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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Normandy Graves

 

In Flanders Fields

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

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

Flanders poppies

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

Moina Michael

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.

Historical, People

100 years on – We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields.

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62005 Lord of the Isles

 

This is a must share for all steam train enthusiasts – “The Lord of the Isles” 62005 cooling down after hard days works – steam can still be observed coming from the boiler, the sun is clearly dropping over my right shoulder as the shadow is cast across the engine I have to admit I thought the smell as she cooled was wonderful. It was a perfectly calm  evening blues skys – honestly does it get any better. Definitely one of the highlights  of the year and my employers were paying the fuel. Hell I love being a semi professional semi retired photographer.

Historical, Photography, Travel

The Lord of the Isles – 62005

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A little after Sunset

 

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I have always preferred  post sunset light as it is far less intense allowing the sensor to cope much better with the myriad of colour. I secretly love the fact that most people dissapear once the sun has dropped not realising that the best is yet to come.

That said I am conscious that the sky alone is simply not enough to whet the appetite you need some foreground interest – here I was spoiled by both the reflection and the small rockpool. We have had a week in Skye  since my last post (keep watching for the shots)

I have also been without broadband for nearly 14 days so I am looking forward to being inspired by all your blog posts so the future is bright the future is Orange :-)

Landscape, Photography, Sunset

A little after Sunset

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Castle Tioram - Adhar dhealbh

 

Benji says thanks for the positive way in which he was received here in blog world. Some of you fathomed out my methodology for the previously published “Above Castle Tioram” which was of course a drone. I was often frustrated when visiting some of these stunning locations that I wasn’t completely able to capture the majesty of the setting. So I have taken the opportunity of investing in a drone. In essence it is an aerial photographic platform. However like all things, although it provides opportunity it also comes with constraints. Due to weight, the camera is quiet small and the focal length is around 5mm generating considerable curvature in the images which has to be straightened out. All that said I am learning fast how to get the best out of it and when combined with my DSLR you can get some great footage. This shot was attained with some risk as the drone is well out over the Loch – any mechanical failure or an aggressive seagull and I would be facing a hefty bill. Ultimately I have an opportunity to capture Castle Tioram (one of my favorites) placed in it’s landscape – I am sure you will agree – it is a rather splendid landscape – enjoy

Aerial, Landscape, Photography

Castle Tioram – Selfie

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Above Castle Tioram WM

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 I am proud to announce a first on my blog – this is an aerial shot of one of Scotland’s most stunning ruins Castle Tioram – Loch Moidart, Lochaber. I shan’t bother you with the technical aspects or hows and whys – I just hope you agree that it offers a completely different perspective.

Historical, Landscape, Photography

Above Castle Tioram

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These are a lot of fun to post – I also get ideas and new locations from my feed (posts by those IG’ers I follow)

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Photography, Travel

Instagram Update – @skm1963

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