Intriguing Calm Cromarty

Intriguing Calm Cromarty

I try not to repeat a subject for a few posts but I got this shot today again on the way to a job in Invergordon – anyway this is the result – I wanted to wait another 45 mins or so until the mist would fully reveal the Deep Energy (see previous post) in the background of the Oil Rig but instead you will have to look closely. Enjoy Spring ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. This is good as it is, Scott, I’m glad you didn’t wait another 45 minutes. Among other things you might have lost the sunkissed look on the hills beyond and the image would have had quite a different feel. When it comes to detail, sometimes less can be more, I like this a lot.

    1. I would have lost the sun kissed look for definite but I desperately wanted to et a little more of Deep Energy – which I have photographed to death recently moored just to the right of the rig. That said I would have had to move to a telephoto lens which would have been a different shot again – so you are right it was right as I took it. never satisfied really

  2. Intriguingly ‘soft’ shot Scott thanks to that slightly misty weather.

  3. Always loved the Firth. It has seen so many economic changes as the way folk earn their livings have altered over the years. I wonder if we will see the Firth full once again with Riggs in for repair and maintenance. One always associates Cromarty with the Weather/Shipping Forecast and before one becomes familiar with the location you have this impression of a bleak place….and it can be but on a good day there is something special about Cromarty village and the headland around. Always draws us to the Black Isle

    1. I am spending increasing time in this area David and the more I see the more I want to see – Rigs are on the increase again plus the Deep Energy cable laying boat which is an amazing sight, that said the Aberdeen economy is very vulnerable currently as you know – lots of the rigs come in and are laid up because they are getting old or insufficient work – we will have to see if the financial breaks are enough to stimulate further exploration of if Cromarty becomes a recycling plant.

      1. Yes it is tough……never sure that financial breaks work or are even ethical. After all the Big Multi Nationals have made mega bucks out of the area so shouldn’t they put something back when times are tougher. Just like the Insurance Companies….these days they don’t want to ride the storms just the good times. Isn’t like the old adage about Bank Managers…..they will lend you an umbrella when the sun shines but take it back when it rains. What ever it is tough for the community and those who have shown loyalty to the companies.

  4. Until I opened it up, I thought this was a small temple in the water, Scott. I guess it is! A temple to oil ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a still and beautiful shot. I could wish to be there in spite of the derrick.

    1. You can definitely come back Lyle – a tadge sharper on the rig and I would have been really pleased – but i’ll put it down to the mist ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Where does the sky end, where does the land start… so beautiful… it is so beautiful. To know that there was a moment like that, time stopped. This is great photograph dear Scott. Thank you, love, nia

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