The Kelpie is a water spirit that primarily resides in the depths of Scottish waters. Kelpies are usually depicted as small black horses, but there have been accounts of green and white ones as well. They also possess the ability to manifest a human appearance.
While Kelpies appear benevolent, they are actually malicious spirits who carry off and drown anyone who tries to mount them. They are also known to steal young women away from their homes. In one story, a male Kelpie steals away a woman and forces her to live with him and bear a child. Years later, she manages to leave the Kelpie and their young child, and she escapes to her human family onshore. She thinks she is safe, but the angry Kelpie wreaks havoc that night by creating a storm that nearly destroys her family’s town. The following morning brings a clear sky and she assumes the worst is over, but she opens the door to find her child’s severed head on the front porch.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
—Rachel Carson (via evanescentlove)