尼斯湖!

Loch Ness!

 

 

我參加了在愛丁堡出發的即日團,去尼斯湖看水怪~!

 

尼斯湖位於蘇格蘭高地,尼斯湖是一個極長(36.3公里)、極窄(2.7公里)、極深(227米)的淡水湖,水質混濁(周邊山泥影響),深不見底,是龐然水中生物的理想穩秘棲息地,湖中相傳棲息着大名鼎鼎的尼斯湖水怪。

 

傳說在公元六世紀,聖哥倫布在尼斯湖降服了一頭「水怪」,不過水怪生性害羞,不喜見人,直至1933年,才拍攝到水怪第一張公開相片,之後陸續出現不少水怪的目擊證人、相片、繪圖等,不少追尋神秘生物的紀錄片亦曾在尼斯湖拍攝,今日有不少觀光船在尼斯湖游走,接載希望一睹水怪風采的各國遊客。

 

 

當日天陰,尼斯湖抹上一層灰色,偶然落下毛毛雨,白霧在湖上升起,停在灰綠山腰,整個湖像極一個大巢;我乘坐的觀光船在湖中劃出一道水痕,船的摩打似乎在敲着水怪的家門,問牠:「今天在家嗎?」

 

船程約一小時,導遊在船艙派發三文治當午飯,我快快地吃過,隨便聽了幾句水怪講解,就溜上甲板看風景。

船行刮風、天降細雨,雖然站在甲板又濕又冷,但尼斯湖的風景神秘優雅,就算無水怪,看到這片漂亮風景也值了;不過尼斯湖的水很混濁,完全看不到湖底,放眼只見灰灰藍藍的湖水。

 

 

尼斯湖被群山包圍,有一些細細碎碎的黃色落葉跌在湖面,連成一線,由觀光船出航、折返、回航都緊緊跟着,碎黃葉或浮或沉、或聚或散,但總是連成一線,跟着觀光船,像是好奇地向觀光船打招呼,不停說着:「你好啊、來玩吧、再見啦~」

不過當然無人聽得明,尼斯湖水怪果然生性害羞,不喜見人;但有客遠道而來,總要打聲招呼,於是牠請碎黃葉當使者,一路緊跟觀光船,迎客、接客、送客一一做足,牠時刻都在,並早已現身,人人都看見牠,只是無人察覺。

 

普遍印象中的尼斯湖水怪似一隻長頸大恐龍,整趟船程看不到「恐龍」的一鱗半爪,但我覺得尼斯湖水怪早已出現,只是無人知道。

如果水怪是幻想生物,那我們加點想像,碎黃葉就是水怪使者;語言是人類的溝通,人類與幻想生物的溝通當然不靠語言,而是心傳,所以碎黃葉的出現就是一個訊息,這個訊息不以言傳,而以心傳,本無文字,以心傳心,因此不同人大概會有不同解讀,甚至有人不覺得這是個訊息,畢竟幻想生物從來存在,也從不存在,視乎相信與否;因此幻想生物的解讀才如此千變萬化、引人入勝。

 

 

我就當自己看過尼斯湖水怪了,我向都柏林Host Anthony分享「碎黃葉使者」的說法,他反問我:「妳吃了迷幻磨菇啊?」

 

 

 

I joined a day trip tour to see Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) in Edinburgh.

 

Loch Ness was on Scottish highland. It is a long (36.3 km), thin (2.7 km) and deep (227 m) fresh water lake. The visibility is low due to the falling mud from the surrounding mountains. It is a prefect hiding place for some huge water creatures. It was said to be the home of Nessie the famous Loch Ness water Monster.

 

Legend said that St Columba confronted a ‘water beast’ in the 6th century. Rumours said that Nessie was shy and didn’t like to meet people.

The first photograph of Nessie was made public in 1933. Many claimed witnesses, photos and drawings appeared since then. Lots of mysterious creatures TV shows were shot in Loch Ness. Many tour boats carried tourists around globe who dying to see Nessie sailed on Loch Ness everyday.

 

 

It was a grey cloudy day with drizzle when I sailed on a tour boat on Loch Ness. Loch Ness looked like a big nest with white mist rest on the greyish-green mountain.

The tour boat drew a line on the water surface and the sound of motor seemed knocking on the Nessie’s home door and asked, ‘Are you at home today?’

 

The boat trip was about an hour. The tour guide gave us sandwiches for lunch in the cabin. I ate the sandwiches quickly and skipped the lecture on Loch Ness and climbed on the deck.

Wind was chilly on a sailing deck and the cool drizzle was falling. I was wet and cold on the deck. Loch Ness was beautiful and elegant with or without Nessie.

The visibility in Loch Ness was really low. All I could see was greyish-blue water.

 

 

Loch Ness was surrounded by mountains. Some little yellow leaves fell on the lake and form a line. The yellow leaves line was flowing beside the tour boat all the way. The little yellow leaves was floating and sinking, gathering and scattering but always had a shape of a line. It seemed to greet the tour boat curiously, ‘Hi! Play with me! Goodbye~’

No one noticed it of course. Nessie really is a shy creature and didn’t like to meet people. But it had a good manner to send the yellow leaves as representatives to greet the guests. The yellow leaves was a good representatives who had greeted, played and farewell the guests. It was always there and everybody saw it but just didn’t know it was it.

 

 

The Loch Ness Monster was a big dinosaur in common stereotype. I couldn’t see any parts of a dinosaur in the boat trip but I believe Nessie was always there but just no one noticed.

 

Since Nessie was a fantasy creature so we should release our imagination and imagined the yellow leaves was a representatives sent from Nessie.

Human communicated with language but the communication between human and fantasy creature did not base on language but base on HEART.

The appearance of the yellow leaves IS a message. This message was not sent by words but by imagination and had to be felt by heart.

It is normal that different people may have different understanding or some people couldn’t even notice that is a message.

The fantasy creatures are always here and always not here. Their existences just based on the faith we had.

Therefore fantasy creatures are always so fascinated and charming.

 

 

I considered myself had seen the Loch Ness Monster and I shared by ‘Yellow leaves representatives’ to Anthony who had hosted me in Dublin.

He asked, ‘My darling, have you eaten the Magic Mushrooms?’

初見first see
初見first see
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there
一直在旁always there

尼斯貼紙在船窗Nessie sticker on the window on the boat.

尼斯貼紙在船窗Nessie sticker on the window on the boat.

終於來到尼斯湖了!Loch Ness!
終於來到尼斯湖了!Loch Ness!
遠近山水各分明Different color!
遠近山水各分明Different color!
霧噬Mist eats
霧噬Mist eats
隱於霧hide in mist
隱於霧hide in mist
山吹樹擺Trees move when wind blow
山吹樹擺Trees move when wind blow
山吹樹擺Trees move when wind blow.
山吹樹擺Trees move when wind blow.
遠近山水各分明Different color
遠近山水各分明Different color
遺世獨立靚靚屋Beautiful houses in nature
遺世獨立靚靚屋Beautiful houses in nature
山泥傾瀉了Landslides...
山泥傾瀉了Landslides...
尼斯紀念品~Lock Ness souvenir
尼斯紀念品~Lock Ness souvenir
人造尼斯怪Men-made Nessie
人造尼斯怪Men-made Nessie
尼斯湖旁的小鎮,秋天大多休業了Shops closed in Autumn near Loch Ness
尼斯湖旁的小鎮,秋天大多休業了Shops closed in Autumn near Loch Ness
小水壩~little dam~
小水壩~little dam~
小水壩~little dam
小水壩~little dam
蘇格蘭很重視工程呢Scottish loves engineer
蘇格蘭很重視工程呢Scottish loves engineer