Monday, January 12, 2009

MANANNAN'S CLOAK - MONOCHROME ODDSHOTS

Ramsey hides under Manannan's Cloak


Manannan is the mythical god of the sea, lord and protector of our land, Isle of Man. Manannan appears in many other Pagan and Celtic myths and legends but for us he is the guy who put the "Man" in the Isle of Man, and why you sometimes see the spelling of Mann as well. What is Manannan's cloak though? I can tell you one thing it's not and that is snow. I have really missed not capturing any snow shots his year. Back to Manannan's cloak this weeks Monochrome Oddshot.

Manannan's Cloak.
A mythical shroud of mist that was thrown over the island to hide us from our enemies.
Manannan was also known to be a shape shifter, so next time to you ask a local the way, be polite. It could just be Manannan and if decides you aren't a worthy visitor he will shroud and protect us from you. Shape shifter sounds like something out of Star Trek doesn't it.


We still get the mist descend upon us. The image shows a rolling mist on the mountains, sometimes it rolls in from the sea. It is an awesome sight, especially when caught my sunlight. Sometimes a white blanket, a gold sheet, or a lilac candyfloss gently engulfing the island. Underneath the cloak is the North Barrule Mountain. I never tire of seeing this eerie mist especially when travelling over the mountains and your view is totally obscured. It is so evocative of every horror story, and fairytale you can think of. A bit like the island a horror story built on a fairytale, the legendary blog and Babooshka is the mythical creature that brings you the words and images that won't stay hidden. Now if I can just find That wallaby..

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61 comments:

Destitute Rebel said...

Thats quite interesting mythology, and a lovely shot to go with it. Thanks for the history.

Aileni said...

The modelling in the mist is well caught- seems to compliment the sky. Great shot.

jm said...

Leaving!!!!!!!!

marley said...

It is a really impressive weather thing (I don't know what the term is, I'm being thick!)

Mamapippa said...

It's a mythical photo itself ...

Is it right to think you live in England ? I'm trying to ordening my blogvisitors by country, so sorry for my curiosity ...
Greetings from Belgium !

BJ Roan said...

Very interesting mythology, and nice shot, as well.

Babooshka said...

Mamapippa- It's an island called the Isle of Man- a Crown Dependency of Great Britain.

starnitesky said...

Interesting info on Manannan's cloak, the photo is magical.

Mojo said...

I remember you making mention of this in another post some time back. Fascinating legend. And as always, a compelling photo!

How are things working out for you guys these days? Any improvements in the work situation?

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Per Stromsjo said...

That reminds me, we haven't had much mist this fall. Can turn any landscape into a dreamy movie set.

Carver said...

I love this shot and I always enjoy your lore. I would love to bounce around on the cloud.

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mkhansen said...

Well, the photo was plenty but the legend makes it even better. I will now impress at dinner parties with the "Man" in Isle of Man.

Ice Pony Goddess said...

Very interesting! I felt as if a storm was rolling in.

George said...

Very interesting about Manannan and his cloak. And a great picture of the mist on the mountain.

kden said...

Looks like a very mystical place.

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Olivier said...

superbe b&w, on pourrait se croire dans une tempête dans le désert.

superb b&w, one might believe in a storm in the desert.

magiceye said...

absolutely brilliant! at 1st glance it looks like a tidal wave ... and then it all settles in! lovely!!

Small City Scenes said...

Very beautiful. a cloak---good wording. Great info. I am sure France has many interesting legends too. MB

Brett said...

yet another great shot, just joined you on facebook too.

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! And love the story of the cloak! I so enjoy legends!

Catherine said...

Oh! Yes I remember very well this Manannan. Very impressive powers indeed. He manages to modify natural elements at his will.
For our best pleasure since you share the visions with us Babooshka.

Robin said...

The mist is so tactile looking, I feel as if I could truly reach out and touch it, and the photo is enriched even more by knowing the legend behind it.

Fascinating stuff.

Kaye said...

It is a strange image.

Hyde DP said...

sorry to hear you are having to leave the IOM

Mo said...

I love your mist photos and the stories that go with them. Sorry IOM has not been as welcoming as it ought. Still France is such a beautiful country. What wonderful photos we are going to see from there. What part of France are you planning to move to? On our agenda to move there in the near future as well.

Babooshka said...

gerald and Mo-The move will take a while so we'll be around on the island still. We are just moving our plans forward to move to The South of France. A long slow process but wheels as they say are in motion, cv's sent contacts made. A photographer and artist will be better appreciated there as to be quite honest we are being frozen out here. I would love to pour money into the manx economy, but it seems they are not interested. If you are from the Isle of Man and you are reading this think about where you have ever seen my work on the island. You haven't and that is the problem.

RuneE said...

Thank you for the info! I have learned something today - that means the day was not wasted. The details about the shape shifting reminds me of myths about the old Norse Odin, who was supposed to have similar gifts.

And I agree - it looks great in B & W.

Jim said...

What a sight. I cant tell where teh mountains end and the clouds start.

Joe Narvaez said...

I like the myth story behind your photo. Very interesting this Manannan's cloak.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I am sorry to hear you are leaving as well, I love your photos from the Isle, though I do look forward to more photos from wherever you are.
This one is a beauty.

Babooshka said...

Lily -It won't be for a while so the blog will continue.

JC said...

Super shot... looks like a tidal wave. Wonderful mythology, again :-)

nino said...

Wow! Great picture, and quite an intriguing history to go with it.

Virginia said...

Gorgeous photo today B. Whew!!!

Get a move on and get to France by the time I'm there!
V

lmerie said...

What an amazing sky! Wow!

Atlântico Azul said...

You ARE a real ARTIST and I just LOVE your posts!!!!!!!

Pam said...

Well done B.

Peter said...

Very nice and interesting to read about these old legends, of which some survive!

Isle of Man will obviously lose someone(s), but if France can be the winner, I'm not against! There are some nice specificities in southern France also including e.g. the provençal language and the culture that goes with ...

No more clear ideas about where exactly yet, I presume?

lunarossa said...

Love the shot and your story. I love the Isle of Man but I've never been there. I've translated all the tourist information and booklets into Italian though! I've always been fascinated and a bit intimidated by the mist/fog but a love legends related to it. My dream place on Eartch is Venice (Italy, of corse) wrapped up in the fog coming from the Laguna. Ciao. Antonella

Ferreira-Pinto said...

A fantastic mythology post and a most interesting photo.

Neo said...

I love how the different elements in the photo blend in with each other with their mono colors :)

Marie-Noyale said...

The title is as beautiful as the picture..
About the move, you have definitely tried!!!
and thanks to you we learned a lot about this unknown Island..
Can't wait to see what you will do with the south of France!!

Dusty Lens said...

Fascinating to learn about this mythology. Your photo is an excellent capture, like the sea surging in.

mannanan said...

Cracking picture of my cloak Babooshka. When did you take it 'cause I never spotted you?

Julie said...

Love the history behind the wonderful shot.

Knoxville Girl said...

that cloak has lots of motion. you do the Manxies proud with your photos.
I will visit you in France! c'est vrai! although I'll have to do better with French than be able to order a cheese sandwich and/or call people rude names...
I'm not on Facebook, but will be your Luddite Friend.

Daryl said...

Oh my .. so many new vistas to see once you get settled.

Dina ... UK said...

Manannan! Very interesting myths
I think it was in Peel that we saw "The Story of Mann"
It was next to the Kipper place and opposite the Castle....
I think...It was very interesting though....

JM said...

The clouds look so massive they almost seem to be taken from an old Cecil B. deMille biblical movie... :-) Fantastic!

shaker said...

Great !!

WillThink4Wine said...

Loved hearing the mthology of the Isle of Man. I went to that web site and had a look around. It's a shame you can't make a go of it, but it is hard to feel too sorry for you after reading you'll be moving to the south of France!

Cheers! Alla vostri salute e benessere!

Susie of Arabia said...

What a beautiful image!
And best of luck to you in your new home - looking forward to seeing "your world" there!

Katney said...

Cool!

raf said...

I is indeed an awesome sight, Baboosh, and an awesome photograph! Have seen a similar thing along the northern California coast in places, but it wasn't Manannans's doings there....or was it?

Clare said...

That is awe-inspiring. Absolutely bizarre and stunning...

Gresham Photo Blog said...

Wow, this is a stunning shot!!!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

this historical piece was a wonderful read

what a way to describe the mist!

Anonymous said...

Great shot

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