As Lyle is beginning to believe is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had - I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor  attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was loosing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn't quiet help you appreciate the weather condition's. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on - either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

As Lyle is beginning to believe Scotland is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had – I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was losing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn’t fully help you appreciate the weather condition’s. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on – either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

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Dust Bowl

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I cannot deny that whilst watching the story of the extreme weather unfold in many parts of the UK leading to, what is for many a horrible nightmare, I wish anyone suffering from the flooding and high winds that spring is on it's way. Fortunately we in Moray have been blessed by much kinder conditions. As i was selecting a blog post I realised that many of my recent images have reflected those milder conditions which we have been experiencing. Therefore - I decided to  attempt to reflect my feelings at this point of the year when the nights are drawing out and we all look forward to the clocks changing and areal sense that Spring is in the air - unfortunately this image simply says "cauld"

I cannot deny that whilst watching the story of extreme weather unfold in many parts of the UK – leading to, what is for many a horrible nightmare, I wish anyone suffering from the heartbreak of flooding and high winds a swift spring to allow clear-up to proceed with haste. Fortunately we in Moray have been blessed by much kinder and milder conditions. As I was selecting a blog post I realised that many of my recent images have reflected those milder conditions which we in Moray have been experiencing. Therefore – I decided an attempt to reflect my feelings at this point of the year when the nights are drawing out and we all look forward to the clocks changing and a real sense that Spring is in the air – unfortunately this image simply says “cauld” ~ enjoy

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Cauld View

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You have no idea how often I have tried photographing trees - with a very low success rate. Mr David Oakes however  rarely gets it wrong - please check out his blog http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/ to guage for yourself. However on this occasion the sun was particularly low in the sky and just tickling a few branches with just enough light to be interesting - so there you have it a "homage to Mr Oakes" - enjoy

You have no idea how often I have tried photographing trees – with a very low success rate. Mr David Oakes however rarely gets it wrong – please check out his blog http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/ to guage for yourself. However on this occasion the sun was particularly low in the sky and just tickling a few branches with just enough light to be interesting – so there you have it a “homage to Mr Oakes” – enjoy

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Just some Trees (A homage to Mr Oakes)

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The Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme, which lies to the north of the Affric-Beauly Scheme, is centred on Strathconan and Strath Bran. The second stage of development focused on Conon Valley where dams were built at Loch Droma and in Strath Vaich to create high level reservoirs. Water descends to a power station at Loch Glascarnoch, a man-made reservoir with a substantial dam 28m (92 feet) high and 510m (1673 feet) long, and travels on to Mossford power station. It is then discharged into Loch Luichart, which drains the area around Achnasheen.

The Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme is centred on Strathconan and Strath Bran. The second stage of development focused on Conon Valley where dams were built at Loch Droma (this location) and in Strath Vaich to create high level reservoirs. Water descends to a power station at Loch Glascarnoch, a man-made reservoir with a substantial dam 28m (92 feet) high and 510m (1673 feet) long, and travels on to Mossford power station. It is then discharged into Loch Luichart, which drains the area around Achnasheen. Whilst under construction Hydro electricity is not without it’s detractors however when the contract considers the environment as best it can and returns the land as close back to it’s original circumstance, then in my view it works. I accept it is not without cost to the environment but for me it is a preferred option  versus being held ransom by foreign corporations for energy. I will definitely spend more time around this loch – which is traditionally shot in the opposite direction to the very attractive backdrop of Torridon

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hàidrea ~ Loch Droma

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Mandy's View

You will note I have changed my blog theme to maximise your opportunity of viewing this 3 image panorama on the biggest scale possible. I hope you enjoy it – it is my first successful attempt at a panoramic and I am pleased with the results

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Somewhere in Moray

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This time generate a mixture of feelings here we are hanging on to the last warmth trying to avoid switching on the central heating - outside still lots of sunshine - darker sky's  and each evening brings an earlier sunset - curtains are getting drawing earlier each evening and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is losts of promise. Here the crop is at it's peak and ready for a golden harvest

This time of year generates a mixture of feelings, here we are hanging on to the last warmth – trying to avoid switching on the central heating – outside still lots of sunshine – darker sky’s and each evening brings an earlier sunset – curtains are getting drawing earlier and autumn is well under way. Perhaps we appreciate the days more because they are shorter, in the next couple of weeks I can get some easy sunrises without having to get up too early so there is lots of promise. Anyway I have rambled on long enough – this post is a crop at it’s peak and ready for a golden harvest – enjoy

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Harvest Gold

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Nature, postaday, Texture

It’s a Puzzle

A close off centre crop of a Monkey Puzzle Tree - this is a close up taken with a 50-200 non VR lens. I would love to get hold of a Macro lens - would love to see the close up potential.

A close off centre crop of a Monkey Puzzle Tree – this is a close up taken with a 50-200 non VR lens. I would love to get hold of a Macro lens – would love to see the close up potential.

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Had this hanging around for a while but wasnt to sure anyway as I have to go and bury my head in my first assignment for my just commenced Photography HND - I will leave you to decide.

Had this hanging around for a while but wasn’t to sure anyway as I have to go and bury my head in my first assignment for my just commenced Photography Higher Professional Diploma – I will leave you to decide if I got it level in the end ;-).

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Kinloss Abbey

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A Haunted Carbisdale Castle Hides amongst the Trees

I hope you are wandering across the vista seeking this haunted Castle which I am referring to. I stayed here when I was 15 on a tour of the Highlands which was run by my school. This and a subsequent trip to Minnesota have in many ways led me to the person I am. I have ghost story to tell with this picture - but you wouldn't believe me and it would take to long. So please just enjoy this and if you get the chance to go and stay (it is Scottish Youth Hostel Association venue)   don't think twice.

I hope your eyes are wandering across the vista seeking the haunted Castle which I am referring to. I stayed here when I was 15 on a tour of the Highlands which was run by my school. This and a subsequent trip to Minnesota have in many shaped the creative side of me. I have ghost story to tell with this picture – but you wouldn’t believe me and it would take to long. So please just enjoy this and if you get the chance to go and stay (it is Scottish Youth Hostel Association venue) don’t think twice.

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I long for Spring

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole course called Covesea after the lighthouse in the early Spring not that long now the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

The classic Scottish Golf tease it could be Turnberry to the uninitiated it is in fact a small 9 hole golf course called Covesea after the lighthouse of the same name. In the early Spring (not that long now) the yellow sea of gorse comes alive and we know we are emerging from winters grip.

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Converging Texture

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn't happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

Well I was planning to post this image some 3 hours ago but I started messing about with the crop and 3 hours later I still wasn’t happy but decided to hit save anyway. It was a lot easier when I posted this on Instagram less to think about. All in all it is about the myriad of colours and light n shade which all converge on the building. Classic harsh winter light

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Glasgow Sampler

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Sail with me – Clachnaharry Sea Lock

Okay some changes then I have changed the name of the blog - have no fears your subscriptions etc are all intact - I thought this particular photograph suitable for this change as it is the sea lock which is located at the junction where the Moray Firth and Beauly Firth merge and via this lock you can enter the Great Glen and ultimately on to Loch Ness the home of Nessie. In summary it is a crossroads just like me. One journey end and another begin's ...

Some changes then – I have altered the name of the blog – have no fears your subscriptions etc are all intact – in changing the name I am aiming to build my Google SEO. I thought this particular photograph suitable for this change as it is the sea lock which is located at the junction where the Moray Firth and Beauly Firth merge and you can enter the Great Glen onwards ultimately to Loch Ness (home of Nessie). In summary the lock is at a crossroads just like myself. One journey ends and another begin’s …

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Currently I am reflecting on 2012

Well before I start posting again in earnest - I am having a think on how the last year progressed and how I wish to move forward in the coming year. Those of you who have followed me throughout my on line exploits know my ambition of one day turning pro. I am hopeful the transition to professional photographer will take place in the next 18 months - I intend to conclude my present career over the next 18 months so I can focus fully on the next step. I am starting a 2 year Photography HND to coincide with this transition - subsequently this blog will become a testing ground, where I intend to explore several new aspects of photography which until recently I have only dabbled with. I hope you will follow my ongoing development and enjoy the journey with me. In preparation for my move in to the professional ranks I am re-branding my blog.

Well before I start posting again in earnest – I am having a think on how the last year progressed and how I wish to move forward in the coming year. Those of you who have followed me throughout my on line exploits know my ambition of one day turning pro. I am hopeful the transition to professional photographer will take place in the next 18 months – I intend to conclude my present career over the next 18 months so I can focus fully on the next step. I am starting a 2 year Photography HND to coincide with this transition – subsequently this blog will become a testing ground, where I intend to explore several new aspects of photography which until recently I have only dabbled with. I hope you will follow my ongoing development and enjoy the journey with me. In preparation for my move in to the professional ranks I am re-branding my blog under my own name  – keep watching and Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas from Elgin Cathedral the ‘Lantern of the North ‘

The Lantern of the North

The Lantern of the North resplendent in it’s winter coat 

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I use Instagram for some fun and this week with emerging policy amendments – the ‘IG’ community spoke with a firm voice and apparently we were listened to – we shall see

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@skm1963 my recent Instagram’s

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Industrial Horizon

A becalmed view stretching across the Cromarty Firth from the Black Isle to Invergordon.     A mere 24 hours on from the Spring Tide storms.

A becalmed view stretching across the Cromarty Firth from the Black Isle to Invergordon. A mere 24 hours on from the Spring Tide storms.

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Feed the Gulls

As we approach Christmas I will be like most of you distracted by family and busy in other areas of my life. So I thought a little humour and then a few of my early back catalog shots to make ease the workload over the holiday period.

As we approach Christmas I will be like most of you distracted by family and busy in other areas of my life. So I thought a little humour and then a few of my early back catalog shots to make ease the workload over the holiday period.

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In to the Light (looking forwards never back)

Although this time of year has it’s qualities the days are far too short for me. I long for a return to longer days where I can seek out joy and pleasure in the coolness of the tree canopy listening to the birds and the babbling brook – hoping to walk out of the shade – feel the warmth of the sun and be exposed to a magnificent vista………………..

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In to the Light (looking forwards never back)

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Marbled Rust

You will have gathered I am messing around with subtle hues and textures currently. This is a retake of an long lens landscape in Glencoe. On this occasion as well as the contrast with the dead ferns (rusty colour) I have captured the reflection in the Lochan too - not a brilliant image but interesting

You will have gathered I am messing around with subtle hues and textures currently. This is a retake of an long lens landscape in Glencoe (linked below). On this occasion as well as the contrast with the dead ferns (rusty colour) I have captured the reflection in the Lochan too – not a brilliant image but interesting 

Please link back to my most successful image ever Glencoe Glory to see where within that image this one derived from – enjoy!

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Napoli – Thunderstorm

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn't give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud - One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

Another pretty bland view which to be honest I wouldn’t give a second glance towards unless I was witnessing this incredible surreal lighting situation where the sun is setting behind me generating this intense backlight against a stormy sky and it was being punctuated by lightening bursts being filtered by the cloud – One of the most dramatic light dances I have ever witnessed.

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Bàgh Shanabhait – Wet n Wild

Sandwood Bay (Scottish Gaelic: Bàgh Shanabhait) is a natural bay in Sutherland, on the far north-west coast of mainland Scotland. It is best known for its mile-long beach and Am Buachaille, a sea stack, and lies about 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. Behind the bay’s large dunes, stretches Sandwood Loch – a freshwater loch full of brown and sea trout.
Though remote, and with no road access, the bay is easily reached by a 4-mile long, yet well-trodden and fairly flat, path leading from the gravel car park at the hamlet of Blairmore. Sandwood Bay is part of the Sandwood Estate which is run by the John Muir Trust. The beach is considered to be one of the cleanest and most unspoilt beaches in the whole of mainland Britain.

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Loch Beinn A’ Mheadhoin Dam

The Scottish Hydro-Electric Power generates clean energy but the cost is a multitude of man-made structures which have to fit in to the natural scenery. This dam is at the head of the beautiful Glen Affric and provides flow regulation and some storage for Fasnakyle power station.  The water level in the loch is closely controlled to ensure that the level remains virtually constant, ensuring that the scenic beauty of the upper Glen Affric is affected as little as possible.

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Ballandalloch Gatehouse

Yes this is just the gatehouse – several miles down the road from the Castle – it is located in the heart of Speyside, near to the famed local whisky distilleries of Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Glenfarclas and Glenfiddich. Surrounded by majestic hills, and with the tumbling waters of the Rivers Spey and Avon flowing through the grounds, the setting is truly magnificent.

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A Wash of Colour

This is another long lens landscape – I took several shots to get what I was seeing with my eyes, I was messing around shooting across the light. I loved the ruffled patch of water and I loved the light on the trees to the left of the image, but was failing to join them in an interesting way so I moved my perspective more in to the light and hey presto the graduation you can now see. With strong light and reflection fading towards the patch of different water. In the end I moved from being frustrated to being satisfied. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Play Misty for Me (#2)

At this time of year the days are very short here in Moray and a little darkness can fill your mood – this dusk image seemed to capture that feeling – a lone tree peaking through twilight mist – spooky in a sensual way…….

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Blue for You

This is an archive repost from the “Burghead Sunset Sessions” a seminal week in November 2011 where I witnessed several wonderful sunsets in the same week.

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Gordonstoun Autumnal Walk

This is more the kind of drive that you would see in an English Parkland Estate, but the this is the school grounds through which a young Prince Charles would have wandered – the light was dull and flat but the leaves would not be defeated. I had no tripod so placed the camera on my woolly hat – to get the depth of a smaller aperture and used the timer at 1/8 sec.

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Arable Seasons

I wanted to brighten things up – I know you will be used to seeing reflections in my work – on this occasion however I have used farmland in varied state of being farmed. I like the collection of soft browns and autumn colours all being amplified by the depth of the reflection – but natural enough to display a range of surface textures – enjoy

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First taste of Winter – Ben Wyvis

Driving towards Inverness this weekend my eyes were drawn by the first dusting of snow on the mountain’s of Easter Ross. I couldn’t resist the temptation of capturing autumn colours contrasted against the snowline. Was even lucky enough to get some good sunshine kindly dance across the peak of Ben Wyvis, Easter Ross. This a long lens landscape taken from the dam at Loch Glascarnoch about 25 miles NW of Inverness.

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My most successful Instagram’s and why are you not following me :D

These are small snapshots of my most successful Instagram Images – I thought it might be interesting to share, couple of points to note – it is mainly my landscape work but not exclusively which is popular, wildlife on the whole struggles and people crash n burn – moody coastal scenes work every time but then I understand that. Anyway if you want to follow me on Instagram or Twitter just search @skm1963 – I find it fun and relaxing :D

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Dune Burst

I love capturing the light pre-sunrise especially when there is high clouds to catch the light, here the sun has actually risen above the horizon but I have rapidly withdrawn to use the dunes as filter, I hope you like the result as much as me.

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A Doe a Deer

This was taken on the Rannoch Moor at Kingshouse Hotel right under the gaze of the Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning “the great herdsman of Etive”) clearly they have some sort of deal with the hotel chef’s :D

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Closer to my Heart

okay – normal service has been resumed – have a wonderful weekend

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Hot n Cold

In late Autumn the sun is so low in the sky that it struggles to reach everywhere, resulting in a wonderful contrast between the cool shore and the warm foliage.

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