You may have gathered that our 2013 vacation in Scotland was really enjoyed by both my wife and I, as an all-round great vacation for many reasons. Along with today’s photo selection I’ll write a little bit about those reasons.
Skye from the Hills
Of course, one cannot argue with the landscape, as it is truly stunning in many ways and continually surprises with every change of the light. Even though in our 12 days we got to see great variety, there is so much more to explore, as we barely touched on the islands and didn’t go north beyond Loch Ness.
There are many wonderful little towns around Scotland, where we found the people always friendly and welcoming. Staying at Bed-and-Breakfasts was a great choice, as we met more people that way than staying at hotels. Every experience we had was nothing but positive, whether it was at the inn in Plockton, where we stopped for coffee and they provided us coffee and a snack even though they weren’t open yet, or the interaction with locals and tourists at a fantastic pub in Oban (best whisky!!).
And don’t let people fool you about the food, as we ate nothing but wonderful meals throughout our stay ranging from fresh salmon right out of Loch Linnhe in Fort William to a delicious Tikka Masala!
Loch Awe from Kilchurn Castle
Duart Castle on Mull
Wedding at Linlithgow
The historic sites are magnificent! Anywhere you go in Scotland there are beautiful sites, that are either accessible for free or for a very reasonable rate, which usually includes a tour of the property.
Robin by Duart Castle
Sheep on Mull
Then there’s the wildlife! This is a bit tongue in cheek, as there’s still a mystery bird that we haven’t seen: the puffin. One of my wife’s requests was to see puffins, for which purpose we took a trip to the island of Staffa…only to find seagulls! We were just unlucky, as shifting winds do cause them to go out to sea in mass.
There’s much more to write and share with you about this magnificent country and its people, but I don’t want to bore you 🙂
This week, I’m presenting another Cardigan Welsh Corgi portrait, this one from quite a while back.
This photo of Demi was from a portrait session I did for a number of Cardigans during the Summer of 2005. Demi was an incredibly sweet dog, and she was the mother of Ransom our 2nd Cardigan, who is 13 years old at this time.
Unfortunately, Demi crossed the Rainbow Bridge during a Cesarean Section for her second litter. Demi’s owner and many of us were heartbroken by this tragic occurrence.
Those events still make this image bittersweet for me, as she was gone all too soon after this photo was taken.
This was a Canon EOS 1D Mk II using an EF 28-80mm f/4.5-6.3 lens and Speedlite 430 EX as a fill flash. The flash was intended purely to produce a catchlight, as I used a gold tone reflector to create the very warm light on Demi. The exposure settings were 1/1000 second at f/8 at 400 ISO.
Looking at the WordPress Daily Post this morning, I was a bit amused that the day after using the prompt of ‘Abandoned’, they chose to use ‘Hope’. Of course, the combination of these two words is referenced most often in the line from the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno, “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate“, which are the words written over the gate to Hell.
The logical connection between these consecutive Daily Prompts led me immediately to an image that still speaks to me after a number of years: Pyroplasm 3x. Although, to me, the fires in this image are the fires of creation rather than destruction; one could almost paraphrase Dante’s words and say: “Embrace all hope, ye who pass through here!“, as the end result is new creation!
Hope you enjoy this image!
This was shot completely in-camera using a Canon EOS 1D MkIII and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. Using aperture priority, I got the shutter speed slowed to just about 1.5 seconds for this shot while doing a slow zoom with the lens.
As I saw today’s Daily Prompt of ‘Abandoned’, I immediately thought of an image from a couple of years ago…
This poor onion had been left all alone in the icy parking lot of a pizzeria. Had it tried to escape being taken apart by a sharp knife on a food preparation table? Or had it been evicted from the premises after a tearful goodbye?
Unfortunately, the onion declined to comment, so I will never know the answer.
Hope you enjoy this image!
This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.