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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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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Wreck at Corpach

 

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Back in July I posted the same subject (which can be found here)  approached from a slightly different way, so I thought I would share this alternate interpretation of the same wreck. In an attempt to demonstrate that by moving your position in relation to the subject you have the possibility to generate a subtly different image. I think there are even more images in this boat given some better weather and also in placing the boat in it’s landscape so keep watching.

Digital Art, Landscape

Wreck at Corpach

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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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Sleat Penisular WM

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Here is one from my recent trip to Skye – I have to admit as to not making The Sleat Peninsular one of my priorities due to the fact it seemed so flat and unappealing in my initial research – how wrong can one be! The were loads of inlets and nooks that I will have to go back and explore in a variety of weathers. The weather I would place in the typical Scotland category which really lends itself to all sort of colours on the palette board. I did crop the image several times before deciding on this final image. It just goes to show never judge a book by it’s cover – get out there and hands on you just never know what is around the corner.

Landscape, Photography, Travel

The Sleat Peninsular – Skye

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Above Pennan

 

Well I was out on a job this week in Aberdeenshire and the sea haar was thick and pretty un-photogenic returning along the coast the sun was burning off the fog – as I was passing Pennan the light was fighting to kill the fog and generate some subtle soft light – you may just get a taste of what I am talking about, by looking at the light on the field above the cliffs on the left of the image, where the light is electrifying the field  over the rest of the flat neutral tones. Anyway I turned off in to the steep decent and caught this view. Pennan famous of course for the film Local Hero is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. Endless Scottish beaches wonderful light humour and a magnificent Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Soundtrack. Enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography, Uncategorized

Above Pennan

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