Quotes from the Masters: Hugo

“Nature, like a kind and smiling mother, lends herself to our dreams and cherishes our fancies.”

Victor Hugo

The above quote comes as Robin’s most recent challenge on Bringing Europe Home (thank you Robin!).

I really like this quote and it could apply to so many of my photographs of nature, particularly those that remind me of a strong connection with my environment.

I’ve chosen to interpret it with a photograph taken 2 years ago while I was camping in Galloway, south-west Scotland. Galloway is an area I spent many childhood holidays in, camping and having adventures, and it has furnished me with many happy memories.

I was working in Dubai in 2010, 5 weeks away at a time, with 5 week break periods between each work stint, and this was taken during one of my breaks.

Having become soft and desirous of home comforts in my adulthood, I don’t go camping much nowadays, but I had a real desire to get away on my own in an tent on this occasion and I remember lying there looking out at the view with the warm breeze gently flapping at the tent, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the wonderful peace and tranquility of the setting. I did, indeed, feel that nature was lending herself to my dreams and cherishing my fancies.


34 thoughts on “Quotes from the Masters: Hugo

  1. Lorna
    What a lovely post. Since I’ve been back from the Trail, I’ve had a few day trips to remind me how I love my connection with Nature. We all share that if we are open to it.

    • Thank you very much, I must admit I’m not one of these hardy campers who can camp wild anywhere. I like my comforts and this site had an excellent toilet and shower block. It’s a great thing to do if you feel in the mood for it, I hope you manage a few nights under canvas. 🙂

  2. i confess to not being much of a camper myself but the simplicity and freshness of this picture almost makes me want to buy a tent. i love your description of the wind and the smell of the grass. i am almost there. 🙂

    • Thank you ajb, if truth be told I’m not much of a camper either, despite having spent much of my childhood on camping trips. As an adult I’m more interested in home comforts, but just now and then it’s nice to get a bit closer to nature (althouh only for as long as I can stand having a towel that refuses to dry out!).

    • There was some sea beyond the horizon but just out of sight in this picture. I agree that looking out to sea from a tent is wonderful. When I was wee my parents used to take me and my siblings to a lovely quiet campsite right next to a beach and the tent door opened out onto the beach and so out to sea. It was bliss!

  3. I love the “idea” of camping outdoors, but have always been a city girl and the minute the darkness arrives and insects chirp I am “out of there” scrambling to an indoor sanctuary 🙂 You photo is beautiful and yes, does look like a window to the world.

    • Ha ha, I can quite understand that Linda! Personally, the thing I dislike the most is having to trek to the loo in the night, particularly if it’s raining and a visit requires donning full waterproofs and boots, taking a torch and toddling off across a field. We’re spoiled these days with our indoor toilets! 🙂

  4. We have fond memories of early camping trips in Scotland, too… didn’t care about the weather, and it was wonderful waking up to birdsong on a misty morning. It’s a bit sad that I’ve since become rather allergic to camping!!

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