Low tide at Meikle Ferry

Low tide at Meikle Ferry

Collagraph, edition of 20, 67 x 18cm.

This is a view I see often, looking inland towards the west from the Dornoch Bridge. The layers of receding hills and light and shadow on the water challenged me to find a way of expressing the scene using my chosen medium of collagraph.

The particularly low tide seen here reveals mud flats which four centuries ago were the scene of much chaotic festivity in a sort of combined horse race and fishing expedition. Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun in his 'Genealogical History of the Earldom of Sutherland' described how, in the spring and summer when the streams ran into the firth at low tide, six to seven hundred of ‘the commoun sort of inhabitant doe convene on hors-bak… and so doe swim toards these sands; and when they doe aryve upon these beds of sand, incontinent they run their horses at full speed, stryveing who can first aryve at the fishing place, wher they doe indevoar, with all dilli-gence to tak these [sand eels].’
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Low tide at Meikle Ferry

Low tide at Meikle Ferry
Collagraph, edition of 20, 67 x 18cm.

This is a view I see often, looking inland towards the west from the Dornoch Bridge. The layers of receding hills and light and shadow on the water challenged me to find a way of expressing the scene using my chosen medium of collagraph.

The particularly low tide seen here reveals mud flats which four centuries ago were the scene of much chaotic festivity in a sort of combined horse race and fishing expedition. Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun in his 'Genealogical History of the Earldom of Sutherland' described how, in the spring and summer when the streams ran into the firth at low tide, six to seven hundred of ‘the commoun sort of inhabitant doe convene on hors-bak… and so doe swim toards these sands; and when they doe aryve upon these beds of sand, incontinent they run their horses at full speed, stryveing who can first aryve at the fishing place, wher they doe indevoar, with all dilli-gence to tak these [sand eels].’