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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Loch Carron Calm WM

Lochcarron Calm

Castle Strome WM

Strome Castle

A less than subtle departure - Lochcarron

A less than subtle departure

Three shots all taken in and around Lochcarron on the west coast of Scotland. One is across the light another with the light behind and the third in to the sun. Each image is quiet different. Enjoy
Landscape, Photography

Lochcarron – Trilogy

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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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Turnberry on the Rocks

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Well its about time you were exposed to another Scottish Lighthouse – I trust it will guide our country to make the right choice this week as Scotland goes to the polls for the biggest decision in the last 300 years

certainly the biggest decision in my lifetime. Don’t worry I don’t intend to engage you in politics – people need to make their choices based on their beliefs and hopes.

I love my country passionately and will be living here no matter what happens on Thursday

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Scottish Lighthouse Series – Turnberry On the Rocks

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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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65002 Returning Home

 

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This is 62005 returning to Fort William – crossing the swing bridge at Neptune’s Staircase on the best day I have ever witnessed in Lochaber. Ben Nevis in the background is devoid of snow with the North Face cast in shadow. I have several shots of 62005 resplendent in late evening sun so keep watching also some crackers from Loch Moidart – enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Travel

62005 – Returning Home

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