Favorites – A Finale

Magic unfolds

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…

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Other-Worldly

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.

Have a great day!

Dunvegan Castle Gardens

A puzzling example

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.

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Monkey Puzzle Tree

 

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!

Have a wonderful day!

Weathered across the Ages

Skye’s otherworldly beauty

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…

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!

Have a great day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Kitchen

Don’t throw it out yet!

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…

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The Kitchen Sink

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:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • 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…

Ever-growing Light

Bright spots on the Lump!

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.

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

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!

Skye – Island of Many Textures – pt. 2

Multi-textural beauty

Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as Skye is all about textures, I thought I’d share another one of my recent edits.

This is looking across the Quiraing range…

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Textures of the Quiraing

I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden

Follow the golden rule!

Welcome to Week 69 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

The responses to last week’s challenge theme of Three were phenomenal, as always.  There were some truly creative entries, including one that gave me triple vision!

This week’s theme is one that is inspired by some of the images that I have been editing recently from the collection of images captured during our vacation in Scotland in 2013.  It may take me a while to get to editing images, but all good things come to those who wait (and work hard while waiting).  This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye, where beautiful landscapes open up at every turn of the winding roads.

With this theme, I hope that you will find some interesting shots, including those that hint at what is golden…possibly, silence?  Let’s see where we end up!

Here’s the image that gave me the idea for this week’s theme…

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Golden hued Skye

This view is of the Quiraing, a landslip in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye; due to this formation’s movement, the road through the Quiraing needs annual repair.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • 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)!!

Remember to not kill the goose, and check those rainbows, because you don’t want to miss a golden opportunity!