Short & sweet: After the election

4.30am in Edinburgh. It’s the morning after election day and, after hours spent stationary on the sofa, I notice the cracks of daylight below the curtains. I pull them back and the sky is turning from pastel to blue over the hulk of Arthur’s Seat, the dormant volcano that looms over the Edinburgh skyline. I can make out small dots on the summit and I attach my zoom lens to my camera.

We have spent over six hours stationed in front of the television, watching the country’s votes drip feed into tangible results. As the dark hours become the small light ones, I’m reminded of those other heart-stopping results, made even worse by sleeping through the televised coverage. The shock when we refreshed our Twitter feeds or news apps the next morning. The disbelief, and then stomachs falling to our feet (even though we were horizontal in our beds).

And so it’s only when I spot the light beneath the curtains, and from the kitchen, that I disconnect from the screen. I pad through, bare feet on the carpet and hands around my camera, and stare out the square window. There are people on the peak. The sky is pastel above Arthur’s Seat, the lump of volcanic rock shadowed in the weak light. I zoom in.

From screen to summit, my eyes focus and I envy that couple enjoying the view over the city. A view that — aside from buildings growing like fungi from the rolling green landscapes below — has barely changed in centuries. As the weeks go on and the world spirals from mortal decisions, I think of those two tiny dots taking refuge and finding perspective in nature.

How do you escape from the never-ending (and not always positive) news updates?


5 thoughts on “Short & sweet: After the election

  1. I keep coming back to read this. So haunting and poetic. I love the thought of taking solace in nature after a night of tumultous events. Gorgeous. x

  2. This is so beautifully written, I was completely soaked in the scene from which you were writing. It’s always good to keep yourself from “world news” etc, being swept away by the media can be very toxic. Sometimes we need to look away just for the sake of being sane.
    I love love love your blog, and your content. It’s really gorgeous! I’d love if we can follow each other on Bloglovin maybe? Do let me know πŸ™‚
    Have a good week ahead.

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    1. Joanne! So sorry for not replying until now, how has your week been? Thank you so much for such a lovely comment, one of the loveliest I’ve had recently πŸ™‚ OF COURSE about the Bloglovin, I’ve just given you a wee follow over there! It’s true what you say about the media (and social media for that matter!) being toxic at times. I’ve not really been using my accounts much lately and I think the break has really helped. Is there anything you do that helps you switch off? Have a lovely weekend when it arrives! x

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