Thursday, August 13, 2009

NESSIE



Humoristic postcard featuring Nessie with a long neck

After all these years (since 1933), with so many film expeditions and sonar experiments ,the mystery hasn't been solved yet, that of the water creature from Lochness in Scotland, affectionately referred to by the diminutive Nessie. So far, a lot of theories, but nothing definitely identified.

'Ness' in the Hebrew language means 'miracle', and that makes me think of the many 'miracles' in that area of Inverness (the small capital city of the Scottish Higlands) and the Lochness lake, due to the phenomena of Nessie.

First and foremost, it brings a lot of tourists who bring a lot of money and so help develop the place . The area attracts people of high quality : scientists, journalists, photographers and others who 'put the region on the map'. Moreover, from my brief visit here in the past, I recall feeling an unusual inner peace (calm, relaxation) and an unusual silky quality of my skin and hair. To my mind, it is the presence of something undefinable (Nessie??) about this part of Scotland that makes one feel here good in a strange way.

Anyway , the lake (Lochness) is long and straight and there's a castle (ruins of a castle, more precisely) on its bank. From what I'd read and heard, the sightings of Nessie occurred mostly in the area around this Urquhart castle. Well, I have a theory of my own . It goes like this: I say there's no smoke without fire. Too many testimonies indicate the presence of some special creature. some sort of animal or fish with both aquatic and non -aquatic skills in this area of the lake. To get to it , the castle of Urquhart will have to be completely demolished; this castle is, in my humble opinion the key to the mystery . But that won't happen , the demolition, as the castle is considered an historical, preserved site - part of the scottish heritage. So, the mystery will probably remain unsolved for a long, long time - perhaps forever.

Here are some photos with the castle and the lake from various angles.





30 comments:

TheChicGeek said...

Great photos, Duta. You look radiant in the first one. I love that the Hebrew word for miracle is "Ness"...thank you for teaching me that.
I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland one day. After I visit my best friend in Israel I think that will be my next trip.

Great stories and photos! I'm still on vacation but just sneaking over to my favorite girl, Duta :)

See you in September!
xox

Vera said...

You have reminded me of my memories of Scotland, Duta, and although I never actually stayed at Lochness for any length of time, I would agree with you in that it does have a special energy. Is there a 'monster'? As you say, there is 'never smoke without fire' so I would leave the answer open ended. A lovely and interesting blog, and one which brought old memories to the surface yet again.

Lisa said...

Looks like you stepped right off the movie set! A beautiful and mysterious place.

Angelina said...

Hi Duta,

I love a good mystery, real or imagined.

We have our own myth about a giant snake in the Dene culture in norther Canada. Some elders really believe and well, others not so much.

http://www.miricommunity.net/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18194&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

Arika said...

Great photos! How lucky you are to be able to go to these exotic places! Scotland is definitely on my "have to go to" list. Nice story, too.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

How wonderful it must be to travel -- one of my dreams. I love your blog, Duta; I love glimpsing exotic lands from your eyes and getting a little trivia along with it. Thank you.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Duta, You write such a wonderful blog and provide us amazing opportunities to see the world as you have seen it. I would so love to visit a castle in Scotland. My Mother's family was from Wales and I have always hoped to visit there as well. I look forward to your blog.

PinkPanthress said...

Well isn't that fitting? -After all it is a miracle if this one really exists, since it sounds like a creature that should be extinct by now if there's only one left.... :)
Love the pics!

Thnx for adding me, btw!

Lady Di Tn said...

Okay why do you think it is in the Castle or did I miss something in the post. Great photos and I love the tibbit about Ness meaning miracles in Hebrew. Thanks for sharing. Peace

Bica said...

This is something that's always kind of fascinated me. I've never really believed it, but I thought there was something in the news recently that it's possible that something (who knows what) really does exist here. Who knows - a good mystery is always fun to ponder. Love the pictures!

DUTA said...

TheChicGeek,
Hi Kelli, Thanks for your generous compliments.
Enjoy your sailing. Your followers will await you.

DUTA said...

Vera,
I'm so glad my post has brought back to you some good memories from Scotland! Yes, indeed the area of Lochness does have 'a special energy'.

DUTA said...

Lisa,
The place is worth visiting. It has indeed both beauty and mystery.

DUTA said...

Angelina,
Myth or Reality, the giant snake has probably enriched the area, which is good. Thanks for the link, I'll look it up.

DUTA said...

Arika,
I went to those places when I was younger and with fewer worries.
I hope you fulfill your wish of going to Scotland and anywhere you like. Thanks for liking the photos and the story.

Neil Tasker said...

Duta..... I live here and I've seen it...... so have my children. Believe me, it's real.

DUTA said...

Sandy aka Doris the Great'
Thank you for loving my blog. I'm flattered and feel honored by your warm remarks.

DUTA said...

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson
I'm sure you'll make that visit to Scotland and also a 'root' visit to Wales. Thanks for your kind compliments.

DUTA said...

Pink Pantrss,
You've hit the nail on the head. Lately there are views that this creature could indeed be extinct. I'm glad you love the pictures.

DUTA said...

Lady Di Tn,
Well, You see, I have this weird feeling that if such a creature exists, then it probably lives in the water under the castle and at night goes up to the castle. I think the castle hasn't been touched in any of the expeditions and experiments. I'm not sure of course.
Thanks for liking the pictures and the hebrew meaning of 'ness'. Peace to you too.

DUTA said...

Bica,
Thanks for the comment. You're right ' a good mystery is always fun to ponder".

DUTA said...

Neil Tasker,
Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. You live in a very special place,Neil, and I do believe you about seeing Nessie.

The Bug said...

Lovely photos! I'm glad they haven't found Nessie - let her remain a fascinating mystery!

DUTA said...

The Bug,
In a way - mystery enriches our life, so let Nessie remain a mystery. I see your point, and I'm thankful for your comment.

...mmm... said...

I remember visiting Loch Ness when I was about 11 adn being fascinated by the "Waves" on a lake no less. I was told it was from Nessie's stirring. As the mist rolled in nd it got dark my heart beat faster and faster. I was so ready to see the creature, and all we saw,was this man in a rowing boat at about 2-3 am with a lantern of sorts floating i the middle of the loch. Very spooky. We thought he was a right nutter. Maybe he was looking for Nessie too. But what if Nessie has popped up and submerged him? Not a very good idea I think.

DUTA said...

..mmm...,

Very spooky indeed, and it was not such a good idea for an 11 year old boy to be there in the darkness.

Alicia said...

Hi Duta,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. My mother is a character definitely and I love her to bits and she adds so much joy to my life. It's easy being a good daughter to such a wonderful mother. I'm enjoying your blog. You photograph beautifully. Be Well and I'll be back often.

DUTA said...

Alicia,
My pleasure. Mother-daughter relationship is something that always interests me. My mother is not alive and yet she's with me every moment of my life.
Glad you enjoy my blog. Have a happy day!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I haven't been to Loch Ness but have always believed, as you do, that there must be some truth to such persistent rumors. Despite my own intense curiosity about Nessie, I rather hope they don't find him or her because it would lead to exploitation of a creature who harms nobody.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I've bookmarked yours and I'll be back. Shalom.

DUTA said...

heartinsanfrancisco,
Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving your nice comment.