Quotes from the Masters: Fellini

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet…maybe we could understand something.” Federico Fellini

I’m quoting the above by way of the most recent challenge from Robin at Bringing Europe Home.

In her post, she asks: “Do you have a story or a lesson that was learned in silence? Do you have a photo or poem that inspired quiet reflection?” 

In 1969, Queen Elizabeth II offically opened Backwater Reservoir in Angus, Scotland.  It provides Angus, Dundee and parts of Perthshire with drinking water and, together with the nearby Loch of Lintrathen, supplies about 300,000 people.

Its location, up in the Angus hills not all that far from where I live, is incredibly peaceful. You can walk round the reservoir on a small tarmac road, and hear absolutely nothing other than the gentle sounds of nature.

This photo of the reservoir reminds me of the silence, and makes me feel calm and reflective.


37 thoughts on “Quotes from the Masters: Fellini

  1. Lorna, this is a lovely post and a beautiful picture. I think I, too, would certainly enjoy some peaceful, reflective moments by that wonderful reservoir and that idyllic location.
    Thank you for joining in the challenge!

  2. This is a lovely photo – perhaps the secret is that the water is so still and seems so deep, and the shore seems very far away. Good to meditate on, I would think.

    • Thanks Jo, an interesting comment. I think you’re right that it would be a good place to meditate (if you weren’t too distracted by the surroundings – there are a number of different orchids around the reservoir, as well as many other interesting plants and beasties).

  3. Such a priceless reminder, Lorna. In this chattering world, sometimes it takes the stillness of nature to bring us back to ourselves. I am reminded of a poem by Rumi:
    “There is a way between voice and presence
    where information flows
    In disciplined silence it opens
    With wandering talk it closed.”
    (Excerpt from “Only Breath”-Emptiness & Silence by Rumi)
    The best things in life I have learned is when I silence my thoughts. Just looking at your beautiful photograph does that. Thank you!

  4. What a beautiful photo, Lorna. I was looking at a very still wee loch this afternoon and also appreciating the silence. It’s something we have so little of in our world today… I really enjoyed this post!

  5. this reminds me of a trip we made to the Silent Valley Reservoir in County Down, where the water is collected from the Mourne Mountains. the stillness there is amazingly peaceful. i would love to visit your Backwater Reservoir. thanks for letting us know about it.

    • That sounds lovely ajb, I haven’t seen enough of Ireland and really like the idea of the Silent Valley Reservoir. The area around the Backwater Reservoir is one of the less touritsy bits of Scotland, and particularly nice because of that.

  6. Such a lovely photo 🙂 I needed that little bit of calmness today as I’ve got a long drive down to Devon for an important work meeting. And I’m currently sitting in an open plan office full of 200 babbling colleagues discussing the football (snoooore!). That is such a relaxing photo it makes you take a deep breath and de-stress 🙂

    • I’m delighted to have been able to send a little slice of calm your way, Leanne. I hope the drive to Devon went well and you managed to get a bit of peace on the journey. I used to work in an open plan office and I found it extremely distracting; I can just imagine the babble.

  7. In this day and age it has become increasingly difficult to find truly silent places in which to reflect. I have often found myself in a secluded, natural setting only to hear the faint sounds of traffic off in the distance. Consequently, we get just as noisy on the inside as our lives are on the outside. This peaceful reservoir is breathtaking in two respects: it’s a glorious sight to behold, and it gives us a chance to stop and literally take a breath.

    Well done on the blogging challenge!


    • That’s so true Lucinda, and although Backwater Reservoir has been very quiet when I’ve been there I’m sure there are sometimes jets to be heard overhead, ruining the tranquility. Thank you for your comment, I thought it was an interesting challenge.

  8. Our family received word this weekend that we are the recipients of a grant that will allow us to return to Scotland for 6 weeks next summer! We can hardly believe this dream will come true. I’ll be an avid reader of your blog, getting ready, and I better go and read the archives too. 🙂 (we’ll be near Glasgow and traveling mainly in Fife, Perthshire, Fort William area and the Borders.

    • How very exciting! If I can help you with anything, I’d be glad to assist. You lived here before, didn’t you? It sounds as if you’ll be seeing quite a bit of the country while you’re here, which is great, and I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!

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