Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Shoreline artwork on the Moray Firth
Further along toward Hopeman, there is an unusual sight on the shore - a pineapple made of wood and stone.
A long-dead, bleached pine stump has been upended and stones carefully arranged in a cairn around it to support the stump and create a striking pineapple shape. I've no idea how long this has been here or whether it was done as an art installation or just spontaneously. Perhaps more intriguingly, how long will this transient naturalistic artwork resist the winter storms?
An equally bleached and battered tree trunk nearby provides a leading line to the main piece.
Nearby are several "chorten" style slender piles of small pebbles, but this simple arrangement caught my eye. the contrast between the smooth sea-washed rock and the featured sandstone boulder plus the colours of the stones separated by vibrant yellow lichen had a striking simplicity.
These pieces were most unexpected and added a lot to the day's paddling.
There is a long tradition of art along the Moray Firth coast. Nearby is the Sculptor's Cave, a dry cave famed for Pictish carvings. Burghead was a Pictish power base, fort remains and numerous symbol stones can be seen in the area.