Sometimes, one comes upon an object that is unusual, that catches the eye. Such was the case of a tree that I saw in the garden of Dunvegan Castle.
Araucaria araucana (commonly called the monkey puzzle tree, monkey tail tree, piñonero, or Chilean pine) is an evergreen tree growing to 1–1.5 m (3–5 ft) in diameter and 30–40 m (100–130 ft) in height. It is native to central and southern Chile, western Argentina. Araucaria araucana is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Auracaria. Because of the longevity of this species, it is described as a living fossil. It is also the national tree of Chile. Its conservation status was changed to Endangered list by the IUCN in 2013 due to the dwindling population caused by logging, forest fires, and grazing.
As you can see from the people standing next to the tree, this tree is impressively tall; I would estimate this tree to be between 20-25m tall, which is an impressive sight.
This particular tree stands in the gardens of Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, the chieftain of clan MacLeod. This castle on the Isle of Skye is well worth the visit, as its gardens are a thing of beauty!
Welcome to the 131st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
It no Surprise that you came up with lots of creative post on this week’s theme! There were quite a number of entries that surprised me and made me laugh! You’ve taken a wonderful view on the theme and created amazing posts that really cheered me up this week, when a bit of levity was necessary. Thank you for that and the great entries that you shared with everyone!
Please enjoy these posts and see which ones surprise you the most!
Sometimes a surprise can be something rather simple…
There was a lot of amazing landscape to behold on the Isle of Skye, but nothing was as surprising as finding a kitchen sink in the middle of a field, as you’re walking toward an ancient ruin. This field just needed a bathtub and toilet to have complete plumbing!
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
This week is kicked off with a great entry in Heart to Heart‘s blog, which has the ultimate photobomb!
With another great photo in theOnlyD800intheHameau we visit the town of Perigueux, where there will be a real surprise, if you take a step out of the door!
This week’s post by Shelley in her blog, Quaint Revival, demonstrates that Nature can produce some interesting surprises.
While she may not like surprises, we are regaled with some wonderful ones in pensivity101‘s post, of which I like the coral wedding surprise the best!
The poem created in the blog, Syncwithdeep, is rather intriguing and has a surprise!
In A Pause for Nature, there’s an interesting surprise that occured in the garden… do you see what it is?
Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom celebrates a new horizon with the view of autumn’s beauty. In a second post in Tranature, the gulls are hunting and looking very much in their element! Xenia shared a third post in whippetwisdom, which celebrates the moon!
Tatiana brings us quite a collection of posts for this week’s theme. Her blog, Travelways, features the craters of the moon; a second post in Travelways takes us to Mt. Rushmore; a third post in Travelways goes to Baja California. Her final post is in Vegas Great Attractions, where she features the Heart Attack Grill, a rather interesting place!
The reflection in Na’ama Yehuda‘s post is quite surprising, as it appears to check its appearance before venturing out in the day!
Susan catches someone by surprise in her post in Musin’ with Susan, as it’s that kind of birthday party!
There are some stunning photos in Anita’s post in Make Life Beautiful, one of which surprised me quite a bit!
Not all surprises are pleasant, as we can see in Woolly Muses‘s post; I hope that the second location was much better!
That’s a really interesting photo that is featured in mytravelcsp, and I see several surprising things…what do you see?
Ulli’s post in the blog Banactee takes us to Portugal for some rather lovely surprises, although one leaves me feeling like a fish out of water!
Olga came upon a rather unusual entry in a car show, as you can see in her post in Stuff and what if…; it might not be a good vehicle, in which to catch a ride…
Debbie was surprised by a really interesting discovery in Madrid, as you can read in Travel with Intent; it left her high and happy!
From Jordy’s Streamings we get to visit a house that’s welcoming for Halloween, which may make it just a bit scary…
Debbie is getting ready for a group and shares her experience with a house meeting in ForgivingConnects; her post tells us eloquently of the importance of allowing ourselves to be open and forgiving of ourselves.
Maria has a stunning photo in her contribution to the theme in her wonderful blog, KameraPromenader; it’s a rather surprising look!
In a rather amusing post in Sgeoil, we get the opportunity to read our future in beer foam!
This week’s entry in A Day in the Life takes us into a house; this house appears to have some squatters in it…go check it out!
Ilka’s post is made possible by a surprising drop in temperaturel in A Thousand Miles, she takes this surprise to become a gorgeous photo!
I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!
Over the past week, I’ve posted a number of entries that linked to the final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of All-Time Favorites. Sadly, the Weekly Photo Challenge is no more, so I want to close out this workweek with one last image in this series (although I may never stop!)
With this image, which is among my favorites (there are a number of photos from Skye that fall in that category), I simply enjoy the sense of being in a different world from our planet, as the light plays across the hills and changes with the movement of each cloud…
The Isle of Skye is a photographer’s dream-world, as each turn of the road presents one with a new, stunning landscape to try and capture. While up in the hills in the Qiuraing, I was continually astounded by the changes in the vistas, even while staying at the same location. Watching the light dance across the hills, changing the colors and highlighting features, was akin to watching a great magician doing their work, but at a scale well beyond even the larges stage.
As part of the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Tour Guide, I thought it might be of interest to find something that ties back to this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge of Exotic.
My favorite island of the Inner Hebrides is Skye, for its amazing, rugged landscape and mountainous range that are just a dream to photograph, as every different incident angle of light creates a completely new environment, sometimes even otherworldly.
One of the interesting places to visit on the isle of Skye is Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. Probably a fortified site from the earliest times, the castle was first built in the 13th century and developed piecemeal over the centuries. In the 19th century the whole was remodelled in a mock-medieval style. The castle is built on an elevated rock overlooking an inlet on the eastern shore of Loch Dunvegan, a sea loch.
The castle sits on a massive site on Skye, much of which is cultivated into a stunning garden that includes many exotic species, such as the tree in this photo. The people standing next to it give you a sense of the scale of this wonderful tree.
If you’re ever visiting Skye, the castle and its grounds are well worth a look!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Weathered.
As a second entry into this week’s challenge, I thought I’d look at weathering across the ages. There are fine examples of this all over the world, as long-term weather affects the surface of the planet and shapes it into all sorts of interesting forms [terraforming?].
One of my favorite locations to admire Nature’s projects is the island of Skye, largest of the islands of the Inner Hebrides. On this island there’s dramatic evidence of the long-term effect of weather, the seasons and time, as the landscape has been worn down into beautiful ranges. Combined with the fantastic lighting provided by Sun and clouds, the landscape of Skye makes for amazing photography.
Here are some examples from Skye…
Textures of the Quiraing
Golden hued Skye
Skye’s Rugged Textures
These images were taken during our vacation in Scotland in 2013; as you can imagine this is one area that I’d love to revisit!
Welcome to Week 82 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
Your takes on last week’s theme of Broken were simply fantastic! With lots of creativity and plenty of broken objects, hearts and trust, but no broken promises!
It took a bit of searching to come up with a theme for this week; looking for some shiny objects (detours to update Lightroom CC, etc.)… Then I decided to look through unprocessed images from the 2013 Scotland vacation and came across this little gem! Out in the field, there it was! So let’s make this week’s theme: Kitchen!
I think that many of you have found yourselves in or around a kitchen at some point, and that they may inspire you to a creative image or two! Be they delicacies in the kitchen, or a showpiece of a kitchen, I’m confident that you’ll have fun presenting something along the kitchen line!
Here’s what got me started in this direction…
On the gorgeous island of Skye, we were exploring the field by the remains of Duntulm castle, when my eye caught this beautiful scene. It must have failed to please a previous occupant of the castle, who though it might serve better as an artful decoration! The kitchen sink served me very well for this image!
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
I’m looking forward to seeing what catches your eye this week…
With a Daily Prompt theme of Crescendo, I thought it might be interesting to share something that is a bit of an experiment.
Quite often, I will experiment with something that goes against the accepted practices of photography; we have heard a number of them about composition, light, rule of thirds, etc. The standard approach of keeping the Sun behind you, when shooting, is eschewed by me, as there are so many interesting things to discover by varying one’s technique a bit.
In this particular moment, I noticed that the Sun was playing rather nicely through the trees, creating some rather interesting patterns on the green. A bit of lens flare was the risk, as you can see, but it made for a bit of an unusual view.
I captured this near a village green in Portree on Skye, which location is called ‘The Lump’. I captured this as an HDR sequence using my Canon EOS 5D Mk III camera with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.
Curious to hear what you think about this little folly!