More commonly known as the Holy island, just off the coast from Lamlash on Isle of Arran. I took this after midnight in the middle of Storm Brendan, which gave the island go old battering, while we visited. Even on a small but sturdy tripod, that I was holding firmly, the long exposure got some motion blur. But I think it works well on this image, where we can see the light (glow) from the mainland and even at night the sky is blue when lit up by the fool moon.
Had a very windswept walk on Kildonan beach, got the cobwebs well and truly blown away. Could have spend many more hours walking here, will be back one day. As I can just stare at the waves for hours on end. On the way back the light and clouds changed and we got this rather cool looking light.
In the background behind Pladda you can just make out Ailsa Craig, where you can find the blue hone granite that has long been quarried to make curling stones
View from Lochranza on Isle of Arran, towards the Kintyre peninsula. This is the tail end of the shower that gave us a good “wash”. When the weather forecast says showers, do be prepared wrap up fast, as you will get a soaking double fast at random times. As you can see on the other photo, the shower had on higher grounds brought some snow with it.
Lochranza Distillery, jolly good wee dram. There used to be about fifty distilleries on the island, but most of them were “moonlight” or illegal distilleries, those where the days, eh 🙂
Had a few days on Isle of Arran. This snap was taken from the ferry as we left, the mountain had a wee dusting of snow doing the night.
Bonus shot of Goatfell, with added castle:
For once this dragonfly sat still long enough for me to change lens, focus and snap.
This bench have seen a fair few things. Sadly by the look of it not many people have stopped to watch time go by on it.
I know they are often seen as a weed, but I do like the look of them and always reminds me of New Zealand.
Funny things these, never really heard about or seen these before. Now nearly every time we go to a bit of wood where there is a fallen tree, we find one.
Not much to say just a grand day out to a corner of Scotland we haven’t been to before.
I don’t see winter in Meteorological vs astronomical terms, I see it in how much snow we get.
Meteorological: This corresponds to the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere
Astronomical: The determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Also in the Northern Hemisphere, depending on the year, this corresponds to the period between 21 or 22 December and 19, 20 or 21 March.
And in 2013 we had over six feet of snow on the 22nd of March, which according to the above is spring. Where as in “winter” we had less snow, well a mere dusting.
But do head over to wiki and make your own mind up 🙂
We got a new guardian of our local woodland. she reminds me of the Huldra. “The female huldra is almost invariably described as being incredibly, seductively beautiful”, which is she clearly is.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is always busy but at the same time also one of the best places to go for walk.
Looking down the Roman Roan and next years meals for the worms.
Well it is the season, so I will bore you with a few snaps now.
Hiking up the Roman road out of town. Which takes you up to the moor with a view over town.
Day Six: “Solitude”The state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place.
I need to find the correct quote. A French explore/sailor wrote a book, years ago, where one part he talked about being alone. He said that, he felt more alone on the Metro in the Paris rush hour. Compared to being on his boat alone in the middle of the ocean.
This I can totally relate to. The more remote I am, the more I feel at peace, relaxed and funny enough feel like I’m with my friends. Like here walking all alone, ok Peli is with me, on the Farewell Spit on the South Island of NZ.
Day Four: “Bliss”Bliss (noun): complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven.
I don’t need to get wet or lay and collect the rays. The best way for me to enjoy a beach, is just to sit and look and listen to the waves, that is one of my Zen places.
Photography: Developing Your Eye I
If you should find yourself lost on Isle of Lewis or want to. You can’t do wrong with staying at Corncrake Holiday Cottage. We spend a brilliant week there few months back. Beach, walks, chill, views and nearly totally of the beaten track and stunning sunsets.
Visited the Callanish Standing Stones on Isle of Lewis, fantastic spot. Amazing that they have been left to loiter about for so many years. Still makes me wonder why someone figured that this is a grand place to put some stone in a pattern and probably dance around them naked too. Back then it was not easy to sit around and enjoy the views as the island was covered in forest.
I totally forgot about this: We were sitting at the nearby cafe and overheard some Americans walking down from the stone circle.
Person A: So, what was your impression of the stones?
Person B: Hmm, a bit like cilantro, take or leave it …
This is our home away from home, our tent. Totally bliss and calm when out camping. This location is in the Neouvielle Lakes in the Pyrenees.
Taking part in Photography: Developing Your Eye I is a 10-day photo challenge for bloggers of all photography levels, from beginning photobloggers to pro photographers over on wordpress.org. This is Day One: “Home” — Get Oriented, e.g. learning your camera so that you feel at home with it.
That prompted me to post a photo of a place I feel very much at home, no matter where I’m pitched, my tent.
In ’09 we climbed up to 2400m and camped for a night where we enjoyed the sunset. Later that evening we enjoyed the stars and the milky way which was very clear. And pretty much bright enough walk around. Along with the clear sky I saw in ’90 when I was travelling around the islands of Greece it was the best star gazing I have done.
This is my Zen and dream to have a house with the view of a coast line like this.
Hours will go by with me absolutely doing nothing at all and yet be the calmest and happiest I ever can be.
If you suffer from Pteridophobia, you can’t really do much in New Zealand as the country is literally covered in ferns of all kinds. If you are a suffer I’m sorry to tell you that the next few photographs on this blog will not be your cup of tea.
On what I call the road to nowhere, I cycled past this little bouquet right in the middle of the road.
On Uig bay on Isle of Lewis you are spoiled with stunning sunsets.
I wonder who pulled the plug as the lake bed is totally dried out.
We have been “lucky” to a have a brilliant summer with not much rain.
But the local ducks had to abandon their home for the summer.
I should ride more, I have become lazy over the last half year. Though, I managed to ride a few times in Scotland this year.
This photo is taken in the South Locks area of Isle of Lewis.
Stunning bit of the world.
I have tried for three years to find Mangersta Bothy, aka Eagle’s Nest. The first two years I just went from memory and old maps, mainly no clue of where it would be other than in the Uig area or there about.
This year I found a blog post with a better description of where it would be. Looked on the map and narrowed it further down, and off we went.
I had led us in the right direction and just as I said to Peli I think it should be in this vicinity. She said – there it is! She had spotted the skylight window.
Spend a few days in Scotland and had a walk to the hills.
I stopped near this path, just to let the mutt out for a rest as we have been driving for a long time.
Only after we got home I learned that the hill in the background is called Dumyat Hil (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Mhèad).