Isle of Mull – pt. 4

Magical paths

In this fourth installment as your tour guide of beloved Mull, I’d like to show some of the beauty that we found there during our visit.

When visiting Mull, we had a general idea of what we’d expect from Scotland: mountainous terrain with expansive lochs and a sense of ruggedness that would be everywhere.  While there is plenty of such terrain, there are also some tender, hidden gems that show up with the right light and transport one into a completely different environment.

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Step into the Elfin Kingdom

Getting views of this kind gave me a sense of where our inspiration for works, such as ‘Lord of the Rings’, comes from.  There are many places within Scotland that I found these utterly magical scenes…

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Bridging the Magic Realm

Walking along the wandering paths of Mull, on a beautiful, sunny day, there were little treasures to be found around every bend.

Have a wonderful day!

Growing at Mushroom Speed

Growing in stature

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Growth.

During the extreme cold that we are experiencing at this time (it’s 0F at this time [-18C]), it’s hard to think about anything growing, other than the frost on the window.  So I went back a little ways to warmer times to one of the images that is still among my favorites.

Mushrooms are amazing structures in Nature’s grand variety; their rapid growth and, often, beauty make them very attractive.  Yes, there are plenty of hideous mushrooms, and the prettiest ones are among the deadliest ones, but that’s part of the challenge.

Here’s an example of the beauty…

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The Gentle Mushroom

If you read this and are an expert in mycology, please let me know what variety of mushroom this is; I have made several attempts to figure it out, but am unsuccessful thus far.

Stay warm and comfortable and have a wonderful day!

Morning Glow

Rising Fire

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Glow.  Definitely a natural fit for quite a bit of my photography, as I enjoy backlit images…

Of course, a lot of my Yoga Tree images are in this category, as most were captured around sunrise with the Sun coming up behind the wondrous tree.  So for today, I thought I’d share a different tree.

Here’s something from an early morning start on a golf course…

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Rising Fire

The first peek at the Sun rising behind the tree reminds us of its awesome power!

Have a wonderful day!

Thorny Beauty!

Tough as beauty!

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Thorny.  One idea sprung to mind immediately when I saw this one: the Scottish beauty of gorse!

Gorse is ubiquitous across the highlands and isles, where it adorns many hills with a lush coat of yellow that looks so beautiful from a distance.  It is a pioneer that knows how to protect itself with thorny spikes that are strong and almost an inch long; any encounter with this defense mechanism is sure to leave an impression that is not soon forgotten.

Here’s a quick shot that shows both the beauty and the beast….

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Prickly Scottish Beauty

This was captured on the lovely isle of Mull, where it abounded.  Where you get a dense conglomeration of gorse brushes, there is no passing without strong protection.

Have a wonderful day!

Waiting for a Cookie

I deserve a cookie!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Waiting.  An interesting theme, that made me think of a number of images that I shot over the years.  A couple of days ago, I posted a photo of a statue among the plants that had the possibility to wait an Eternity.

This time, my model is our youngest dog, Dorothea Lange, who came along for a walk and can throw a pose…

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I’m so cute!

What do you think: should I make her wait for another cookie?

Hope you enjoy!

Delicate Structures

Dandelions’ Fragile Future

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Structure, which has made me very happy, as there is lots of structure in Nature and the world around us.

Sunday’s post focused on the structure of a fan structured leaf, with the angulation of each fold providing additional strength to the leaf over a rather large area.  Today’s post goes more toward the delicate, as we look at the placement of the seeds of that dreaded lawn denizen, the dandelion.  Each seed is constructed to be carried by the slightest of breezes to find a bit of disturbed soil, where it can take hold and germinate.

This is a closer look at the lovely dandelion…

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Dandelions

This most delicate of structures has found its way across the ages to float forth and multiply.  As an aside, a design studio in the Netherlands makes light sculptures that use the dandelion seed heads for the lights in their collection named Fragile Future.

Hope you enjoy!

Dignity and the Mushroom

Simple beauty

The WordPress Daily Post prompt has the interesting theme of Dignify; this immediately made me think of a rather simple scene that I captured a number of years ago.

As I walked among the trees at an agility trial that I was photographing, my eye caught this gentle mushroom standing beautifully among the debris of the forest floor.  I knew that I had to capture this lovely little scene…

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The Gentle Mushroom

Looking back at this image, I still enjoy the simple beauty of the mushroom, standing there with dignity.  Unfortunately, the story of the mushroom did not have a happy ending, as some time later, I noticed that it had been knocked down…

Hope you enjoy!