselves, though  he was passionate about finding the perfect plant for his palette.


Claude Monet’s home for 43 years


Many of his water lilies came from Latour Marliac nursery in the southwest of France, established in 1875, the nursery is still a thriving business and a beautiful visit. Monet’s fervour for water lilies was inspired by Latour Marliac’s exhibition at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris.



Dahlias and cleome


Full on colour!


Clashing with panache


A glorious jungle

How to visit:

Easy! Take an SNCF  train to Vernon Station 45 minutes from Gare St Lazare, Paris.

From Vernon station there’s a regular shuttle bus to the garden.

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