Unbelievably still working through Orkney images probably due to the fact if you have edited 80 property shots there is not too much motivation to work any more images that evening – I took several shots at the Ring of Brodgar trying to deliver something fresh – not easy nowadays. Anyway the light was fading fast and rather uninspiring but I liked the fading sky against the shape of the stones – what an intriguing place btw well worth a visit and quite affordable from the mainland.
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. 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. (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.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Inspiration for the poem
Having read John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ Moina Michael made a personal pledge to ‘keep the faith’. She felt compelled to make a note of this pledge and hastily scribbled down a response entitled “We Shall Keep the Faith” on the back of a used envelope. From that day she vowed to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance.
We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael, November 1918
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
I have started in earnest to capture all the Scottish Mainland Lighthouses and I am up to about 15 or so currently – I will start with the mainland and move on to the Islands and finish with those off shore that require boat trips – I fully expect to photograph them all several times – I am not limiting myself to creating a record but more an artistic diary maybe even eventually a seasonal shot for each lighthouse – so this not so much a big project – but a huge one – more than likely a lifetime project – keep watching. I have of course photographed Covesea (my home lighthouse) many many times. I have shots of Covesea in every light I have witnessed and loads of different angles. However you can always find a new angle and this was a real scorcher of a day (perhaps to bright). Enjoy
A rush post to make sure I have a least 3 in June – taking lots of shots just not the time to edit them. Something a wee bit different from me but – well worthy of a share – my son and daughter covered themselves in coloured powder for some fun and charity – the day was perfect for photos and I had great fun deciding which ones to post. I hope that they convey the fun that everyone not just these guys had – a real good feeling and great photos to boot.
Jumping for joy at the end of the 5K run
my daughter obviously buzzing
posing not a skill acquired from his father
Oh so cool :-)