So as we steamed North hunting the light – I was getting used to my new office.

The Office

Occasionally we were teased by moody 90 degree landscape light

A Dusting of Light

Of course I had my Lighthouses to keep me amused this is Kjeungskjær Lighthouse which is located on a small rock beyond Ørlandet. This lighthouse, or “fyr” in Norwegian, is considered to be one of the most beautiful along the Norwegian coast. An interesting fact passed on by our cruise director is that the last lighthouse keeper raised his five children in this lighthouse. Yes, they had their schooling in the lighthouse as well. As we sail past, it’s hard to imagine how the parents manage to maintain sanity with five children in the lighthouse (Wikipedia)

Kjeungskjær Lighthouse

Munkholmen (Norwegian: the monk’s islet) is an islet north of Trondheim, Norway. It sits in the Trondheimsfjord about 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi) northwest of the island of Brattøra and the mouth of the river Nidelva. The islet has served as a place of execution, a monastery, a fortress, prison, and a World War II anti-aircraft gun station. Today, Munkholmen is a popular tourist attraction and recreation site. (Wikipedia)

Munkholmen

Landscape, Lighthouse, Photography

Norge – Hunting the Light

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Norge Post

So Mandy and I have returned safely after rounding the North Cape and parking the ship right up on the border with Russia. We choose this trip primarily to see the Lofoten Islands and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Hurtigruten are so confident you will see the Aurora on these trips – that they offer a free weeks cruise if you fail to view the lights with them. Rather than post a whole gallery of shots, I thought I would post a few individual images to give you a feel for Norway and wrap it all up with a gallery post. Hurtigruten are the Postal and freight boats which steam the Norwegian coast daily some 13 boats in total. In other words it is not run as a cruise more like a working ferry dropping mail and freight as they go – this first shot is to give you a feel for the kind of 2 dimensional scenery you get sailing beyond the Arctic Circle (around 6 days of the trip is within the Arctic Circle). This first shot Norge Post is taken during the Polar Night (where the sun does not rise above the horizon during a 24 hour period) polar nights create a very ethereal light, also note how calm the water is (it was not always this calm) but that is a story for another day.

Coast, Landscape, Norway

Norge Post

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Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe

Well firstly let me wish all my fellow bloggers a healthy and Happy New Year. I trust you were all able to spend it with your family or at least have some contact with them. This is a pretty typical shot of Loch Leven with Eilean Munde the famous burial ground clearly visible just below the Pap (the conical hill) – eilean Munde is a small island in Loch Leven, close to Ballachulish. It is the site of a chapel built by St. Fintan Mundus (also known as Saint Fintan Munnu), who travelled here from Iona in the 7th Century. The church was burnt in 1495 and rebuilt in the 16th Century. The last service in the church was held in July, 1653.[1] The island is the site of a graveyard once used by the Stewarts of Ballachulish, the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the Camerons of Callart. The clans shared the island and the maintenance of the graveyard, even when there was conflict between them.[2] (courtesy of Wikipedia).

Probably wont post again until nearer the 20th of the month as Mandy and I are off to Norway for a cruise so high hopes to catch some stunning Norwegian scenery – tbh I am struggling to contain the excitement. Anyway have a lovely and I look forward to viewing you fabulous images throughout the year.

Historical, Landscape

Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe

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Loch Leven Anchorage

 

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This was so close to a great sunset but before the light got sexy, it had dropped over hills, however I moved down to Onich and caught some light heading down Loch Linnhe demonstrating that if you plan in the highlands you can chase the light quiet successfully. That said this is a lovely tranquil scene – in fact I also got a nice mono off to the left here with the slate which you can see covering the beach. Enjoy

Coast, Landscape

Loch Leven Anchorage

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Classic Findhorn

Rather than depressing you by reflecting the horrible weather which is currently spreading across Scotland – I thought I might share an oldie which has been re-edited utilising my current knowledge – I hope you agree it displays lots of detail on a lovely calm spring day. Somewhat unlike the 70+ mph winds streaking across the country as I post. Keep safe

Landscape, Travel

Classic Findhorn

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Elgin Cathedral Winter

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my followers a Very Moray Christmas

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A Very Moray Christmas – An Unique Advent Calender

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After Dark Strathisla Distillery

 

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Experience the age-old craft of whisky making at first hand. Dating from 1786, much of the buildings have changed little, from the old cobbled courtyard to the distinctive double pagodas, making it one of the most picturesque distilleries in Scotland well I think so anyway.

Historical, Landscape, Photography

After Dark – Strathisla Distillery 1786

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